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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 #310

Culinary no-no's


Alright, cue the mouth-watering photos:

All of the above are examples of  “soul” food.


Plantation slaves are shown in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1862. Photo source: Library of Congress

Soul food dates back to the days of U.S. slavery. Slaves were only fed leftovers or parts of animals that were deemed undesirable. The captives developed their own kind of cooking with recipes that were cheap to make and tasty as well. Those memorized recipes were handed down to generations.

When the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 set slaves free, they remained poor so inexpensive ingredients remained staples. Freed slaves moved to various regions of the country, taking jobs as cooks and spreading “soul” food across America. The comfort food cooking style became mainstream.

The 1960’s, marked by the Civil Rights Movement saw many restaurants open that specialized in soul food. The adjective “soul” was used often in that era to describe black culture as in music, brothers, sisters, and food, basic, down-home cooking with what was available.

Am I blasting soul food? Not at all. Love the stuff, including fried fish and hot sauce.

The fact that soul food like the above pictures is loaded with fat and calories isn’t exactly a news bulletin.

The news service Reuters reports:

After interviewing food historians, scholars, cooks, doctors, activists and consumers for his new film ‘Soul Food Junkies,’ filmmaker Byron Hurt concluded that an addiction to soul food is killing African-Americans at an alarming rate.”


Beloved soul food is causing obesity, diabetes, and a higher risk of stroke.

Here’s more from Reuters with a Milwaukee reference.

And watch Soul Food Junkies on Milwaukee Public Television, Monday, January 14, at 10:00 p.m.

All of this begs the question.

Where is she on this one?


Uhh, hello!


Stick a fork in them.

Why does Grandma do it?



Please check out my wife, Jennifer’s Culinary YES-YES blog. It's always good, but I'm really loving this week's.


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