A True Gem, Sole’s Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

By Jodee Weiland

While visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we came across a true gem while eating out! Sole’s Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is one of those rare finds on the Grand Strand. There are so many restaurants to choose from, but Sole’s Italian Restaurant is not just any restaurant. A True Gem, Sole’s Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is fine Italian dining at its best with the rich authentic flavors of Italy that so many of us enjoy! http://learnfromyesterday.com We actually dined at this restaurant twice in the ten days we were at Myrtle Beach. Being one hundred percent Italian American, I am very picky when it comes to dining at an Italian restaurant, but with the first bite of bruschetta, I was convinced that this restaurant was the real thing. Carlos Ribera, the chef and owner, and his wife, Patricia, own this restaurant and several more in Florida. The food they serve is beyond delicious and will satisfy any cravings you have for delicious authentic Italian food. http://learnfromyesterday.com Well known for their fine cuisine and restaurants in Florida, when they opened Sole’s Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, they started from scratch, but in no time at all, this restaurant was winning awards and accolades for fine Italian dishes, just like their restaurants in Florida. While family continues to run the restaurants in Florida, Carlos and his wife are creating a new sensation here in Myrtle Beach. http://learnfromyesterday.comDuring our visit, our meal started off with a delicious bruschetta, done perfectly. This was followed by freshly baked bread served with an olive oil with basil and cheese. Next, a fresh salad with the house vinaigrette was served. All of this was delicious, and we still had our main course coming up! There were so many wonderful choices when it came to choosing our main course, but we loved everything we chose. http://learnfromyesterday.com While eating there, my husband and I enjoyed several traditional Italian dishes plus a few special dishes being served while we were there. My husband loved the Linguini alle Vongole, clams over linguini in a white wine and garlic sauce. This dish was also served with a tomato sauce for those who prefer it. In fact, any dish could be made with the sauce of your choice or adapted to your taste. But why change perfection? http://learnfromyesterday.com I enjoyed the ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese in a pomodore sauce. It was so delicious and exceeded my expectations. You could also have lobster stuffed ravioli if you chose to do so. The menu included so many traditional choices and the specials simply took that to the next level. There were several fresh fish options done in an Italian style and full of rich flavors as well. http://learnfromyesterday.com One special my husband tried was Linguini Malafemina, a seafood medley that had a white fish filet, scallops, shrimp, mussels, and clams. He chose a spicy red sauce with this dish and claims it was over the top delicious! Although it was a spicy red sauce, he said it was just spicy enough for anyone’s palate, while some people might choose to add some crushed red pepper. Actually, this dish could be served with the sauce of your choice, so it could satisfy anyone’s taste! http://learnfromyesterday.comFor dessert, we shared a serving of Tiramisu that was out of this world! It was so delicious in taste and light in texture that it was, in fact, the perfect way to end an Italian meal. But there were several other choices as well, such as cannoli, Italian cheese cake, or chocolate mousse. http://learnfromyesterday.com All in all, I highly recommend this restaurant, A True Gem, Sole’s Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for dinner when visiting the Grand Strand. You will not be disappointed because the food is exceptional and the service is great! This restaurant is a true family run business, so there is a great deal of pride obvious in what they serve you. The feeling of being in an Italian household is felt here as they serve you excellent food and share with you the feeling of family, while welcoming you! So if in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, stop to have dinner at Sole’s Italian Restaurant, and enjoy!

NOTE:  Thank you to the Ribera family for welcoming us and so graciously allowing me to review their restaurant!

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NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina

By Jodee Weiland

When visiting our son in Charlotte, North Carolina, we visited the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The NASCAR Hall of Fame was on both my husband’s and son’s to do list, so it was time. Many people worldwide enjoy the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, better known as NASCAR. The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a must see for anyone who is a fan, especially for those that have attended any of the NASCAR races. But even if you have never been able to attend an actual race, if you love the sport of auto racing, you’ll want to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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With four viewing levels and interactive displays, you will learn everything about the earliest auto racing cars and their drivers to the high tech world of auto racing today. On level one and two, you will view the “Great Hall” known as the “Times Square” of the building and the “Glory Road’ with a banked ramp leading to the second floor. You will see eighteen historic cars along the way and other highlights.

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The “Heritage Speedway” displays are on level four. Here you will find individualized galleries that tell the amazing story of NASCAR’s history of more than sixty years. The areas are divided into Pre-NASCAR, 1948 to 1971, 1972 to 2000, and 2001 to the present. There’s an area highlighting the greatest finishes as well.

http://learnfromyesterday.comWhether you’re an avid fan or not, you will totally enjoy learning about this exciting sport at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. The way this sport has grown and evolved with technology is absolutely amazing and the results are exciting beyond what one would expect.

