Thursday, August 23, 2012

Goodbye Blog

Marzullo Here: So here is the deal...The BLOG is GONE! So do NOT CLICK HERE... You were a good blog, you were a detailed blog, and you were a friend. We hope you have enjoyed reading a little bit about all of us over the last couple years. However, with the ever changing online and mobile need we are not able to connect with you in so many more ways from facebook, twitter, and also that other thing called email. Thank you all for your support both on air and online here at FOX19. GOODBYE BLOG

Friday, August 17, 2012

What do we do with all those tomatoes?

Other than sliced tomatoes on sandwiches or with mozzarella and basil, what do we do with all those tomatoes?  
Good Friday Morning, Dan Wells writing!  I hope the day is off to a good start. 
Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!!!  Everywhere there are tomatoes.
Full disclosure: I do not have a garden. However, everyone I work with and live-by has gardens FULL with tomatoes and they are bringing them to work…so now I have a lotta tomatoes.  It’s a good thing and I know I’m not alone. 
So…I’m here to help or at least pass along (what I think is) a good underused tomato recipe.

Tomato Pie

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
20 min
10 min
45 min
  • 4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 (9-inch) prebaked deep dish pie shell
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes.
Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the grated cheeses and mayonnaise together. Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
To serve, cut into slices and serve warm. (I actually like it cold)
If you’re this really good…I think it is….plus, not that I don't love BLTs but there is a limit.  Right?
Happy Tomato Time


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tennis & Friends

Tracey Here ... Besides hanging out with my family….there is NOTHING I enjoy more than hanging out with friends and watching tennis.

I’ve been at this year’s Western & Southern since they took to the courts this past weekend. One of my best friends and former tennis partner came in for the tournament to hang out and take in see some great tennis. I adore her friendship and LOVE talking tennis with her. We have a lot in common….EXCEPT who we cheer for. She is a Nadal fan….I am a HUGE FEDERER FAN!!!!(understatement) Speaking of cheering…..It’s a side most don’t get to see of me. If I like you….you can hear me! Just ask my family.:)

So, I’ve seen some really great matches so far…..
Brian Baker. Just making a comeback after what could have been a career ending surgery in 1999. He could definitely hear me. Unfortunately lost his second match.

James Blake. Came into the tourney as a wild card. Won his first and lost his second! He too could hear me!

I’ve always liked Novak Djokovic….but, after yesterday? Wow!!!!!
I was given a media pass that gave me access to the bench on the court. Unbelievable to be up so close and personal.
After Novak’s win to Andreas Seppi, he came over to sign autographs. I actually had a conversation with him. At one point he asked if I would like for him to sign something? I started frantically digging through my purse only to find Rafa’s personal card handed out by the tournament. Ah…no! Definitely not going to work. He said, ”Just give me your media pass” and thanked me for coming.

Alright Federer, you better step up to the plate. Novak is moving in!
Happy Tennis!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bye-Bye, Baby

"Go find your life." -- The Help, Kathrynn Stockett

I won't call it the hardest week of my life - that would be a little too melodramatic, and it wouldn't be true. But this week is one of my most challenging as a mother, as I let my little girl go. Today we are taking Katie to college.

Sheila here.
I've been preparing for this day for years. Being a mother is a long series of letting go -- the day Katie let go of my hands to take her tiny first steps when she was a year old, the first day she boarded the school bus, the first time she was allowed to go to a friend's house alone, and the first time she drove. I stayed up with her all night when she was a baby because she was hungry or sick, and I have stayed up most of the night worrying about her a few times too. I have wiped away tears after skinned knees, and after girls were mean, and the first time a boy broke her sweet heart. I have done my best to make sure she is ready for this day, but I don't think there's anything I can do to be ready myself.

Last year at this time, she was getting her college applications completed and starting her senior year. And in recent months, we've been spending lots of family time together while also shopping for dorm supplies and planning for her move. It's all seemed a bit surreal, and I can't believe that mound of stuff which was in my basement is loaded up at the front door, ready to go down I-71 this morning. The other day Katie asked me how long we're sticking around when we get to the dorm. (I think that meant she doesn't want us around too long!) Looking back at my own move-in day at Ohio University, I know I didn't get what it meant for my mother. She wasn't one to talk about feelings, and I was just too excited to notice. She later told me she cried so much on the way back home that she had a headache for a couple of days! I know how my mother felt - I couldn't stop crying Sunday morning when I realized the time for letting go of Katie is really here.

