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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…

Why, Caterpillar, Why?

By JAMES PEELE  Special to The SWT With the local economy already feeling the effects of a five-year downturn in economic growth, the announcement last month that Caterpillar was closing…

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…

Healthcare in Virginia?

By JAMES PEELE Special to The SWT What is the prognosis for healthcare in Virginia post election? As Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli was the first AG to file suit against…

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…

Cranberry butter me up

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Let’s say that somehow, miraculously, you got out of having to make Thanksgiving dinner this year. I don’t know how, and of course that may…