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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We should line up our weather reporters and shoot them. I know it sounds extreme but this time they deserve it. Up until this morning they were saying light snow and no problems for the morning commute.
I can only describe my commute as terrifying. I'm no weather weenie and I have driven through some major storms. Today was my most harrowing experience in years. I reverse commute so I am always with local drivers who for the most part are smart in the snow and ice. But we were all unprepared for this morning's conditions.
Unprepared when the further we went north, where the snow was supposed to be less heavy, the visibility dropped. So when those tail lights appeared out of nowhere, people hit their brakes hard.

Cars were spinning out all over the place. I would have hit the woman in front of me except that she did a 360 and slid across to the other side of the road. In my rearview I watched a UPS truck disappear. I was able to come to a complete stop and stay straight. I had no choice but to keep going.
I kept going through all of the smashed cars, police cars, emergency vehicles and tow trucks. There were people off of the highway on both sides and I kept wondering where the road crews were. Finally as I got near Concord there were a whole row of them leading a pack of cars heading South. Maybe they were caught by surprise too.
I was going to run errands at lunch but now I am not budging. I am already dreading the drive home.

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