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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Cold MILK Holiday

The Basil Chicken was delicious and we had Pear & Almond Waffles with Orange Butter Sauce for brunch the next morning. Neither recipe is Cooking Light but email if you want them. We did not end up going snowshoeing on Sunday. Totally my fault because: 1. It rained the whole previous day and then snowed but only four inches. 2. I woke up still sick and not willing to subject myself to windchills in the single digits. 3. That is the only morning we haven't had kids in the house in ages.
We made our picnic lunch (Fruity Tuna-Salad Pita Sandwiches) anyway and ate it on a blanket in the livingroom. I love that Jeff plays along with me. Then we curled up on the couch and watched "Word Wars" which is a fascinating documentary about tournament level Scrabble players. Made me feel like a loser in Scrabble but a winner in terms of priorities. When Tom dropped off Keegan we couldn't get the door open because it was frozen shut. That was a comedic moment. Sunday night dinner was leftover food from every other meal which was fine because it meant no dishes.

Jeff left this morning and later in the day Keegan and I headed down to visit my parents at work. They had to work and we were both off and they love to show him around. We ate in the cafeteria and then made the rounds of the offices. Keegan was very well behaved and polite and relatively quiet. We headed home once I saw him wilting and needing a nap. He slept on the way home and I contemplated pulling over so I could nap. I tried to get him to lay down with me once we got home but he was raring to go. Jeff made me promise to go to bed early every night this week. I really need to not be sick any more. I really need energy for Keegan's party this Saturday. I really wish I hadn't run out of Nyq*il.

Fruity Tuna-Salad Pita Sandwiches
You can substitute one (9-ounce) can of solid white tuna in water, drained, for the tuna steak. I used the fresh and it was worth the extra steps.

1 hard-cooked egg
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Dash of black pepper
1 (8-ounce) tuna steak
Cooking spray
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons minced green onions
3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 (8-ounce) can unsweetened pineapple tidbits, drained
2 (5-inch) whole-wheat pitas, cut in half
1 1/3 cups torn Bibb lettuce
8 (1/4-inch-thick) tomato slices

Slice egg in half lengthwise, and remove yolk; reserve egg yolk for another use. Dice egg white halves; set aside.
Prepare grill or broiler.
Sprinkle the lemon juice and pepper over tuna. Place the tuna on a grill or broiler rack coated with cooking spray; cook 4 minutes on each side until tuna is medium-rare or desired degree of doneness. Coarsely chop tuna.
Combine tuna, diced egg white, celery, and the next 5 ingredients (celery through pineapple) in a bowl. Line each pita half with 1/3 cup lettuce and 2 tomato slices. Divide the tuna mixture evenly among pita halves.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pita half)

CALORIES 227(22% from fat); FAT 5.5g (sat 1.4g,mono 1.7g,poly 1.4g); PROTEIN 17.9g; CHOLESTEROL 75mg; CALCIUM 47mg; SODIUM 218mg; FIBER 1.9g; IRON 2.1mg; CARBOHYDRATE 26.6g
Cooking Light, SEPTEMBER 2000

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