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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…

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,…