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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The Kiss That Stopped the World

Today is our two year Kissiversary. I have already gotten a phone call and a text haiku from Jeff this morning.

"Kissiversary day - long, lingering, passionate - now as it was then."

This weekend's celebration was wonderful. On Sat afternoon we drove up to the lake and had a sandwich and soup at a local deli. Then we stopped at a candy store because I was looking for chocolate dipped strawberries. They didn't have any but we found other yummy things and he gave us lots of samples. We checked into the inn, walked along the lake and checked out the restaurant and other floors. It is such a beautiful place. I had never stayed there before but had been to conferences there. We went back to our room around 5pm and stayed there until 11am the next morning. It was the biggest bed I have ever seen. I needed the stool to get into it and Jeff is in love with feather toppers so I will ordering one this week. Dinner was brought to us and we ate on the floor in front of the fireplace and had the balcony door open onto the lake.

I had:
Sweet Potato Ravioli - Maple cream, candied hazelnuts.
Haddock - Oven-poached, lemon cream sauce, lobster honey dill crumbs.
Sugar Shack Baked Apple - Baked in a puff pastry, warm caramel sauce, Common Man-made vanilla ice cream.

Jeff had:
Lobster Corn Chowder - Maine lobster, corn, sherry and cream, served with warm corn bread.
Boston Bibb Salad - Spiced apple cider vinaigrette tossed, toasted almonds, dried cherries, goat cheese.
Mixed Grille - Filet - cabernet demi-glace, Grilled Chicken - gorgonzola grape tomato relish, Crab Cake - chipotle aioli.
Chef ’s Cheese Sampler - Three selections with crackers, fresh fruit and berries.

We checked out at 11am and went for brunch. They had a chocolate fountain so I had my fill of chocolate dipped strawberries. We went for our spa treatments afterwards. First it was the two person healing waters soak and then we went over to the two massage tables. It was nice having a massage in the same room together and we both felt amazing afterwards. Then it was time to head home. It truly felt like we were away for more than 24 hours. And last night was the first time I haven't gone to bed exhausted in I don't know how long.

The kids spent their time at my parents' house. They went fishing both days, played in the yard, blew bubbles and ran my mom ragged. But they all agreed that they had a great time. Jeff went to drop Isabelle off and Keegan and I took his bike around the block. They are just non-stop energy. Today I pick up the dogs from the kennel and we're back to normal.

So many reasons to be grateful.

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