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Fun facts for the Fourth

By JANET HANKS, Featured Weekly Columnist Today is the Fourth of July, the day  Americans traditionally celebrate our national independence from Great  Britain.  This is an interesting choice of day,…

Paradise, congealed

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   The word “congealed” in relation to anything involving food doesn’t exactly spark the appetite, at least not if you hear it after living long enough…

Spooning it up

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Perhaps you, like me, grew up in a household where the only two spices deemed good or necessary were salt and pepper, and as for…

Key ingredients in the life of a pie

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   A couple of years ago, I found out that Key lime pie isn’t so much about the specific recipe you use so much as one…

Whee, I’ve finally hooked up the Wii

Quite a few years ago I was introduced to the Nintendo Wii game system during a Christmas gathering at my brother’s house. Video games have never been of much interest…

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…

Mmmmm, rack of rat

Like many Americans I’m so thrilled to hear that Smithfield Foods has decided to sell out to Shuanghui International, a Chinese food processing company with a less than stellar reputation.…

Alright! I’ve had enough!

I almost bought a pretty tropical plant to put in the flowerpot at the front of my house last weekend, but something told me to wait. I guess my inner…

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…