Culinary no-no #619

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

The last time I patronized a Hooters restaurant was, my goodness, more than 20 years ago. I recall vividly what I chose for lunch.

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No, no, no.

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It was the smothered chicken sandwich. The Hooters menu describes it as “Topped with sautéed onions, green peppers and mushrooms. This plump, juicy, grilled chicken breast is then smothered in melted provolone cheese and served on a toasted brioche bun. Just remember to come up for air. ”

I was more than pleasantly surprised. The sandwich was fantastic.

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The chicken breast is the stuff chicken sandwiches are made of. And rightfully so. Isn’t the breast the best part of the chicken?

Garrick Saito from Los Angeles calls himself an amateur cook He wrote on social media:

If your definition of best means healthiest, the breast is the part of the bird with the least amount of calories (per ounce) and fat. Most consider this part desirable, when health or weight-watching is considered.

If your definition of best means cheapest, then the answer is no. The breast is the most expensive cut.

If your definition of best means meatiest, then yes, it is the meatiest part of the bird.

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We don’t live anywhere near a Costco. The place that sells popular rotisserie chickens for $4.99 has announced plans to keep that price right where it is by opening a $275 million poultry-processing center in Fremont, Nebraska, in September 2019.

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Our nearby Sendik’s makes a pretty nice rotisserie bird. Jennifer likes the breast and is not real crazy about the dark meat (Remember, she puts ketchup on brats). I like white and dark so I always end up with the legs and thighs.

The breast is best? That was the conventional wisdom for a long, long time. Times have changed.

Bloomberg is reporting:

  • In the past ten years sales of chicken thighs have increased nine-fold.
  • Restaurants are purchasing more dark meat.
  • Consumers want more ethnic foods that have dark meat.
  • The poultry industry’s production of chickens with large breasts altered the flavor.
  • Robots can process dark meat better than humans.
  • Demand for thighs has risen to the point that they cost more than breasts.
  • Dark meat, because it’s juicier, is now considered a better dining experience.

Back to Garrick Saito on whether the breast is best.

If your definition of best means tastiest, I think a lot of people would say it is the least flavorful.

If your definition of best means easiest to cook, then the answer is no. It is the most difficult to cook, as it dries out very quickly and often gets ruined in the hands of inexperienced cooks.

Maybe that’s why my sandwich at Hooters had to be smothered.


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Photos of the Week (07/28/19)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is sworn in before testifying at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. Mueller emphasized he had not exonerated Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, as the president has claimed, but his long-awaited congressional testimony did little to add momentum to any Democratic impeachment ambitions and Trump heartily declared victory. In seven hours of congressional testimony, Mueller accused Trump of not always being truthful, called his support for the 2016 release of stolen Democratic emails “problematic” and said Russia would again try to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Pool Photo via AP

2) Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in Washington, DC, July 24. Photo: Getty Images

3) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing the White House en route West Virginia in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

4) Supporters of US President Donald Trump cheer as he appears on stage before addressing the Turning Point USAs Teen Student Action Summit in Washington D.C. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

5) President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump view a portrait of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died July 16 at age 99, while paying their respects to Stevens lying in repose at the Supreme Court in Washington, July 22, 2019. Stevens, a Republican appointee who later became an outspoken leader of the liberal wing, was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and became one of the longest-serving justices in U.S. history before retiring from the court in 2010. He carved out a new role as a critic of some of his former colleagues on issues such as voting rights, campaign finance and the death penalty.  Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

6) Associate Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan speaks at a private ceremony where the late Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens lies in repose on July 22 in Washington, DC. Photo: Reuters

7) A young attendee tries on a glove from a spacesuit during the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing at Space Center Houston in Texas on July 20, 2019. Photo: Loren Elliott / AFP / Getty

8) Design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are unveiled during the ‘One Year to Go’ ceremony celebrating one year out from the start of the summer games at Tokyo International Forum in Japan. Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato

9) Toyota demonstrates the Tokyo 2020 mascot robot Miraitowa, which will be used to support the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, during a press preview in Tokyo. Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato

10) Guatemalan migrant Lety Perez embraces her son Anthony while asking a member of the Mexican National Guard to let them cross into the US. Photograph: José Luis González/Reuters

11) An elderly man reads the morning newspapers at a stand in Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 24, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Jorge Silva

12) A visitor stands in front of an artwork on display at the exhibition ‘Et incarnatus est. Venancio Blanco Religious Work’, held at the Valentin Palencia room in the Burgos Cathedral in Spain. Photograph: Santi Otero/EPA

