It Was An All-Star Week!!!!

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Well if you are not a sports fan and don’t live in Cincinnati, then you may not even know what I am talking about 🙂 but for a year the city has been planning for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.

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Let me say the city was crazy, I did go downtown a couple of days but if you didn’t get down there early to find a parking space, lot or garage it was nuts.  So to say the least I just drove around and then went back across the river 😛

But the Home Run Derby was exciting since Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds won it this year!!!

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 13:  National League All-Star Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates with teammate National League All-Star Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds after winning the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders at the Great American Ball Park on July 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 554358169 ORIG FILE ID: 480626732

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 13:  National League All-Star Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates with the trophy after winning the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders at the Great American Ball Park on July 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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All and all I think Cincinnati and Northern Ky. did an outstanding job hosting this years All-Star Game.

I did take some pictures, I have some here that friends took as well, but as I say it was an “All-Star Week”

There were are couple birthdays in our family and of course I made a few things, so check out my pictures and enjoy!!!

First of the birthdays was my little niece I made cupcakes 🙂

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She likes presents and bubbles 🙂

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Around town they made these mustaches statues here are few of them

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here is the picture of all of them that they made, pretty cool 🙂
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Here are few of my souvenirs

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Buskin Bakery made the cookies got to love that!!

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Here are some pictures of the Red Carpet Parade,
the players start at their hotel and end at the ball park, all on red carpet 🙂
Grand Marshall – Barry Larkin

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Mr. Red and Gapper

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Rosie Red

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Some other mascots

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Todd Frazier and his family

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You can see on Todd’s hand the blisters from the Home Run Derby 🙂

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Few other Players 🙂

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Some of the city skyline and downtown

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yes they had a zipline too

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My All-Star Pizza, half spinach & garlic
other half was spinach, Gorgonzola cheese,
sliced almonds, sliced strawberries and
balsamic glaze…so so GOOD!!!

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The other birthday was my Mommy!! 🙂

I made her cookies peanut butter with no flour 🙂

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Dinner – Braised Short Ribs, butter noodles and carrots 🙂

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Peach Ice Cream (I just scooped some out to take the picture)
she took the Ice Cream, cookies all home 🙂

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And for actual dessert I made Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 😛

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I must say I agree is was an All-Star Week 🙂

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Chef Jon Molnar Genuine Italian Pasta and Pizza Sauce

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As we go through the summer, I will be doing more product reviews, as we all know the summer time becomes very busy for all of us.  Well as least for me, I’d like to spend a little more time out and about with my family and friends.  So I have been given some products to taste test and I will be letting you all know how they taste and what you can do with them.
I’m sure I’ll come up with some recipes too, but I am looking forward to these products that are from all over the world.

This is one that I have today is Fantastic, I really must say…I have a great connection with the Gia Russa people which are right here in Ohio.

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Chef Jon Molnar’s love and enthusiasm for cooking can be traced back to the roots of his family. At an early age, Jon’s grandmother, Helen, demonstrated that cooking is a labor of love. With his grandmother’s guidance, Jon Molnar pursued his passion and perfected his craft at the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. Since his graduation in 1994, Chef Jon Molnar has been a professional in the commercial and private sectors of the culinary world, holding prominent positions in various parts of the United States. With tireless years of experience, Chef Jon Molnar’s cuisine crusade has led him to develop Chef Jon Molnar Culinary Creations, in an effort to produce products that are of the highest quality and standards, from his kitchen to yours.

Finally, you can get genuine Italian sauces right here in the U.S.A. They taste so much better than American sauces, you may never go back. Chef Jon Molnar and the chefs of the top Tuscany restaurants in Italy now provideGenuine Italian Pasta and Pizza Saucesright here in America.

Genuine Italian Pasta and Pizza Saucesare made with the exact recipes and actual tomatoes from the Tuscany Province of Italy. Tuscany is famous for having the best tasting pizza and pasta sauces in the world. This is due to their superior recipes and superior tomatoes.

Tuscany tomatoes are the best tasting tomatoes in the world because of Tuscany’s ideal soil, ideal climate and ideal sun exposure. The recipes for the sauces are also different and superior to American pizza and pasta sauces. Chef Jon Molnar’s Genuine Tuscany Italian Sauces are all-natural, gluten-free, contain no preservatives, and are produced in a green facility. Once you taste Genuine Italian Pasta and Pizza Sauces, you will immediately notice the superior taste.

I loved this sauce so much, it was rich with a pure tomato flavor and so balanced, it was great on the pizza and with the pasta!!

This totally gets “Two Thumbs Up” from me…if you see in your local grocery store make sure you pick it up!!! 🙂

Pizza Ingredients – Crust, ricotta, provolone, spinach and Chef Jon’s Sauce

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spread some ricotta, then sauce, then spinach the top with cheese

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It was very very good!!

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Pasta easy and simple Ingredients

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cook pasta then add some ricotta, sauce top with Parmesan

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Enjoy!!!

How do you like your Pizza!!

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Oh Pizza how I love thee!!!       picture 1

I think I could eat pizza 24/7!!!  I love homemade pizza, store bought pizza, restaurant pizza, take out pizza you name I love it!!  For me I have my favorite topping pizza where ever I go, so no matter where I order I know what I like from that place, thin crust, thick crust, original crust, garlic crust, pan crust…oh I could go on there are enough places to take your pick.  So no matter where I go I know what crust I like and toppings for each place, I do love me a white pizza, BBQ Chicken, New York Style pizza!!  We use to sell pizza from this pizza place in Brooklyn, New York, it would come in frozen and in slices, each box had 8 slices for about $18.00 oh it was so worth and it really was good…maybe not as good as if I was there in Brooklyn having a fresh piece.  But for me being in Cincinnati, it was great to be able to have a slice when I wanted it, I have friends that each month order pizzas from Gino’s East in Chicago, it comes frozen too.  But like I said if  you are not there is the next best thing!!!

Recently I was given a sample of Wolfgang Puck’s New 100% Natural Marinara sauce, I am very picky when it comes to tomato sauces, usually like to make my own.  Some jars are fine and taste okay, but I normally do not purchase them for myself.pi

So I thought to myself what will I do with this, make pasta, cook over some chicken, make Lasagna, fish???  NO I will make PIZZA!!!  So as I strolled our store one day I thought okay what will I have for dinner, then I thought oh the sauce, I’ll make pizza, well do I make my own crust…dough will have to rise…I have no time for that…could stop by a pizza joint and buy some dough…hmmm  Then I saw it hanging on a rack “Freschetta Pizza Crust” I never noticed that they even had one, so I picked up along with some cheese and I was on my way home.

Like I said depending on who’s pizza I’m eating, will depend on the toppings, but when I ‘m home I am simple as cheese please.  Plus I wanted to get a good taste of Chef Puck’s sauce.

Ingredients

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top with cheese, I used our brand Mozzarella and Italian Blendpicture 5

Oh and I did spice it up a bit with some crushed red pepper flakes

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Baked as directed on back of pizza crust and done

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You know it was very good, I really was surprised, the sauce was very fresh tasting, great tomato flavor, thicker as well, it did have some small chunks of tomato and usually marinara sauces sometimes to me seem a little on the watery side.  No not this one, I would definitely buy this one for sure.

And as far as the crust goes…it was good as well, I would so buy in a pitch, soft yet chewy and crisp on the bottom!!

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And the Cheese was CHEESY!!!! picture 9

So if you want to make some pizza at home tonight or any time and you want to do it quick…I’d give these products “Two Thumbs Up”

So what do you like on your Pizza!!!!???   Enjoy!!!