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Bar Harbor Inn’s Seared Maine Scallops with Shrimp and Truffle Risotto

Todd Simcox

Updated 11 months ago

Ingredients:3- 8oz. bottles of clam juice1 cup low sodium chicken broth3 T olive oil6 uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and finely diced¼ cup finely diced onion1 clove garlic, minced1 cup Arborio rice¼ cup dry white wine2 T butter (1/4 stick)1 T vegetable oil½ cup parmesan cheese6 large sea scallopstruffle oil, to drizzle2 T chopped fresh chivesDirections:Bring clam juice and broth to simmer in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low: cover to keep warm. Heat oil in heavy saucepan over medium high heat. Add shrimp and sauté for 1 minute, remove from pan and reserve. Add onion to pan and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and briefly sauté. Add rice and briefly sauté. Add wine and simmer until absorbed. Add clam juice and chicken broth 1 cup at a time until absorbed. Stir continuously during this process. Cook rice until tender but firm to the bite. Stir in butter, parmesan cheese and shrimp. Season with salt and pepper.Heat vegetable oil in heavy sauté pan over high heat. Sear scallops until golden brown and opaque in center, about 1 minute each side. Divide risotto among 6 plates. Place one scallop atop risotto on each plate and drizzle lightly with truffle oil. Sprinkle with chives and serve.

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Kids and Money

Updated 11 months ago

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal had some ideas for teaching kids about money and I’m always interested in what’s available. 1.) The Millionaire Kids Club – This series of three books is about four friends with different money ‘personalities.” Sandy saves, Dennis donates, Stephanie spends and Isaiah invests. The series is for kids 3-12 years old. Garage Sale Riches, Putting the ‘Do’ in Donate and Home Sweet Home are available for $12.95 from Amazon, msgen.com and other sites. Home Sweet Home is about a family that losses their home in foreclosure, so I would probably not start off with that volume unless you are looking to help kids understand current events. 2.) Big Pay Day – This board game by Winning Moves, simulates ‘real world’ finances with bills in the mail, investments and getting paid. I am not a game person but this sounds like an easy way to give some financial instruction without pain! At just $14.98 it’s a good deal cheaper than Rich Dad, Poor Dad’s expensive game that I reviewed last year. You can see the game in action on YouTube, 3.) My Smart Budget Kit – At $49.95 (with a 17% discount) this is a more expensive investment in teaching kids about money and it looks complicated, but the organizer has gotten great reviews from parents who were a bit skeptical before handing it over to their kids. Meant for older kids, tweens and teens, the My Smart Budget program helps kids fine tune their allowance to save for clothes, games, candy, as well as charity and savings. One parent wrote that she is thrilled with the outcome as her son immediately ‘got it’ and is already budgeting for a large item, which he had not done before. Available from Glamma Toys at www.glammatoys.com or from www.mysmartbudget.com . Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out or website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008 by Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Norumbega Financial and Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Bar Harbor Inn’s Wine and Citrus Poached Pear with Triple Creme Cheese

Todd Simcox

Updated 11 months ago

Ingredients:1 ½ cups red wine1/3 cup sugar¼ cup orange juice1 3 x ¾” inch strip lemon peel-yellow part only1 whole clove2 firm but ripe medium pears, stems left attached, halved lengthwise and cored1 tablespoon crème de cassis (black currant liquor)8 oz. triple crème cheese- St. Andre or Brillat-Savarin, cut into 4 wedgesDirections:Combine wine, sugar, orange juice, lemon peel, and clove in heavy saucepan. Cut out round piece of parchment the same size as the saucepan. Add pears to saucepan and place parchment atop pears. Bring to a simmer and poach until tender. Remove pears and chill. Reduce syrup to about ¾ of a cup. Thinly fan pears and pool syrup on a plate, arrange cheese and garnish with mint, fresh greens or other garnishes.

