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Tips for Picky Eaters

Q. My son is a picky eater. I’m trying to help him open his mind to new foods. Any tips from a chef? —Henry from Kaukauna A. As an adult who grew up under the “take it or leave it” generation, the picky eater conundrum seems to be a recent trend. To open someone’s palate READ MORE

Tania Nelson

Posted on Feb. 29, 2024 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): Photography, Painting, Mixed-media Collage How do you describe your art? Grungy, opinionated, humorous, historical. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Interested? Yes. Doing it? No. As a kid I learned to craft things from my mom, and art class was easily my favorite. I took art classes in high school, READ MORE

“Icy Bago Morning”

Posted on Jan. 31, 2024 by Grace Olson

Sophia Stoltmann took this photo on Lake Winnebago during the annual Battle on Bago ice fishing tournament last February. “I took the photo at that time to remember the first morning of the battle,” she says. “And that moment, how the sun hit the ice while rising made the ice ripples look like small mountains READ MORE

Leeks, Shallots, Green Onions

Q. “What’s the difference between leeks, shallots and green onions? When do you use them?” —Joyce, Appleton A. Let’s start off by differentiating leeks, shallots and green onions. All of them are related as part of the lily family. Leeks look like large, overgrown green onions with a white end by the root and broad READ MORE

Ashley Mattek

Posted on Jan. 31, 2024 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): I primarily use watercolor and ink for my small business, Ink + Splash. I consider myself having a type A personality who likes control in my everyday life, so using watercolor is a beautiful way for me to let go of control in a safe and creative space. How do you describe your READ MORE

“Quiet Cold of Winter”

Posted on Dec. 28, 2023 by Grace Olson

Alan Mullen of Appleton knew the wintry conditions would make capturing this shot at Sunset Park in Kimberly a tough one. “To have snow and the water to be running and not frozen isn’t overly common on this slow creek,” he says. “I always thought this photo showed the quiet cold of winter, which seems READ MORE

Reverse-Searing Steaks

Q. I’ve heard a lot about reverse-seared steaks and that they’re fool proof. Is that true? How should I go about trying it? —Matt, Grand Chute A. Reverse-searing steaks is an excellent method to produce a perfectly cooked steak to both your desired internal doneness that also has a beautifully seared exterior. The former method READ MORE

Brittany Lebeda

Posted on Dec. 28, 2023 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): Watercolor How do you describe your art? Expressive and romantic florals. My favorite flowers to paint are roses.  Were you always interested in following a creative path? Yes! I’ve been involved in the arts in some capacity my whole life. And out of everything that I’ve tried, watercolor has been my favorite.  What READ MORE

“Supermoon”

Posted on Dec. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

The Apollo 11 Crew Tribute at the entrance of the Appleton International Airport (crew members Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, Lunar Module Commander Buzz Aldrin and Command Module Pilot Mike Collins) is only one star of the show for this month’s The Place We Call Home. “I tried to photograph the ‘supermoon’ last month as it READ MORE

Lisa Baltes

Posted on Dec. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): Relief Printmaker, Mixed Media Artist How do you describe your art? It’s a little bit of an art adventure. I like to learn new things and try new processes and change things up. I am constantly adding those things to my art practice. A process that I am experimenting and perfecting currently is printing a READ MORE