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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KatrinaRita Gras

My friend Angie went to Mardi Gras this year. We all had outgrown it several years ago but she really wanted to go down and support the residents. She is a Louisiana native and an honorary NOLA citizen. Her email to me:

"Everyone is holding steady, but there's a lot of spontaneous crying, which I hear is quite common among New Orleanians. I'll forward you a GREAT article written by Bill Joyce of Shreveport and author/illustrator of Roli-Poli-Oli who addresses that new syndrome. I think they will all need some serious counseling before too long. Everyone's either irritable or extremely sensitive or both. BUT, Mardi Gras was a great break from it all. I read somewhere that "Mardi Gras was an epidural for the rebirth of New Orleans" and I just love that metaphor. It was so true."

It is a great article, read it for yourselves.

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