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Thursday, February 25

Eat Your Corn Dog and Study Hard

     I am pretty impressed with this news ... and inspired ...
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/22/a-push-for-students-to-start-their-week-without-meat/#more-137163 My daughter said corn dogs were the hot entree one day last week. Is there anything nutritious about a corn dog? Oh right, the ketchup. It's a bit surprising to me that this situation (school menus)has actually gotten worse over the last few years, instead of better. Not sure why I'm surprised by that. But I can tell I'm going to have to start making some noise.

Nutrition Information for: Corn dog (frankfurter or hot dog with cornbread coating)
Calorie Count: 273.26
Corn dog (frankfurter or hot dog with cornbread coating)
Amount Per 1 corn dog
Calories 273.26
Calories from Fat 158.1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17.57g 27%
Saturated Fat 6.67g 33%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.82g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.11g
Cholesterol 46.48mg 15%
Sodium 702.78mg 29%
Potassium 139.46mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 19.71g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1.05g 4%
Protein 8.62g 17%
Vitamin A 2 % Vitamin C 0 %
      Here's an intersting recipe, a twist on traditional chowder. It has far too much cheese in it I think, but we know why, and can tweak it to taste. Is it possible that a gigantic batch of fresh (and local!) chowder could really be more expensive to serve to schoolchildren that an imported git-load of nasty frozen previously deepfried corndogs?! My little harbor town should not be too proud of that school lesson.

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