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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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The Wind In My Hair

This past weekend Jeff and I went away for one night to celebrate our wedding anniversary (which is tomorrow). We decided to go somewhere not too far away so we didn't spend all of our time in the car or on a plane. We left Saturday morning after Keegan's soccer game. I found a place in Ogunquit so we could enjoy the beach and the foliage. We stayed in the Honeymoon Suite complete with fireplace and jacuzzi tub. We did lots of walking and some shopping, especially for the kids for Christmas. That night we had dinner at Arrow's, one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. I had gone three years ago and Jeff had heard all about it ever since. After it was all over he agreed it was wonderful. I think he fell in love with his tenderloin. And I am loving parsnips as long as they are turned into a creme brulee. There was duck and honey and chocolate and smoked mussels (not in the same dish) that made up my other courses. I wish I could remember the name of the wine because it was really nice too. The next day I got to sleep in until 9 and then we did more shopping. We got some treats from the local candy store, some for now and some for later in the holidays. Jeff bought me a bracelet from an artist we had admired before. I love when people use natural elements. I am wearing it today and it looks gorgeous. My mom did a great job with the boys and they were well behaved. She said she was exhausted at the end of both days. I guess we don't really notice how much running around we do.

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