Mack's Corner

This Week


When I was in college, the thing that I hated and loved about New Years was New Years Eve parties. The key moment was midnight, the love hate thing was either you came with a date and had somebody to kiss, which was great, or you didn't. If you didn't you sat in the corner looking stupid or, worse yet, the one person that you really hoped you would never see again walks up all dreamy eyed. I usually had to go get something out of the car and stayed till that part was over. Of course it never fails that the love of your life comes up after and says "where were you, I wanted to give you a kiss… Oh well…see ya" … That was 40 years ago, I'm way smarter than I was then. The thing you have to do is embrace the problem and make it work for you. So I'm going to start a new craze called DuckAnDog. Everybody who comes to the party has to bring a blindfold (a bandana works fine). Just before midnight everybody puts on their blindfold. When midnight strikes all the girls quack like ducks and all the guys bark like dogs… lots of noise, loud as you can …. The ducks kiss as many dogs as they can and dogs kiss as many ducks as they can. Here's the best part: Somebody has to be in charge and make sure the blindfolds say on! Might as well be ME!!!! It's my party!!! So I just walk around and bark at all the girls I want to kiss, skip the ones I don't… when I've had all the kissing I can stand, I blow a whistle and all the blindfolds come off…. Problem solved… Now if I could just figure out how to be 22 again…

Gods like that: Some people think God just wants to drag us down and make life hard. But God never planned it that way. God gives us friends and beautiful things to see and things to laugh about. God gives us freedom and forgiveness and Hope. God gives us love and family and peace. You have to embrace it. Look for the adventure, find it where you are. It's the greatest life you could ever want … Problem solved! You don't even have to be younger to start…

Let me know if you have a DuckAnDog party… this could be big, really big!! Times Square, 1 million people barking and quacking, barking and quacking .. I can hardly wait, maybe I'll be on TV with Ryan Seacrest.. I could be a star!!!…

Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Green Onion Potato salad from Paul Prudhomme

Emulsion is when you mix 2 things together that normally don't mix. Vinegar and oil for a vinaigrette, water and cold butter for Beurre Monte, or Eggs and oil for mayonnaise. The main thing you have to do is add the thing being emulsified (usually the fat = Oil, butter) slowly and whip it in till it's gone, before you add more. So we're going to make mayo.

1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk
1 ½ cups of vegetable oil

This works best in a mixer with a whip, or a hand mixer or just a whisk. You can do it in a blender or a food processor but it tends to not work very well… whip the eggs till frothy. If you're doing this in a mixer, just keep it running. Slowly add the oil. Make sure it's all blended in before you add more (if you have a mixer you can do this in a steady stream). It will get thicker as you add more oil…now you've got "base mayo". From here you can flavor it anyway you want: garlic and lemon or garlic and French mustard for aioli, whatever …. We're going to make green onion salad dressing for the best potato salad in the whole world (adapted from Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen)….

To the mayo add:
1 1/2 tbls Creole mustard (brown mustard works too)
1 tbls white vinegar (any vinegar will do if you don't have white)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper (regular black pepper works too)
1 small bunch or green onions chopped (mostly the white part) Mix it up … that's your dressing…

For the salad..
4 medium baking potatoes, baked, peeled and cut in to 1 inch cubes (do this just like you would bake a potato, let it cool, peel it, cut it up)

6 hard boiled eggs chopped
(start with 6 eggs in cold water, bring to a simmer, don't boil.. let it simmer for 13 minutes, put them in cold water to cool. As soon as they are cool, crack them and peel them. Don't let them sit for a long time or they will be hard to peel)

1 onion chopped (cut in half lengthwise, cut off the top of each half, peel, let the root hold the half together. Lay one half down on the flat side, make downward cuts lengthwise, the cross cuts lengthwise, then cross cuts till you get to the root .. do the same with the other half)

1 head of celery chopped (cut off the top and the bottom and chop)

1 green bell pepper chopped (cut it in half and take out all the seeds)

1 tsp cayenne pepper or any red pepper

4 tbls of French's yellow mustard

1 1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp white pepper

Green onion salad dressing

Put all of this in a bowl, but don't mix it till just before you want to serve it. It's best 2 seconds after you mix it.. Just pile it all in and let sit till you're ready…..When you're ready, scoop it up from the bottom and fold it over the top to mix it. Try not to mash up the potatoes too much, but mix it well. Taste it, you may need more salt or more yellow mustard. You'll know its right when you can't make yourself stop tasting it. (have all you want! This is why you're the cook and they aren't)… This is perfect for your New Years day football party, BBQ, or any time you're awake ..


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How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9am.



2 Chronicles 7:14 . if my people, who are called by my name, will pray then I will hear from heaven.

So I need everybody to pray. If you don't pray much, do it one time. You can just say "God help these people. I pray in Jesus's name". That will be good enough. Let's see what God will do. Do it right now!

Christiana, Brian, Brent, Tracy, Craig, Alexis, Joni, Russ, Andi, Emily, Carol, Ronnie, Jack, Brady, Amanda, Smith, Terri,  Miracle, Hutch, Cheryl, Craig, Thomas, Wade, Dalton, Morgan, Brady, Tracy, Pierce, children of St.Jude, Louanne, Jason, Hatley, Cam, Chet, Judy, Addyson, Jay, Greg, Mitzi, Matt, Grace, Jennifer, Scott, Cristen, Alexandria, Cole, Jerry, Ron, Jeremy, A Dillon, Rev Cole, Samuel, Morgan, Terry, Kaz, Lauren, Allison, Christian, Marilyn, Ken, Ashley, EJ, Lora, Paige, Kyle, Franca, B- Family, Dylan, Gary, KJ, Cliff, David, Billie, Julie Ann, Jessica, Pam, Doug, Martha, Jason, Nolan, Hayes, Bennett, Joyce, Layla Grace, Joe, Tina, Chris, Daniel, Jacob, Tyler, Don, Charlotte, Heather, Margaret, S- Family, Kavious, Wayne, Raymond, Cody, Judy, Laura, Sue, Eden, Tammy, Mike, Ron, Ed, Jaxon, TM, Kelsey, Blake, Charlie, Brad, Kirk, Will & Ben, Pat & Tracy, Kimberly, Brooke, Gary, Raymond, Michel, Jimmy, Mike, Carol, Karen, Robin, Joe, Forrest, Metis, Ben, Genie, Walt, Sheri, Lisa, Brooke, Yater, Barbara, Don, Rick & Barbara, Ana & Will & Mary Margret, Jonah, Kay, Jim, Freddie Mae, Meredith, Ron, Saeed, Laurie, Sean, Susie, Phillip, Arnell, Lauren, Will, Carla, Martha, Cara, Luahn, Ljuliana, Max, Parker, B Family, Jane, Graham, Grason, Mary , Bill, Mike, Verne, Livi, Kenny,Angela, Lynne, Mike, Edie, Todd, Danny,  LO, Kenny, Ricky, Suzan, Mike, Jimmy, Sarah, C-Family, Polly, Cassy, Kathy, Jerome, Betty Lou
, JM, Edie, Kathy, Melinda, Joe, May, Jim, Mandy, Teri, Roe, LG, Melanie, Mike, Will, Lynne, Bob, Steve, Don, David, Cameron, Jessica.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 12:38 PM