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A chile reception

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   It’s a very special, joyful time of year, one that I look forward to for several months: namely, the Monday after Superbowl, because football season…

Say (macaroni and) cheese!

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   I don’t know what shape we’ll be in by the time you read this – at the moment it’s snowing heavily, though not much has…

A mug of good cheer

  By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com First of all, let me commiserate with my fellow January-born: we in particular know the feeling of throwing a party while everyone still has a…

Staying uncurdled at the last minute

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Oh, Lord, they just called, and they’re on their way over. They’ll be here in two hours. Or an hour. Or half an hour. You…

Resolved to veg out

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   It’s 2014. You are an adult. You will behave like one and Be Healthy and Eat Your Vegetables Like A Grownup For Once. This is…

Feeling the pinch during the holidays

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   I was uniquely odd in my family when I was a kid for taking a dim view of most seafood. Despite growing up 40 miles…

Paradise by the kitchen lights

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   You recall the first moment you knew true heartache and betrayal. You were in a diner with someone you thought was The One. After a…

Tough cookies

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   I have acquaintances who genuinely, deeply enjoy fruitcake, and I regard them with the suspicion due celebrity Scientologists and enemy sleeper agents. At any moment…

A little jelly in your roll

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   So the Day of Bountiful Turkey is almost upon you, but you’re perfectly alright. Let’s change tack from a couple of weeks ago and assume…

Keeping it spicy

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   If you have kids, especially very small ones, it’s possible you may have come to hate potatoes; your freezer has so many tater tots and…