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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…

My darling little pumpkin

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com We’re past Halloween and into the holidays proper, and this is the time of year you find out what kind of person you are: the type…

Trickless treats

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   I personally love a good scary novel. I read all kinds of things, but this time of year I hit the shelves looking for something…

Playing it cool

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Tailgate season is upon us, like a blessing or a plague, depending on how you feel about sports. Well, it’s been here for a while,…

Feeding a cold with heat

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Sometimes, quite without warning, you’re overcome with a cold. It seems that sort of thing should save itself up for late winter, say, January or…

Living by bread alone

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Well, I feel like I spent the last two weeks getting you well-provisioned early for holiday entertaining, which is no surprise since I was raised…

Pulling your punches

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   First of all, I’d have put this in last week’s column about throwing parties if I’d had the room, but since you probably still need…