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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Ice Scene

We all off today but trapped in the house by a ice storm. And Jeff is still recovering from the plague I had a few weeks ago. Thankfully my brother Bret and his family sent Isabelle a giant tub of cray*la art supplies for Christmas. That filled up just the right amount of time today.
Saturday night we went out for my grandma's 92nd birthday. I had to cancel the babysitter because Jeff was too sick to join us. So I went without him and even though the food was excellent again, I missed his company. When passing out the wine glasses the waiter asked me if I was 21. When I shared this with Erika we both agreed that although I look young, I don't look that young. Perhaps he was angling for a bigger tip. This time I had:

Citrus Poached Shrimp
French Cocktail Sauce

Trio of Long Island Duck
Pan Seared Breast, Confit of Leg & Foie Gras Velouté
with Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Spinach

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
with Whipped Cream and Bourbon Caramel Sauce

On Sunday we had an indoor playground playdate in the afternoon. It was the perfect place to set two very active boys free. I got to visit with my friend, use a digger to move rocks and crawl through tunnels. Even though Jeff was lacking in appetite I stil cooked this week. He had lots of plain bagels but I ate well. Recipes later.

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