There's Nothing Like Garden Fresh

Every year, Frank the Rototiller Guy makes his late-April appearance in our garden space. I'm guessing in his younger years he wowed the ladies with his coiffed head of still thick hair complete with long sideburns eerily reminiscent of The King. He causes quite a stir in our neighborhood while he does a great job getting our soil ready for early plantings.

Farmer Paul wasted little time in putting down what plants flourish in the cooler spring days and nights. Yesterday, the cabbage patch went in. Not to mention the perennial bed and our herb border boasted the first harvest of the new season with ready parsley and ripe rhubarb. And so it begins ...

4 six ounce pieces of boneless haddock fillets
1 cup panko Japanese style plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup fresh finely chopped parsley (dried just won't do)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon citrus zest (I used lemon this time but lime, orange and even grapefruit works.)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9 x 12 baking sheet. Thoroughly blend yogurt and citrus zest, set aside. In a medium bowl, mix breadcrumbs, parsley, pepper and olive oil. Make sure the ingredients are evenly mixed.

Place the fish on the oiled baking pan. Using a basting brush, add a generous layer of the yogurt and zest to cover the top of each piece. Liberally cover the yogurt blend with the parsley panko mixture. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish turns white and flakes easily when tested with a knife tip. Garnish with a slice of the citrus you used in the recipe. Feeds four. 255 calories per serving.


  1. when i eat really good fish, i walk away thinking, "why do i ever eat or want junk food?"

    that lovely white fish looks so very satisfying on every level. taste, nurture, comfort, etc....

  2. I thought you were gonna say you had a crush on Elvis! LOL

  3. the elvis comment is completely over my head. sorry.

  4. @Best Wishes, Marie -- I was referring to what I wrote about our rototiller guy who looks like an Elvis impersonater -- unfortunately in his later years!

  5. no crush on elvis. not sure why. for many it was and is a lifestyle. hope you have a healthy weekend. (how do i want to feel on monday? this is the question that will keep the popcorn in check at the theater for me.)

  6. Spent Saturday in NYC -- pan roasted chicken at Gramercy Tavern with tri-color carrots for lunch with both sons and the spouse as Mom's day gift. Heart healthy -- emotionally too! LOL


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