Fish Sticks

By: Sherree Thompson

Y’all – my first batch of tomatoes didn’t make. The kids and I planted them the first day in February. I really think the plants would have been fine if we didn’t have the crazy “Polar Vortex” thing-a-ma-jigger. I mean, let’s face it, not many people would survive two weeks indoors with two curious little’s and three dogs. Add a husband and Momma to that mixture and it’s a recipe for disaster.

Thank God I bought way too many seeds. As it turns out, I needed them. I heard that we had another “Deep Freeze” coming and hoped I wouldn’t run into the same results.

Now my sweet peas are another story. Those things took off and I seriously need to transplant them. I started them in an empty egg carton and they were rapidly out growing it. I’m a firm believer in using what you’ve got, but I never expected them to grow that fast.

I managed to pull together a window box and a vine grower. It was fairly easy to make. The only issue now is I think I might have given them a bit of transplant shock. They look a little shabby, but I’m hoping they will pull through.

Making the vine box

The vine box

I’m so ready for some fresh veggies it’s not even funny. My poor creative side has been a bit hampered. Even so, I still managed to make a few good supers.

For instance, here is any easy Fish Stick Recipe.

Fish sticks

Fish Sticks


  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp lemon peel
  • 1 1/2 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm)
  • 2 cups yogurt (I only had vanilla)
  • 2 pounds tuna* (Give or take; just enough for 4 people)

* I used tuna. I suggest using a milder white fish like flounder or cod.
I think it works best with about an inch or so rise. Then you can adjust cooking accordingly.


  1. Mix the spices in the yogurt. Let it marry for about 10 minutes.
  2. Slice the fish against the grain, then roll each piece in the yogurt mixture and then the breadcrumbs.
  3. Place fish on lightly olive oiled-baking sheet and place in a preheated 400-degree oven until the bread crumbs brown.
  4. Flip the fish and cook for another 10 minutes or so.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

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