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Sauce: Before or After?

Q. “Are you supposed to use sauce before or after you grill chicken breasts? Or do you baste during the process?” —Brendan, Neenah A. Basting can be approached two different ways: to help retain moisture and to enhance the finished product. When basting to help retain moisture, basting can be done at any time after READ MORE

Mikayla Albrecht

Posted on May. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Art medium: I primarily paint in digital, watercolor and acrylic mediums. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Art and the creative process have always been an important part of my life, but I wasn’t sure that I wanted to pursue them professionally until late in high school. I grew up around people READ MORE

“Curious Kit”

Steven Robbins set a goal of capturing a photo of a fox after hearing about two young kits in the area. He set out for Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha and got exactly what he was aiming for. “I was lucky enough to see this one pop out of its den just long enough to READ MORE

Fish Fry Switch Up

“My family loves Friday Fish Frys at home. We’re looking for a new recipe for breading and seasoning. What’s your favorite? —Charlie, Hortonville A. Friday Fish Frys, whether in our favorite restaurants and taverns or at home, are a Wisconsin staple. The debate usually involves the preference of breaded or battered fish. Both can be READ MORE

Cassandra Ann VanDreese

Posted on Mar. 31, 2023 by Grace Olson

Art medium: Watercolor. Beginning to dabble into charcoal sketches. Were you always interested in following a creative path? I have always loved to create—mostly DIY building, home decor or kids’ crafts. Why focus on watercolor? In 2020, when the world shifted, I needed an outlet. I am a Critical  Care Nurse with three young kids READ MORE


Posted on Mar. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Ryan Lanning was moonlighting as one of the New Dublin Leprechauns when he chose to capture this moment in 2021. “It was a staged shot of a Leprechaun sitting on the top of the city limits sign (he eventually fell off) trying to catch a hammer thrown by another Leprechaun for a live television shot,” READ MORE

Hollandaise Disaster!

Q. I’ve tried to make hollandaise sauce and it was a disaster! What are your tips for making it silky smooth? —Elowen, Greenville A. Hollandaise is one of the five “mother sauces” by which all other sauces are derived. It is an “emulsified” sauce, which means there are two ingredients that are permanently combined that READ MORE

Rachel Kmecheck

Posted on Mar. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Art medium: Intaglio printmaking and watercolor. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Yes, my life has always had a creative path to it. My creative path was not a straight path, but it has been a wonderful journey so far. Why a focus on medieval times? As a child, I always loved READ MORE

“On Frozen Pond”

After a socially distanced celebration with her sister during the first Christmas of the pandemic, Lori Gelbke used one of her new gifts, a camera, during a visit to Neenah and Lake Winnebago. “When I got there, I discovered people taking walks and some young men finishing a game of hockey,” she says. “I took READ MORE

Inexpensive Cuts of Meat

Q. When can you “skimp” on meat and use inexpensive cuts? For what recipes? —Lizzie, Omro A. Meat cuts can be broken down into two basic categories: tender cuts and less tender cuts. These categories are determined by where the cuts come from on the carcass of the animal. Muscles that move more are generally tougher READ MORE