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Looking at Your Home Budget

Updated 11 months ago

There is a show produced out of Canada that I really like. Gail Vaz-Oxlade has a balanced, common-sense approach to budgeting and life, and on her show, “Til Debt Do Us Part,” she helps couples get their debt and savings under control. The website has shows that you can watch online as well as some of her articles and materials that will be on the WABI.TV site. Here is Gail’s suggested budget: 25% – Life – entertainment, food, medical expenses, bank fees, kids’ allowances15% – Max debt repayment – except for brief (less than 2 years) of paying off debt15%- Transportation – car payments, repairs, tolls, gas10% – Savings – retirement and emergencies35% – Housing – and this includes mortgage and taxes, electricity and other utilities such as water, insurance, and house maintenance. If you watch her videos you’ll see that when she meets folks for the first time she reconnoiters the budget around to make debt repayment a very high priority even though she still makes savings part of every couples’ budget. Work this around so you can see generally where things might fit and strive for the goal. The journey might not be completed for years. Just keep on keeping on! Helpful web site:Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s “Til Debt Do Us Part:” Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out or website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008 by Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclaimer:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Norumbega Financial and Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Cafe Miranda’s Simply Delish

Todd Simcox

Updated 11 months ago

Serving Size : 1 Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method——– ———— ——————————– 8 ounces Fresh pasta — we like fettuccini with this one 1/2 stick Butter 4 ounces Haddock 1 bunch Scallion — sliced thin 1 each Lemon — halved salt and pepper — to taste Black Pepper — for sprinklingIn a large pot boil 6 cups of slightly salted water. Once it boils add thepasta and stir well.In a sauté pan heat the butter until it begins to brown, and add the haddock.Fry the haddock in the butter until it begins to flake apart, by this timethe pasta should be about done.Drain the pasta well and set aside. In the sauté pan add the choppedscallions and some salt and pepper. Stir really well and immediately addthe past.Shut off the pan and toss everything really well, if anything has stuck tothe pan, make sure it is hot and add a small amount of white wine OR waterto help get the tasty little bits out.Dish up, sprinkle with some black pepper and squeeze the lemon. Get outyour favorite bottle of White and enjoy!Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 1175 Calories: 52g Fat (39.5%calories from fat): 49g Protein: 131g Carbohydrate: 1g Dietary Fiber: 354mgCholesterol: 609mg Sodium. Exchanges: 8 1/2 Grain(Starch): 3 Lean Meat: 0Vegetable: 1/2 Fruit: 10 Fat.

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Social Networking

Updated 11 months ago

Depending on the source of business leads, social networking may be a helpful part of your business.What is Social Media or Social Networking? It is interaction with people that, instead of being face to face or speaking by phone, generally means the networking done online, through the computer.It is done through web sites – called social networking sites – that allow you to type and send photos to people. This could be helpful for you and your business because this style of networking is similar to, but not exactly like, when you visit with people at a business event.Some of the sites are:LinkedIn – This is a business and professional networking site where you can make ‘connections.’ These connections are friends or coworkers who also have connections. You can see their connections and can ask to be introduced to others. There are professional groups and associations that you can also join on LinkedIn.Facebook – This is popular, though less professional site. The largest growing population of new users are those aged 35- 60. Relatives and friends ‘friend’ you– that is, they add you to their lists of friends. For communication, you need to confirm the friendship. You don’t have to: you can ignore the request. I recently attended a Social Media conference and heard some good advice by one of the presenters, Elizabeth Sutherland of Sutherland Weston Marketing Communication. Elizabeth uses Facebook for her close friends and when asked by a professional acquaintance to become friends, she declines but invites them to connect with her on her professional Social networking site, LinkedIn. That has worked very well for her.Twitter – Twitter is different than the other sites because it only allows 140 characters to be typed in or broadcast per time you ‘speak.’ There are many businesses that ‘tweet,” or communicate through Twitter. WABI-TV5 tweets.These sites are free but cost you time. There are many other sites, these are just a few. If you’d like to learn more about these sites simply do a search for any of the sites, such as ‘what is Twitter?’ And you can learn step by step how to start using these sites by doing a similar search, “How do I use Facebook?” These sites may be a very good compliment to your marketing plan – but really only work well if you have a marketing plan, so get one!LinkedIn http://press.linkedin.com/aboutFacebook http://www.facebook.com/facebookTwitter http://twitter.comDisclaimer:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Norumbega Financial and Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Cafe Miranda’s Rogies

