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Isaac Hayes

8 years ago almost to the day we had the funeral for Isaac Hayes at Hope. It was a big deal. Of course he was a neighbor, lived around the corner. The day of the funeral I got 100 text messages while I was standing out in the parking lot from people wanting to be sure everything was going ok.. Everything went fine. 2300 - 2500 people.. The Shelby County Sheriff's Dept were my new best friends, we did traffic together. We had VIP's on one side of the parking lot and everybody else on the other side (I had the "everybody else" side). At 10:30am I heard 100 motorcycles coming down Walnut Grove. I thought maybe Isaac Hayes was in a Harley club, but it was Lamar Alexander with a bunch of state troopers (about 50), we didn't really have to check his credentials, just waved him through. I had a long conversation with George Kline out in the parking lot about how much he liked Isaac Hayes and what a big part he played in the history of Memphis music. He came late so we got to talk for a while. We finished parking and got in before the show started... Craig (Strickland) got up to ask people not to take pictures and got a 2 minute standing ovation. Al Sharpton was the first speaker. Now I know why he is so famous, he's a great speaker. By the time he was finished everybody was relaxed, laughing, and feeling good about being there. Jesse Jackson spent the first 10 minutes of his speech telling everybody why Hope Church was the greatest church in the whole world. He got several standing ovations for that even though most of the people were not from Hope (that was my favorite part).. They played Isaac Hayes songs and showed movie clips between speakers.. Kirk Whalum and Gary Goin were world class as usual playing several songs. Chick Corea was amazing. Doug E. Fresh was funny. Craig Brewer had some great stories. And Steve Cohen made me proud to be from Memphis. I left early to go help people get out of the parking lot, so I didn't see all of it. I probably had 900 to 1000 people stop on their way out and tell me "Thank You".  That happened several times with a whole line of traffic behind them, but they wanted to stop and talk and tell me how "Blessed" they were to be there. I though one lady was going to get out of her car and hug me. That would have really slowed traffic down. 2 College girls came in late wanting to know where they could see some Movie stars. When they came out they said they didn't see any, but that some musicians had invited them to a party.. It went on like that till about 4pm. Lots of smiling faces, lots of people waving. It didn't feel much like anybody had died..

God's like that: He always shows up. One famous Memphian emailed me and said " Every moment I have experienced at Hope is always filled with the love of Christ, however, today...well, I wish there was preacher at the creek right now because I would just get myself saved all over again! AMEN!.... NOT because of the famous and inspiring orators we heard today, or because of the over whelming appreciation of a wonderful Memphian, or because of the beautiful music.... Nope!".  Because God showed up at Hope that day, Just like we knew he would..

I wonder if the Sheriff's traffic guys can hook me up with Lamar Alexander so I can be one of those motorcycle escorts? I would even ride in the back..


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

This week it's Tetsuya Wakuda from his cookbook "Tetsuya"

You know all that duck you have in the freezer? Here's how to cook it.
(if you don't have duck in the freezer, you can get duck breasts at Fresh Market or D'artagnan. This will also work on any game meat, pork or chicken.)

8 oz Duck Breast (this is actually enough sauce and glaze to do 4 - 6 duck breasts if you want)

1 tbsp grapeseed oil or olive oil
7 oz soy sauce
3 1 /2 oz mirin
4 tbsp brown sugar

Dipping Sauce:
3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
7 oz soy sauce
1 1/2 oz mirin
1 tbsp grated ginger
2 oz unsweetened apple juice
1/2  white onion grated
1 clove garlic grated
Pinch of white pepper (or black pepper is ok too)

Pre heat your oven to 350.

(Mirin is kind of a sweet sake, but it doesn't taste like sake. You can actually drink it if you want. Depending on which type you buy it may or may not have alcohol in it. I've found it at Fresh Market and at only one wine store.  I use all the time for soups, sauces, and vinaigrettes. It's just a good, different taste …)

Pan fry the duck breast skin side down in 1/2 tbsp of grapeseed oil until the skin is crispy and brown. Transfer it to the oven and cook until internal temp of 130 degrees (you may even want to check the temp before you put it in the oven, it may be there already)

Turn on your broiler.

Combine the soy sauce, mirin, and brown sugar. Paint this on the duck once it has come out of the oven and slide it under the broiler skin side up. Once the glaze browns a little, pull it out and paint it again and put it back under the broiler… do this 2 more times…(if you are doing this with something other than duck, watch it, don't let it burn. It will still work but you have to watch it closely).. Take it out and Rest the duck for 7 - 8 minutes, cover it with foil to keep it warm..

For the sauce: Combine everything.

Slice the duck and dip Standard rules apply: this is best eaten standing over the stove with your fingers. The sauce will keep about a week in the fridge….



Posted by Mack Oates at 11:42 AM