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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In Goodbye I'm Finding None

Friday night babysitting went fine. I highly recommend the divide and conquer approach. Heather loved Harry Potter and we helped her carry a sleepy Zach out to the car. On Sat morning we went to a friend's community craft fair. I still don't have the holiday bug. We got a couple of unusual jams, Keegan scored a free tortilla chip and I purchased balsam wreaths for myself, my mom and Erika. We ended up stopping by Heather's because Zach had left some things behind. My parents came over for lunch and we fed them Cajun Shrimp-and-Corn Bisque and Barbeque Chicken-and-Black Bean Burritos. Both amazingly easy and delicious. My dad kept raving about them. Email me for recipes and modifications. After playing I actually got Keegan to nap. The grownups sat around and talked and my mom said she thought I was different now. Further questions and she said I had not cooked so much in years and that really I was back to being me.

Later we dropped Keegan at his dad's and did errands and then a quiet night at home. This morning we had planned to do another pancake recipe but decided to do our lunch plan as brunch and save the pancakes for another time. We had the leftover shrimp and corn bisque with Monte Cristo sandwiches. Jeff had decided to leave earlier than usual so he could pick up Isabelle today instead of tomorrow. So we spent the last hour curled up on the couch under a blanket talking. And when he left I actually believed for a whole two hours that I wouldn't miss him as much this time. I was wrong.
I have never felt so completely loved and content as when I am with him.

PS Keegan just got home and after we took off his jacket and shoes he asked about Jeff. I simply told him that he had gone home. He nodded and headed upstairs.

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