Todd Simcox

Updated 11 months ago

Serves 1 Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method——– ———— ——————————– 1/4 head Green Cabbage — Sliced 1/2 each Red Onion — Sliced 1 cup Mushrooms — sliced or quartered 1 bunch Parsley — Chopped 5 each pierogie, potato and Cheddar 3 ounces Oil 1 ounce Butter 1/2 cup Romano cheese — Shredded 2 ounces Balsamic vinegarIn a Sauté pan heat the oil till ALMOST smoking and add the cabbage, onion,and mushrooms sautéing until they start to brown. Add the perogies andreduce heat slightly.As all the veggies and the perogies begin to brown nicely season with alittle salt and pepper and add the Romano cheese. Give everything a good toss and let the cheese brown a bit.Once the cheese has browned some, shut off the pan and add the balsamicvinegar. Toss in the parsley and the butter. Being careful not to rip therogies, scrape up the goodness that might have stuck to the pan while mixing in the parsley and butter.Dish up right away and enjoy!Per Serving: (excluding unknown items): 1547 Calories: 128g Fat (72.5%calories from fat): 34g Protein: 76g Carbohydrate: 8g Dietary Fiber: 137mgCholesterol: 1659mg Sodium. Exchanges: 4 Grain(Starch): 2 1/2 Lean Meat: 21/2 Vegetable: 0 Fruit: 24 Fat.

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April 2009: Amy Tries Her Hand at Floral Arranging

Updated 5 years ago

We all get bored with our jobs from time to time.Many of us get the urge to switch careers…even if only for a day.Our Amy Erickson has been trying her hand at different professions.She’s gutted deer in the woods with game wardens…even played barber with a straight razor.In tonight’s “Take This Job and Love It” report, she tries her hand at being a florist.When it comes to flowers, Mark Pellon is the master. He’s Chapel Hill Floral’s lead designer…and a Maine Master Florist.So when I decided to give the flower business a try, I asked him to take me under his wing.We started small…a single rose in a bud vase.”how hard can one rose be, right? Very difficult. Or not. We’re going to find out, though, aren’t we?”Piece of cake…until the floral knife comes out.Mark makes it look easy. “always cut at an angle so it draws up the water better, ok?””let’s cut right there. I think you’re supposed to keep your eyes open when you’re cutting. Way to go, I’m proud of you! Alright.”Once I finished the bud vase, I was ready for more of a challenge. “Amy, we have an order right here for a dozen roses for a nice little lady who’s turning 80 in Brewer. I did one, I can do twelve.”Or so I thought.Turns out it’s not as simple as shoving a few flowers into a vase. “what we’re going to do is called the lacing of the greens. It’s an age old technique…I know you can do it.” “we’re going to create a grid that all the roses are going to go through. And the whole thing is going to stay right in place. Is this scientific? It kind of is.”It’s more complicated than it looks. “Amy, we’ve gotta pick the speed up, valentine’s is coming. Cut me some slack! It’s only april! Oh, it just keeps bending.” “we’re going to be thankful that this woman is 80 and maybe her eyesight is a little bad. No, it’s gonna be great by the time we finish.” “ow, stinkin’ thorns. How are your hands not totally cut up? You get used to it.”And I did get used to it. I even found it relaxing. “this I like. I like this job.”Now, you’d think the finishing touch — the bow — would be the easy part.You’d be wrong.”no, no, no, that’s not good. You’d think I could do a shoestring bow. I swear I’ve tied my shoes before.” “you did it! 4 tries…but it’s perfect.”I turned my arrangement over to the delivery driver…and got my big assignment of the day…from Chapel Hill co-owner, Barb Frye. “now it’s time for you to show your own creativity. Anything? You can even name your own arrangement.” “lucky for you I’m good with a margarita. It’s true.”It was off to the cooler to choose my materials. “this is fun. It is fun!”And after some careful deliberation and strategic placement…voila! “i think that’s really cute.”But what does the boss think? “alright! A1!”the colors are perfect for what you’re trying to express.”I went to the Master for my end-of-the day grade.”how did I do? I think you did really good. We need to work on your knife skills.” “you’ve got a great eye for color. You picked the perfect color palette. You have an eye for color, an eye for texture, an eye for depth…so there is a future for you.”And not to brag…but I’m told a certain colorful creation may even be named after me from now on. “the Amyrita! From here forth it’s now now the Amyrita. Love it.”>Amy’s always looking for suggestions for her next job swap.If you have an idea, email her at AErickson@wabi.tv

