High food prices: Who needs school lunch?

Does “lunch” appear on the test?

CNN reports that schools around the country are cutting corners…on lunch!

Well, what the hell. We don’t test lunch anyway.

Rising food prices are making it harder for schools to cook up ways to give kids the nutrition they need.

Right now, they’re taking shortcuts and shuffling ingredients to make up the difference, but that’s only a short-term solution with long-term consequences on the horizon.

“I’ve been in school service for 27 years and this is the worst it’s ever been,” said Sara Gasiorowski, food service director for Wayne Township Schools in Indianapolis. “I have never seen food prices jump up so far.”

Throwing Erik off the island.


Watching Bravo’s Top Chef is a guilty pleasure. They’re in Chicago, so that’s a plus.

I’ve posted before on my love of fish tacos.

Last night local celebrity chef Rick Bayless assigned the contestants to create a “fine dining taco” and Erik, the guy from San Francisco, turned to the camera and said:

I don’t think Mexican and fine dining go together so he can go screw himself.

Off. Get that guy off the show. Send him and his knives packing!

And they did.

National corndog day.


Back in December, as an ice storm blew across the Heartland, Kris, Carol, Steve and I were at the IEA’s Winter Advocacy Conference in Springfield.

We were going to workshops for negotiations training. It is not a bad conference, one of the few I can attend without the state leadership turning off my microphone.

I posted at the time that Steve and I escaped the Conference to find the original home of the corndog on a stick. Which we did. It’s on the south side of Springfield across from a big mall.

What I didn’t know at the time was that there is a National Corndog Day. It is celebrated on the first Saturday of the NCAA men’s basketball championship. That’s right. Just this past Saturday.

The slogan: Dogs, Hoops, Tots, and Beers.