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Roasting Duck

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Q. I’ve eaten duck at restaurants and enjoyed it, but it seems rather intimidating to make at home. Any suggestions on how to approach it? – Rosemary, Menasha A. Duck is delicious, yet seems to be enjoyed as a special occasion type entrée by most people as its overall consumption is not very high. Domesticated READ MORE

Mary Catherine Baird

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Sprawled across Mary Catherine Baird’s gray hoodie in white script is a Mother Teresa quote, “Love begins at home.” Baird interprets the quote to mean it’s necessary to establish a foundation of love and charity at home before it’s possible to spread that kindness throughout the world. In this context, “home” can be a family READ MORE

Trending Turmeric

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Q. I’ve been reading about the health benefits of turmeric. Into what types of dishes can I incorporate the spice?  — Ruben, Appleton A. Turmeric is a plant grown in Southeast Asia that comes from the ginger family. It is processed by boiling the plant, after which it is dried and ground into a powder. READ MORE

Pantry Staples: Splurge vs. Steal

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Q. What pantry items are worth spending a little more on than others? Which staples can you get by using generic versions? — Sherry, Greenville A. There may be some readers who will not agree with my opinion when answering this question. I hope we can still be friends! There are very few consumers that READ MORE

Ray Fehrenbach

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Name: Ray Fehrenbach Residence: Oshkosh Medium: Etching & Drawing “My vision is really just to do a lot of work. In doing a lot of work, I feel like I learn a lot about what I’m doing, and it’s really kind of about the learning process for me. When I do something that I like, then READ MORE

Brown Butter Basics

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Q. What is brown butter and how can it be used? — Ginger, Appleton A. Brown butter is unsalted butter that has been melted over low heat until it separates into its two primary components of butter fat (also known as clarified butter) and milk solids. The butter fat floats and the milk solids rest READ MORE

Emily Meder

Posted on Nov. 1, 2017 by Cody Wiesner
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Name: Emily Meder Residence: Appleton Medium: Mixed-media painting Self-starting abstract artist Emily Meder a proves that art education doesn’t have to come from universities. Instead, she learns from the internet and constantly creating new art, which has found her audience in both the Fox Cities and online. The kaleidoscopic designs she paints are vivid, enigmatic READ MORE

Alyssa Nguyen

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Name: Alyssa Nguyen Residence: Oshkosh Medium: Jewelry When Frida Kahlo was 23, she had just moved to America with Diego Rivera, four years after she began painting. Kahlo is a source of inspiration for Alyssa Nguyen, 23, who owns and designs at Alyssa & Anna Fine Jewelry in Oshkosh, a brand she began three years READ MORE

Braising Tips

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Q. What cuts of meat benefit the most from braising? Any general braising tips? — Colby, Little Chute A. Braising is a combination cooking method that utilizes both dry and moist cooking methods on tough pieces of meat. Tough cuts come from the part of animals that move a lot like shoulders and legs. The READ MORE

Kathy Boettcher

Posted on Sep. 1, 2017 by Dan Meyer
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Name: Kathy Boettcher Residence: Appleton Medium: Ceramics You’ve probably seen Kathy Boettcher’s art without realizing it. Working under her professional brand, Kaffers Illustration, Boettcher transforms functional ceramic bowls and mugs into dynamic works of art. “I’ve always been drawing,” Boettcher says. “I live for pattern and end up using the silk-screened animals in a way READ MORE