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Fresh Produce, Even in Winter

Photo Credit: Jesse W. Dill via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Jesse W. Dill via Compfight

As great as it is to eat local, in most of the United States there are certain months of the year when it is difficult, if not impossible, to eat local food fresh from the field. Thankfully, a new crop of local food hub entrepreneurs is thinking beyond the growing season by freezing fresh summer produce to sell locally in the winter.

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October 7, 2013 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Burtons Grill Top Chef Has Tips for Packing a Healthy School Lunchbox


Special MommaJam Feature on 95.9 WATD-FM:  We had Denise Herrera, the top chef from Burtons Grill at the Derby Street shops in Hingham, in the 95.9 WATD studio to talk about how to pack a healthy, delicious school lunch for your kids.

Burtons Grill has a great kids menu, called the B Choosy Children’s Menu, based on the new nutritional guidelines from the USDA.  Moms should go to Burtons Grill to snag a menu (and have a wonderful family meal or drinks with the girls while you’re there), bring the menu home, tape it to a kitchen cabinet, and then use the menu a guide for packing a healthy lunch everyday.

Click the arrow above to hear Denise’s inspiration and creative, scrumptious ideas for packing the ultimate lunchbox.

Go to for more information.  Enjoy!

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MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM:  School is Back in Session

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

The next MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM is Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at 7:10 a.m. ET.  Tune in for a second special feature with Burtons Grill chef Denise Herrera and tips for cooking apple pies and other fabulous fall flavors with kids.

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Originally published September 2012.

September 12, 2013 at 7:00 am 1 comment

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

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Fresh vegetarian pasta

Healthy Lunches for Kids

Check out the Sept. 9, 2010 MommaJam on Rob Hakala’s Weekday Morning Talk Radio Show on 95.9 WADT-FM.

This week’s MommaJam is all about simple back to school lunches.  Tune in to hear Rob and Sara debate grilling techniques, plus new, healthy lunch options for kids, retro lunches and peanut butter alternatives for food allergy families.

It’s tomato season.  You can get fresh tomatoes in your garden or at farm stands.  If you’re driving home from work or out running errands, stop by and pick up fresh, sun-kissed tomatoes.

You can make a ton of salads by pairing tomatoes with just one or two ingredients like mozzarella and fresh basil or oregano and feta cheese.  Just add olive oil and Kosher salt and serve with crusty Italian or French bread and you have a delicious meal.

If you are feeling ambitious, buy a bushel of…

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September 12, 2013 at 6:35 am Leave a comment

Grilling Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Fun

Stop & Shop Grilled PeachesGrill-Worthy Recipe Tips for the Weekend:

This weekend, try serving up one of Stop & Shop’s flavorful and affordable recipes, such as “True Blue Burgers” or “Grilled Peaches with Sweet & Tangy Sauce.”

While you’re grilling, don’t forget to use a meat thermometer to avoid harmful bacteria such as E. coli. Follow these temperature suggestions to ensure the perfect meal:

  • Ground beef hamburgers – 160oF. Cooking ground beef until the pink is gone is not always an indicator of thorough cooking as it can still be pink inside and cooked to a safe 160oF. Color is not always a true indicator.
  • Ground and whole poultry – 165oF
  • Chops, steaks and roasts from beef, veal or lamb – 145oF for medium rare, 160oF for medium and 170oF for well done
  • Pork chops and roast – 150oF
  • Fin fish – 145oF
  • Shrimp, lobster and crabs – Cooked until the flesh is pearly and opaque

Grilling TipsMemorial Day Shopping Made Easy:

Save time – and money—with Stop & Shop brand products in time for Memorial Day. No matter what you are serving up this holiday weekend, you can grab all of the weekend staples you’ll need at any Stop & Shop, such as:

  • Nature’s Promise (organic & natural) brand meats, including ground beef & turkey, chicken breasts, Italian sausage, and more
  • Stop & Shop brand hot dog buns, spices, and condiments help round off any meal for a fraction of the price
  • Chips & dip galore—from potato chips to salsa, grab all of your family’s favorite snacks
  • For perfect grilling accessories, check out Stop & Shop’s Smart Living line of tools and gadgets

Also, don’t miss out on Stop & Shop’s weekly deals; click here for information on how to download Stop & Shop’s mobile app to access the current circular, Weekly Specials and Real Deals.

We’ll also give away a $20 Stop & Shop gift card to a caller after the MommaJam segment.  Tune in on Thursday, My 22, 2013 at 7:10 a.m. for the live MommaJam show on 95.9 WATD-FM.

