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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

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