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Subject: Totally off HF..a food question
Date Posted: 9/11/2010 7:53 PM ET
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I want to take a quick poll here...for some reason, I trust you people.  (In spite of my towering TBR pile which you all had a part in making grow!)

Anyway.  I am the host library for a meeting on Tuesday.  We'll have between 15 and 20 librarians coming for a day-long meeting, and the host library is supposed to feed everyone lunch.  We're having the meeting in our new branch, which has a minimal kitchen.  There is a fridge, and a small microwave, but no stove.  So I need a fast, easy menu that requires little heat.

I've decided to go Mexican, and serve Tortilla soup (I can keep it warm in my slow cooker), some jacked-up cornbread muffins, a bean dip (completely awesome and which I can zap in the microwave) with chips, and then I found a sinful sounding recipe for Mexican Chocolate Brownies for dessert.  My question is: does this sound like enough of a meal to satisfy?  I can make a meal out of brownies alone, so I'm having a bit of a hard time deciding if I should, say, throw a salad in there too, or add sandwiches.

Thoughts?  Would you be happy?  WWMSD?  (What Would Martha Stewart Do?)

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 8:05 PM ET
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It sounds good to me. As a vegetarian, you may want to make a bit of veggie tortilla soup for those who are veggie.

Yum!

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 8:53 PM ET
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I might have one small plate of sandwiches in case you have someone who doesn't like or can't eat Mexican. 



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Date Posted: 9/11/2010 9:07 PM ET
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Mimi...I planned on making the soup vegetarian.  Some make it with shredded chicken, but you can make it without too.

Christa...that might be a good idea.  Maybe I should substitute the sandwiches for the bean dip.  But now that I've been thinking about it, I'm really hungry for it! surprise



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Date Posted: 9/11/2010 11:55 PM ET
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Vicky -- it all sounds yummy to me, especially the Mexican brownies...and the tortilla soup...and the cornbread...and the bean dip. I was thinking of crashing the party, but just looked up on Mapquest to discover that it would be a 5-hour drive each way -- so don't bother setting that extra place. However, feel free to post (or PM me) the recipes.  Hope both the meeting and lunch are wildly successful!

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 8:52 AM ET
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Deb...c'mon, what's five hours?  You would fit right in with librarians that love to be fed!  cheeky  But, if you still think it's too far, I will send you the recipes.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 9:13 AM ET
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Sounds good to me, although the veggie suggestion is a good one. Whenever we have an open house kind of thing at the office they always go to Costco and get those lovely sandwich trays. No muss, no fuss.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 3:16 PM ET
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Deb...c'mon, what's five hours?

Yeah -- but it's five hours EACH WAY. sad So, I'll settle for the recipes (unless you want to send me a care package, though unfortunately I suspect the food wouldn't sustain its shape, form, texture, or taste through the mail).

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 10:25 PM ET
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I'd also love  a veggie tortilla soup recipe!

We're all drooling through the computer screen!

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 10:07 AM ET
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Vicky you could also possibly offer the shredded chicken on the side for people who wanted to add it to the soup. Your menu sounds yummy, wish I could be there to sample.
Date Posted: 9/13/2010 10:30 AM ET
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Cheryl, that would be a good idea...but it's too late now.  I went shopping yesterday (I'm an hour away from a grocery store) so it's a veggie soup. surprise  But I did buy sandwich fixings, just in case.  Plus I have to make the bean dip.  Leftovers are okay...wink

Today is Cooking Day; I'll post the recipes later, I promise!

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 11:38 AM ET
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Yum!  Love the comments, too.

Date Posted: 9/14/2010 4:13 PM ET
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I'm totally inept at entertaining or planning menus.  I'm not a great cook either.  However, I did want to pop in and ask, you actually TRUST us?  LOL!

Date Posted: 9/14/2010 4:27 PM ET
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However, I did want to pop in and ask, you actually TRUST us?  LOL!    Crazy, eh?  devil

Date Posted: 9/15/2010 12:56 AM ET
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Well, some of us are more trustworthy than others (but I'm not naming any names).

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 4:03 PM ET
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Good thinkin' Deb!

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 5:31 PM ET
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Good thinkin' Deb!

 Well, gotta be careful in this forum. I sure don't want to get black-listed...or wet-noodled.