May 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm 1 comment

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

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March is National Nutrition Month.

This week, we are talking about heathy shopping at the grocery store.

We have 6 great tips from Stop & Shop’s full-time nutritionist, Julie Menounos, on ways to get the most out of your grocery shopping experience with healthy eating in mind.

1.  Don’t shop hungry.

2.  Make a grocery list. Plan out your weekly meals and build a list around your meal plan.

3.  Shop the perimeter of the store.  This is where the freshest, most natural food lies.  Fill your cart with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and dairy items, then venture down the center aisles to stock up on staples like whole grains, beans, and vegetable-based soups.

4.  Pay attention to symbols to help you shop.  For example, at Stop & Shop, you can look for the Healthy Ideas® symbol next to the price to find products that are better your family.

5.  Read the ingredient list.  If you are not sure how to accurately interpret the Nutrition Facts label, the ingredients list can provide you with enough information to make a healthy decision.  If sugar is listed in the first or second ingredient of your breakfast cereal, swap it for something healthier.

6.  Back at home, add fruits and veggies to your families favorite foods:  Add strawberries to cereal or blueberries to yogurt.  Try sliced pears in a grill cheese sandwich or just put the slices on the side of the plate for extra fiber in the meal.

Bottom line:  Try to eat as much fresh food as you can to keep your kids happy and healthy! :)

For more information on how to shop healthy, go to Stop & Shop’s Living Well web page.

Tune into MommaJam next week for the live segment on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7:10 a.m. on 95.9 WATD-FM.  Listen live on the dial or at your desktop.

March 21, 2013 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Stretching Meals: Canning 100 Pounds of Tomatoes

Canned 100 Pounds of Tomatoes

While arctic air blasting through this week and fresh spring and summer flavors still out of reach, I thankful for the hard work put in last September to can fresh tomatoes.

September is an amazing time of year.  The sunlight is beautiful, the air is crisp and clean.  And, summer’s bounty is waning.  To keep the flavors of summer going all year long, the Stretching Meals Cookbook team embarks on a tomato canning project every September.  This year, we canned 100 pounds of Roma tomatoes.

As recommended by Acorn Canning in Marshfield, Mass., we asked several local farmers for “Seconds” or “Number 2 Tomatoes,” the tomatoes farms and stores can’t or won’t sell at retail because they are blemished.  We lucked out and bought two bushels of seconds at Wilson’s Farm in Lexington, Mass., equaling 100 pounds.  We didn’t have to cut away too many bruises or rotten spots and yielded a huge amount of tomatoes to blanche, crush in the food processor and later process in a hot water bath.  The entire project took 12 hours and produced 20 4 cup jars of tomatoes.

Crazy!  But, fun!  And, we salvaged tomatoes headed for (we hope) a compost heap.  Get inspired!  Think about what you love to eat and want to preserve for winter recipes.

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March 15, 2013 at 10:36 am 1 comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 8 Things to Fix Around the House

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Eight Things to Fix Around the House

While cleaning up after vacations, take a moment to tackle small projects that’ll make family life run a little smoother.

March is the perfect month to fix 8 things around your house:

1.  Clogged sinks.  Call a plumber or use an organic concoction to unclog sinks.

2.  Squeaky doors. WD-40 all of the squeaky doors in your house.

3.  Broken door knobs that pull off  – ugg!

4.  Blown out light bulbs – in the oven, basement, kitchen.

5. The screens off the track of sliding glass doors.

6.  Broken computers.

7.  New batteries in the garage door opener, so it opens on the first press.

8.  1/2 finished projects.

Set aside time on the weekends or during the week.  Make a list and vow to check everything off by April 1.

Hire a handy man or better yet, hire your older kids, which benefits the whole family. Then, you can go into April with a fresh spring in your step.

According to ancient fung shui philosophies, fixing broken things brings harmony and peace to your life.

If you don’t have time to fix something, either toss it or donate it to make way for positivity.

March 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

MommaJam Minute: Veggie Bags for Grocery Shopping

Cloth bags for veggies

Cloth bags for veggies

Love these veggies bags for packing up fruits and vegetables at the grocery story – instead using and tossing plastic bags.  $8 each.

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The online store has other great products you’ll love to bookmark and buy.

February 28, 2013 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 4 Fun Tips for Valentines Day

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Here are 4 fun tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your family.

1.  Crafts!  

Get out the glitter, get out the glue.  Valentine’s Day is the best holiday for crafts with kids.  You could spring for the boxed cards from the super market, but it’s way more fun to create homemade valentines.  Use magic markers, colored paper, stickers, glitter and glue to create one of a kind Valentines.  Get your supplies today, so you have every thing you need to work on the project over the weekend during the blizzard.  Don’t forget to make cards for your favorite teachers, crossing guards and other special people in your kids’ lives.