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Help for Businesses

Updated 11 months ago

Business owners work hard to grow revenues, promote their visions, and bring jobs and prosperity to themselves and their community. Wow, that takes a lot of strength. If you, or someone you know, own a business, here are some groups and organizations that can provide various kinds of support.  State of Maine – The state web site has info ranging from forms and licensing to free guides from federal, state, and regional resources. EMDC -Eastern Maine Development Corporation is a non-profit founded by area business people to help fellow businesses succeed. Under the auspices of EMDC there are other entities to assist your business with procurement, financing, and marketing, as well as business planning and training. These services are provided at no cost.  KVCOG- Kennebec Valley Council of Governments works with small and medium sized manufacturing firms to assist them in becoming globally competitive. Coastal Enterprises Institute (CEI) and the Women’s Business Center -  CEI is a private, non-profit Community Development Corporation, while the Women’s Business Center is a joint venture of CEI and the SBA (Small Business Administration). The Women’s Center holds special events for women business owners and has an online directory. NAWBO – This non-profit, dues-based organization, with chapters all over the U.S., has only one chapter in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, and that chapter is in Bangor. Putting emphasis on business support, networking, and encouragement, this group offers programs and opportunities only for business owners, aiding them in getting involved nationally and internationally. Chamber of Commerce- Every region has a Chamber of Commerce whose goal is to advance the interest of businesses in the community. Non-profit as well as for- profit businesses may join and benefit from the networking. In addition, educational and legislative opportunities exist.  NFIB- The NFIB is the National Federation of Independent Business, a group that represents small businesses. While it has the role of managing both small and large, for- profit and non-profit interests, NFIB works for business owners and offers discounts to members on products and services.  Next week we’ll share social networking ideas for your business. For WABI-TV5 web site    State of Maine web site [ http://www.maine.gov/portal/business/ ]http://www.maine.gov/portal/business/    KVCOG [ http://www.kvcog.org/otherbusiness.htm ]http://www.kvcog.org/otherbusiness.htm    EMDC web site  [ http://www.emdc.org/ ]http://www.emdc.org/    Coastal Enterprises Institute [ http://www.ceimaine.org/ ]http://www.ceimaine.org/

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Cafe Miranda’s Maine Shrimp and Mussels in Red Thai Curry Coconut Broth

Todd Simcox

Updated 11 months ago

Maine Shrimp and mussels in Red Thai curry coconut brothServing Size: 1 Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method——– ———— ——————————– 1/4 pound Maine Shrimp — head off shell on 1 Tablespoon Red Thai Curry paste 2 teaspoons Oil 1/2 pound Mussels — De-Bearded and rinsed 4 ounces Coconut Milk 2 ounces water 1 each Carrot — Shredded 1 bunch Cilantro — chopped Sesame seeds 1 each Lime — halved Fish Sauce — to tasteIn a sauté pan, heat the oil and add the curry paste. Fry in the oil forabout 30 seconds.Add the Shrimp and toss with the curry and oil for another 30 seconds.Add the mussels and toss, then add the coconut milk and the water, mixeverything really well. Simmer the mixture till all the mussels are open and the shrimp look done.Drizzle fish sauce into the mixture, taste and add more if needed, but youwon’t need much.Pour every thing into a large bowl and top with the carrots, cilantro, andsesame, squeeze the lime over the whole thing and dig in! Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 592 Calories: 41g Fat (60.4% calories from fat): 31g Protein: 30g Carbohydrate: 5g Dietary Fiber: 64mgCholesterol: 698mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch): 4 Lean Meat: 1 1/2Vegetable: 1 Fruit: 7 1/2 Fat.

