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.
Everything’s wacko in 2020. The next annual tradition to get kicked around…
Here are reminders of some of the requirements issued in California:
- Gatherings can not have people from more than three households. This includes anyone who is present at the gatherings.
- Keep the households you spend time with stable. Don’t mix into multiple gatherings.
- The host should collect names and contact information of attendees for contact tracing.
- All gatherings must be held outside. People can go inside to use the bathroom.
- Gatherings “may occur in outdoor spaces that are covered by umbrellas, canopies, awnings, roofs, and other shade structures provided that at least three sides of the space (or 75%) are open to the outdoors.”
- Gatherings of more than three households can happen at a park or outdoor space.
- Don’t attend a gathering if you feel sick.
- Keep physical distance from others and practice hand hygiene.
- Wear a face mask when you can to stop COVID-19 from spreading.
- Gatherings should only be two hours or less.
- “Singing, chanting, and shouting are strongly discouraged.” Those who participate in those activities should wear masks.
Violators shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), by imprisonment for a period
not exceeding six (6) months, or both.
Not to be outdone and closer to home, one of Wisconsin’s big villains of 2020, Andrea Palm, who heads the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said during a teleconference with reporters last month that people should limit their Thanksgiving dinners to those in their households.
Maybe you’re considering dining out or takeout this Thanksgiving. Recently the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a list of restaurants offer turkey dinners. I submit some of the suggestions amount to price gouging.
Keep in mind the American Farm Bureau Federation found the average cost of the 2019 Thanksgiving dinner for 10 was $48.91, or less than $5.00 per person.
Dining out or carryout in many places, not all, is a rip-off.
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