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This Week

Water? What water?

I got to church early one Sunday to unlock and turn stuff on to get ready for the day. When I got to the back of the building I heard something that sounded like a waterfall. Of course we've got fountains all over the place and a waterfall and at 4:30am my brain doesn't work really well, so I thought maybe it was some kind of water thing they had set up, didn't really think much about it. I just continued on. One of the things I always do is check the "Dimmer room" and the "Video Rack Room". The Video rack room is where all of the computers and mixers and switchers are that run all of the video that you see on the big screens, it's a lot of stuff. The Dimmer room is where all the lights are controlled. There is a dimmer for every one or two lights…several hundred. And there's several hundred kilowatts running through all those dimmers. The reason I check the rooms is to be sure the air conditioners are still running and the rooms are nice and cool, can't have that stuff over heating in the middle of church. The Air conditioners are big box looking things that hang from the ceiling. About 8 feet long and 4 feet square. Inside is a fan and 2 things that look like the radiator in your car, little fins with tubes going through them. One of these radiator things has hot water running through it to heat the room and the other one has cold stuff going through it to cool the room…… So I'm hearing this water …. I walked in to the dimmer room and there is water pouring out of the air conditioner and at least 1/4 inch of water on the floor!!!! I closed the hot water valve and that slowed it down, but it was still coming out. I sprinted out of there to find a big garbage can to catch the water. As I was running out the door to the foyer my wet shoes slipped and I went flying through the air and landed on my back on the concrete stairs… I figured I was going to die by drowning. I was never going to be able to get up and the water would soon cover me… I slowly got up, nothing was broken and started again after the garbage cans, I got 6 … Now I was catching all of the water but I had to get the water off the floor before it got to the dimmer rack .. Wet dry vac! …I started sucking up water… I emptied a 10 gallon wet/dry vac 8 times. Two of my guys showed up and told me the water was leaking down to the choir room … what else??? I let them finish.. the big crisis was over… the dimmers were still on, the lights still worked, video still showed, the choir still sang, cars got parked, sermons got preached and it was just another big Sunday ….. I bet you never knew ..

God's like that: We pray and pray and think nothing is happening. Think everything is still same. But you have no idea what God is doing in the background. There are things going on that you will never know about. God promises to answer prayers. He didn't promise to tell you how he did it. Keep praying, never give up. God has lots of things going on just for you…

I'm taking my swim fins and a snorkel next time I go in there ….


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

New Orleans Continued ….

I thought I would give you an easy one this week. BBQ Shrimp..All you need is a skillet and some fire. You could even do this on a camping trip. You can make a ton of this if you have a bunch of people to feed, you just keep making the same thing over and over in the same pan. Make one batch, dump it in a bowl and start again. I've made this for 30 people and had no problem keeping up. Once you do it a couple of times you'll remember all of the steps ….  This is another one from Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen, one of the greatest cookbooks of all time…

BBQ Shrimp:

2 dozen un-peeled shrimp (leave the shells on. It makes the shrimp better and it gives your guests something to do while they eat… slows them down a little too.)

Seasoning mix:
   1 tsp ground red pepper (Cayenne or Chipotle)
   1 tsp black pepper
   1/2 tsp salt
   1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
   1/2 tsp dried thyme
   1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
   1/8 tsp dried oregano

1 stick + 5 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup shrimp stock or water
1/4 cup beer at room temp 

All the seasoning mix things and the minced garlic can be bought at Penseys…

You can make shrimp stock if you have some shells. Put the shells in a pan and cover them with water. Add some "shrimp/Crab boil" if you have it (also at Penseys). Bring it to a simmer and let it cook for 45min. Pour it through a strainer.

To make the BBQ Shrimp:

Combine all of the seasoning mix in a bowl.

In a large skillet combine 1 stick of butter, the garlic, Worcestershire and seasoning mix over high heat…. (If you are making several batches of this for a bunch of people here's what you do: Say you were going to make this 4 times. Make 4 times the seasoning mix = 4 tsp of red pepper, 4 tsp black pepper…etc. For each batch use about 1 1/3 tbsp of the seasoning mix… everything else you can measure on the fly. Just have all of your ingredients close and have your measuring spoons close)

When the butter is melted, add the shrimp, cook for 2 minutes… shake the pan back and forth, this will keep the butter from "Breaking".

Add the remaining 5 tbsp of butter and the stock/water. Cook and shake for 2 more minutes.

Add the beer and cook and shake 1 more minute, Remove from heat… You're done….  Serve it right out of the skillet

Or if you are making more than one batch: Once you make the first batch you start leaving out some of the last 5 tbsp of butter ….

Be sure to have plenty of bread to soak up the juices. You can serve this over rice or just let everybody eat right out of the bowl… This also works with bay scallops, small fish or fish pieces, even chicken fingers (be sure you cook the chicken till it's done..don't want any raw chicken) …



Posted by Mack Oates at 12:06 PM