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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A Mighty Wind

As you have no doubt heard by now the northeast was walloped by an big storm on Thursday night/Friday morning. As a result many (1.5 million) people were without power. For the first time since living in NH for 11 years I was not one of them. Parts of the city did lose power but not our side. Our theory is because we now live on the side with the capitol building and the Governor likes his electricity. Whatever the reason we know we are extremely lucky. Not so lucky were Erika, Jay and Sammy. There was no way I was leaving them out in the cold (literally). So I pestered Erika until they agreed to come up and stay with us. The result was a very cozy time. After the kids went to bed we had an adult slumber party. Mostly us around the kitchen table all with a laptop chatting back and forth. And Jeff found an excuse to open a $200 bottle of scotch. He and Jay were quite happy while Erika and I made wrinkly faces at the smell. She and I had G & Ts earlier and Jay makes a mean one of those. They got word the next morning the power was back on in their neighborhood. So we stuffed them full of waffles, eggs, blueberry sausage, bacon and bagels. They needed their strength until the heat kicked on at their house you know.

My parents also lost power but my mom was staying at my grandparents anyway and my dad had just gotten home from a trip. He bunked with their neighbor who has a wood stove. They came up to our place to watch the kids so we could do some shopping downtown without them. Harper wouldn't mind but Keegan is very into the Santa thing. So once again the big guy will get credit for all the awesome stuff we are getting the kids. We bought as much local as we could but will have to order a couple of things online. My parents stayed over with us last night and their power was still off today. They will stay with my g-parents or friends tonight instead of us so my dad's commute in the morning isn't too long. There are many places still without power and therefore many schools closed tomorrow. Keegan's school was delayed on Friday and Harper's was supposed to open late but when I got there they decided to close instead. They didn't have power in that part of town. And when I called my office they had gone offline an hour earlier. So even though there were wide spread outages, my baby had no daycare available, my building had no power and the gov declared a state of emergency, Friday still counts as an unpaid day off. Awesome.

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