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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Last night was Selfish Mom's. Tom called me at 2pm to say he was sick and asked that I take Keegan instead of him. I had invited a new person to join our club and I felt bad that she would end up being there by herself the first time. Fortunately Nana was able to come to the rescue. So I was late but at least I got there. And I think the new person had fun. Everyone was so sweet and excited about the engagement. We had way too much food again. I brought Layered Bean Dip (see recipe section) which was very easy and good thing because Keegan wasn't in the mood to help me cook last night. I had leftovers so I brought them to his teachers today because they always ask to try my recipes. Tomorrow is the Mother's Day luncheon at his center so I am bringing a dish to that too.
I was supposed to be up in the mountains most of the day today but the CEO called and had another conflict. I decided it wasn't worth driving 4 1/2 hours for what would end up being only a half an hour meeting. So my schedule is clear but full of stuff waiting from last week.
My honeybees arrived while we were away and my friends were nice enough to install them for me. We were planning on going over on Sat afternon to check on them. But rain is in the forecast and so the girls won't fly. I will have to wait until the following weekend to introduce myself. That is the only bad thing about not having my own yard to keep them in.

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