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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…

Wreckage

By Janet Hanks In the “Pronouncements Made While-You-Wait” Department, we would like to offer this for your consideration:  the finest form of transportation known to man is the bicycle. Well,…

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…

Do I know this person?

Ever have someone speak to you as if they know you well, but you can’t figure out how you know them? It happens to me a lot these days even…

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…