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Smoking Meats

Q. I received a meat smoker as a gift and would love to use it, but am not sure where to start. What do you recommend? – Lois, Little Chute A. The desired outcome of smoke cooking is a product that is both flavorful and tender. Great flavor starts with buying a high quality piece READ MORE

Nibblin’ Food

Q. How can I make a beautiful charcuterie board like I see on Pinterest?  What types of items should I include and in what quantities?  – Chloe, Neenah A. In my opinion, the four primary components of a perfect charcuterie board include cured meats, specialty cheeses, marinated vegetables and artisan crackers. Cured meats should be READ MORE

Danica Oudeans

Danica Oudeans is a contemporary artist and art educator who covers a lot of ground – not only in art media (she is well versed in everything from paint and pencil to ceramic and woodworking), but in geographical location as well. The new Appleton resident teaches art classes to students of all ages throughout Northeast READ MORE

Cooking for a Group

Q. I will be cooking (alone) for about 15 people and would love some simple recipe suggestions that will be easy to execute, but also delicious. Main dishes, side dishes and dessert. – Lana, Greenville A. This is a common challenge when entertaining in order to serve a nice dinner, but still be part of READ MORE

Holly “Treble” Stigen

Posted on Oct. 31, 2019 by Zack Dion

Holly “Treble” Stigen prefers not to define her art form, but she describes it as abstract, assemblage art bursting with color. Fairly new to the art scene, Stigen, 50, started showing her pieces about 10 years ago when she began experimenting with digital photography alongside her son who was enrolled in a digital photography class. READ MORE

A Quick Dinner Tip

Q. What are some creative uses or serving suggestions for a rotisserie chicken that I pick up from the grocery store? – Marriette, Greenville A. We are very blessed to have a number of retail outlets that prepare high quality “grab and go” items for us to purchase and consume. Yes, on occasion even chefs READ MORE

Patricia Filzen

Posted on Oct. 1, 2019 by Zack Dion

As a multi-faceted fiber artist based in Appleton, the creativity found in Patricia Filzen’s pieces goes beyond the color and concept of the work; she first has to think about what materials to use and what to do with them. Filzen creates unique fabrics through the processes of weaving, spinning, felting and sewing. With these READ MORE

Panko vs. Bread Crumbs

Q. What is the difference between Panko and regular bread crumbs? Is one better than the other and can they be used interchangeably?  –Hannah, Appleton A. Panko crumbs are bread crumbs that are larger and coarser than standard bread crumbs which tend to be finer. Panko crumbs are prepared using only the inside white part READ MORE

Katharina Abderholden

Oshkosh-based artist Katharina Abderholden sees dance in every day movements.  “Dance is just movement with intention,” she says. “You can walk down the street and dance if you move with the intention of taking up space or leaving something behind. If you have intention, it changes the quality of the body which makes it more READ MORE

David Gauthier

David Gauthier is a self-taught artist who specializes in airbrush paintings, body painting and special effects makeup. Born and raised in Neenah, Gauthier recognized his love for art at a young age and from there his talents blossomed. His full-time career is in management, but he does artwork and commissions as a side job and READ MORE