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AUTHOR KIERAN SHIELDS

Kieran Shields is the author of "The Truth of All Things."  The book follows a Deputy Marshal trying to solve a murder in Portland that appears to have ties to witchcraft.  The sequel "A Study in Revenge" was just released.  Shields will be reading from his book at the USM Portland Bookstore on Thursday, January 31st at 7:00 PM.

To read an excerpt from A Study In Revenge click here:  CROWN PUBLISHING GROUP

For more information on Kieran Shields click here:  KEIRAN SHIELDS

 

ANNIE MAHLE'S CHICKEN AND WHITE BEAN CHILI

Annie Mahle is the chef on the Maine windjammer J. & E. Riggin.  Mahle has just published a cookbook, "Sugar & Salt: A Year at Home and At Sea."  A printable version of her recipe for Chicken and White Bean Chili can be found on the 207 Kitchen section of our website.

For more information on Annie Mahle click here:  ANNIE MAHLE

Annie Mahle's Chicken and White Bean Chili

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup green onion, diced
1 cup yellow pepper, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 cups dry white beans
6 cups chicken stock
water if needed

Garnish (optional):
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup green onion, diced

Heat a medium-sized stockpot over medium-high heat. Heat the oil and add the chicken thighs and the spices. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the chicken begins to brown. Add the vegetables and garlic and sauté for another 8-10 minutes. When the mixture begins to stick to the bottom and most of the moisture has evaporated, add the white beans and chicken stock. You may need to add more water or stock during cooking. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender. Garnish with your choice of sour cream, grated cheddar cheese and diced green onion.

Serves 6-8

Yogurt and Chive Garnish
1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1 tablespoons chives or cilantro
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime juice
pinch cayenne pepper
Mix all ingredients together and serve with the chili.

Makes 1 1/4 cups

 

RICH BROOKS' APPS FOR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

Rich Brooks is the President of Flyte New Media, a web design and internet marketing company in Portland.

For more information click here: FLYTE NEW MEDIA

The new year is a traditional time to make resolutions, and chances are you already have. And, maybe you've already broken a few. Here are a few apps that can keep you on your path to success.


Quit Smoking: One of the best things you can do for yourself is quit smoking, but as we all know it's difficult. There are several stop smoking apps out there, including Livestrong's MyQuit Coach.

Features include:

* customizing your quitting plan (either cold turkey or incrementally)
* track your daily progress
* share your success/get support with the Livestrong community and share w/your FB or Twitter friends
* earn badges
* see your progress over time
* log your cravings

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/livestrong-myquit-coach-dare/id383122255?mt=8


Lite version is free, $3.99 for full version. Not for Android, but there are plenty of Droid apps including the well reviewed Quit Smoking.

Lose Weight/Eat Healthy: Exercising alone won't help, you need to reduce your caloric intake. GoMeals makes it easy, plugging in calories for all your meals. You can also get calorie counts from many chain restaurants.

Features include:

* Ability to track your meals
* Get calorie counts for full day
* Track protein, carbs and fat, too.
* Track your activity.

This app is free and is available on iOS and Droid.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gomeals/id336651139?mt=8

Getting In Shape: There are plenty of running apps for your mobile device, but few offer a zombie storyline. With Zombies, Run! your jogging takes on an apocalyptical twist with a narrative that lets you know when the zombies are chasing you and when you need to sprint.

There are missions you can go on to move the story along and keep you interested in your run.

https://www.zombiesrungame.com


Getting Things Done: We all want to get more done, and do it better. Although LifeHacker.com is not actually an app, you can visit the website on your phone OR download the podcast.

Basically, everything you want to do, or do better, LifeHacker has you covered.

They even had a post recently on tips on keeping your NY resolutions!

http://lifehacker.com/5971803/top-10-strategies-for-making-your-new-years-resolution-stick?tag=lifehacker-top-10 

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