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The Place We Call Home

Come October, the Fox Cities become engulfed in the fire of fall color as the leaves change. Photographer Joe Lukasik took this picture in Neenah between the Kimberly Point Lighthouse and Riverside Park. “What caught my eye was the simplistic beauty of the iron frame bench draped in a mosaic of freshly fallen leaves,” he READ MORE

Avoid burning with electric stoves

“Do you have any tips for cooking on an electric stove? Things seem to burn so easily, and I end up with overcooked food.” —Chrystia from Neenah In any type of stovetop cooking (other than induction) the cooking process is achieved by the conduction of heat from the heat source, through the pan and to READ MORE

Anja Gridley

Appleton-area artist Anja Gridley credits her early childhood schooling as the impetus for her creative expression. Gridley says her home-schooling gave her the skills she needed later in life, when she embraced her creativity as a young adult. “It was really important for [my mom] to raise my siblings and I bilingual because she’s from READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

September often offers our first glimpse into the fall season, as revealed in this image. Photographer Kimberly Henrickson was walking through Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha when she observed the vivid colors and various textures of the fallen leaves. “It had recently rained, and that rain had left behind beautiful droplets on this leaf,” she READ MORE

Isabella Cuomo

Art is a very personal experience for 24-year-old Appleton painter Isabella Cuomo. She got her start drawing but fell in love with painting after some trial and error. “Color mixing was really hard for me because I wasn’t taught properly until I went to school,” she says. “And then all of a sudden when I READ MORE

Best oil to cook with

“What is the best oil to cook with?” —Omar, Appleton All cooking oils have different characteristics that contribute to the finished product. While the flavor of the cooking oil is certainly an important factor, what is probably more important is the amount of heat they will tolerate during the cooking process known as their “smoke READ MORE

Kurt Gunn

Folk and Americana singer/songwriter Kurt Gunn is a solo artist as well as a part of the duo Girl & The Gunn and fronts two other bands -The Kurt Gunn Band and Kurt Gunn & The Poor Town Proper. The Green Bay native, who has lived in De Pere for the last 15 years, never READ MORE

“Grill-friendly” meats

Q. “What are the most ‘grill-friendly’ cuts of meat?” —Tess, Kimberly A.The most “grill-friendly” cuts of meat are the muscles that come from the mid-section of an animal carcass. These “middle meats” move significantly less than the muscles that are used by the animal for locomotion and are therefore more tender. The parts of the READ MORE

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