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Compounding

Updated 11 months ago

Initially, compound interest pays you interest on the principal amount of money. Then when it’s time to pay interest again, you are paid on the principal AND on the previously earned interest. The interest you earn adds to – and becomes part of – the principal that accrues interest in the next period. (Here’s an example: a $100 deposit earning 5%, compounded annually. In the first year you will earn $5, $5.25 in year 2, $5.51 in year 3, $5.79 in year 4, $6.08 in year 5, and so on. Simple interest would only accrue on the principal and is usually used for periods of less than one year.) Compounding is what makes seemingly small amounts of money grow to millions over time.APY and APRThese are also interest rates: APR (Annual Percentage Rate)- This is the annual rate of interest without taking into account the compounding of the interest. APR is often quoted for loans and credit cards: it appears LOWER because it does NOT take compounding into account. APY (Annual Percentage Yield)- This takes into account the effects of compounding. When you deposit money this is the rate typically quoted, as it appears higher. These rates attempt to highlight high figures to investors and low figures to borrowers. A credit card company might quote an APR of 12% (for interest compounded monthly of 1% per month) which is APY of 12.68% Here’s an example:A credit card company charges 2% interest. Since this interest is charged each month the APR would be 24% (1% x 12 months = 24%). The APY rate includes compound interest and a 2% rate of interest compounded monthly would equal [(1 + 0.01)^12 - 1= 26.82%] 26.82% annually. If instead of paying off your bill each month you are among the many who carry a balance on your credit card for only one month you will be charged the APR rate of 24%. But if you carry a balance for the entire year, you will pay 26.82 because of interest compounding every month. Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out or website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008 by Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Norumbega Financial and Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Cafe Miranda’s Beef Groce

Todd Simcox

Updated 11 months ago

Serves 2 Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method——– ———— ——————————– 1/2 cup Oil 10 ounces Shaved Beef — roughly chopped 3 ounces Thai Chili Sauce — we like sambal olek chili garlic sauce 3 ounces lime juice 1 ounce Fish Sauce 1/4 cup Chopped Peanuts 5 each Basil leaf — Torn 1/2 each Red Onion — Sliced 1 each Carrot — Shredded 1/4 head Napa cabbage — shredded 2 cups Salad Greens — from your local grocer 1 bunch Cilantro — ChoppedIn a large bowl add the chili sauce, lime juice, fish sauce, peanuts andtorn basil. Mix together to form the dressing.In the same bowl add the onion, carrot, cabbage and salad greens.Heat a large sauté pan until smoking hot and add the oil. Add the beefright away and spread out on the pan so it is in a single layer. Continue to fry the beef until it is very, very crispy. Using a pot holderdump the hot beef and oil in to the salad making sure you scrape the pan for all the little goodies (unless you use Teflon of course).Toss every thing together in the bowl really well and serve right away witha side of jasmine rice if you like. Nutritional Information: Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 663 Calories: 66g Fat (85.9% caloriesfrom fat): 6g Protein: 18g Carbohydrate: 4g Dietary Fiber: 2mg Cholesterol:20mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch): 1/2 Lean Meat: 1 1/2 Vegetable:1/2 Fruit: 12 1/2 Fat: 0 Other Carbohydrates.

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Tax Changes for 2009

Updated 11 months ago

I’m not an accountant but here are some of the changes in tax regulations for 2009: Mileage- For business purposes, up to 55 cents per mile, which is different from the 2008 rates (50.5 cents to 58.5 cents) First-time Homebuyer tax credit – As part of the Stimulus plan, up to $7500 for first time homebuyers or people who haven’t owned a home for three years. This credit is for homes bought from April 2008 to June 30th 2009. Income increases for IRA contributions- A slight increase in how much you may earn and still contribute to an IRA for individuals and couples. Please see the worksheet for filing your 1040 or speak with your attorney or tax preparer for details. The dollar amount that you may contribute to an IRA is unchanged for 2009. Generally, to save money on taxes, take advantage of pre-tax savings vehicles. If you haven’t filed yet, you may still have time to maximize your contributions. If you didn’t take advantage of tax savings for last year, commit to more pre-tax saving for next year by saving now. Keep good records and you may be better able to capture all the deductions that you are entitled to take. Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out or website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008 by Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. DisclosureOnly securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Norumbega Financial and Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Godfrey’s Bananas Foster

Todd Simcox

Updated 11 months ago

Ingredients:½ each banana, peeled and cut into pieces1 T butter1 T dark brown sugar3 each strawberries, tops removed cut into pieces1 T rum1 T crème de banana2 scoops vanilla bean ice cream2 oz. whipped cream1 each strawberry, sliced into a “fan”fresh mintDirections:1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and add brown sugar2. As butter and sugar blend together, add the strawberries.3. Pull the skillet back from flame and add the rum and crème de banana, the alcohol will flame and burn off.4. Place two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream in a martini glass.5. Spoon the banana mixture over the ice cream.6. Top with whipped cream.7. Garnish with mint and the strawberry fan.8. Enjoy!

