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 Which I Show My Political Side

"America is addicted to oil," Bush said.

Duh. I repeat, duh.

There are two reasons that I did not watch the State of the Union speech last night.

1. The entire text of the speech is released ahead of time. Why wouldn't you just read it quietly to yourself? This way you could avoid having to listen through 58 interruptions for applause (the official count).

2. I can hear valuable snippets on NPR as drive back down from the mountains this afternoon. It comes complete with actual facts by people who are actually educated about these topics. Maybe the concept of where we get our oil from will eventually lead people to look at Africa. We get oil from there but yet we turn a blind eye to the atrocities perpetrated there on a daily basis. They also had a piece about a group in NOLA who watched the speech looking for news of help for that region. One member of that group changed in the middle of the speech and came out with a t-shirt saying, "Forget about Fallujah what about New Orleans?"

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