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Dishing It Out!<br />A Little Friendly Competition

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Dishing It Out!
A Little Friendly Competition

Comments Off 10 August 2011

As seen in Monterey County The Herald

Posted: 08/10/2011 01:47:50 AM PDT
Updated: 08/10/2011 09:00:28 AM PDT

Todd Fisher: A little friendly competition

Some might say I am a little competitive, some might say I’m a lot. I would just prefer to win given the opportunity. Is that so bad?

This story actually begins several months ago. A friend of mine, Deborah from Taste Morgan winetasting room at The Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel, suggested that she would love to put together a team from her wine club membership and challenge me to a little showdown.

Obviosly, knowing she had some capable hands and palates at the ready, she began thinking of the dream team she would assemble. I thought that would be kinda fun and agreed to do it. Little did I know I had a few of them in my cooking classes over those few months — strengthening and developing my own competition. Continue Reading

Dishing It Out!<br />To Grill Or To Griddle…

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To Grill Or To Griddle…

Comments Off 04 August 2011

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Posted: 06/15/2011 01:54:19 AM PDT
Updated: 06/15/2011 09:22:58 AM PDT

Todd Fisher: To grill or griddle — that is the riddle

With the hamburger being America’s favorite food, one must ask one’s self, “Self, how do you liked your burger cooked?”

It is a question that goes back as far as time. Like that question about which came first — the cow or the burger? I know it’s the chicken or the egg thing, but work with me. We need to get to the bottom of this. It is an epic battle that has waged for centuries, one that even the likes of the wise King Solomon could not lay to rest. A question that has left Rodin’s Thinker, well, immortalized in bronze. Thinking.

As the uncertain and often short-for-something-to-say Shakespeare wrote: To grill or to griddle, that is the question. Continue Reading

Dishing It Out!<br />A Bloody Good Holiday

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A Bloody Good Holiday

Comments Off 04 August 2011

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Posted: 06/01/2011 02:03:34 AM PDT
Updated: 06/06/2011 12:03:29 PM PDT

Todd Fisher: A Bloody Good Holiday


I’ve said it before and I stand by it: Vacation does not start for me until that first Bloody Mary is in hand. A recent quick trip away proved, yet again, that I am truly a creature of habit. Even with a bottle of bubbly, a massage and an anniversary dinner behind me, the decompression did not really begin until I found myself with a delicious, nutritious tomato cocktail in hand.

Now, I have a great Bloody Mary recipe, which I will share within the context here. However, I am always on the hunt for a good Bloody, and, like a great sandwich, they are always better when someone else makes them. Continue Reading

Dishing It Out!<br />Summertime Celebrations And Libations

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Summertime Celebrations And Libations

Comments Off 04 August 2011

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Posted: 07/13/2011 01:55:14 AM PDT
Updated: 07/13/2011 08:55:04 AM PDT

Todd Fisher: Summertime Celebrations And Libations

It is obviously easier to get together with friends and family and celebrate life during the summer months. No school schedules (for those of us with kids), longer days, warmer weather so we can be outside, which means your house does not get trashed and there is room outside for everyone to have their space (you know, every party has a pooper).

I think it also has to do with the ease of outdoor entertaining, an umbrella, a table and chairs, maybe a hurricane lamp or two, Taterware plates and a grill. Life is just easier outside — if you keep the dog off the table, bugs out of your hair and food and the wind decides to oblige. Continue Reading

Dishing It Out!<br />Of Caviar And Corn Dogs

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Dishing It Out!
Of Caviar And Corn Dogs

Comments Off 04 August 2011

Posted: 06/29/2011 02:11:33 AM PDT
Updated: 06/29/2011 09:09:29 AM PDT

Todd Fisher: Of Caviar And Corn Dogs

The other day I was grilling some chicken for a few friends and family, and one of our guests commented on how delicious and juicy the chicken was. I took it as a compliment and moved on with no additional thought.

It was only a few hours ago, as I was doing a little late-night leftover raid on the fridge, that it hit me. Too often I take for granted my moist chicken, that my steaks are perfectly cooked and my vegetables are “snaptastic” bright green, still bursting with flavor and nutrients. So it seems only right that I should share a few tips and techniques to help you with your grilling woes.  After all, cooking perfectly moist, tender and delicious chicken is all in the technique and know-how. Continue Reading

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Dishing It Out!:
Summer Lovin’!

Comments Off 18 May 2011

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Posted: 05/18/2011 01:56:37 AM PDT
Updated: 05/18/2011 08:58:14 AM PDT

I will preface this column by saying I woke today feeling a little ADDHD, which I believe stands for my Attention Deficit Disorder in High Def. With that said, hold on …

Not that the lasts few days’ weather have sung the song of summer, but I do have summer on the mind. With my Abbie “Snail’s” 10th birthday just a little more than two weeks from today, and her joyous dancing and her vivacious celebratory spirit abounding (happy birthday, Snail), I am struck with the thought that the school year is coming to an end. And with that, the reminder that in as few as some 20 days my little baby girl of a young woman, whom I do believe was just born yesterday, is going to be a freshman in high school. Yikes!

She is such a beautiful young lady and dag-gum fabulous. Check out her blog at Life as Mackenzie Ayn. I knew she was brilliant, I mean, the fruit does not fall far from the tree as they say … and she is just like her mom. But wow, I am impressed. You make me so proud, kid. Continue Reading

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