Culinary no-no #681

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.

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Whenever our family visits the best restaurant in Franklin, more likely than not Jennifer will make this selection.

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That’s just a small portion of a much larger portion we ordered for takeout last March. Penne with Asparagus. Sautéed asparagus with fresh garlic, shallots, a touch of red pepper seeds, tossed with penne and Parmesan cheese, and let’s not forget the chicken.

No surprise. If my wife had to choose just three meals to digest for the rest of her life they would be, in no particular order, pasta, pizza, and chicken.

I tease Jennifer (a lot), and one time when I thought we were eating too much chicken she quickly replied that we just had fried chicken. Today it was rotisserie. Obviously she thought I simply didn’t understand the difference.

What I do get is that one of the beauties of chicken is that you can do so much with it. Take a look.

But chicken lovers like Jennifer might not like this news.

I consider that somewhat bulletin meaningless.

First of all chicken is completely safe if you handle and prepare properly.

Also, knowing culinary trends it’s entirely plausible a new government report designating some other risky food is lurking around the corner.

And personally, Jennifer’s attitude will be who cares? She’s not about to eliminate chicken from her diet.


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Today’s highly interesting read (01/17/21): Fighting the Good Fight: What I Learned at the Rally

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Everyone at last week’s Capitol was an evil, violent, Constitution-hating Trump supporter, insurrectionist.

I call BS.

Today’s read is from Jeff Minic. He has four children and a growing platoon of grandchildren. For 20 years, he taught history, literature, and Latin to seminars of homeschooling students in Asheville, N.C., and is  the author of two novels and two works of nonfiction. Here’s your excerpt:

Here’s what I witnessed in Washington on Jan. 6 at the Save America March.

Surrounding me were patriotic Americans who had traveled from all parts of our land to protest what they believed was a fraudulent election. My daughter’s friend had secured VIP seating for our party, but few people sat during the event. Instead, many of them danced, tapped their feet, or sang to the music from the loudspeakers. Others chatted and laughed with friends, stood on the chairs to snap pictures of the enormous crowd, and enthusiastically applauded the speakers.

To the amusement of those who could see him, a middle-aged man with yellow-tinted hair, silver earrings, and golden sandals danced up and down the aisle. The three women from Florida next to me bounced up and down in time to the music, and some of the teenage girls who were in our group spent time braiding their friends’ hair.

Not only were most of these people happy—the event seemed more like a big, wonderful party than a protest—but they were also kind and polite. Those slipping through the crowd were always saying “Pardon me.” When an older woman with a walker fell, others rushed to her aid and returned her to her chair. Noticing that I was breathing into my hands—it was cold, and the wind was brisk—one of the Florida ladies offered me a small disposable hand warmer. I declined, but appreciated this sweet gesture.

After President Donald Trump finished speaking, our group decided to skip the march to the Capitol and return home. The 11 young people were exhausted, and all of us were cold, and so we missed the mayhem the media then used to characterize the entire event.

Read the entire column here.

Photos of the Week (01/17/21)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wears a mask reading “Censored” as she walks to the House floor during debate on the second impeachment of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

2) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., displays the signed article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in an engrossment ceremony before transmission to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2021. Photo: AP

3) Hundreds of National Guard troops are seen inside the Capitol Visitor’s Center at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Photo: AP

4) The House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, walks past resting members of the national guard as he arrives at the US Capitol. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

5) A National Guard member rests inside the U.S. Capitol, after President Trump was impeached for a second time, in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Brandon Bell  

6) Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., and Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., deliver pizzas to members of the National Guard gathered at the Capitol Visitor Center on Jan. 13. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

7) Items are left to memorialize slain U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries sustained during the attack at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Reuters

8) Capitol police react after the casket of slain officer Brian Sicknick passed by during a funeral procession on Jan. 10. Sicknick was reportedly struck in the head with a fire extinguisher while struggling with the rioters who swarmed through the halls of Congress. He died from his injuries the next day.— Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP – Getty Images

9) Workers unload pallets of boxes at the Executive Office Building on the White House grounds in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Erin Scott

10) White House advisor Peter Navarro leaves the West Wing of the White House with a photograph of U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2021. Photo: Reuters

11) A supporter of President Donald Trump wearing a face mask takes part in a rally at Beverly Hills Gardens Park in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