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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, better known as NASCAR, has added another dimension to the world of sports that is both appealing to many and technologically amazing for others. So if you are ever in Charlotte, North Carolina, be sure to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and enjoy!

Apple Strawberry Crumb Cobbler

By Jodee Weiland

Looking for an easy apple recipe? Apple cobbler is one of the easiest recipes I can think of for when I want an apple recipe that’s easy and delicious. A cobbler, by definition, is filling a baking dish with fruit or some sort of filling and then covering that filling with a batter of some sort, one biscuit or more biscuits, or a kind of pie crust topping before being baked. I decided to make an apple recipe that could be called an apple cobbler, but my recipe has a topping that is crumbly and tasty along with the addition of some fresh strawberries, so I decided to call it Apple Strawberry Crumb Cobbler.

http://learnfromyesterday.comWhen making my topping for my apple recipe, I used light brown sugar instead of regular sugar with the flour and other ingredients. I sprinkled this dry crumbly topping over the entire surface of my fresh apple and strawberry fruit filling. After covering the top of the fruit, I spooned melted butter across most of the top. I reserved part of the butter to spoon over any small spots on the topping that were still dry and the rest of the top area during the last five minutes of cooking. Doing the butter in this way gave me a golden brown topping that was both crumbly and had a rich buttery flavor as well. This lightly sweet buttery topping with contrast of the fruit tossed lightly in lemon juice gives this Apple Strawberry Crumb Cobbler an incredibly delicious flavor that will amaze you!

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Apple Strawberry Crumb Cobbler

  • 5 Gala apples (or any apple type) peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup melted unsalted whipped butter (1/4 cup of this is for last five minutes)

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss gently the apples and strawberries with the lemon juice in a bowl. Spoon them evenly into a 10 inch round baking dish. In another bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and egg. Mix together until the mixture is crumbly and blended together. Sprinkle this mixture over the entire surface of the fruit in the baking dish. When done, melt 1/2 cup butter (not the whole 3/4 cup of butter) and then spoon the butter carefully over as much of the topping as possible.

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There will be some spots not quite covered at this point, but you will be covering those in the last five minutes of baking, so don’t worry. Put the baking dish on a foil lined baking sheet in case any juices drip over. Bake your cobbler at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Mine took 60 minutes to bake completely. When you think you have about five minutes left, have your remaining 1/4 cup melted butter ready to spoon on any dry spots in the topping and then over the rest of the top surface. After the last five minutes, remove from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes before spooning servings on to plates.

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My Apple Strawberry Crumb Cobbler is an apple recipe filled with fruit that has a slight touch of lemon flavor to contrast the lightly sweet buttery crumb topping. The incredible flavor combination here is beyond delicious. We loved it! Serve this cobbler as is or top it off with ice cream or gelato. Either way, this dessert will soon become one of your family’s favorite apple recipes. It definitely is one of our favorites, and the best part is that it’s so easy to make. Give it a try, and enjoy!

 

Fresh Homemade Margherita Pizza

By Jodee Weiland

Homemade pizza is the best! One reason for this is because you choose your own toppings and exactly how much of each you want. In our home, homemade pizza is a crusty pizza. It is not really thin slice, but it isn’t over thick either. You get to decide that as well when you make your own homemade pizza…thick or thin! So why order out? Well, sometimes it’s quicker, especially if you have a pizza seller you like, but why order out when time isn’t a factor? You probably think it’s really hard to do, but it isn’t really. Take a look at how I make my Fresh Homemade Margherita Pizza!

http://learnfromyesterday.comThe ingredients for homemade pizza aren’t all that complicated and even the ingredients can be flexed some according to individual taste. The time is a matter of mixing the dough for the crust and kneading until smooth, about 15 to 20 minutes total, and then letting it sit covered to rise for about sixty minutes or longer. Once it rises, just knead again and roll it out to the size you want. My recipe can either make two smaller pizzas or one larger one. If you make two, freeze half for some time in the next two weeks.

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Again, shape is your choice, but I like to make one larger round pizza with a pressed to the side crusty edge on it. There are so many choices for you to make, but still so little effort to make homemade pizza. As for ingredients, you can make the sauce or buy it prepared. Mine is my tomato basil sauce, only a small portion of the actual recipe. The rest can be frozen in small batches for other pizzas. Then you add cheese and whatever other ingredients you want for toppings. How easy is that? We love my Fresh Homemade Margherita Pizza!

