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
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Gobble, Gobble

I ended up staying home from work today to get some sleep and try and chase this illness. After I dropped Harper I ended up at Target because he is growing out of all of his pants already. I managed to get each of the kids a Christmas present which made me feel a little better. So much to do and it is right around the corner. Our turkey was ready to be picked up today after noon. I headed back out after vegging on the couch. The farm was farther out than I thought but a nice easy ride. I went into the farm market and was told to select a turkey from the red table. They ranged from 19-23 pounds. I got a 19.75 as it looked plenty big enough. When I was walking back I saw one that was 32 pounds! That's like stuffing small child in the oven. Or deep fryer. I also selected a roast and a sirloin steak to try. I have heard that switching to grass fed beef can be an adjustment. Even the color is completely different. A deep dark brick red. The turkey goes into the freezer until Monday morning. Then you refrigerate or store outside in a cooler until you cook it on Thursday. Apparently a turkey is more tender if it is aged for 3 days before cooking. This will be my first free range naturally grown turkey ever. I can't wait to taste the difference. However I will not be cooking it in this manner. Thanks, Jeff.

When I told Keegan I had picked up the turkey today he got all excited and asked if he could play with it. I explained it was dead and we were going to eat it. I did say maybe we could go to the farm and see the live animals sometime. He asked if we trained a turkey could we get one as a pet. He said he would teach it to lay an egg when he said so. Which made me think, "Why don't people eat turkey eggs?" The answer is right here.

Speaking of food. I would love to hang with this kid. Why oh why can't I have foodie children? Thanks again, Jeff.

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