13) A deer feeds in a western-Canada canola field that is in full bloom, before the harvest later this summer, in rural Alberta, Canada, on July 23, 2019. Photo: Todd Korol / Reuters

14) Brown bear cubs eat ice-covered fruit in their enclosure at Servion zoo in Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

15) A polar bear jumps into the water during an extremely hot summer, at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photo: AP

16) The polar bear Nanook takes a swim at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, during an extremely hot summer day on July 24, 2019. Photo: Martin Meissner / AP

17) People gather at Bellevue Beach during the Santa Claus World Congress at Bakken, north of Copenhagen, Denmark, July 23, 2019. Photo: Reuters

18) Visitors inspect a driveable full-sized Bugatti Chiron car made out of LEGO Technic blocks at an exhibition in Moscow’s Gorky Park, Russia. Photo: AFP

19) During the week of July 17, 1955, Walt Disney’s new theme park, named “Disneyland,” opened to the public in Anaheim, California. The 17th, a Sunday, was intended to be an “international press preview,” limited to selected invitees who could ride the attractions, witness the parades, and take part in the televised dedication of the park. However, many counterfeit invitations were distributed, and more than 20,000 eager guests showed up, overwhelming many areas of the 160-acre park. The official public opening came the next day, July 18, and within several weeks, Disney reported that more than 1 million people had visited the site. Children run through the gate of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland, Walt Disney’s theme park, in July 1955. The park opened to the public the week of July 17, 1955. Photo: Allan Grant / The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty


Today’s highly interesting read (07/28/19): What’s Most Important?

Today’s read is from one of the best writers I know, Walt Williams, an American economist, commentator, and author of Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialism.

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What does Williams mean by the above title?

Let’s think about priorities. Say that you live in one of the dangerous high crime and poor schooling neighborhoods of cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, or St. Louis. Which is most important to you: doing something about public safety and raising the quality of education or, as most black politicians do, focusing energies upon President Donald Trump and who among the 20 presidential contenders will lead the Democratic Party? The average American has no inkling about the horrible conditions in which many blacks live. Moreover, they wouldn’t begin to tolerate living under those conditions themselves.

This is a brilliant column where Williams makes a bold statement.

Ultimately, the solution to high crime rests with black people.

You will never see this or any other column by Williams in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Read the entire column here.

2ND UPDATE: Franklin water: Should Franklin dump Oak Creek and go with Milwaukee?

Previously on This Just In…

The update:

The most recent city of Franklin newsletter indicates Franklin wants to go with the city of Milwaukee to get its water. And it could, emphasize, could be a good deal for Franklin. Hopefully there are no hidden details Franklin residents have to worry about.

Read this letter to residents from the city newsletter.

Week-ends (07/27/19)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…


Sharon and Larry Adams

Florida community

Jon Blaze


Bette Midler

These border agents

Tae Phoenix

The Journal Sentinel


“Democrats sought to emphasize the most incendiary findings of Mueller’s 448-page report and weaken Trump’s reelection prospects in ways that Mueller’s book-length report did not. They hoped that even if his testimony did not inspire impeachment demands — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made clear she will not pursue impeachment, for now — Mueller could nonetheless unambiguously spell out questionable, norm-shattering actions by the president.

“Yet Mueller appeared unwilling or unable to offer crisp sound bites that could reshape public opinions.

“He frequently gave single-word answers to questions, even when given opportunities to crystallize allegations of obstruction of justice against the president. He referred time again to the wording in his report.”
The Associated Press

“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Robert Mueller in an opening statement as he testified before a House committee

“So Democrats and others can illegally fabricate a crime, try pinning it on a very innocent President, and when he fights back against this illegal and treasonous attack on our Country, they call It Obstruction? Wrong! Why didn’t Robert Mueller investigate the investigators?”
President Trump

“Funny, Mueller can’t understand the Republicans but he can totally understand the Democrats questions. This is a disaster for dems.”
Donald Trump Jr., tweeted repeatedly during Mueller’s testimony,  mocking Mueller’s lack of familiarity with some aspects of the investigation and accusing him of playing favorites

“Was Mueller in charge of his own investigation? This question became painfully obvious when he was questioned by Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala. She asked how many of the approximately 500 interviews his office conducted he attended personally. ‘Very few,’ he said.

“Then she asked about a letter he signed to Attorney General William Barr that complained about media coverage of his report. She asked who wrote the letter. ‘I can’t get into … the internal deliberations,’ he mumbled. ‘But you signed it?’ Roby replied. She asked Mueller whether he authorized the letter being released to the media or it was leaked behind his back. He replied, ‘I have no knowledge on either.’

