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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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Are Walls Overrated?

Apparently we have been getting too rowdy in our cubicles. The head honcho's secretary sent out a "Cubicle Courtesy" reminder. These are my favorites:

Privacy
Don't "prairie-dog" over the tops of cubes or peek in as you walk past each one. (Why do you just take ALL of the fun out of my day?)
Keep your hands off a cube dweller's desk. Just because there's no door doesn't mean you can help yourself to their paper clips. (Cube dweller, tee hee.)

Talking
Don't talk through cube walls or congregate outside someone's cube. For impromptu meetings, go to a conference room or break room.
Don't bring clients to your cube to meet with them. Go to an office or conference room.
Don't yell across the "cube farm". Get up and move to the other person's location.

General Noise
Work out an arrangement with your neighbors to take lunch breaks at different times. This will give each of you some quiet time in your cube. (Yeah right.)
Eat quietly. Avoid gum-popping, humming, slurping and pen tapping.

Smells
A good rule of thumb is to never eat hot food at your desk. Food odors can bother your hungry or nauseous neighbors. (So the salmon I am eating right now is bad?)
Perfume and cologne should be avoided in a cubicle arrangement. Your neighbors may have allergies.
Keep an air freshener handy. (I am afraid to ask.)
Keep your shoes on!

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