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MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Burtons Grill Serves Up Deliciousness

MommaJam on WATDAll chefs have their secrets…. we were lucky to tap into the secrets of the top chef at Burtons Grill last week while chatting about all of the different and local flavors on the menu at this Hingham hotspot.

Chef Denise Herrera and Burtons Grill general manager in Hingham, Stephen Slicis, set up a tasting table at the 95.9 WATD-FM studios to showcase some of the amazing dishes that are “must” haves when dining in or taking out from this upscale, yet casual dining destination.

Believe it or not, Burtons Grill does a large take out business – many people call in their favorite dishes to pick up.  Parking is generally easy in the back section of the Derby Street Shoppes, making take out a viable option for days/nights when you’re in a rush or have something else on the agenda like getting kids to their evening activities.  But, back to the tasting table and secret ingredients…..

Yuzu is a lemon-lime type fruit from China.  We learned that Yuzu is a secret ingredient in the creamy, tangy White Bean

This lemony lime fruit, Yuzu, is a secret ingredient in the White Bean Hummus at Burtons Grill

This lemony lime fruit, Yuzu, is a secret ingredient in the White Bean Hummus at Burtons Grill

Hummus at Burtons Grill.  Other dishes on the tasting table were All Natural Pan Roasted Chicken over Crispy Polenta and served with a Sweet Carrot Buerre Blanc Sauce and Sausage Provolone Fritters made with Italian aborio rice.

Click the arrow to hear the replay of Burtons Grill on MommaJam with the South Shore Morning News crew, Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizan, at the 95.9 WATD-FM studios.

Burtons Grill DrinksFeeling Fallish?  Right now Burtons Grill is rolling out fresh new seasonal fare featuring Autumn Pork Tenderloin grilled to perfection and served with cider donut stuffing and caramelized blueberries.  Or, try Butternut Ravioli with pumpkin sage cream, cranberry chutney and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Sip on signature drinks created by Burtons Grill’s award-winning mixologists, like the Caramel Apple-tini in a Cinnamon and Sugar dusted-rim glass.  While you’re at Burtons Grill, join the B Loyal Rewards Program. Earn one point for every dollar spent and receive immediate discounts off your bill.

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October 8, 2014 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Keeping Kids Safe After School, Part 1

Cultural Care AuPair Matches Families

Cultural Care AuPair Matches Families

According to Cultural Care AuPair, Cambridge, Mass., there has been a 20 percent increase in the number of Massachusetts families using au pair services in the past year or so.

Cultural Care AuPair attributes this increase largely to rising childcare costs.  Massachusetts has the second-highest cost of childcare in the country, and for many families it is their largest expense, topping even their mortgage.

“This trend, in general, is a reaction to the cost of child care,” says Kerry Lavin, local development director, Cultural Care AuPair.  “With an au pair, you are paying per family not per child.”

Another trend is a rise in male au pairs, with a 50 percent increase in the number of male au pairs placed on the South Shore from 2012 to 2013, according to Cultural Care AuPair, the only certified service that offers male au pairs for families.  “Male au pairs are popular because they provide a big brother feel to kids and can help channel the energy of busy boys,” says Lavin.

Now that kids are back in school, families are busy than ever.  “Back to school can actually be a busier time for families and an au pair provides an extra set of hands,” says Lavin.

95.9 WATDOn MommaJam, Sept. 19, 2014, we talk with 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning Show hosts Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian about the important issue of child care after school, referencing this blog entry on Cultural Care AuPair:  5 Reasons You Need Child Care When the Kids Go Back to School.

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Go to http://culturalcareaupair.com for more information.

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September 25, 2014 at 8:14 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Burtons Grill in the Studio

Burtons Grill Drinks

Eating on the run while your kids are at different activities and sports every night?

We talk ways to have a great dinner for your family (and yourself!) while dining in or taking out at Burtons Grill in Hingham, located at the Derby Street Shoppes.

