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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Once We Were Barefoot On A Beach

Yesterday was our actual anniversary. The big 2. Which feels kind of silly to say but it feels like more. Not in a bad way. I just feel like we have been through so much in such a short time. Plus it seems so unfair that we have only gotten to be with eachother for that long.

Our babysitter arrived and we decided to do a reasonably priced dinner at local Italian place that is actually in the Holiday Inn. Hotel based restaurants aside it was a nice place with good service and a varity of menu slections. We shred a brick oven pizza with carmelized onions and portabello mushrooms that was quite good. In fact the service was so good and we were so hungry we finished way before time to head to the movie. When we asked our waitress if we could just stay for a while she asked us if we had children. Ah the joys of uniterrupted adult conversation. And ours ranged from sustainable food systems to the desensitization of the American people. Can tell I am still hopped on everything I am learning from "Omnivore's Dilemma" and my own research? I am like a religious convert.

Speaking of religion, after dinner we went to see Religulous the new film by Bill Maher. Jeff was funny when he asked if since it was our anniversary did I need to see a film where a woman gets kissed. Meaning we would be going to the Duchess. I let him off the hook this time. It was very interesting film, funny and thought provoking. But like many of those types of films you almost feel bad because they only seem to interview people from the opposing position who come off like idiots. I am sure there are many religious scholars who could have done a better job defending themselves.

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