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This beagle puppy  is cute, but would the Obamas go for a purebred dog?
This beagle puppy is cute, but would the Obamas go for a purebred dog?

What kind of puppy will the Obamas get?

Last night during his victory speech, Barack Obama told his daughters, "I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House."

He did not mention a specific breed, but because Obama spoke out against animal cruelty, the canine most likely won’t come from a puppy mill.

Currently, the Bush family has two Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley, but what kind of pooch do you predict the Obamas will get?

Bad idea: swallowing a jawbreaker.
Bad idea: swallowing a jawbreaker.
My family's Day of the Dead altar.
My family's Day of the Dead altar.
I wasn't joking about the nuzzling gnome.
I wasn't joking about the nuzzling gnome.

Halloween reflections

Indeed, I have some fine memories from this weekend. I won the costume contest. I made an altar honoring my grandparents for Day of the Dead. A gnome nuzzled my bosom at a Halloween party at The Mad Planet.

But the story that I will tell for years to come from this weekend revolves around my 6-year-old son. While trick-or-treating in our neighborhood on Friday night, he received a massive jawbreaker wrapped in plastic.

"Look, Mom!" he squealed with delight. "I got a choking hazard!"

Classic Slice's Milwaukee pizza. Mmmm ...
Classic Slice's Milwaukee pizza. Mmmm ...

What would you put on a Milwaukee pizza?

Today, announced Balistreri’s as the winner of the "Slice of Milwaukee" pizza contest. Four pizzerias created a "Milwaukee" pizza, and although many of the recipes were very creative, one Talkbacker was amazed that not one of the competitors included Secret Stadium Sauce or brown mustard.

This got me thinking about other ingredients that could be put on a Milwaukee pizza. What about a fish fry pizza? What about a Harley pizza with gasoline in the crust?

Seriously, in your opinion, what is a must-have ingredient for a Milwaukee pizza?

Napoleon would love a "tot" casserole.
Napoleon would love a "tot" casserole.

Daily dish: Tater Tot casserole

October is Dining Month on All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, special features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food. Bon appetit!

There are certain recipes that still sound delicious no matter how sophisticated your sense of taste becomes. Take taco dip, for example. The spicy, creamy potluck favorite is on the "guilty pleasures" list of some of the finest chefs I know.

This recipe for Tater Tot casserole is another one of those classic, Americana dishes that isn't healthy or gourmet, but if I whipped up a batch of it right now, you'd probably grab a fork and start eating it straight from the pan.

Because the Tater Tot is one of my most-craved foods, I have made many tater tot casseroles, but this simple guy remains my favorite. It's comfort food's finest hour.

1 32-oz. package frozen potato rounds
1 16-oz. container sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 small can French-fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch-baking dish. Arrange tater tots in the prepared baking dish. In a mixing bowl, combine sour cream, cheese and mushroom soup. Pour over the top. Sprinkle with fried onions and bake until onions are crispy and brownish.