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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Suddenly I Am Hungry

Most annoying thing about Freecycle? Waiting for people to pick up who are not on time and have made planning the pickup a total drama for four days. I am giving away a working TV for goodness sake, that's a good find. It's not like it's a bag of packing peanuts.

So while I wait I give you ten things about me related to food or the kitchen:

1. I loathe white bread. Not bread that has to be white like a baguette or sourdough. I am talking about sandwich bread. There is just no reason for it.
2. I have been craving deli meat several items a week since Harper was born. I guess that is because I went ten months without it. Come to think of it I have been drinking alcohol almost every day too.
3. Speaking of deli meat, I love liverwurst. I do try to pace myself because I don't want to get gout or anything. I hate liver in its natural state but pate or puree that puppy and I am in heaven.
4. I am horrible at judging the appropriate size container for leftovers. I never get it right. No sense of relational space or something. But I would rather have the container be too big than too small. Too small is total failure.
5. I am a cooked pudding girl. No instant just mix with milk for me. I like to stand at the stove constantly stirring. And then when you pour into the dishes it makes that layer on top. I love me some pudding scab.
6. The sight of a fully stocked fruit basket makes me giddy. I like it set apart on the counter with all manner of tasty snacks ready for the picking.
7. I have no problem with raw meat. I don't mind touching it, skinning it, deboning it, what have you. Doesn't bother me at all. But I scrub my hands with anti-bacterial soap when I am through.
8. My least favorite cooking task is peeling shrimp before cooking them. I don't mind peel and eat once you're sitting down for the meal. But I hate standing at the sink endlessly peeling raw shrimp. This is made worse by all of the shrimp recipes I keep picking this week.
9. The cooking task I consistently suck at is toasting things. I mean like nuts or seeds for a recipe. No matter how close an eye I keep, I always burn the first batch. With this in mind I buy more walnuts, pecans, etc than the recipe calls for.
10. Finally, no surprise I have kitchen OCD. Organization, germ control, recipe prep, shelf life in the refrigerator. I have it all. Fortunately I have found a treatment plan for this affliction. My husband.

This chick is 48 minutes late. She's not getting my TV.

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