I am sad, but I am thrilled at the same time. Sad that those years flew by so fast, but thrilled that my daughter grew into the healthy, strong young woman I once could only picture in my mind. I am grateful that she's able and smart, and I am glad that she's excited about beginning the next big phase of her life. I think I've taught her everything I could (I sure hope it has stuck!) While I wish I had some magic words that would inspire her to greatness, my hope is that she doesn't need them - that she will be inspired by her own dreams and desires, and that one day my daughter finds the gifts which she doesn't even know she has. My hope is that Katie will make herself proud. She sure has done that for me and her dad.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tennis Anyone?

The 2012 Western & Southern Open is here and I’m pumped. Brad here, good morning everyone. As a kid, my dad took me to the RCA Tennis Championships in Indianapolis. The courts and grandstands still fill the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indy but the tournament has changed names and moved to Atlanta. Anyway…I never played, but loved to watch the game. I grew up cheering and trash talking for my all time favorite Pete Sampras. My dad was a big Jimmy Connors fan, so I liked him too. As I grew older, so did my favorites, so it was time to find a new one.

The last ten years or so I found myself cheering for Roger Federer. I really like Novak Djokovic too. NOT NADAL! I attended the 2010 W&S Open and saw Federer dominate, it was awesome. I missed out on last year’s W&S Open so this time I’m taking full advantage.

Monday was really the first full day of matches, and while the big names didn’t play, it was a great experience. I got to watch Gold Medalist Andy Murray practice and then sign autographs for fans, check out the pic!

We saw aging star Nikolay Davydenko win his opener, plus a Dutch meltdown by Robin Haase during his straight set loss. I was also able to watch up and comer Julia Gorges. This lady will be a superstar!

The big names will take to the court today and tomorrow, so I’m glad I’m going back. I will be courtside for the men’s and women’s finals. Here’s hoping my boy Federer will be there too!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Here Comes The Bride...Oh YEAH and the Groom!

The countdown is on, not I know they it is good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but what about your engagment party? Morning everyone Frank here, my fiance Leslee and I just got back from a awesome weekend in Cleveland where my parents got our friends and family together for a celebration of the upcoming nuptuals. We have not cleebrated with my family and our northern friends since we got engaged back in March. So after a hot and dry summer of course the first weekend for rain and cooler air came this Saturday, however the rain held out once once the party started and it was a awesome evening in the backyard with a fire and torchs all a blaze. My parents made us a feel so special and honored as some of Leslee's family also attended. We shared some great stories and had some awesome food and of course cocktails!! It was the perfect mood and fit as we countdown until the big day coming up in March. We also had a dry run at cutting the wedding cake we used my parents cake knife they got when they married back in 1978. We also recived our official cake knife for our big day!! We are so blessed to have great family and friends to help us lead up to our special day that will set the stage for the rest of our lives...LOVE IS IN THE AIR....Sappy? haha

Friday, August 10, 2012

Summer Concerts!!

Happy Friday friends! I know you’re busy, but there are so many ways to enjoy the summer while it lasts! Every summer week you can find concerts, festivals, and warm weather activities to savor the beautiful (if not heavy) Cincy summer 

Summer technically ends on September 21st, but you’ll want to get out before the mercury drops. I needed a cardigan last night! My boyfriend Mike and I went to see one of my favorite bands at Riverbend, 311! I’ve been a huge 311 fan since their debut in 1993, and have now been to six different concerts. However, I’ve only seen 311 in the Philadelphia area. It was such an amazing experience seeing my Omaha boys in a different state, and such a beautiful venue! This marked my first time to Riverbend, and I found there is so much to love. River breezes, lighter crowds, and shorter beer lines all top my list.

But let’s get to the music. What I love so much about 311 is that they play the old good stuff. Why not when you have 10+ albums spanning almost two decades, right? They played the concert regulars, like “Down” and “Come Original,” and some more obscure 311 goodies like “Large in the Margin” and “Champagne.” But hey, even if you don’t know every 311 song, they’re an excellent band to watch. Just ask my wonderful boyfriend, who had to suffer an overzealous girl shouting lyrics in his face.

- Stephanie