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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
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Kissiversary Continues
Friday after our appointment we decided we should finally go out for fondue.  I had been to "The Melting Pot" in the DC area and they finally have them up here.  We drove down to Mass and it was worth it.  They gave us this little private booth and we felt like we were completely secluded.  Instead of sticking with my usual favorites we ordered the special "Big Night Out."

Caribbean Cheese Fondue
Gouda and Gran Queso cheeses blended with fresh garlic and sweet and spicy Peppadew peppers
topped off with scallions and a zest of fresh lime.

Tropical Salad
Crisp romaine and field greens, fresh tomatoes, mangos and hearts of palm with a light
creamy citrus dressing and a touch of coconut encrusted cashews.

Fondue Feast (In the Mojo Style - Caribbean-seasoned bouillon with distinctive flavors of fresh garlic with a citrus flair!)
Filet Mignon Medallion
Jerk Seasoned Sirloin
Vanilla Rum Chicken
Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Zesty Peppered Shrimp
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Fresh Vegetables

Bananas Foster Chocolate Fondue
Silky, white chocolate swirled with bananas, brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon, flambeed tableside.

Needless to say we were very happy and very stuffed.  For a dose of reality we stopped at B*bies R Us on the way home to pick up a few last minute things.

Saturday we slept in a bit and then headed to Portsmouth for our spa day.  We went to a Moroccan themed place for massages and pedicures.  My toes were done in An Affair In Red Square.  After being completely spoiled we went downtown for some shopping.  We spent money at two different kitchen stores and  picked up a house warming gift for my parents at a gallery.  I can't wait for their house to be done in July so we can give it to them.  Then we had an early dinner at a place we had not tried before, Brazo.  The website is worth it just for the music :)  We loved it there.  I can't wait to go back when I can try one of their fabulous sounding cocktails.  We had:

Wild Mushroom & Goat Cheese Empanadas
Blue Crab Salad
Chile Rellenos
Mariscada
Dulce de Coco Cake with Caramel (Incredible)
Tres Leches (Also amazing and apparently went very nicely with Jeff's 15 year old Scotch)

I waited out front while Jeff got the car from the garage.  We went home and watched a movie and I slept like a dream.

Sunday we spent the day re-organizing the basement, taking things to the attic and sorting things to sell or freecycle.  My parents brought Keegan back around 4pm.  He had spent the whole weekend with them in Maine at the building site for their house.  Fortunately there is another little boy up there for him to hang out with.  And judging by his pockets lots of rocks and acorns to collect.
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