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Fresh Homemade Margherita Pizza 

For pizza dough:

  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast (with a pinch of salt)
  • 1 cup very warm water (about 110 degrees but not too hot)
  • 3 cups bread flour (plus a little extra for rolling out dough or if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (plus some for bowl, dough surface, pan)

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Put the dry yeast with a pinch of salt in the hot water. Let it sit for at least ten minutes. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Then add the yeast and water mixture and the olive oil. Stir and blend in well. This may be done in a mixer, but I like to keep it simple, so I do it by hand. As it comes together begin to work and knead it with your hands for about ten minutes or until you can form a smooth round ball out of the dough. Once done, put olive oil lightly over the surface of the ball and on the surface of your bowl. Place the ball of dough in the bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it sit for sixty minutes or longer. The ball of dough should double in size when it is ready. I let mine sit for about ninety minutes.

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Once ready, knead the ball of dough down and then start to roll it out on a clean flour dusted surface. If you are making two smaller pizzas, cut in half and put half in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate or freeze. If making one larger pizza, this is not necessary. I make one, so I rolled the dough out so it was about an inch wider than my pan. Put olive oil all over your baking pan. Then fold your dough in half and move to the pizza baking pan. I use a fourteen inch deep dish pizza pan, so I can push a raised edge around the entire pizza. After the pizza is set in the pan and ready, brush the whole pizza dough surface lightly with olive oil. Now you can add your sauce, cheese, and any other ingredients you like. If adding sausage, I would brown it first so it will be cooked completely when the pizza is done.

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For Margherita Pizza:

  • About 1 cup tomato basil sauce or prepared pizza sauce (less or more to taste)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups or more to taste shredded mozzarella cheese (I use reduced fat)
  • 4 fresh basil leaves or more washed, sliced and cut up
  • 1 to 2 tomatoes sliced thinly

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. For my sauce, I use my tomato basil sauce. Make it ahead and you will use about 1 cup for the pizza surface, more or less, depending on your preference. The rest can be frozen in small portions for later pizzas. Then sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese across the sauce. Sprinkle the cut up basil leaves across the top and then lay out sliced tomatoes across the top. When done, put it in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cheese and crust are lightly browned. My pizza took about 23 minutes to cook. When the pizza is ready, let it sit for a few minutes before cutting into pieces.

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My Fresh Homemade Margherita Pizza is delicious, and we love it! Serve it with grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese and crushed red pepper for those who want it. This pizza is so worth the amount of time and effort it will take to make it for your family. What’s great is choosing what you want and how much of each ingredient you want on your pizza. The children will love helping you choose. Or just make a Magherita Pizza like I made. Whatever you choose, once done, sit down with a glass of red wine or your drink of choice, your pizza, and enjoy!

Peach Cucumber Salsa with Grilled Chicken

By Jodee Weiland

I’ve been reading a lot lately about various fruit salsas served over grilled meats and fish. Since I had some peaches available and English cucumbers, I decided I would go ahead and see what kind of fruit salsa I could come up with for grilled chicken. We grill chicken a lot and a fruit salsa sounded like a good way to change it up a bit. That’s how I came up with my Peach Cucumber Salsa with Grilled Chicken, and we loved it!

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The idea behind a fruit salsa is of course, a fruit blended with either other fruits and/or vegetables of one kind or another. Add to this a vinaigrette of sorts, and you should have the makings of a fruit salsa that can be used as a topping on a grilled meat, such as chicken, or a grilled fish. That is just what I did to come up with my Peach Cucumber Salsa with Grilled Chicken, and it was delicious!

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1 peach diced
1/2 long English cucumber diced
2 tablespoons green onions sliced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pure organic honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Grilled chicken breasts (or another meat or fish)

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Take all the above ingredients, except for the grilled chicken, of course, and mix together. Let stand for a while, so the flavors can blend together. When your grilled chicken is done, plate it and spoon the Peach Cucumber Salsa over the top of the chicken. Serve with side dishes of your choice. I chose my Grilled Zucchini.

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My Peach Cucumber Salsa with Grilled Chicken is both delicious and healthy! This meal makes a great summer through fall meal, but can be served any time of the year. The rich flavors of the fruit with the vegetables make this topping for grilled meats or fish not only healthy, but delicious and refreshing as well. Serve with a side vegetable, like my Grilled Zucchini, and a glass of white wine. Give this Peach Cucumber Salsa a try as a topping for grilled chicken or whatever other meat or fish you choose, and enjoy!