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Vinaigrette sans culottes

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com Perhaps, like myself, you really would like to think of yourself as a mature, sophisticated, intelligent adult who Does Things Properly. Perhaps, like myself, this sometimes…

Out of the pits and into the cherries

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   About two years ago, I lost my job. I’d had it for seven and a half years and loathed it. I wasn’t suited for it…

Cool Whip it good

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Generally speaking, I don’t like artificial ingredients and won’t buy things that have them for my cooking if I can help it. I haven’t totally…

Let Them Eat Zucchini

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Lately I’ve been craving vegetables above all else, even cupcakes, which frankly makes me wonder if I’m not being stealthily taken over by aliens with…

Sweet flavor from the stinking rose

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Garlic has been around since ancient times, and anyone who doesn’t like it will certainly agree it smells like it has. Somewhere along the way…

Summer Stock

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com I really meant to run something springier this week, but the weather keeps refusing to spring properly, so we may as well take on a rainy-day…

Mission: Impossible Pie

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com Because everything happens at the same time and on such days Murphy’s Law tends to double down, you will absolutely need at some point to have…

Winging It With The Living Dead

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com Let’s say you’ve had a rough couple of weeks, and you’re throwing a very informal party to catch up on “The Walking Dead” with your friends…

Southern Liming, Spring/Summer Porch Edition

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com I grew up in the kind of home where the ancient family Bible was parked on the coffee table in the living room, the family silver…

When life hands you lemons, bake with them

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com Spring is finally here, which my family in Tidewater has elected to celebrate by merrily decamping to the Outer Banks and I have elected to spend…