Sandi is blogging from the WhistleStop Cafe kitchen. It's all about good home cooking; food, family and fun. Thousands of posts . . .

~In the south and around the world.



Saturday, March 21, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ BEAM

The PhotoHunt for today is 'BEAM"

I have had these photos for many years . . . knowing that at some point I would be able to use them.
This is a spaceship atop a little beach bungalow.
I am not sure about the little people peeping out of the windows . . .

Beam me up!

Check for all the other Beaming Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt

Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Travel Tuesday ~ Get Irish!

Happy St. Patricks Day!

McGuire's Irish Pub in Pensacola will be hoppin' tonight.
We were there on a more quiet day,
but every day at McGuire's is St. Paddy's Day.

Get a little Irish on ~



I am also joining Our World Tuesday
Y'all enjoy the ride~
Sandi

Saturday, March 14, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Nest

The PhotoHunt for today is 'nest' . . .

Isn't a nest A cozy place to curl up and feel safe?

This is a place I would chose to 'nest'.

Check for all the other  Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WhistleStop in the Kitchen

Here is Bill . . . in the kitchen.
 Cooking up some of our favorite desserts.
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Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi

Sunday, March 08, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Custom

The PhotoHunt for today is Custom ~
I have come to enjoy the 'custom' of an aperitivo in the afternoon in Italy

No wonder it is called Happy Hour. . .

Not a custom that I feel the need to ignore . . .

Especially when my Spritz comes with a little cicchetti

Check for all the other  Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Cooking Light ~ Luck 'O the Irish

For our Virtual Supper Club this month we are celebrating the 'Luck 'O the Irish' with an Irish inspired meal.With the weather we have been having . . . I new I was searching for soup. I went to the Cooking Light pages and found THIS Recipe for Potato Soup

Potato Kale Soup with Gruyre Cheese
2 Tbs butter
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cups chicken broth
4 cups coarsely chopped potatoes
1/4 tsp salt
1 bay leaf
6 cups chopped fresh kale
Gruyre cheese, shredded
Melt butter in a large saucepan, saute onion for 8 minutes until tender and garlic for a few seconds. Stir in broth potatoes, bay leaf  and salt. Simmer until potatoes are tender.
(I don't know if you have one of these secret jars of bacon grease . . . but I do. Just for this kind of recipe. I used a scoop of it instead of butter ~ just for the yum)
Dice the Kale and add to the cooked potatoes. Cook for another 5-10 minutes until the kale is tender. Roughly smash the potatoes until the soup is the consistency you like.
Top with a healthy handful of shredded Gruyere.
My Camera decided to focus on the plate and not on the soup in every.single. picture I took.
Grrrr~
So you have a lovely photo of a plate of yummy fuzzy soup.


 

Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our  Supper celebrating the Luck 'O the Irish.
Jerry has made an Irish Cheddar Bacon Dip
Val is making a Green Onion Champ
Susan is bringing Shamrock Meringue Cups
Sara is making a Wild Mushroom and Lentil Cottage Pie

Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi

Saturday, February 28, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Brush

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Brush'
I am thinking of Paint Brushes ~

Our favorite artists in Positano are always glad to see us when we wander by (or should I say . . . wander BUY)

They really are Amazing artists. I have one of Dominoco's paintings on my wall and we have a pair of Andrea's framed as well.

They are actually doing the artwork themselves . . . not the reproductions that you see so many 'artists' dabbing paint on and calling it original.

These guys are fun to watch, and are always in the center of the action.

It's no wonder their work is so bright and vibrant . . . They just paint what they see everyday.

I can't wait to go back ~

The thought of spingtime in Positano carries me through the winter.

Check for all the other Brush Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Monday, February 23, 2015

Traveling to California Wine Country

Y'all know I have spent a lot of time in Wine Country . . . But this was a new adventure for me.
I actually flew out to meet friends in Los Alamos ~ California wine country!


You could almost see the Hollywood sign as we flew into LAX.

The drive up the pacific coast hiway in my rented convertible (ok... not really!) was amazing. Those beaches are so different for 'our' white sandy beaches.
This area north of Santa Barbara is such a beautiful area. There Lovely vineyards and rolling hills.
Of course I had to get my GPS to direct me to the nearest Trader Joe's to pick up my share of appetizers and snackies.

We stayed at the Skyview Motel. . . a real throw back to the roadside motels that we remember growing up.
Our first stop was at Zuca Mesa Winery, then right down the road fun and funky Martian Vineyard. The scenery was Beautiful, and the local growers were so proud of their nice wines.

Our last stop of the day was Frequency Wines in Los Alamos, another very good boutique winery. I liked the glass so much I had to bring one home.
Most fun of all . . . Sharing it all, sharing fun memories with long time Slow Traveling friends.



I am also joining Our World Tuesday
Y'all enjoy the ride~
Sandi

Saturday, February 21, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Wheels

The PhotoHunt for today is 'wheels'
I am a bit obsessive about taking pictures of vespa's in Italy.

These little 'wheels' are for more than just transportation . . .
They make a great little gathering point.

it's the Italian way of life ~

Check for all the other Photos of Wheels on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Saturday, February 14, 2015

PhotoHunt ~Cherished

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Cherished'

This photo is about 25 years old. My dad 'The Col.' back in the day when he loved the beach and my sister who still loves the beach.
We are still going to the very same beaches these days.

The more it changes . . .

The more it stays the same.

Many, Many years of cherished memories.
Check for all the other Cherished Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Monday, February 09, 2015

A Cali~Cauli Cookoff ?

This past week I was lucky enough to join my traveling friends in Los Alamos for a SlowBowl. These are long time friends from around the country, who love to travel.
And Love to Eat.
One of the dishes we had was the cauliflower gratin from Full of Life Pizza . . . we all agree'd it was To.Die.For  and left us wanting more.

The search was on ~ my friend Barb found a couple of similar recipes. I tweeked it a bit and came up with my own gluten free version.

Anything that starts with Butter and ends with heavy Cream, has this southern girl's heart.

Cauliflower & Fennel Gratin
1/4 cup butter
1 head cauliflower
1 large fennel
1 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbs gluten free flour blend
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp fennel pollen (if you can find it)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup grated Havarti cheese
3 Tbs shredded Parmigiano
preheat oven to 450

Break the cauliflower into pieces. Dice the fennel into chunks. Saute both in 1/4 cup butter, add minced garlic.  Cook until the fennel and the cauliflower is softened and browned.



Shred cheese. Toss with gluten free flour blend (I used King Arthur), salt, and freshly grated nutmeg. Mince some of the fennel fronds. Toss with the browned cauliflower.

Spoon into a baking dish. Top with parmigiano, cover with cream.
Bake @450 for 20 minutes. Until it is thick and creamy and melty with cheese.
To.Die.For

This is actually better than the original (if I may say so myself)
There is talk of a Cali- Cauli Cookoff . . . I've got it won.

Winner-Winner Chicken Dinner.

Bring on the Cali-Cauli Cookoff.

Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi
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