Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Transfer of Transit and Other Nefarious Ideas


BY Will Stahl A few weeks before the election I attended the statewide Sierra Club Autumn Assembly. One of the speaker’s topic was Wisconsin transportation issues. He mentioned the referendum on the proposed constitutional amendment, which would segregate the transportation budget from the general fund. It’s going to pass he told us: it sounds too reasonable to keep money from ... Read More »

From the Wine Cave


BY KIMBERLY FISHER With snow filling the air, and the winter chill setting in it’s time to begin thinking about the holiday entertaining. With so many selections of still, sparkling and sweet wines to choose from, wouldn’t it be great if there was a magical formula for someone to do all the wine pairing and suggestions for you? This holiday ... Read More »

Merlot and Beef Tenderloin


By Davies Wakefield All wine lovers who have seen the movie “Sideways” remember the famous scene where Miles says, “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f***ing Merlot.” That line and Miles fascination with Pinot Noir caused sales of Merlot in the US to decline by two percent; while sales and the pricing power of Pinot ... Read More »

A Beer Holiday


BY LEE REIHERZER This time of year, a visit to any beer aisle worth exploring confirms that we’ve reclaimed yet another piece of our beer heritage. You’ll see that winter and holiday seasonal brews have returned and en masse. Once the highlight of the year for beer lovers, the custom of drinking beer specially prepared for the holidays and cold ... Read More »

Spatchcock Your Christmas Turkey


BY PATRICIA DERGE When you think of Christmas dinner, you probably envision a huge, round, whole-roasted turkey trussed up and set at the center of your dining room table. It’s a beautiful sight, but is it really the best way to prepare the iconic holiday bird? No, definitely not. Spatchcocking is a superior method in virtually every way. But what ... Read More »



BY JAMIE LEE RAKE Soul food, though a term commonly associated with cuisine deriving from the stalwart constitutions of antebellum slaves who could concoct deliciousness from ingredients deemed inferior for the meals served on the masters’ table, can mean more than that. One of my favorite questions to ask friends is, “What is your personal soul food?” That is, what ... Read More »

Creating a Healthy Habitat in Your Yard

Dr. Stanley Temple in front of Aldo Leopold’s shack.

BY CAROL NIENDORF Does your yard do all it can to reduce pollution, preserve natural resources, and attract a diversity of native birds, butterflies, and pollinators? Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter invites you to come and learn how to achieve this goal at their 19th annual Toward Harmony with Nature conference on Saturday, January 24, at the Oshkosh Convention ... Read More »

Eating Smart Just Got Easier, with SmartPlate


BY EMILY DIERINGER There’s an exciting new initiative that will make it easy for residents of the greater Fox Valley to make great choices when eating away from home. It’s called SmartPlate! SmartPlate is an initiative that provides local restaurants, caterers, convenience stores and more with nutritionally-sound, smart food options that get a “thumbs up” from local health professionals. You ... Read More »

National Toy Hall of Fame Unveils 2014 Inductees


It’s the month that Santa visits, so let’s take a look at some of the hall of famer’s he and his elves have delivered over the years... It’s mission accomplished for little green army men. The molded plastic must-haves for generations of pretend soldiers were inducted into the National Toy Hall of fame, along with the 1980s stumper Rubik’s Cube, ... Read More »

Privilege – Part 2


BY JANINE WRIGHT Last month we looked at the word, “privilege”. Like many words in our American English language, the word has taken on a meaning of its own. Privilege is the “thing” that often separates us whether it is abilities, gender, income, education, race, sexual orientation, or any other form of separateness. Privilege is the way that power is ... Read More »

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