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


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

Soggy Crust Begone

Q. “I love making quiche, but lately it has been hit or miss. Sometimes the crust is soggy, and the filling seeps through to the pie plate. Should I pre-bake the crust? Poke holes in the bottom?” —Tom, Kimberly A. Quiche is a great preparation and can be prepared with a variety of ingredients. Quiche READ MORE

“Dutchman’s Rainbow”

Ken Kemper was out and about with his Black Lab/Shepherd Mix, Sabrina, early on a Saturday morning in 2022 when he came upon what he calls the “Dutchman’s Rainbow.”
 “What was somewhat unique about the event was that it was a morning rainbow appearing in the West from a rather high cloud base… I caught READ MORE

Lynn St.Aubin

Posted on Nov. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): Acrylic How do you describe your art? Whimsical, colorful and happy. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Yes, I’ve always followed a creative path! I don’t remember a time that I wasn’t creative. I have been drawing, painting and making jewelry since I was a child. I have a bachelor’s READ MORE

Holiday Cookies!

Q. “What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe? I love trying new ones and have friends at an annual cookie swapping party to impress!” —Kassie, Appleton A. I have especially fond memories of the holiday cookies I had growing up as my mom would make several batches of different kinds of traditional favorites. The two READ MORE

“New White Steps”

Kevin Abing was hiking through 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna while taking fall leaf photos with his iPhone. “I noticed there were new steps installed on the hillside to make it easier to hike up the hill,” he remembers. “With the color of the leaves and the beautiful new white steps, I knew it READ MORE

Brienna Pociask

Art medium(s): Paper, pencil and digital but I also enjoy acrylic and canvas! How do you describe your art? I’d describe my art style as cute, colorful and playful. I’m taking it in a couple different directions at the moment: one is greeting card art and the other is City of Neenah art! For my READ MORE