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Godfrey’s Pan Seared Shrimp and Scallops in a Light Lobster Cream

Todd Simcox

Updated 11 months ago

Ingredients:3 shrimp, peeled and deveined3 scallops1 ½ T butter½ teaspoon minced shallots½ minced garlic½ oz. white wine1 t lobster base3 oz. heavy cream5 oz. cooked linguinepinch of saltpinch of pepperfresh parsley, mincedDirections:1. Clean the shrimp and rinse under cold water.2. Rinse scallops under cold water.3. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.4. As butter melts add the shrimp and scallops5. Cook scallops until they have a light golden color on both sides and the shrimp until they turn pink in color. Be careful not to overcook.6. Add the white win and lemon juice.7. Add the lobster base and stir to incorporate.8. Add the heavy cream and simmer for 1 minute.9. Add the linguine and toss with the sauce and seafood to coat the pasta.10. Add the parsley and stir one more time.11. Place the pasta in the center of a dinner plate and put the seafood around the pasta.12. Enjoy!

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Take This Job and Love It!

Updated 5 years ago

We all get bored with our jobs from time to time.Many of us sometimes wonder what it would be like to switch careers.Our Amy Erickson gave it a try recently.She spent the day at Carl’s Barber Shop in Old Town, clippers in hand, playing barber for a day.”so what’s the drill? What are we, what am I going to do, I should say? You’re going to start cutting hair.”My teacher, barber Donnie Sparkman, doesn’t ease me into things.Nope. My first customer is 7-year-old Jackson. “So what do you want me to do to it? What are you looking for? Really short. Ok. Do I get a tutorial with these things? No, they just handed them to me in school.I don’t want to hurt him! No, Jackson, don’t be scared, honey! I won’t hurt you, I promise.”Once I got the hang of the clippers, I was feeling pretty good about the cut…until I got to the ears.Donnie steps in to help.”This way you won’t nip him. Pull the ear down.”It takes a while, but finally, I’m done. “I think that’s a pretty good haircut.”Just when I start feeling pretty good about my skills, who sits down in my chair but Master Sergeant Ryan O’Connor. “You give me a marine?” “Oh, he’s smiling, so that’s good! I promise I’ll be gentle. Oh, it’s ok.”Donnie gives me a primer on using *these* clippers, which, I’m told, can do some damage.Uh-oh. “This is very, very sharp. You don’t want to push it real hard up against the head.” “You’re used to pain, right, cause you’re a marine? Yes. Ok, good.”I’m doing ok until the scissors come out. That part gets a little tricky. “Pick it up, then see the line difference? (cuts hair)”And the minute I think I’m done…”Oh, no. This poor man does not deserve this. (Donnie) You’ve been in combat, this is nothing!” “Just go straight down with medium pressure. Don’t you have one of those pink plastic ones? I can use those! (Donnie) Don’t make a sawing motion. Take it and go straight down with it.””Nice! That was perfect!”Once my hands stopped shaking, I actually did ok.Even the marine himself says so. “What do you think? Good. Would you let her do it again? Sure.”And just to intimidate me further…my last customer of the day is the rather imposing Scott Mitchell.”He’s getting a flat top.” “and his head’s crooked, so it makes it even worse.”This one was tougher.One wrong swipe with the clippers and this guy will be looking ridiculous. “You wanna make it flat, make it flat…”And I couldn’t call myself a barber until I tried to get my customer to open up to me.”Do you have any problems you need to talk about to me now that you’re in the chair? No. You sure?”No luck. But he walked away happy with his flat-top.”So, I had 3 customers. How did I do? Excellent. A little tentative, a little shaky, but you got the hang of it.””So do you think I should keep my day job or could I go to barber school? Keep your day job.”Amy survived her day with the scissors, but now it’s time for another career change.Do you have a career change idea for Amy? Let us know here.

