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excuse me while I vent a moment

Why is it that people always tell you they have nothing in mind, no limits, no structure, no ideas to give you when they want to see something (a proposal, a sample, whatever), but the minute they get anything from you they suddenly know exactly what it is they wanted? And of course you haven't been able to guess it correctly, because how could you, when they wouldn't even give you a clue…grrr.

I've also been annoyed lately by people who ask you for something, and then don't even bother to let you know they received it. I know it can happen, sometime circumstances have kept me from responding to someone quickly. But when everyone seems to be doing it…grrr.

As you can see, I'm really full of grrr today!

Moving on…thanks to everyone for the luau suggestions. The problem is, coconut is out (long story). Dessert is out (there's two already). Main dishes are out (being provided by host, hostess and baby host). And anything I make has to be transportable, and not need cooking on arrival. So, that knocks out almost everything. But, my sister-in-law commented that she's worried that there isn't enough for anyone who doesn't like the luau-style food (oh, and janaki, it's what I'd call really inauthentic luau style) so I'm thinking of a mango-based salsa and chips, not very polynesian but tropical, avoids the coconut issue, and can be enjoyed by anyone who isn't into the whole theme. Now I just have to see if I can actually find canned mangos, because we certainly don't have them fresh in the store right now. Oh, and find a good recipe. I have one very simple mango salsa recipe that'll do, but if anyone's got one they've actually tried, please speak up! Oh, yeah, and I have to make it tomorrow night. Golly, do I need a day off!


Dear Sarah;
'Mango and Tequila Salsa':
2 cups peeled and diced mangos,
2/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped,
2 tablespoons orange juice,
1 tablespoon minced/seeded jalapeno,
2 teaspoons chopped mint,
1/2 teaspoon salt,
3 tablespoons good tequila (optional)

makes four cups.
stir, cover,chill,enjoy.

But somehow my instincts tell me that if they won't eat coconut they sure as heck ain't gonna appreciate the tequila!
How can anybody not absolutely adore coconut?
Good luck,
your fan Brad, licking up the last of the Velveeta...

yeah, I don't think tequila would go over so well (although it makes sense to me - I'll keep that one for myself!)!
Also, most of the mango salsa recipes I found seemed to be meant for fish or chicken, and I didn't think people would like the crunchy raw stuff on their chips so much, so I went with a more traditional cooked salsa. Seems like it turned out good, but I won't know until it's cool. I'm telling you, salsa is creepy when it's still warm...