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Beat vs. Fold

Q. When baking cakes, sometimes the recipes call to beat in ingredients and sometimes fold in. What is the difference and when are appropriate scenarios for each? – Luca, Appleton A. Beating is a rigorous process where two or more ingredients are forcibly combined into what becomes one smooth and relatively homogenous product. Butter and READ MORE

Ross Catterton

Appleton-born singer/songwriter Ross Catterton is a man with many musical talents. He has a solo career but is also the saxophonist for the well-known band Kyle Megna & The Monsoons. At age 35, Catterton sings, plays the piano, drums, guitar, violin and plays all of the saxophones. He is teaching himself the clarinet and flute, READ MORE

The Perfect Omelet

Q. I have heard that being able to cook a classic omelet is Culinary 101. I still struggle with it. What is your recipe for success? – Tony, Little Chute A. Omelets basically can be prepared one of two ways: either with the signature ingredients in with the scrambled eggs or the ingredients folded inside READ MORE

Michael Grabner

Fox Valley singer/songwriter Michael Grabner has accomplished a lot in his 10-year music journey so far. It all started after his grandparents bought him a guitar for his birthday. “I started playing guitar when I was 18; that was my first real introduction to anything in music,” Grabner says. Although he was mainly self-taught, a READ MORE

Walt Hamburger

Appleton singer/songwriter Walt Lontkowski, better known as Walt Hamburger, has countless achievements to his name at age 39. He works with One Week Records and performs in the band Car City. He is president at Walt Hamburger Foundation and aids in foster care and adoption at Orphan Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. He thrives equally in READ MORE

Abby Gammons

Little Chute artist Abby Gammons stumbled upon her chosen medium by accident two years ago. “I wanted to decorate my room and was looking on Pinterest for ideas. I saw an image that inspired me and it had a macramé weaving in it,” says Gammons, who describes her style as eclectic with Scandanvian and midcentury-modern READ MORE

Daniela Kouzov

Ceramic artist Daniela Kouzov began working with clay in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since. “It was a pure accident, but it feels like it was meant to be,” says the Bulgarian-born artist who now resides in Green Bay. Having dabbled in creative endeavors all her life, Kouzov was seeking to experience a new medium READ MORE

Knife Skills

Q. I would like to improve my knife skills. Are there any online resources I could use or general tips to making more chef-like cuts? – Emily, Greenville A. I did an internet search by keying in “knife skills” and was bombarded with both websites and videos on the subject so yes, there are many READ MORE