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
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The family portion of the holidays is officially winding down. My brother, his wife and the girls are heading back to VA tomorrow. I'm working this week so they have been amusing themselves. My mom took them up north yesterday to go snowtubing. On the way back down they came to see my house and we ordered in pizza. Then the kids ran around the house like lunatics. I knew I'd never get Keegan to go to bed with all the excitement so we pushed it back until they left. After he went down I picked up the chaos of toys all over and watched mind numbing sitcoms reminding myself of why I never watch them when they aren't repeats. I decided to call it a night, got ready for bed and then called Jeff who is spending the holidays in NY with his mom and Isabelle. They are heading back home today and then he'll be back down here tomorrow evening for the holiday weekend.
I am mourning the loss of winter so far. Specifically that the times we have gotten snow it has been quickly followed by rain. This creates fog, patches of ice and dirty brown snowpiles. DE-pressing. Maybe things will turn around in the new year. Speaking of which Cooking Light (of course) has an article about New Year's traditions related to food. Inspired by it we'll be making something with black-eyed peas or lentils or ring shaped or something that only walks forward. Something!
Here's the article:

For centuries, people all over the world have welcomed the New Year with foods believed to bring health, wealth, and prosperity. So if you seek good fortune this year chew on these:

On New Year's Day in Holland, the Dutch eat oliebollen, a donut-shaped fritter. The ring shape symbolizes "coming full circle" and is believed to bring good luck.

Pigs always root forward, and that's why Austrians start their year by 'pigging out" on pork. But don't expect anyone in Austria to eat lobster--the crustaceans move backward and could cause a setback.

In Spain and Portugal, for each clock stroke at midnight, one grape is eaten to celebrate the luck of the harvest, and for lucky years ahead.

Italians feast on cotechino con lenticchie (pork sausage over lentils). Rich in fat, cotechino symbolize abundance, while green, coin-shaped lentils symbolize money.

The Swiss stay lean on New Year's Eve. Instead of eating whipped cream, which symbolizes riches, they drop it on the floor to demonstrate surplus wealth.

As the clock strikes midnight in Japan, long soba noodles when sucked up without breaking ensure long life.

Greeks serve vassilopitta, a sweet bread baked with coins or other symbolic treasures inside.

And here in the United States? Do as southerners do on New Year's Day and cook up some black-eyed peas.

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