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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A Love Affair

Today marks ten years since I moved to New Hampshire from Northern Virginia. It was like coming home when I moved here. I had never been so instantly comfortable in a place. As an army brat I have done a lot of moving. Even though I have lived in three different houses in my ten years here I have no intention of ever leaving this state. I am a Yankee who took 25 years to get home. In celebration of my beautiful NH I give you a few items of note.

· According to a previous edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, Manchester, NH's main street (Elm Street) was reported as the only main street in the United States with two dead-ends.
· The city is the hometown of fictional President Jed Bartlet and his family on the American television series, The West Wing.
· Manchester is the hometown of comedian Adam Sandler. Nearby Bedford is hometown of Sarah Silverman and Seth Myers.
·Segway and iBOT inventor Dean Kamen's company, DEKA, is based in Manchester.

NH was home to:
Robert Frost - Poet who wrote on rural New England; winner of four Pulitzer Prizes.

Sarah Josepha Hale - Author and journalist who wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Jodi Picoult - Best selling author. Although born in Long Island, she resides in Hanover, NH.

Dan Brown - Author of The DaVinci Code.

J.D. Salinger - Recluse author of Catcher in the Rye.

Alan B. Shepard Jr. - First American to travel in space, 1961.

John Stark - Revolutionary War general; author of NH motto "Live Free or Die" .

Earl Tupper of Berlin, New Hampshire, invented "tupperware" and founded Tupper Plastics Company in 1938.

John Irving - Writer; “The World According to Garp,” “The Cider House Rules,” “A Prayer for Owen Meany.”

Mary Baker Eddy - founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist

Christa McAuliffe - teacher and first Teacher in Space project winner, died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The planetarium, located in Concord, is named for her.

In 1964, John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz invented BASIC (The Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

In 1876, Edward C. Pickering and a few friends founded the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to conserve and hike the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Dog Sledding Champions
For his 1928 Antarctica expedition, Admiral Byrd chose Arthur Walden of Tamworth, New Hampshire, as trainer for the 100 dogs on the expedition and designated Walden and his dog Chinook as the lead team.

World’s Highest Wind Speed Recorded
On April 12, 1934, Mt. Washington Observatory meteorologist Salvatore Pagliuca recorded the world's wind speed record of 231 mph atop Mt. Washington.

From 1886 to 1897, 300 men quarried and split 350,000 cubic feet of New Hampshire granite to build the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C., the largest building in the world at the time.

Thanksgiving Day
In 1863, President Lincoln established the first national Thanksgiving Day, inspired by letters from Sarah Josepha Hale of Newport, New Hampshire.

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