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Cafe Miranda’s Beef Groce

Todd Simcox

Updated 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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Starting Your Own Business- Part 1

Updated 1 year ago

Ready to start your own business? Early mistakes can cost you money. Here are some tips recently featured in the Wall Street Journal that could help you get a solid footing. This week and next we will cover the ten questions to ask yourself before you begin your new enterprise. Are you willing and able to bear a financial risk? – Can you go without being paid for a while, or being paid less? You may end up far ahead, but it probably won’t be perfect in the beginning, and that’s a possible understatement. Are you willing to sacrifice your lifestyle for a time, possibly years? – Getting started could mean a lot of hours and evenings or weekends of work. It might not all be meetings, but could be paperwork to catch up on the day’s events. Is your partner on board? If earnings are erratic, it sure helps to have the person who loves you on your team. The WSJ article quoted a business coach who related that men frequently start businesses and don’t even tell their wives…! Do you like all (most) aspects of running a business? You probably have a particular skill, electrical or design, but you will also have to keep some records, market yourself, and have a general business plan. Early on, these jobs will be all yours. Can you make decisions on the “fly” – with no answer key? With this new business, all the decisions are new and made by you. In studies, researchers have found that successful entrepreneurs like decision making. If that’s not your style, this venture could be much harder for you. Don’t miss next week for the next five important tips that may save you money with your business start-up.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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Godfrey’s Granola Yogurt Parfait

Todd Simcox

Updated 1 year ago

Ingredients:3 oz. granola3 oz. blueberries4 strawberries, 6 oz. fruit yogurt1 oz. toasted almonds½ banana1. Place half of the granola in a parfait glass.2. Top the granola with half the yogurt.3. Top the yogurt with half the blueberries.4. Top the blueberries with half the strawberries.5. Add the remaining granola.6. Add the remaining yogurt.7. Add the remaining blueberries.8. Add the remaining strawberries.9. Cut the banana in half and place on top of parfait.10. Top with toasted almonds and a strawberry. 11. Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day at Home with Chef Dave

Todd Simcox

Updated 1 year ago

Chef Dave at the Muddy Rudder shows us how to make a fantastic Valentine’s Day Dinner for under $25.Stuffed artichokeSnip ends of all leaves on the artichoke. Peal the stem. Cut artichoke in half and clean the center out. Steam for aprox. 12 minutes or until fork tender. Fill the inside with crab stuffing. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Top with lobster and hollandaise sauce.Chicken with a cherry saucePoach chicken breast for 15 minutes. Remove from stock and place in hot pan. Sear until golden brown. Deglaze with chicken stock. Add cherries and butter with flour to form sauce. Serve with starch and vegetable.Roasted pearCut pear in half and core center. Brush with butter and roast at 350 for 20 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Fill with sweetened marscapone cheese. Drizzle with favorite sauce.

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Jolain’s Gourmet’s Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Todd Simcox

Updated 1 year ago

Ingredients:1 oreo cookie pie crust1 cup peanut butter½ cup milk1 cup confectioner’s sugar1 8oz. package cream cheese (room temp)1 teaspoon vanilla1 package cool whip, thawedDirections:In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add sugar, milk and vanilla until creamy. Fold into cool whip. Pour into pie crust, cover and freeze for about 6 hours.

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A Case Study

Updated 1 year ago

It’s unfortunate that he has insufficient assistance through work, but that’s the benefit of having your own advisor as you have someone with whom to consult. But how can you do this on your own Get to the web site of your company plan. You will have a number of allocation choices available. They will range from a money market account, which usually has an interest rate of about 1- 2 %, to mutual funds that feature U.S. stocks, U.S. bonds, and international choices. There may also be “sector funds” which may feature leisure companies, real estate or energy holdings.

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Valentine’s Day at Home with Chef Dave

Updated 1 year ago

Stuffed artichoke

Snip ends of all leaves on the artichoke. Peal the stem. Cut artichoke in half and clean the center out. Steam for aprox. 12 minutes or until fork tender. Fill the inside with crab stuffing. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Top with lobster and hollandaise sauce.

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Jolain’s Gourmet’s 7 Layer Dip

Updated 1 year ago

Ingredients:

1 cup sour cream

2 packages of taco seasoning

1 cup salsa

1 cup guacamole

1 cup lettuce

4 oz. chopped black olives

1 cup cheddar cheese

1 cup chopped tomatoes

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Jolain’s Gourmet’s Gingered Shrimp Cocktail

Updated 1 year ago

Ingredients:

1 lb. cooked, peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp

cup soy sauce

2 teaspoons chopped gingerroot

cup white vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons apple juice

1 teaspoons salt

2 or 3 green onions, sliced thin

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Your Investment Allocation

Updated 1 year ago

I meet with folks who think that there is one rule for figuring out one’s investment allocation. I disagree with that notion. There are several factors that help determine your allocation choices.

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Joelain’s Gourmet’s Manicotti with Ricotta Filling

Wayne Harvey

Updated 1 year ago

Pasta Ingredients:4 eggs1 cup water1 cup flourRicotta Filling Ingredients:1 lb. ricotta cheese1 T bread crumbs1 t sugar1 t parsley flakesdash of black pepper1 eggPreparation:In a medium size bowl, beat egg with fork, add all other ingredients and finish mixing with fork. Cover and set aside in the fridge. Mix pasta ingredients together with mixer until smooth. Use a small nonstick pan, set heat to medium on cooktop, let pan heat up a bit and then put 2 tablespoons of mixture in pan and swish around to look like a mini pancake. Let cook until edges start to curl slightly, remove from pan and stack them as you make each one.After they are all done, remove ricotta mixture from fridge, add 1 tablespoon of mixture to the middle of the mini pasta pancake and roll, put some of your favorite pasta sauce in the bottom of the casserole dish and place rolls in dish. Cover with more sauce and bake covered at 350° for 25-30 minutes. For convection cooking, reduce cooking time to 20 minutes.

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Jolain’s Gourmet’s Manicotti with Ricotta Filling

Updated 1 year ago

Pasta Ingredients:

4 eggs

1 cup water

1 cup flour

Ricotta Filling Ingredients:

1 lb. ricotta cheese

1 T bread crumbs

1 t sugar

1 t parsley flakes

dash of black pepper

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