Mack's Corner

This Week

The Slap
My buddy Lewie and I used to coach Jr High football together at Cypress Jr High. We coached the 8th grade team and helped with the 9th grade team. The 9th grade team had won the region for the last 10 years and was playing Kingsbury. Kingsbury was the 2nd best team in the league behind us, but we still should have beat them by 3 touchdowns. At the end of the 1st half Kingsbury was ahead 7-0. We were playing terrible. The coach of the 9th grade team was one of the best coaches I've ever seen, great with the kids, changed their lives, but hated to loose. He didn't like being behind and sure didn't like being out played. At halftime he had the whole team down at one end zone and he was not happy. After "explaining the game" for about 15 minutes he walked up to the first kid and said "Are you ready to play?" … and then slapped him right in the face, nothing hard, just a finger slap, but hard enough to wake him up. Then he went to the next kid … "Are you ready to play?" …slapppppp!   … next kid .. "Are you ready…  slapppp …. All the way down the line. Lewie and I were amazed that each kid stepped up to get his slap and that the coach could keep a straight face the whole time. The last kid in line was a big kid named Archie. Archie played defensive line. He wasn't real smart but he didn't have to be to play defensive line, he just needed to be big. When the coach had about 3 kids left to slap, Archie reached down, picked up his helmet, and put it on …. Lewie and I almost passed out trying to keep from laughing, I had tears going down my face trying to keep a straight face. When the coach got to him, he was as serious as he could be and yelled "take off that helmet!!!!" ..slapppppp ..  We won the game by 3 touchdowns … it was never close..
God's like that: Most of the time the biggest thing going against us is us. God's trying to wake you up, sometimes it's a little painful. He's trying to help but you're trying to do it by yourself … ask God for help and then expect him to show up …
Maybe I need a personal slapper ... I'll wake up in a minute..


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:
I've got 2 this week. These are from the Saveur Magazine, the best food magazine still in existence. These are 2 very simple, very rustic dishes from northern Italy. Comfort food in extreme…
Soupe Crasse (Cheese and bread soup)
3 1/2 cups of chicken stock
5 tbsp butter
10 oz Italian bread sticks (or any day old good bread cut into 1/2 inch strips)
1 lb of Taleggio cheese (or any soft cheese that you like that has good flavor. )
Salt & Pepper
1/2  small onion
Bring stock to a boil..
In a skillet melt 1 tbsp of butter then turn off the heat. Put a layer of bread in the bottom of the skillet, then add a layer of cheese, then a layer of bread and another layer of cheese till you run out. Pour the stock over the bread and cheese and simmer for 30 min …
In the same pan you used to boil the stock add the remaining butter and the onion. Cook until onion is soft. Strain the onion flavored butter in to the soup, cook 10 more minutes .. serve in bowls 

La Tarte (Vanilla-rum custard)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped out (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
4 cups heavy cream
5 tbsp light rum (optional)
Preheat oven to 300
Whisk sugar, salt, eggs, and vanilla together, then add cream and rum and whisk. Transfer to a baking dish. Get a roasting pan or any baking dish that the dish holding the custard will fit in to. Put the custard dish in to the 2nd dish and pour boiling water in to the outside dish so that is goes half way up the side of the custard dish. This will surround the dish holding the custard with water so the custard will be protected from the heat.. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes until slightly loose in the center.. Remove and chill until set
So simple, Make both in 30 minutes, get comfortable



Posted by Mack Oates at 3:19 PM