“Who’s running this show? This is the omniscient man Time magazine compared to the Greek goddess Nemesis?”
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center, and Tim Graham,  director of media analysis at the Media Research Center

Mueller was “being destroyed on credibility, knowledge, competence and numerous ‘ahs,’ pauses and excuses like ‘beyond my purview.’”
The president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, blasted Mueller’s frequent stumbles and calls for questions to be repeated

“Everything Robert Mueller does has been breathlessly promoted by the media for two years. Even now, after everything has crumbled for the Democrats, they just keep digging. It’s like the old Ronald Reagan joke about the boy shoveling through a room of horse manure saying, ‘there must be a pony in here somewhere!'”
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center, and Tim Graham,  director of media analysis at the Media Research Center

And it’s starting to look like, you know, having desperately tried and failed to make a legal case against the president, you made a political case instead. You put it in a paper sack, lit it on fire, dropped it on our porch, rang the doorbell and ran.”
Republican Congressman Tom McClintock of California addressing Mueller at a hearing

“But to the broader question of his credibility, which was central to these proceedings, did he (Mueller) damage it today?”
NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly questioning Robert Mueller biographer Garrett Graff

“I don’t know that he helped himself greatly.”
Graff responding to Kelly

“I’m the president’s lawyer, so it was not in the interest of the president to submit to an interview. We provided over 1,400,000 documents, 30 witnesses, thousands of hours of – or hundreds of hours of testimony. And there was no information that they could not have gotten from another source. So that’s why we allowed – we argued that he should not have to, you know, submit to an interview.”
Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow

“I think that today’s hearings will confirm in everybody their pre-existing beliefs. Those who thought that President Trump is innocent as the driven snow will now see him as Snow White. Those who were convinced that he has committed crimes for which he could be charged outside of the context here, like me, came away reaffirmed in that belief.”
Former federal prosecutor Paul Rosenzweig, who is currently a Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute

“Is it wrong to take pleasure in the utter humiliation of Robert Mueller? If it is, then I’m sure not right. We are not going to get formal justice – if this fiasco has taught us anything, it is that – but at least we got to see some karma in action. It was Mueller Time all right and that human punchline we saw there on TV, forgetting and fumbling, is now Mueller For All Time. Serves him right. Slink away, Bobby. Just go. You’ve done enough damage to too many individuals and to our country. Be gone.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“The Trump 2020 is going to save a lot of dough by not filming ads and just simply running footage of these clowns, among other ridiculous things, wanting to abolish ICE, invite in the entire Third World, and stick you with the medical bills. That’s the choice they are putting before us, and America is going to choose borders.

“We just had a hilarious meltdown in Georgia, where some Democrat state rep named Erica Thomas decided to jump into the express lane at the supermarket with more than 15 items, got called out, and then posted a YouTube video of herself crying about how this was the greatest racial injustice since the last greatest racial injustice. Such is the unholy hell of bigotry imposed by Donald Trump, which is quite an achievement for him since the world only discovered his secret dedication to white nationalism on the day in 2015 that he announced he was running as a Republican.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“Pelosi has been remarkably ineffective in disciplining Squad members. Pelosi needs to bring the gavel down on her meddlesome freshmen, and demonstrate that messing with her still has consequences. Or else she will ride out her remaining years as a much weaker speaker.”
James S. Robbins has taught at the National Defense University and the Marine Corps University and served as a special assistant in the office of the secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration

“The problem is that, for pro-lifers, there is no middle ground on abortion. It is, every single time, the unjust and violent taking of a life from the most vulnerable class of human beings. We will never stop working until it is not just illegal but unthinkable. An important part of that work is exposing Planned Parenthood for what it really is, a taxpayer-funded abortion political advocacy group and abortion chain. By firing its best hope at masking that reality, Planned Parenthood is now doing our work for us.”
Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with The Catholic Association, on Planned Parenthood’s firing of president Leana Wen, who had revealed a willingness and interest in working with those who disagreed about abortion

“The Apollo program is of vital historical importance. First of all, it was a hard-won Cold War victory at a moment when the long struggle against Soviet imperial Communism was not going at all well, and when U.S. society was looking into the abyss of riots, terrorism, and social disintegration. For just a moment, the nation stopped and watched while two of its truly best and brightest sons became the first humans to walk on another celestial body. Apollo 11 was an antidote to despair, and in the years to come, in the midst of defeat in Vietnam and a scandal that destroyed a president, it reminded many Americans of just what their nation could do when it tried hard enough.