12) Iran’s military launches a missile during a navy exercise in the Gulf of Oman. Photo: Iranian Army/WANA)

13) Lava is effused in an ongoing eruption in Halemaʻumaʻu crater at Kilauea summit in Hawaii. Photograph: H Dietterich/USGS/EPA

14) A bus which careened off a road in the Bronx neighborhood is left dangling from an overpass after a crash that left the driver in serious condition. Photograph: Craig Ruttle/AP

15) The Tower of London’s Queen raven, who is missing and feared dead. Photograph: Historic Royal Palaces/PA

16) A total of 1,100 drones form a pattern of a policeman in the sky to celebrate the first Chinese People’s Police Day. Photograph: VCG/Getty Images

17) A surfer gets out of the water on the south coast of Russky Island. Photograph: Yuri Smityuk/TASS

18) People explore the ice walls, tunnels and lights at Ice Castles in New Hampshire. Hundreds of people attended the sold out opening night that was delayed by two weeks due to warm weather and rain. Photograph: Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images

19) A woman on skis is pulled by her dog on a snowy street a day after the heaviest snowfall in decades in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Pablo Blázquez Domínguez/Getty Images

20) Neighbors enjoy drinks in the middle of the street during a heavy snowfall in Bustarviejo on the outskirts of Madrid on Jan. 9. A persistent blizzard blanketed large parts of Spain with 50-year record levels of snow, halting traffic and leaving thousands trapped in cars or in train stations and airports. Photo: Bernat Armangue / AP

21) Alabama head coach Nick Saban and offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood hold the trophy after the Crimosn Tide defeated Ohio State to win the national title on Monday, January 11, in Miami Gardens, Florida. Alabama won 52-24.  Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP

22) Fireworks go off before the Green Bay Packers 32-18 win over the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC divisional playoff game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Photo: Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel

23) Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones celebrates a long run during the 3rd quarter of the Green Bay Packers 32-18 win over the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC divisional playoff game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Photo: Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel

24) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard drops a pass against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Darious Williams during their NFL divisional playoff game Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Photo: Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis

25) But then…the play of the game. Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard catches the ball before scoring a 58-yard touchdown during the 4th quarter of the Green Bay Packers 32-18 win over the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC divisional playoff game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Photo: Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel

Week-ends (01/16/21)

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…


Aaron Rodgers

The Rock and friend

Kamaka Dias

Nicole Pompei


Jake Tapper

John Sullivan

Michael Beller

Nancy Pelosi

Tennessee school district


“On the impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you’re doing it and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing. For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger.”

“They’ve analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence, and everybody to a T thought it was totally appropriate. We want absolutely no violence. I want no violence.”
President Trump

“Why did Big Tech, the media, the publishing industry, a host of corporations and a growing number of campuses double down on censoring some free speech? Why now blacklist, censor and cancel thousands of people? True, Trump gave them an opening when some rogue supporters vandalized the Capitol. But the real reason is that the left has long been eager to curtail the speech of those it opposes. Last week simply offered members of the left the sort of perfect crisis that they determined should never go to waste.”
Victor Davis Hanson

“So far, the focus has been on repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects the tech giants from being sued for what they post, based on the fiction that they are merely unbiased platforms. Republicans want their liability removed, but that may incentivize them to limit content even more, just as many Democrats want. The better approach is to treat these tech platforms as public utilities, just like water, electric, phone and gas companies, and regulate them as utilities. They’re monopolies, and they provide essential services to a dependent public. Public utilities cannot withhold services from some customers based on their political views.”
Betsy McCaughey

“The ayatollah can tweet. The president can’t. Democrats can object on January 6, 2017, but Republicans aren’t allowed to object on January 6, 2021. Democrats say antifa is a myth. Republicans condemn all violence, all the time. The double standard has to stop.”
Rep. Jim Jordan

“What if Big Tech was censoring black speech instead of conservative speech? And what if Parler was primarily an African-American social networking site being targeted for shutdown by Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon?

“We know exactly what would happen. There would be cataclysmic outrage across the board, and justifiably so. The bigger question is, why isn’t there cataclysmic outrage right now over what is happening to conservative speech? If these monopolies can effectively censor a massive group of 75 million people, they can surely come after your group next. Wake up, America.”
George Mullen authored “The Coming Financial Tsunami” (2005) and “Welcome to the Bubble Economy” (2006) which accurately predicted the 2007-08 global economic crash

“Banning offensive speech encourages radicals in their extremism. We no longer talk to each other. Too many read and listen only to what supports their point of view and demeans people who believe differently. This is unhealthy for a free society.”
Cal Thomas

“We understand the desire to permanently suspend [Trump] now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions — especially when political realities make those decisions easier.”
ACLU senior legislative counsel Kate Ruane

“If you voted for Trump, you voted for the person who the Klan supported. You voted for the person who Nazis support. You voted for the person who the alt-right supports. You voted for the person who incited a crowd to go into the Capitol and potentially take the lives of lawmakers.”
CNN’s Don Lemon

“Telling 75 million Americans they’re on the same side as the Klan may get the left nodding, but further alienates 75 million Americans at a pretty critical time in American history.  The media is sowing more division.”
Erick Erickson

“Unfortunately, too many American educational institutions — from elementary schools to universities — have become indoctrination centers. The riots that swept across the country last year are fruits of that indoctrination and the utter disregard for other people’s rights that accompanied those riots. At the heart of that indoctrination is a sense of grievance and victimhood when others have better outcomes — which are automatically called ‘privileges’ and never called ‘achievements,’ regardless of what the actual facts are.”
Thomas Sowell

“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo, now that the election is over

“Our priority will be black-, latino-, Asian-, and Native American-owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.”
Joe Biden

“Why not hard-hit, struggling business owners who need assistance, without regard to the color of their skin, gender or ethnic heritage?”
Ari Fleischer

“For those of us not in positions of power, the vast majority of Americans, we have to decide if we have a country worth saving. If we do, then we all have to change our behavior. There are practical things each of us can do. I’ve already started, and it’s working for me. Maybe this plan can work for others.

“No. 1: Turn off the TV.

“No. 2: Read news from a variety of sources.

“No. 3: Speak with more people outside your political bubble.”
Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller (, one of America’s fastest growing online news outlets

 “All I hear all the time is because of COVID, we have to not travel and not get into big crowds. So, why are we having this Inauguration? Why not just junk the whole thing? Why are we going outside? I mean, all I hear all the time is because of COVID, we have to not travel and not get into big crowds. So, why are we having this Inauguration? Why can’t he just go in a room — all you need is a room, the wife, a judge, a balloon, a copy of the old book of Jewish fairy tales to put your hand on, and you’re done.”
HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher

“It’s highly offensive and frankly bigoted that they’re calling it impeachment instead of impeachwoment.”
Matt Walsh




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Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (01/15/21): Packer Davante Adams Is Peaking in Every Way Possible

Today’s highly interesting read (01/14/21): Capitol Protesters Speak Out

Today’s highly interesting read (01/13/21): Teachers Unions Fail Science

Today’s highly interesting read (01/12/21): Cops, Kids, Reporters & Activists Were Murdered As Democrats Incited 2020 Riots

Today’s highly interesting read (01/11/21): Ignoring the concerns of Trump supporters will destroy America

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/16/21)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  Fresh snow fell overnight on streets and sidewalks. Cloudy with rain and snow mainly during the morning. Temps nearly steady around 36. Chance of snow: 40%. “F”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy skies. A few snow showers possible. Temps nearly steady around 32.  “F”

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

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Is Milwaukee really the worst?

Dog food recall expands.

Owners Who Chose to Remove Dog’s Eyes Over Treating Infection, Give Up Blind Pet After Surgery. UPDATE.

Dog Stranded on Log in the Middle of Alligator-Filled Florida Island Rescued.

This Glendale (WI) woman who saves dogs from the Milwaukee River also owns her own dog-focused business.

Battery Ingestion Can Cause Severe Damage.

Is Hand Sanitizer Safe For Dogs?

This month is…guess what?

Biden’s German Shepherd To Be Celebrated With ‘Indoguration.’

Yes, You Can Dogsled in Wisconsin.

STORY and VIDEO: Canines in dog wheelchairs have fun in the snow.

PHOTO: The Wisconsin State Journal has posted some of its memorable photos of 2020. Here’s one of them. Doug Endres, of Madison, and his 2-year-old golden retriever, Bosco, look out over Lake Monona near the mouth of the Yahara River at a spot they visit often in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNALAMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

This one’s very, very strange.

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

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See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

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