Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Oh The Horror

I just finished watching "Super Size Me." Everyone, I repeat EVERYONE on the planet should be required to see this movie. I rarely make such sweeping statements but this is one I feel strongly about.
Basically it is about a guy who eats at M*cDonald's three meals a day for thirty days. He only consumes the food from their menu. He does this experiment under the watchful eyes of three doctors, a nutritionist and a physical trainer. He also cuts down his physical activity to less than a mile a day which mimics most Americans. His health deteriorates so badly that all of his medical advisors urge him to quit before the month is over. It was fascinating to watch it all play out. I was amused, disgusted, angry and depressed all at the same time. What really got me was his look at school lunch programs. It breaks my heart to think about what we are doing to our children.
I seriously doubt that a nugget will ever cross my lips again after seeing how they are made.

Horrifying facts:

1. Regular size yogurt parfait w/ granola contains the same amount of calories as a hot fudge or caramel sundae.
2. Even their salads contain sugar.
3. A supersize fry (when you used to be able to buy them) is a half a pound of french fries.
4. Their new chicken salad with ranch dressing has the same calories as a B*g Mac.

Ugh, I feel so yucky. I urge you to see it for yourself. That is unless you don't want to ruin it for yourself.

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