Maryann was one of the first friends I made when I "came out." It was such a transitory period of my life...a time of old friends stopping being friends...and new friends appearing. Because I was so uncertain about so many things in my life at that point, I used to say to her something along the line of "If we still know each other next year, let's do ______ "(fill in the blank). That comment used to drive her nuts. Now we have known each other almost 40 years...so Maryann, I guess I can no longer say "If we still know each other next year" because we both know beyond a doubt that we will.
Over the years that have been so many events that have become stories of laughter at the things we have done. I could spend the whole morning telling all of you these stories. However, for today's purpose suffice it to say that I fondly remember: 1) Making snow angels while dressed in a suit and topcoat because MA was doing the same while in a smart cocktail dress and fur jacket. 2) Mai Tai fueled evenings at Don The Beachcomber (in St. Paul, MN). 3) The very infamous Christmas sing-along tape (which is now a CD). Yes, there are more stories but I stop here for today...and share with you her recipe for "Asian Slaw."
1 - 3 oz pkg Chicken Ramen Noodles
3-4 oz sunflower seeds
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 - 16 oz pkg cole slaw
Crush the ramen noodles in a bowl, stir in the seasoning packet, sunflower seeds, green onions, oil, vinegar and sugar. Mix 'til sugar is dissolved.
Place the coleslaw mix into a large salad bowl, pour dressing mix over and toss lightly to combine well. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.