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Let Them Eat Zucchini

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Lately I’ve been craving vegetables above all else, even cupcakes, which frankly makes me wonder if I’m not being stealthily taken over by aliens with…

Swim or ice skate? We’ll find out soon

It won’t be long before pools, lakes and other seasonal facilities will be opening for the summer, but I’m wondering if it will ever get warm enough to use them.…

Sweet flavor from the stinking rose

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Garlic has been around since ancient times, and anyone who doesn’t like it will certainly agree it smells like it has. Somewhere along the way…

Summer Stock

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com I really meant to run something springier this week, but the weather keeps refusing to spring properly, so we may as well take on a rainy-day…

Mission: Impossible Pie

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com Because everything happens at the same time and on such days Murphy’s Law tends to double down, you will absolutely need at some point to have…

Winging It With The Living Dead

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com Let’s say you’ve had a rough couple of weeks, and you’re throwing a very informal party to catch up on “The Walking Dead” with your friends…

Southern Liming, Spring/Summer Porch Edition

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com I grew up in the kind of home where the ancient family Bible was parked on the coffee table in the living room, the family silver…

When life hands you lemons, bake with them

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com Spring is finally here, which my family in Tidewater has elected to celebrate by merrily decamping to the Outer Banks and I have elected to spend…

Sweet casserole of youth

SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com For whatever reasons a person could have for such a thing, I yearn on a regular basis for the kind of cafeteria food I ate as a…

Extended Winter Remix Soup

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com I have this thing where I like to eat summery foods in winter (salads of all kinds, fruit salsa, cold sandwiches) and wintery foods in summer…