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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What I Learned

Even though I'm a momma pushing 35 I'm still capable of a lot of things. I arrived in Lousiana at 11:47am was picked up by Angie, ate lunch outside even though it was HOT but I was still defrosting from airplane a/c. Then I had the VERY BEST FROZEN YOGURT snack that I have been craving for 12 years. I found it a little sweet which means kicking my candy habit has made an impact. We tried to take naps but it didn't happen. That evening we we met all of the girls and spouses at our favorite margarita place. Oh and apparently they also serve food. Who knew? From there we met everyone who had been at the rehearsal at a American Chinese Cajun Polynesian (I love LA) place that serves a deadly drink called the mule. They also have food. I didn't have any but I also don't remember ever consuming solids there in college either. They kept the place open an extra two hours for our crowd. That is where I had my celebrity sighting. Stay tuned for more on that. You would think we could go home after that. But noooo. The bride wanted to show her out of town friends the after hours place and just have "one drink and then we'll go." So at 2-something we headed home. Five women, two beds and a couch. I had the honor of spending the last night of freedom with the bride. We sat on the porch a while, drank lots of water and finally went to bed. I was tucked in when the bride, who was clearly not ready for sleep, said, "so tell me about your man." It could have gone for hours but it didn't. After talking for a half an hour we agreed that we were both marrying awesome guys and then she rolled over. It was 3am, 4am my time. Twenty-four hours after I woke up in NH. Oy vey.

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