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Cool beans

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   My old college roommate is one of the sweetest, kindest people I know. She was always feminine without resorting to artifice, with huge blue eyes,…

Getting an earful (in a pan)

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Like pretty much everyone who refers to themselves as a foodie or a gourmet, I like the idea of eating seasonally. It seems so romantic!…

A dip in my mood

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   I try not to be superstitious, but sometimes I frankly think there’s an imp assigned to me for the sole purpose of meting out petty…

Easy caprese bread

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   My best friend Amy is my best friend for a number of reasons, not least of which being because she likes comic book characters even…

One last goodbye

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   My grandmother taught me the meaning of being a lady when I was still a girl. She was patient, soft-spoken, kind and quick to find…

Strawberry cake forever

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com When my mother started dating my stepfather, he introduced me to the only song that reliably makes me cry every time—Arlo Guthrie’s rendition of “City of…

Pasta with a heart of gold

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Like a lot of people who grew up in Anglophilic, middle class homes of a certain era, the spaghetti sauce I ate was made from…

Live fast, fry young

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   (Note to those of you who by now are surely wondering, “Is she in some kind of contest with herself to see if she can…

Paradise, congealed

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   The word “congealed” in relation to anything involving food doesn’t exactly spark the appetite, at least not if you hear it after living long enough…

Spooning it up

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Perhaps you, like me, grew up in a household where the only two spices deemed good or necessary were salt and pepper, and as for…