Burtons Grill general manager Stephen Slicis and top chef Denise Herrera joined us in the 95.9 WATD-FM studio with delicious samples from the new menu.

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B Choosy Children's Menu

Slicis is a huge community advocate, serving hockey and other sports teams after games over the weekends.  He shares his stories and why it’s important for Burtons Grill to be involved by helping families eat healthy with the B Choosy Children’s Menu.

Check out the audio replay for the full feature on the South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.

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September 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

Go Farm Stand Hopping in Norwell

Norwell Farms

Norwell is a great South Shore town to visit with kids and go farm stand hopping.  Here’s a map of your day:

1.  Blueberry Picking

Start out blueberry picking at  Webster Cranberry Farm at 292 Cross Street in Norwell.  This spot is “off the grid” – basically someone’s back yard – but has numerous giant blueberry bushes.  Leave money in the honor box after you’ve picked to your heart’s content.

Tree Berry Farm, another spot to pick blueberries, is on the Norwell/Scituate line near Kennedy’s Garden Center.  This is a more organized business with nets to keep birds at bay.

Wear sunscreen and pack water.  If it’s hot outside, you’ll need these two “survival” items.

2.  Hornstra FarmsHorntra Farms Ice Cream Stand

Hornstar Farms is a fourth generation dairy farm in Norwell that now has a beautiful Farm Store and Ice Cream Dairy Bar (open daily at noon).  The store is packed with pies, fresh milk in bottles – the chocolate milk is a MUST BUY – which you can also get delivered to your door via Hornstra’s service.  Other items include giant ice cream sandwiches – think chocolate chip cookies with a thick scoop of ice cream in the middle – fresh churned butter, and select prepared foods.  Wander and look at the cows in the pasture while enjoying ice cream.  Easy parking.

3.  South Shore Natural Science Center

Just down the road from Hornstra Farm is the South Shore Natural Science Center.  Pack a picnic and go through the trails or down to the pond.  See the exhibits and native live animals.  Go to South Shore Natural Science Center for a calendar of events.  On Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 Lisa Azizian is broadcasting live from the Center.  Come see her in person and check out the annual corn festival.

Farm Stand4.  Norwell Farms

 Located on a long stretch of Jacobs Lane, Norwell Farms is both a farmer’s market and non-profit that provides locals with fresh seasonal produce.  The farm stand is open every Friday at the South Shore Natural Science Center at 2 p.m. – down the road from the actual farm.  Say hello to Scott Franklin, the Farm manager, if you stop by to see the roaming rooster and fellow hens.

To get more information and to hear MommaJam on WATD’s South Shore Morning News with Co-Hosts Rob Halaka and Lisa Azizian, click the arrow for the replay on Aug. 21, 2014.

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Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. on 95.9 WATD-FM.  Listen live on the radio dial or from your desktop, phone or tablet.

August 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

C+ for Brown Bag Lunches… 5 Tips for Packing a Nutritious School Lunchbox

Parents Need to Step up Brown Bag School Lunches

Parents Need to Step up Brown Bag School Lunches

Normally on MommaJam, we don’t speak about school until September.  But, a new Study from Tufts University is making headlines this week, suggesting that school cafeteria options are now healthier than home packed lunches and snacks.

Jeanne Goldberg, Ph.D., R.D., a professor at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University who wrote the report says, “Lunches (studied) were comprised more of packaged foods than anything else.  Almost a quarter of the lunches lacked what would be considered an entrée, such as a sandwich or leftovers, and were instead made up of a variety of packaged snack foods and desserts.”

The study found that only 27% of the lunches met at least three of the five National School Lunch Program standards.

In some ways, that is good news:  the government now has strict nutrition guidelines for school lunches.  But, parents packing lunch boxes need to step it up.

This week’s MommaJam covers school lunches with tips for how to get an A+.

