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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Champagne Taste

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf

That is the quote on my takeout box from dinner Sat night. I am eating leftovers for lunch and they are every bit as delicious today. Jeff and I went to Cotton in Manchester to celebrate my getting into Harvard. It was our first time there and we will definitely being going back. Martini sampler, butternut squash ravioli, a lovely Shiraz, almond-crusted turkey schnitzel, strawberries with cream and Grand Marnier wrapped in phyllo dough, and a couple of bites of Jeff's toffee crunch cheesecake. And champagne of course. A really extraordinary evening and a perfect excuse to wear my new "little black dress."
Sunday we went down to Erika and Jay's for a small gathering and kick off to the grilling out season. Sammy was in fine form. Lots of yummy food and things I don't normally chow down on (ie. chips and chips and party mix).
My neighbor returned from her vacation last night. How do I know? She left behind one very large and very lonely bull mastiff. Poor pup.

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