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Top 5 Must-Have Kitchen Staples

Q. Minus salt, pepper, oil and butter, what are your top five ingredients to keep in the kitchen? – Jerome, Appleton A. I have considered several different angles to answer this question and have chosen to respond from one of versatility. To that end, here are my top five ingredients to keep on hand (in READ MORE

Restaurant Slang

Q. When I worked in restaurants as a server, busy chefs were said to be “in the weeds.” What other chef slang might civilians not be familiar with? – Robert, Appleton A. Most vocations have their own unique jargon that is common to their industry, but may not necessarily be understood by the public. The READ MORE

Emily Bowles

Posted on Dec. 1, 2020 by Emily Speers

For Appleton poet Emily Bowles, inspiration can come from anywhere and it often does. For example, while on a run one day Bowles passed by a dead fish on a trail and that imagery provided fodder for multiple poems. A dead fish on a running trail may appear as unlikely inspiration, but there’s a moral READ MORE

No Knead to Worry: Bread Tips

I’d love to start baking my own bread, but the whole kneading process seems intimidating. Do you have any bread-making tips for me? – Lex, Appleton The secret to great bread is the texture, which is developed through both leavening and structure. In bread baking, yeast is the primary leavening agent used and works by READ MORE

ellis jake solie

Listening to ellis jake solie speak, it is very quickly apparent that she is an artistic soul. Her voice is soft and methodical, and her words are poetic. “I love things that seem magic. I feel like art is really good at that,” she says. As someone who can make even her own name into READ MORE

Nikisha Johnson

Posted on Sep. 30, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Nikisha Johnson, an Appleton painter, credits her early inspiration from watching her mother paint and take photographs. “I was always amazed watching her create something really beautiful and unique from the tools she used, whether it was a camera or print screen or a paintbrush, she always had a very intuitive sense in how to READ MORE

Lydia Andersen

Appleton-based artist Lydia Andersen has had an interest in illustrations for much of her life. Throughout childhood, Andersen drew and illustrated short stories. Andersen has carried her artistic interests into adulthood by turning what was once her side hobby into a full-time career.   “The Paint Chip Series” has been Andersen’s ongoing project since 2016. She READ MORE

Karla Lauden

“You don’t realize when you are faced with death and you don’t have a choice. It changes your life completely. You see things differently. You’re completely open because you have nowhere to hide. I’ve been given a second chance.” Looking at me through my computer screen, Menasha artist Karla Lauden professes the event that transformed READ MORE

Working from Home Lunches

Q. Now that I’m working from home, I’m looking for some easy weekday lunch ideas. Ideally they would be things I can make the night before and to help streamline the next day. Any ideas? – Peter, Kaukauna A. As a recent empty-nester still trying to adjust to cooking for two, my knee-jerk response is READ MORE

Megan Fredrich

Classifying one as an art rebel is a bit redundant – haven’t painters, sculptors and makers long been the rulebreakers of society? But even within art, a practice rooted in creativity and disruption, conventions exist, traditions are followed and classics are celebrated. Megan Fredrich is having none of it. “The art scene is a little READ MORE