Every three months my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins) get together for what we jokingly call, "forced family fun". It really isn't forced! We have a great time together and it keeps us all connected, which is so important. Last month my very brave cousin hosted it at her house. We are very large family, so it had to be pot luck. Somehow, the week managed to get by me and I had no dish...and no ideas for a dish. Someone suggested that I pickup a savory cheesecake at Wicked Kickin' Savory Cheesecakes located at 670 Main Road, Westport, MA. I am so glad they did!
This is not your mother's cheesecake with cloyingly sweet cherries on top. These are savory cheesecakes, perfect as an appetizer or as a side dish. The selection is incredible with 19 unique flavors. I chose the "New Beige" which consisted of linguica, peppers, onions and cheddar cheese. I also picked up "The Cianci" which was filled with chicken, broccoli, mushrooms, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Needless to say, they were a hit and there were no leftovers. I am dying to try their seafood ones: there's "The Chatham" (lobster), "The Federal Hill" (shrimp with garlic), "The Mozambique (shrimp or chicken with Mozambique sauce) and the "Georges Bank" (scallops). If you are a meat lover, there are 9 tasty meat cheesecakes to choose from and so vegetarians aren't left out there 5 meatless ones as well. You really can't go wrong!
All cheesecakes are made fresh. They can be served at room temperature or warmed by heating in microwave or if wrapped in aluminum foil it can be heated at a low temperature in the oven temperature for 20-30 minutes. They also can be frozen for up to 6 months. Their hours are Monday – Saturday: 10AM-6PM, Sunday: 9AM-1PM. You can reach Wicked Kickin' at 774-309-3133
Ingredients:For the coconut and pineapple sweet chili sauce:
3 tablespoons coconut cream*
3 tablespoons of your favorite sweet chili sauce
Small can of pineapple chunks, pureed
1 teaspoon sriracha, or to taste
For the grilled shrimp:
1 pound (20-25 or 16-20) shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 slices pineapple, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
DirectionsFor the coconut and pineapple sweet chili sauce:
Puree the Pineapple chunks
For the grilled shrimp:
Skewer the shrimp and pineapple and grill over medium-high heat until cooked, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Brush the sauce onto the shrimp and enjoy!
*Place a can of coconut milk in the fridge, standing upright, for at least 24 hours, open it and scoop the thicker white coconut cream from the top, reserving the clear liquid on the bottom for other things like smoothies.
Ever wanted to learn how to sew or quilt? Are you really good at carpentry but need to perfect some skills? Attending the Adult Education class at New Bedford Voke is a great way to reinvent yourself or brush up on a skill. The class offerings offer a diversified curriculum such as: cake decorating, gardening, stained glass to computer training American Sign Language, Portuguese and Spanish Classes, Carpentry, electrical, pharmacy tech, real estate training and etc. Not only will you be learning something new but it's a great way to get out and meet new people, especially with winter just a few short months away. My favorite part is break time and all the goodies that the Culinary Art students sell!
On-line Registration begins on August 21st. On-Site Registration begins on Monday, August 28, from 5:00pm - 8:00pm and Tuesday, August 29, from 5:00pm-8:00pm.
Senior Citizens (60 or over) will receive a $10.00 discount for all 8 week classes and a $5.00 discount for 4 week and seminar classes.
Fall classes are set to begin on Monday, September 11th. Cost of the class depends on which course you take. There is a district vs. non-district rate for classes.
For a full listing of curriculum and rates, please be sure to check out their website at www.gnbvt.edu/adult/Fall17.pdf.
To register on-line go to www.gnbvt.edu/adult/index.htm
Good Reasons to Change Your Will: Life is ever-changing and so are your estate-planning needs
After you've created your will and an estate plan, you'll most likely need to revisit them at key points in your life as your circumstances change.
You Get Married
Your new spouse doesn't automatically become your chief heir. Most states give a spouse one-third or one-half of an estate. If you don't have any children, your parents or siblings would get the rest. To leave all your property to your spouse, you'll need a will. You cannot disinherit a spouse without his or her consent.
If you are living with someone but are not married and you want your significant other to inherit any of your property, you need a will.
You Become a Parent
Obviously, the big question is how your children will be cared for if both you and your spouse die. Now you definitely need a will to name a guardian for your children, as discussed earlier.
Consider using trusts, perhaps in your will, to handle assets that would go to your children. Execute a durable power of attorney naming your spouse or someone else to act for you in financial matters when you can't. Durable power remains effective even if you become mentally unable to handle your own affairs.
You Approach Middle Age
Your assets are growing, so tax planning could save your heirs thousands in federal estate taxes. The time to act is when you and your spouse have a combined net worth, including house, retirement plans, and insurance proceeds, that approaches the amount vulnerable to the federal estate tax. You can give an unlimited amount to your spouse tax-free, by designating it in your will or by owning all assets jointly, for example. But with a little more planning, a married couple can leave twice the amount of the estate-tax exemption--up to $7 million after the second spouse dies, assuming that Congress reinstates the estate tax that lapsed at the end of 2009 and continues the $3.5 million exemption in effect at that time.
