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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Culinary no-no #245

Culinary no-no's



The never ending pasta bowl


7 pastas, 6 sauces


42 combinations to explore



Endless breadsticks...


Endless salad...



All good.

And yet, I may never eat at

Ever again.

We’ve written several times about Food Police Commander – in - Chieftess Michelle Obama...

Pledge: First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a Let's Move event in a Darden restaurant after the company announced their commitment to reduce its calorie and sodium footprint by offering healthier meals

You know; do as I say, not as I do. The first lady to the refrigerator really has no business pontificating to all of America how and what to eat. I recall an old episode of M*A*S*H* that’s quite fitting where Hawkeye tells Margaret that from behind she looks like “two strange dogs in a bag.”

This past week saw the Nanny State vanquish corporate America, specifically the Darden Restaurants Inc. that includes Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

Darden is doing what no restaurant company has done before," said the first lady during an  announcement at an Olive Garden restaurant in Maryland, just outside Washington.

And how! Darden essentially quivered and caved to the White House and literally surrendered control of its very own menu to government bureaucrats, nodded its head and smiled in clueless approval.

Darden has pledged to reduce calorie and sodium contents in its restaurant entrée items.


Darden spins its total groveling to Michelle “Mrs. Big Government” Obama by proclaiming it is offering
“greater choice and variety.”

“Gee, Jennifer, I feel like taking you and Kyla out to dinner tonight. Where should we go?

Oh, I don’t know, husband of mine. Anyplace is fine as long as it offers choice and variety.

Choice and variety?

Yes, choice and variety. Surely there must be some places that promise choice and variety.”

Choice and variety. What the hell does that mean?

Let’s cut through the Michelle Obama –Darden BS save the children, we know better than parents spin.

Let’s cut to the chase. As the Associated press puts it so succinctly, “N
o more French fries for the little ones unless an adult asks for them.”

That’s right.

Unlike any other restaurant in the United states, if a kid wants French fries at Olive Garden or Red Lobster, if your little one wants French fries, you will need to specifically demand they be brought to the table. Because your kid couldn’t possibly know what danger he/she is inflicting.

Michelle Obama and Olive Garden might go to sleep with the usual liberal tingle of feeling oh so good about themselves but they’ve done nothing. Do parents take their kids to Olive Garden for french fires? Doubt it. They’ll head to McDonald’s or some other french fry place.


You incredible idiot, Michelle and whatever your name is CEO at Darden.

Mom or Dad will simply order the fries and feed them to their hungry child.


And how about this perspective?

Are Abortions Becoming Easier For Kids To Get Than French Fries?

Love it.

Seems the target from big government was…


That was enough for...

After a New England Journal of Medicine study a few months ago blasted the maligned potatoes and specifically, French fries, the Canadian Potato Potato Council responded:

• Potatoes are vegetables. In fact, they are one of the most naturally nutrient-dense vegetables available. One medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, has more potassium (620g) than a banana, provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 per cent), and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol.


• One baked potato offers about 20 per cent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B6, which is good news for your heart. They are a good source of iron and copper.  In fact, a potato a day is good for your heart, promoting normal blood-pressure levels.  As it turns out, the bad rap belongs to the toppings.  The health-conscious will want to bake, not fry, and be conscious of the nutritional value of the oils, toppings, and condiments that touch our spuds.

• You can lose the weight, without losing the potatoes. Research released by the University of California, Davis and the National Center for Food Safety and Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology in October 2010 demonstrates that people can include potatoes in their diet and still lose weight.

• Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD, MS and Director at the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), Illinois Institute of Technology stated “there is no evidence that potatoes, when prepared in a healthful manner, contribute to weight gain. In fact, we are seeing that they can be part of a weight loss program.”

 • Research released in April 2011 using data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2008 demonstrates that meals including potatoes contain more servings of other vegetables, and are significantly higher in potassium, fibre and vitamin C.

There is some good news from this craziness. November 2012 is coming.


Carol Deptolla of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gave us an impressive list of the area’s best 30 restaurants. Hard to argue with that litany.

BUT, I would submit that if you’re going to compile a thorough list, it can't possibly be complete if the newspaper's critic doesn't do her homework by ignoring or failing to review a good portion of all of the SE Wisconsin area's restaurants. I'm talking about the southern section of the city of Milwaukee and the southern suburbs of Milwaukee County, Deptolla has basically considered this a restaurant war zone. That would make her top 30 listing suspect. It is NOT representative of our region and therefore, is hardly a responsible sample.

As I've pointed out, Deptolla for some reason seems to have a bias or some disregard for the south side or southern suburbs of Milwaukee that she rarely samples; thus, these restaurants don't get visited and don't get the opportunity of being included in her overall compilation of the area's so-called "best."

I've said it in the past and I'll say it again. When you try to list the best, you're going to mess up.


From today's Journal Sentinel, a letter to the editor:


How will this address obesity?

Does anyone out there who is informed see the irony? The first lady, Michelle Obama, has had a year-long campaign against obesity. And now the federal government is thinking of allowing food stamps to be used at fast-food establishments (Quick Hit, Sept. 13).

Really? I mean, really?!

Matt Franecki

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