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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

Homemade Marinara

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Q. I’d like to make my own classic marinara sauce using my garden tomatoes to enjoy year round. Do you have a favorite recipe and jarring or storing tips? – Graham, Little Chute A. I’ve made my own marinara sauce for so many years I can recite it by heart. The proportion of ingredients is READ MORE

Len Borruso

Posted on Aug. 1, 2017 by Dan Meyer
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Name: Len Borruso Residence: Appleton Medium: Film, cinematography and directing “Filmmaking is not a bubble. It’s a type of art form that incorporates fine art painting, photography, music, dance — everything.” Len Borruso’s appreciation for the different aspects of filmmaking is reflected in his work as a cinematographer and director. Borruso’s films are colorful and READ MORE

Kabobs!

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Q. What are some helpful suggestions for preparing delicious kabobs? I want to grill them, but am unsure how to get all the ingredients cooked to the appropriate doneness? — Caesar, Kaukauna A. Kabobs are an excellent item for the grill because they are fun to make and can provide a very colorful presentation. Here READ MORE