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As if we might say "NO"!

My brother and I used to go to the Texas State fair in Dallas every year. My grandparents lived there and my parents had both graduated from the University of Texas and could get tickets to the Texas / Oklahoma football game. I can't remember how old we were, about 11 or 12. My parents would put us on a bus to Dallas for a 10 hour bus ride. We got off at every stop, ate junk food, played pinball games, had a great time. If you've never been to the Texas State fair, It's like all state fairs, just bigger. I guess 8 to 10 times bigger than the Midsouth fair and to an 11 year old kid it looks as big as the whole world. We went several years so we had all of our favorite spots and favorite food. We always had to go see the cars of the future, and the bulls and monster pigs. We went on some of the rides but we never were big on rides, there was just too much to see to bother with that. My grandfather always gave us $20 each, we couldn't spend all of it even if we tried, you can only eat so many corn dogs. The end of the day was the Texas / OU football game. There aren't any games around here that are as big a rivalry as this one. There are always fights in the streets of Dallas the night before, half the stadium is Red with OU fans and the other half is orange with Texas fans. People are just crazy. The game is always iffy, it doesn't matter what either team is ranked, both teams could win. There aren't as many people in the Cotton Bowl as there are at a Tennessee game in Knoxville, but to us it was the biggest thing we had ever seen. You walk out of the tunnel in to the stands and see and hear 60,000 people yelling, we were stunned. We always sat with a bunch of Texas fans, we cheered with them, boo-ed the ref … it was more fun than a kid should be allowed to have. The funny thing was that my dad always asked us if we wanted to go again the next year, as if we might say "NO".  We always turned and looked at each other like we were afraid our father had lost his mind and then turned and looked at him with a worried look. I guess he thought we were in doubt. Our only doubts were about him … "Would you like to go to the biggest football game of your favorite team at the biggest state fair in the world?" A really dumb question to an 11 year old boy. I think I would still be going if I thought I could get tickets.

God's like that: He asks us what seems to be a dumb question.. And you already know everything you need to know to answer. So here's the question: Forget about everything you've done in the past. Would you like to be part of the biggest plan in the whole world? Would you like your life to really count? ….Gods got big plans for you ….

I can smell the monster pigs and funnel cakes from here….


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:
This one won't be 10 minutes, but its close and its Gordon Ramsay. 

Broiled Chicken with Tagliatelle and mushroom Veloute:

4 oz Mushrooms (Baby ports)

4 tbsp olive oil

1 large shallot minced

2/3 cup dry white wine

2 cups of chicken stock (if you are making this yourself, make dark stock.. i.e roast the chicken bones first)

1 cup heavy cream

1 pound of tagliatelle/linguine dry pasta (something good like De Cecco…
or make it fresh)

4 boneless chicken breasts, skin on, about 4 oz each

Salt & Pepper

Finely chop half of the mushrooms.

Make the sauce first:  Hot pan -  Heat 1 tbsp oil and sauté the shallot until colored, about 5 min. Add the chopped mushrooms. Cook for 3 more min. Add the wine and cook till reduced by half . 5 min …. Add the stock and Salt and pepper and boil till reduced by half .. 5min… Stir in the cream and simmer for 5 min … Pour the sauce through a strainer in to another pan and set aside …. That was the hard part ..

Pre heat the broiler.. Brush the chicken with oil, then salt and pepper. Broil skin side up till skin becomes crisp, then turn over (you can do this on a baking sheet or in any skillet that will go in the oven, like an Iron skillet. No plastic handles) … about 3- 5 min per side …

While the chicken is cooking sauté the rest of the mushrooms in 1 tbsp of olive oil.. After they have cooked for a few minutes add salt and pepper. The salt will draw out the water in the mushrooms… Cook till you get a nice brown color on the mushrooms.

Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. If you get De Cecco it will tell you exactly how long to boil it for perfect pasta… drain the pasta and put it back in a large pan… add half of the sauce and mix..

Reheat the remaining sauce. Reheat the mushrooms

To Serve: Divide pasta among 4 warm bowls. Cut the chicken into medallions and place on the pasta. Cover the chicken with the sauce and scatter the sautéed mushrooms over…  About 40 min total …

This with some warm bread on a cold night is hard to beat.



Posted by Mack Oates at 12:01 PM