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Hors d’oeurves de combat

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   You were at someone’s house, or maybe you were out with friends, and the warm glow of charity came over you, because, as stated last…

In the soup

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   The holidays aren’t here yet, but you can see them on the horizon, ravenous eyes glowing like jack o’lanterns, breath steaming with the scent of…

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…