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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…

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…