Some in Congress would like to boost the estate tax threshold to $5 million and reduce the tax rate to 35%. If they have their way, a married couple could exempt up to $10 million from estate taxes.
Update your will to reflect family births, deaths, separations, or divorces. Review guardian, trustee, and personal-representative appointments. Reevaluate the nature of specific gifts to people or groups. And recalculate how much life insurance you need.
You Get Divorced
Review absolutely everything. The people in your life are changing. So must your estate plan. You need a new will altogether because in most states a divorce automatically revokes the provisions of a will that apply to a former spouse. In some states a divorce revokes the entire will.
You'll want to set up trusts to control the assets you plan to leave your children. And revise any living trusts to remove your former spouse as a beneficiary or trustee. Do likewise with a durable power of attorney or a living will. Plus, unless restricted by a divorce decree, change the beneficiaries on your life insurance, pensions, and IRA.
You and your new spouse may have to plan for families from prior marriages and for children you have together. Consider a prenuptial agreement, should you want to keep assets separate and nullify your inheritance rights to each other's estates.
You'll want to provide for your new spouse and still be certain your children are taken care of. To do this, talk to an estate-planning lawyer about a qualified terminable interest property trust -- QTIP, for short. This trust can be set up in a will to give your spouse the income from the trust property and some rights to principal. But when he or she dies, the assets go to beneficiaries you have chosen.
You Retire or Move to another State
If you retire to another state (or any time you move to a new state, for that matter), have your estate-planning documents reviewed in light of that state's laws and your current needs.
Durable powers of attorney become even more important. For example, if you are stricken with Alzheimer's disease, you may become unable to give the required consent for financial transactions. Life insurance coverage may not be needed anymore. But if your estate faces an estate-tax liability or if your spouse is dependent on retirement income that will end with your death, consider keeping the coverage.
Your Spouse Dies
This loss can leave you emotionally vulnerable to financial mistakes. For at least several months, avoid selling your house or making other drastic changes.
Seek expert advice. There may be tax benefits to disclaiming some of your inheritance in favor of alternate beneficiaries, such as your children, if your spouse's estate is subject to the federal estate tax and you have enough assets of your own, including liquid assets.
You'll need to get a new will and, if needed, a revocable living trust. Execute a new durable power of attorney and a living will (which expresses your wishes in case of an illness that leaves you permanently incapacitated). Put these in a safe place, and tell people who need to know where they are.
This article was written for Kiplinger.com, March 2011 and taken from AARP.org through Elder Law News, published by ElderLaw Answers, www.elderlawanswers.com, October 2011; Reprinted with permission.
2 Small Fennel Bulbs, thinly sliced, fronds reserved
1 Small Onion, diced
1 Leek, white part only, thinly sliced
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
4 Tomatoes, skins and seeds removed and diced
1 Cup Dry White Wine
1 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme
1 Teaspoon Fresh Marjoram
½ Teaspoon Saffron Threads
½ Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
½ Pound Sockeye Salmon, skin removed, cut into 1 inch wide strips
½ Pound Cod, cut into 1 inch wide strips
½ Pound hard-shelled clams (like cherry stone or little necks, not steamers)
½ Pound mussels
Peel the shrimp, reserving the shrimp shells. Bring the water to a simmer and add the shrimp shells, bay leaf, peppercorns, and orange peel to the pot and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a heavy bottomed soup pan. Add the onion, leek, and fennel bulb and a pinch of salt, and slowly sweat them until tender but not browned (about 20 minutes).
Add the garlic, saute a few more minutes until garlic is tender and fragrant.
Add the tomato and the wine. Turn up the heat until the wine begins to boil. Cook until wine is reduced by about half.
Strain the shrimp and orange stock into the onion mixture. Add the thyme, marjoram, saffron, and cayenne and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the fish first. About two minutes later add the mussels and clams. About two minutes later add the shrimp. Simmer until the shrimp is just cooked through. About two more minutes.
Remove from heat and serve immediately, garnishing each place with some reserved fennel fronds.
So, it is that time of year where we try to squeeze as much summer out of the month of August as possible. We want those tans lines to last at least until Columbus Day! Seems like I have a staff of readers that love to relax in the sun with a good book. I love to read as well and I usually float in my pool with a good book. Some of the staff go to the beach to read and others just like sitting/laying in the backyard in the shade. At lunch the other day we made a list of what we are reading now or just finished reading. Some are new books and some books are re-read books... just out of sheer love of the book! I hope you like our picks for our annual edition of "summer reads"! What are you reading this summer? Send us a comment below. We are always looking for the next book to read.
Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
American Sniper by Chris Kyle
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey