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This week 03-10-15

What were you thinking?

It's always interesting to me to see what people were thinking and how they made decisions during world changing events. Of course they didn't know it was a world changing event or something that would be taught in history books forever. It was just the next thing they had to do. I remember listening to David Frost interview Nixon talking about Watergate and the war. I listened to Jimmy Carter's book where he tells about the middle east peace plan and the conversations he had with other world leaders.

I listened to Bill Clinton's book and some of the things he had to deal with. I love the recordings of the Kennedy brothers during the Cuban missile crisis. It doesn't matter if you like these people or if you like what happened, I just want to know what they were thinking. When Martin Luther King said "I may not get there with you" did he mean he thought we was going to be killed or did he mean he thought it was going to take a long time and he might not live that long? I wonder what he was thinking before he came to Memphis. Was it something he knew he had to do or was it just another thing in a series of events that he was lined up for. Wouldn't it be great to ask him? Wouldn't you like to ask Thomas Jefferson how he picked the words for the Declaration of Independence? Did he know that would be the foundation of the greatest country in the history of the world? Or Abraham Lincoln when he wrote Gettysburg Address, did he understand that would be the turning point for the history of the United States?  A friend of mine has a picture of his father explaining the invasion of Normandy to Eisenhower and Montgomery and a bunch of other people using a map resting on the hood of a jeep. Do you think he had any idea of the historical significance of that day or was he just doing his job? The people who are still alive to talk about things like that always seem to think it was just another day at the office. They say stuff like "It just seemed like the right thing to do at the time." or "we discussed it and thought it was a good idea, so we did it." They never say "We thought this would change the world and set our place in history".  All of these people brush their teeth, drink coffee, get the flu, wake up sleepy, have good days and bad days, and second guess things they do. They're just people. People with big ideas, maybe, or people stuck in big situations, but still just people. No super heroes, no angels, no special powers .... Usually just people who wanted to do the right thing...

God's like that: He calls us to action, not to watch. Doers of the word not just hearers. What are you thinking?  When are you going to do it?

Do you ever wonder if you have changed somebody's life for the better?  Maybe you don't even know it....


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes - Living Well - Mediterranean Diet

I just finished cooking a six course dinner for the ConeHeads this week. We had a great time like we always do. The thing that always happens is I work for 2 days to make all these different things and the course they like the most is the one I made as an after thought in about  15 minutes. Same thing this time. John Besh's Cheese Grits, so simple and so great. In Italy they call this Polenta. Different kinds of corn, but mostly the same thing. We ain't got no polenta in the south, we've got Grits and have had way before any fancy chef thought it was cool. John Besh is the real deal, he grew up in New Orleans. His mom cooked grits, and her mom cooked grits, and her mom cooked grits ... 



1 cup stone-ground white corn grits
1 jalapeño pepper (a few dashes of Tabasco works too)
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cream cheese - This is what makes it great!
1/4 cup grated Edam cheese or swiss cheese or your favorite cheese


1. Heat 4 cups of water in a large heavy-bottomed pot over high heat until it comes to a boil. Slowly pour in the grits while whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, for about 20 minutes.

2. While the grits are cooking, pan-roast the jalapeño pepper in a small skillet over high heat until the skin is brown and blistered. Cut the pepper in half lengthwise and remove the skin and the seeds from the pepper and discard. Mince the flesh and add it to the pot of grits.

3. Remove the pot from the heat and fold in the butter, cream cheese, and Edam cheese. Season with salt.


Posted by Mack Oates at 12:01 PM