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Panko and Fresh Herb Encrusted Tilapia

This is a family favorite.  If you haven’t used panko bread crumbs before, you’re in for a treat!  They make anything you bread light and crunchy.  Have your dipping station set up and ready to go.  If you care for a little tarter sauce, simply mix together 1/3 cup plain non fat yogurt, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, and 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish.  Whisk until well blended.  Round out your meal with brown rice pilaf and a green vegetable.  This will soon be a favorite of your family too!  Enjoy.

5-6 tilapia fillets
Salt and pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2  cups panko crumbs, you can find in the Asian isle of the grocery store
2 tablespoons flat parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
Vegetable oil for pan browning

1) Reynolds non stick foil line a cookie sheet and preheat oven to 400’.
2) Rinse and drain fish fillets. Season with salt and pepper
3) You will need three containers to bread the fish. Into the first, the flour. Into the second, the beaten eggs and water. Into the third, the panko crumbs, parsley, and chives, mix well to distribute herbs.
4) Heat a non stick skillet over medium high heat and add enough oil to cover the pan. Working one at a time and in this order, dip each fillet into the flour, then egg mixture, then into the panko. Press crumbs into fish. Carefully place breaded fish into the hot and oiled pan. Cook 2-3 minutes and turn, cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

*note* if you’re making this for a dinner party, prepare the fish all the way to browning. Place in a container and use wax paper between layers and refrigerate immediately.   Simply bake for 20 minutes before you’re ready to serve.

We Miss Mary…..

Hello everyone-

As I sit on my deck on this beautiful summer day,  I’ve got a lump in my throat, it’s hard to swallow.  You know what I mean.  When you are about to let the flood gates open for a good cry.  This day, you see, is very much like any other day when Mary was here, right next door.  I would hear the squeak of her back door and we’d talk over the fence for a minute, then decide to either sit on her patio or on our deck to enjoy conversation and an afternoon cocktail.  Kathy, my other good friend on the opposite side of Mary, would join in too.  We were three peas in a pod.

Since Mary’s passing, I’ve desperately wanted to write about her, but couldn’t find the words.  Or, most likely, it was too soon to write about it.  She passed away October 29th, 2011.  Today is the day I write about my friend.

I think about her daily, but I especially thought of her while writing my last post.  Food Talk.  I spoke of foods and memories of our favorites and precious traditions we hold onto from the past.  This photograph is of Mary’s 71st birthday, the last one we’d share with our dear friend.  It was a tradition to have Mary over for dinner for her favorite meal of mine, Panko and Herb Encrusted Tilapia.  I served it religiously with red skinned mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach.  There was birthday cake too, of course…..

Mary spoke of the birthday cakes her “Ma” made for each sibling.  The type of cake never changed, they would have their favorite every year, religiously.  I don’t remember when I started making Mary’s favorite, but I do remember the last two very vividly.  I made dinner and cake for her 70th birthday hoping that she would be around for her 71st.  On her 71st birthday I was quite sure this would be the last I would spend with my friend.

Mary was not terribly fond of desserts or sweets so when she described her traditional birthday cake growing up with a look of total delight on her face, it was a done deal.  I had to make it.  It was a basic angel food cake with pink icing and big ripe strawberries.  Simple and sweet.  To this day, whenever I see an angel food cake, I think of Mary.

I feel truly blessed to have had such a wonderful and true friend.  She was like a second mother to me.  She was one of the most trusted friends I’ve ever had.  I miss her so much.  My whole family feels a tremendous loss.  Jack, Chris and Ryan grew up with Mary next door, she was like a grandma to them.

Make your kid’s or your friend’s favorites when you can.  It’ll make you both feel wonderful, you’ll be so happy you did.

Have a nice weekend.