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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Habits Of Highly Obsessive People

I just read Erika's answers to this meme. No surprises there but I know her pretty well. I think I could add a few more to her list. But that's not what the meme is about . This meme is to write five weird habits about yourself.

1. I am obsessive about cross contamination in the kitchen. Separate cutting boards for meat, chicken, fish, fruit/veggies. And they are color and symbol coded. Separate sponges for dishes and the counter. Color and shape coded. Separate towels for drying hands and drying dishes. Kept on opposite ends of the kitchen so there is no confusion. I hate soaking dishes. All that water sitting in the pots growing bacteria. How can I be expected to focus on anything else? No leftovers stay in the refrigerator beyond four days. Out it goes.

2. I have to know the exact time I go to sleep and then I count the hours of sleep I will get down to the minute. I don't know why. Maybe it's an ongoing experiment to see what my optimum sleep time is.

3. I only weigh myself once per week, on a Thursday. Anything more is obsessive and not productive because weight can change day to day and this way I feel like I have better handle on my real weight. I picked Thursday because that is the weigh-in day of my co-worker who goes to WW. I don't go but it seemed like a good day. That way I know how I did that week and how much I can splurge without guilt on the weekends.

4. Every weekday morning I have the same thing for breakfast. When I get to work I drink a Stonyfield Farm yogurt smoothie. An hour or so later I have piece of citrus fruit (grapefruit, orange, clementine, tangelo). If I have a morning meeting I drink it on the drive but skip the fruit.

5. I sleep on the right side of the bed. Even alone I always pick the right side. I tried the middle but I eventually work my way over to the right. Hotel rooms, king size beds, doesn't matter. The only time I don't have to sleep on the right side is if I sleep with a friend. Because really I can't boot them off of their side on their own turf can I? Poor Jeff tries to get me to switch and sometimes I do it for love. But I just don't feel right the next morning.

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