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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.
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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
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Friday night we had wild storms and ended up losing power around 8:30. I gave up and went to bed at 9:30. I think the power came back around 10pm when Jeff got home. The wind was bad enough to cut the Christmas tree downtown in half. Luckily Keegan was already asleep long before it started. Saturday after sports class we took him down to my mom's. She kept him the rest of the day and overnight. He had a ball mattress shopping with her and jumping on all of the beds. He scored a free t-shirt and cuddled with a giant bear. The salesman said he could have sold a ton of mattresses if Keegan stuck around and modeled.
Jeff and I headed down to the mall in Mass, the closest Crate and Barrel, to buy more things off of our registry. We lugged the dishes and bakeware back to the car and walked around some more. I tried on some clothes at various stores but nothing was a keeper. We did get some gifts at the L*go store (not for you Bret) and Gymb*ree. On the way home we stopped by Tom's house. I wanted to make sure the heat was still working and get a few things for Keegan. He had asked specifically about some stuffed animals and toys. Then we headed home to get ready for dinner.
For dinner went got dressed up and went to the Bedford Village Inn which is where we had our post-nuptial party. We had an intimate table for two next to the window and across from a fireplace. The food was absolutely fabulous. And Jeff picked an excellent wine that we made note of because we honestly want to buy it by the case (Trimbach Pinot Gris 2002 Reserve). Here is what we had.
Jeff:
Maine Jonah Crab Cakes
Jicama Orange Slaw & Chili Aioli
Char Broiled Pork Chop
Peruvian Potatoes, Mustard Greens & Grilled Red Bartlett Pears
Sweet Endings
Assortment of Sweets Prepared Daily

Me:
Burgundy Escargot Vol-Au-Vent
Served with Scampi Butter in Puff Pastry
Balsamic Glazed Prosciutto Wrapped Monkfish
White Bean Ragu & Butternut Squash Agrodolce
Trio of Seasonal Sorbets
Pomegranate, Sour Apple, Concord Grape

Of note: the beans in my dish were the largest I have ever seen and incredibly creamy.

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