 1.  Serve dinner for lunch.  If you’re making homemade pizza, chicken cutlets or chili for dinner, make extras for school lunch the next day.  This routine will make your life much easier through the week.

2.  Go for easy protein, says Denise Herrera, the top chef at Burtons Grill, Hingham.  “Try hard boiled eggs for lunch or snack.  Pack Greek yogurt-based dips and hummus for veggies like cucumbers and carrots and Baby Bell cheese.

3.  Be resourceful.  Freeze organic yogurt tubes and add them into lunch boxes as a cold pack.  By the time lunch rolls around the yogurt will be thawed enough to eat.  Avoid the high sugar types.

 4.  Pack water.  Skip the sugary juice box and send along a bottle of water instead to get your child in the habit of working toward his/her optimal fluid intake (experts recommend one consume about .5 ounces of water per pound of body weight), says Merilee Kern, the creator of the new ground-breaking “Kids Making Healthy Choices” APP for children, parents/caregivers and educators (available on iTunes) for $2.99.  The app has recipes and meal ideas and more.

5.  Pack real food, not packaged junk.  “Tuna fish is packed with oh-so-beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids.  Mix it with low-fat mayonnaise and diced apple for a wrap or sandwich,” says Kern.  “Almond Butter Banana Bites are great for snacks.”

95.9 WATDTo get more information and to hear WATD’s South Shore Morning News Co-Hosts Rob Halaka and Lisa Azizian reminisce about their home-packed lunches, click the arrow for the MommaJam replay on Aug. 12, 2014.  We talk lunch and more with tips and information about healthy eating for kids.

We’ve covered Healthy School Lunches extensively on MommaJam.  Here’s a link to more ideas and resources:

Tips for Healthy School Lunches

Interview with Burtons Grill Top Chef Denise Herrera:  Packing a Healthy School Lunch

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Healthy School Lunches & Tomato Season

Back-to-School: Go Trash Free with Laptop Lunches

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Green Chic Snack Bags & Retro Lunch Boxes

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM:  Fall Flavors – Interview with Burtons Grill Hingham

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 6 Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 6 Tips for Getting Kids to Eat Real Food, Not Junk

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August 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Burtons Grill Top Chef Gives Summer Dining Tips

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95.9 WATD-FM Click Arrow to Replay MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM, July 18, 2013.

This week, we have a special guest in the studio to talk about summer dining tips.

Denise Herrera, the top chef at Burtons Grill Hingham, “dishes” about delicious summer flavors, fresh herbs, her secret ingredient in the restaurant’s signature BBQ sauce (Shhhh… it’s chocolate!), $1 Oysters from local waters, the B Choosy Children’s Menu, and much more.

Photo: The weekend is here don't forget to make your reservation at Burtons Grill of Hingham,LLC  and let us do the cooking for you. Call us anytime (781)749-1007 hope to see you here this weekend.This week’s cool, dry weather is perfect for dining outside on the Burtons Grill patio at the Derby Street Shops in Hingham.

Click the above arrow to hear Denise’s interview and learn more about fresh summer flavors for you and your family.

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August 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

Tips for Healthy School Lunches

Originally posted on MommaJam:

Fresh spinach pasta

Make Dinner for Lunch

I have this theory that moms go great guns on lunches for the first few weeks of school and then get into a rut and just make the same the meal every single day.

One tip is to serve dinner for lunch.  If you’re making homemade pizza or chili for dinner, make extras for school lunch the next day.  This routine will make your life easier through the week.

My kids often boycot cold cuts, so I make pasta for them in the morning.  Sometimes it’s whole wheat, sometimes, it’s the regular kind.  Pastene’s Organic Whole Wheat Penne looks the most like regular pasta – it’s not so brown.  Pasta will stay warm in a container.  Sprinkle cheese on top.  Pack a fork.  And it’s good to go.

Chicken wraps are also great.  Roast a chicken on Monday and use it all week just for lunch. …

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August 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

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