“It also helped limit the loss of U.S. standing in the world at a time when things looked pretty bad. All over the world people were convinced that the U.S. was losing the Cold War and that Communism was indeed the wave of the future. The fact that we beat the USSR to the moon made at least a few Europeans and Asians reconsider their pessimism.
Author Taylor Dinerman


Police drenched in NY


By the numbers: Migration to the US-Mexico border


Mueller didn’t exonerate


Study finds transgender people more politically conservative than straight men


The Mueller snoozer; training to arm teachers; and how does Milwaukee Brewer Josh Hader do it?

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (07/26/19): Mueller hearings showed why everyone hates Washington

Today’s highly interesting read (07/25/19): Josh Hader’s Fastball Is Baseball’s Most Mysterious Pitch

Today’s highly interesting read (07/24/19): As America Yawned, Mueller’s Testimony Damaged Him

Today’s highly interesting read (07/22/19): Training teachers…to protect

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/27/19)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Partly cloudy early in the day will give to scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Gusty winds and small hail possible. High of 87. “B”

SUNDAY:  Possible isolated afternoon thunderstorms. High of 86  “B”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

OK. As much as Kevin and I blog and Facebook about our family’s tremendous Irish pride, this weekend we place on parade our love of Germany as we celebrate a fantastic Milwaukee ethnic festival happening this weekend, German Fest!

Well, of course…

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The food just might be the best of all the ethnic festivals on the lakefront.

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Pigs on a spit. Spanferkel.

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Dessert anyone?

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The human Glockenspiel…

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Thank you, German Fest, for posting that photo from 2018 on your Facebook page.

Lots of good stuff at the event but many fest-goers this Sunday will forego all German Fest has to offer in order to observe the…

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14th Annual Dachshund Derby 

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

1:05pm  Blessing of the Dachshunds
1:15pm  Dachshund Derby and Ribbons
2:30pm  Dachshund Costume Contest

Our family is at German Fest when this race takes place. The area is jammed. Can’t get a seat. Just not possible. So Kyla is in her swimsuit, fully immersed in the fountains honoring Bo Black,  stationed inside the mid gate, right behind the dog races.

We probably had already been at tent featuring champagne to wash down our German pizza with bratwurst. Good stuff.

Eventually we’ll head to the Konditorei pastry shop and hope they haven’t run out of Bienenstich, a traditional German coffeecake filled with a special custard and topped with almonds and honey.

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Take our advice. Go for dessert first. Head there right away to avoid the disappointment of this luxury being sold out. But as much as we’d love to watch the Derby it doesn’t happen because it’s so popular.

Here’s the point. The large crowded assembly for the Derby at German Fest is an amazing testament to the human adoration and love of dogs. In the steaming hot early afternoon sun of late July a packed throng sits elbow to elbow on the ground to watch in great anticipation the races of immensely cute dogs that last merely seconds.

It’s excitement for dog lovers to the nth degree. One of the summer moments we live for when shovels and wind chills are the topics of discussion.

God love ’em, those dachsunds.

From 2012…

—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

OPINION: Ivanka Trump’s white dog is just a dog. Can we stop imposing race on animals?

Rabies Kills Tens of Thousands Yearly. Vaccinating Dogs Could Stop It.

Dog who was shot 17 times becomes therapy dog.

‘Mind-blowing’: Stranded for 4 days, 72-year-old man and his two dogs survive in remote Oregon desert.

Instead of Using Milk Cartons to Search for Missing People, Pizzeria is Attaching Lost Pet Flyers to Pizza Boxes.

The Quietly Changing Consensus on Neutering Dogs.

What dog is the one for you? How I Met My Dog will tell you.

Since Dogs Make Everything Better, There Is Now a Bike Designed to Take Your Dog Anywhere.

Best dog names of 2019.



A dog named Luna enjoys a water hose in Hareskoven, Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 2019. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe / AFP / Getty

And check these out from the Milwaukee Business Journal that covered this week’s “Finding Fido.”

We close as we always do with our closing video. We have a few. The first is from Houston.

Post a negative online review? You may end up in court.

AND in Portland, you can rent an air-conditioned dog house while you shop.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

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Best Cartoons of the Week (07/27/19)


Gary Varvel

Tom Stiglich

A.F. Branco

Steve Kelley

Bob Gorrell

Lisa Benson

Robert Ariail

A.F. Branco

Chip Bok

Michael Ramirez

Mike Lester


Tom Stiglich


Chip Bok

Sean Delonas


A.F. Branco

A.F. Branco

Henry Payne


A.F. Branco

Michael Ramirez

Steve Kelley

Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

A.F. Branco

Tom Stiglich

Lisa Benson

Robert Ariail

Chip Bok


Pat Cross