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What is that smell?

I was sitting in the sanctuary one Saturday afternoon listening to the band practice and I started smelling something. I can smell things that nobody else can smell, a blessing and a curse. I couldn't figure out what it was, it just smelled bad. I checked my shoes and myself but nothing smelled like that. I looked at my watch and smelled it.... again … sniffed…sniffed … it was my watch… really my watch band… yuk …. I washed it and sprayed good smelling stuff on it and seemed to get OK .. I wondered who else had smelled it, probably only me…. I can go in to the Penzey's Spice store and smell my way all around the world. I sometimes just go there to smell, it's great! I know the people who work there think I'm weird, maybe everybody does it?  …. Borders bookstore had a smell that could knock me out. It's like Kryptonite and Superman. I couldn't go in there. Nobody else could smell it. I went in there once, got a book to look at and ordered a cup of coffee, sat down, 2 sips of coffee and started feeling dizzy. I shook it off and kept reading. Then I had to put my head down on the table, then I almost passed out. I left the book and the coffee on the table and crawled out on my hands and knees (really, hands and knees, almost didn't make it out). I guess they thought I was crazy, maybe nobody saw me??? I was kinda low to the ground … As soon as I got outside, I was fine.. The weird thing is that I can go in to any other book store and I'm fine. I figured it was me. A few months later I went back in with some friends to buy a book and they  had to carry me out … So I statred staying  in the car .. I guess I could point at stuff in the window and slip my credit card under the door … but I couldn't go in ….

God's like that: sometimes we smell great, just like Christ and sometimes we stink like we've been playing in the garbage. The good part is that God will stand there with you either way, he's got big plans for you even if you're smelly …

Maybe I'll go to Penzey's and get some curry powder to put in my nose so I can go buy some books ….. I quit wearing a watch…

This Tuesday Sept 1 is "Macky Day" if you go to Starbucks tell them your name is Macky (not sure how that works right now) or you can go to Huey's ask for a Macky special(kids burger with fries and a Coke)  Or PK and I and probably a bunch of Macky's friends will be at Huey's in Germantown sometime Tuesday? Come say hey..


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

Mediterranean Diet:
Several of my ConeHeads have gardens and one of them has a bunch of Zucchini. So I started hunting recipes for him. Here's 2:

This is from Melissa Clark from the New York Times. I like this one because it has curry powder in it. You can make a lot of things more interesting just by adding a pinch of curry powder. 

Zucchini Tian With Curried Bread Crumbs 


1 tablespoon curry powder (Penzey's spices)

7 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/4 cups whole-wheat or regular panko bread crumbs (Kroger)

2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt

1 large white onion, halved and thinly sliced

2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup dry white wine or water

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon orange zest

1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste

4 medium zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds), thinly sliced (about 7 cups)


1..Heat oven to 400 degrees.

2..Heat a large (iron skillet works great) skillet over medium-high heat, then add curry powder and let toast until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, then stir in panko bread crumbs and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a bowl and wipe out skillet.

3..In the same skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat, then add onions, rosemary and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often, until onions are a deep golden brown. Add tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes. Pour white wine/water into pan and bring to a simmer, scraping up any brown bits.

4..Remove from heat and stir in garlic, orange zest and black pepper.

(((if you are using an Iron skillet, you can put the onion mixture on a plate and use your iron skillet for the next part instead of the gratin dish)))

5..Grease inside of a medium-size gratin dish with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and spread a third of the onion and tomato mixture on the bottom.

6..Begin layering a third of the zucchini in an overlapping pattern, beginning around the outside and working your way in.

7..Sprinkle with a third of the bread crumbs.

8..Repeat layering two more times, Onions, zucchini, bread crumbs.. ending with bread crumbs. Drizzle 3 tablespoons olive oil over bread crumbs and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until vegetables are extremely tender and top has browned.

6 to 8 servings


This is from Tom Colicchio, His restaurant is Craft in NYC …

Zucchini with Niçoise Olives and Burrata


1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

8 medium zucchini (about 3 1/4 pounds)-halved lengthwise, seeded and cut into 1/3-inch dice

3 thyme sprigs or lemon thyme

Kosher salt

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup pitted Niçoise olives, chopped

Freshly ground pepper

3/4 pound burrata or buffalo mozzarella, sliced (((This is that fancy mozzarella that comes in the little bag where the cheese is floating in water.. It's expensive and has almost no taste, but it looks cool and it's fun to say "burrata" .. Here's my substitutes: Plain yogurt, cottage cheese pureed in a food processor, or sour cream… He's going for that bland creamy taste to offset the lemon juice and the olives. So another normal kind of cheese WON'T work… I think the cottage cheese idea is the best, maybe better than the burrata.. It's made in a very simular way.)))


1..In a very large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add one-third of the zucchini, 1 thyme sprig, a generous pinch of salt and 1/4 cup of water and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is barely tender and the water has evaporated, about 5 minutes; add more water if the zucchini starts to brown.

2..Transfer the zucchini to a baking sheet to cool; discard the thyme sprig. Wipe out the skillet and repeat twice more with the remaining olive oil, thyme, zucchini and salt, adding 1/4 cup of water to each batch.

3..In a large bowl, toss the cooled zucchini with the grated lemon zest, lemon juice and olives. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving platter. Arrange the burrata over the zucchini and serve.


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 9:48 AM