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This Week

You can always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get…

"Glory Road" is one of my favorite movies. It's the true story of when Texas Western won the NCAA national men's basketball championship in 1966, "The final Four".  The coach, Don Haskins, couldn't recruit against all of the big schools like Kentucky and Duke for white players. He tried, but he had no money and nothing to offer but scholarships, and nobody had ever heard of his school. So he went after black players. He found them on playgrounds and working in factories. The players never thought they had a chance to go to college and the coach never thought he would have a team that was any good, but there they were. It changed the whole game of basketball, it made it possible for thousands of black kids to go to college, it even changed the way we dress. If they had not won with 7 black players when the whole rest of the country had white players only, Michael Jordan may have never played at North Carolina, and we would still be wearing Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. Think of all the great players we would have missed, most weren't even born when this happened.  The funny thing about it is, if the coach had gotten the players he really, really wanted, he would have had a pretty good team, but he would never have won the NCAA championship, not even close. And he would have never changed history ….

God's like that: We get mad when things don't go the way we want, but God's got a better idea. We can get to where we want to be, but we've got to use what we've got, instead of wishing for something else. The cool thing is that God surrounds us with support that we can see, friends, people that care about us. There's no mystery where that comes from…..

If you see the movie, the events actually took place over a 4 - 5 year period. They condensed it to one year for the movie …. I wonder where my Converse tennies are?


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

Mediterranean Diet:
OK, so my Mediterranean Diet got lost somewhere this week. After a Huey Burger and fries and 2 scoops Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Therapy I was swimming in American bliss… So we're skipping the Mediterranean Diet today ….

Sherry Yard is one of the great pastry chefs in America. She was the pastry chef at Spago in Beverly Hills for 20 years and now has her own place, Helms Bakery. She has 2 cookbooks: "The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts" and "Desserts by the Yard: From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills: Recipes from the Sweetest Life Ever" …. The cool thing about her books is that they are written for chefs that work in restaurants (((which is good for home cooks too))) .. She has "Master" recipes and then variations.. You learn the Master recipe and your imagination can take over after that …. So if you're making Ice Cream, Crème anglaise, Whiskey sauce, custard, Crème brûlée, or boiled custard it's all the same recipe and then frozen, not frozen, spiked, cooked in a bain-marie, or poured in a glass.. vanilla, chocolate, coffee.. any flavor you want. If you can make the master, it wide open after that .
Here's 2 recipes… Kids can help on both of them.. you need parchment paper for both (Kroger):

Quintessential Chocolate Chip Cookies.. total time 40 min (((Notice that this recipe is all in grams. That's because all pastry chefs do things by weight, not by measure. It is much easier and way, way more precise.. You can buy a digital scale on Amazon for $15)))


185 grams all-purpose flour (1 1/2 cups)

2 grams baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)

115 grams butter (4 ounces/1 stick)

100 grams sugar (1/2 cup)

80 grams light brown sugar (1/2 cup packed)

2 grams salt (1/4 teaspoon)

1 egg

5 grams vanilla (1 teaspoon)

225 grams bittersweet chocolate (8 ounces), cut in 1-inch pieces (or use coins)


1.. Sift together flour and baking soda and set aside. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until lemony yellow, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl and paddle. Add sugar, brown sugar and salt. Continue creaming mixture on medium speed until it is smooth and lump free, about 1 minute. Stop mixer and scrape down sides of bowl and paddle.

2.. Add egg and vanilla and beat on low speed for 15 seconds, or until they are fully incorporated. Do not over-beat. Scrape down sides of bowl and paddle.

3.. On low speed, add sifted flour mixture. Beat slowly until all of the flour is incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add chocolate chunks and mix in.

4.. Heat oven to 350 degrees with the rack positioned in the lower third of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Spoon heaping teaspoons of dough 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. If not baking right away, remove small handfuls or spoonfuls of dough from mixer and plop them down on the middle of a sheet of parchment or wax paper, creating a log about 1 1/2 inches wide and 12 inches long. Fold parchment over, creating a sausage. Chill for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight. Using a serrated knife, slice chilled dough into 1/3-inch-thick rounds and place them 2 inches apart, in staggered rows, on parchment-lined sheets and proceed. (Dough will keep nicely, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator for 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw frozen dough at room temperature for 30 minutes before slicing.)

5.. Bake one sheet at a time for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned, rotating the baking sheet front to back halfway through. Remove from heat and slide parchment off baking sheet and onto a work surface. Allow cookies to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving, or for at least 20 minutes before storing in an airtight container. They will keep for up to 3 days at room temperature.

YIELD About 4 dozen cookies

NOTE: For even more chocolaty cookies, add another 1 to 2 ounces (30 to 60 grams) of chocolate. If you want flat, crispy cookies, when you go to turn the baking sheets halfway through the baking, tap them down on the back of the oven door before sliding them back in. This will cause the rising cookies to fall.


Baked Apple Pouches .
. (((You'll need some kitchen string for this: Kroger)))

Serves: 8


3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 pound Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup golden raisins

1 lemon, juiced

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 package large square egg roll skins

1/4 cup melted butter

Confectioners' sugar

Vanilla ice cream

Instructions for Baked Apple Pouches Recipe

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the butter and melt. Add the apples, sugar, raisins, lemon juice, and cinnamon and sauté until the apples are tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Lay an egg roll skin on a flat surface with 1 of the points facing you so it looks like a diamond. Lay another egg roll skin on top of this one to create a diamond/star shape.

Place 1/4 cup of the filling in the center of the wrappers and gather the egg roll skin around the filling to create a pouch. Tie the pouch with kitchen string and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients.

Brush the pouches with the melted butter and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Remove from the oven and dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve with Ice cream.


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 (1 1/2 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 9:15am.

See you online this weekend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 9:09 AM