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Irineo Medina

UW-Oshkosh alum and Appleton artist Irineo Medina has always been interested in public art and community service. “I graduated and moved to Appleton and wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with a Bachelor of Fine Arts,” Medina says. “So, I started knocking on doors. My first opportunity was painting the Love mural on READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

Upon waking one winter morning, Kimberly Henrickson knew she would have to leave work early to photograph the freshly fallen snow at Heckrodt Nature Preserve in Menasha. “That beauty comes and goes so quickly,” she says. “People often complain about winter, but this photo and that snowy adventure to capture the image reminds me how READ MORE

Is stainless steel superior?

“I see a lot of chefs prefer stainless steel cookware. Is it really superior? How so and how do you keep it from getting those black stains on the cook surface?” —Anthony from Kaukauna The most important aspect of any cookware is the ability to transfer heat from the heat source through the cooking vessel READ MORE

Jenna Kast

Jenna Kast has been creative and artistic since childhood, and this has inevitably led to her becoming an emotion and inspiration-driven local abstract artist. “After earning my degree in Advertising and spending years working in Marketing, I began painting again as a hobby and distraction from my anxiety issues,” Kast says. “Having been a lover READ MORE

David Groenjes

Area artist David Groenjes uses his unique background in conservation and automotive repair in his current body of work to create lifelike masterpieces of animals. “Well, so it’s kind of interesting… my background is not really in art,” Groenjes says. “I have a degree in natural resource conservation and so I’ve always been interested in READ MORE

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

“I am trying to achieve a thick, chewy chocolate chip cookie. Whenever I bake them, they flatten out and end up crunchier than I would like. What am I doing wrong?” —Angela from Sherwood Solving cookie challenges is fun because it forces us to consider the function of each ingredient to determine what might be READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

Isiah Driessen of Little Chute took this photo at High Cliff last winter while filming a music video for his band, Salmon Run. “I was trying to find some different perspectives and views that people don’t typically see and the contrast in the color and texture caught my eye,” Driessen says. “I also liked how READ MORE

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