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Starting a Business- Part 2

Updated 11 months ago

Recessionary times frequently birth exciting new start-up firms. According to the SBA (Small Business Administration) there are more than 600k business start-ups each year. Each year, just as many businesses fail or go bankrupt. Failure happens because someone took a risk and there’s nothing to be ashamed of in the trying. But mistakes can be costly, so here are some questions to ask yourself before venturing out in your own business. (The first 5 questions were covered in last week’s segment. If you missed it and would like the list, email me.) Do you follow through? Can you implement your vision? Have you done what you wanted to do in the past? Have you led other efforts: were you class president or did you lead a project for work or church? Or do you dream on the couch as you munch chips? Are you well-spoken? Can you communicate well enough to sell you dream to others: employees and clients, and possibly bankers? If you can’t cold call, find other ways to get your name out there. Are you passionate? If you are starting this to make money, people will realize it and you may not have the success that you dream. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do it well and with integrity. Are you a self-starter? Do you have the energy to get things done? You’ve got to have the “gumption” to get work done even without punching a clock. It also helps if you believe that you are good at what you do and get back up when you are knocked down. Do you need a partner? If you lack some of these characteristics, you may want to partner with someone or to develop relationships with mentors or fellow business owners with whom you can confer. Many partnerships do not succeed, so think that through carefully. One study by the Harvard Business School found that the most successful businesses were partnerships where people had worked together previously and already knew what role each fit into best. The firm benefited from multiple talents and the relationships from earlier ventures made the partnership more stable. Good luck! Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out or website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008 by Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Norumbega Financial and Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Fire Damages Winthrop Library

Updated 11 months ago

Fire investigators will be in Winthrop today…trying to figure out what sparked a fire at the local library.Fire fighters were called to the Charles M. Bailey library on Bowdoin Street at around 2 in the morning.A patrol officer first noticed the fire and called for help.Sergeant Ken Grimes with the Fire Marshal’s office tells T-V 5 the fire started inside the library and did minimal damage to one of the rooms..He’s not sure about the extent of water and smoke damage to the books inside.

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Godfrey’s Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

Todd Simcox

Updated 11 months ago

Ingredients:1.5 each romaine lettuce hearts3 oz. croutons 2 oz. Asiago cheese, shredded6 oz. chicken breast, boneless and skinless2 oz. Caesar dressingDirections:1.Marinade chicken breast in balsamic vinaigrette for a few hours, preferably overnight. Chicken can be marinated in your favorite marinade if you choose.2.Grill chicken breast until done. Remove from grill and keep warm.3.Place romaine in a bowl, add the croutons, cheese and Caesar dressing. Toss to coat.4.Place the salad on a serving plate.5.Slice the chicken breast then place on top of salad.6.Sprinkle with more Asiago cheese and serve. Enjoy!

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Local Notes

Updated 11 months ago

THERE WILL BE A REUNION AT BLACK MOUNTAIN IN RUMFORD ON MARCH 14th. THE NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NORDIC SKIING ARE AT THE MOUNTAIN THIS YEAR. ATTENDING THE EVENT WILL BE SIX MEMBERS OF THE US TEAM FROM 1952.THE GROUP WENT TO THE OLYMPIC TRIALS THAT YEAR AND CHUMMY BROOMHALL WAS A TWO TIME OLYMPIAN.BROOMHALL LATER GAVE 300 ACRES OF LAND IN RUMFORD TO START A SKI FACILITY. IT LATER BECAME THE BLACK MOUNTAIN SKI AREA.HE AND FIVE OTHERS PLAN ON ATTENDING THE NCAA EVENT LATER THIS MONTH.ASHLEY AMES OF DEXTER HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN THE SUNRISE CONFERENCE. AMES PLAYS FOR UMAINE FT. KENT AND JUST LEAD HER TEAM TO A THIRD CONFERENCE TITLE IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS. AMES AND UMAINE FT. KENT HEADING THIS WEEKEND TO IOWA TO PLAY IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT.

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