2.  Kick off Valentine’s Day Week with Pink Pancakes

We talk a lot about cooking on MommaJam.  This idea is from Tara Hollander of Doorknock Dinner, a company in Norwell that makes homemade meals and delivers them to your door step.

Tara suggests getting creative in the kitchen with your kids by make pink heart-shaped pancakes on the griddle.

Use roasted, peeled and then pureed beets instead of sketchy red food coloring.  Fold the beets into the pancake batter to make it turn pink.  Top pancakes with fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream.   This is a great idea for the weekend.   We have pancakes every Sunday morning.  We are going to kick off Valentine’s Day Week with Tara’s Pink Pancakes.

3.  Make Heart Shaped Sandwiches for Kids

Mandy Keith, owner of Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop suggests making a Valentine’s Day lunch.  Cut kids’ sandwiches into heart shapes and add fruit shaped hearts to their plates.  This is a fun way to surprise your kids next Thursday on Valentine’s Day.  They will love it when they open their lunch box at school and see heart shaped foods.  Make the moment extra special and pack a sweet  Valentine’s Day note.

Mandy runs Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop out of her home in Hanover.  She teaches moms how to prepare a series of meals and gives you the ingredients to take home and later make the meals on your own.

During February, Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop is making Dishes with with a romance flair, such as Tender Loving Tenderloin.

4.  Splurge on Treats! 

We just finished a January series on wellness… but every now and then it’s fun to splurge.

Three words:  Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 7, 2013 at 10:42 am 2 comments

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

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This week on MommaJam, we are continuing our January wellness series.  We’re talking about eating healthy and cooking real foods for kids.

How do you inspire kids to eat whole foods?

It’s hard!  The two hardest parts to overcome are convenience and habit.  Here are 6 tips for getting your whole family into a healthier eating lifestyle.

1.  Flavor!

Believe it or not, kids love yummy food just as much as grown ups.  Start by making fun, flavorful dishes right in your own kitchen.  Have healthy, fresh snacks readily available – red pepper slices, cucumber circles, and homemade hummus, which is so easy to make.

2.  Explain Where Food Comes From

Teach kids how to cook and teach kids where food comes from:  is it imported from Italy, South America or California?  Explain to kids the difference between manufactured foods infused with chemicals and preservatives like hydrogenated trans fats, which are linked to cancer, versus fresh from your backyard garden, CSA or local, regional supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables like South Shore Organics.

Also discuss topics, such heritage cooking and whether a recipe is passed down from your family or certain region in the world.

3.  Use Cookbooks

Three cookbooks we suggest:

- Keys to the Kitchen by Aida Mollencamp, a new overall cookbook that is a beautiful Cooking 101 Cookbook with family-friendly recipes.

- Naptime Chef by Kelsey Banfield has easy recipes that busy moms can make while taking care of the kids.

- Tyler Makes Pancakes by chef Tyler Florence is  fun book about where food comes from and culminates in making pancakes.

All of these are available at the Westwinds Bookshop in Duxbury.

4.  Take Cooking Lessons

Take a family cooking lesson or let kids take their own lessons to learn basic skills, new recipes or new food genre.

The South Shore Seafood Exchange is teaching lessons on how to cook with fish on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Maritime Center in Scituate.  My favorite provider of fresh fruits and vegetables, South Shore Organics, will be there.

5.  Let Kids Loose in the Kitchen 

The part!?  Let kids loose in the kitchen.  Have kids create their dishes, recipes and shopping lists.   More advanced kids can even make a budget for their menu items to get a better understanding of how much food costs.

Project Idea:  Make a family cookbook with iPhone photos and everyone’s favorite recipes.  Kids love getting involved in a project and having them design and create their own cookbook or a family cookbook is a winner on many levels.

While creating your cookbook, your kitchen becomes a bonafide Test Kitchen.  This is a great way to get kids to try new foods.  My kids are constantly testing out the new recipes for my pending cookbook, Stretching Meals.

6.  Have fun!  

Check out the MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM interview with top chef Denise Herrera from Burtons Grill to learn how to set up a your own turnover bar – it’s a fun segment packed with ideas for cooking with kids.

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We’re looking for Rock Star Mommas!  Nominate your favorite mom for the South Shore Mom of the Week.  The first winner will be announced on the next live MommaJam on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

January 24, 2013 at 10:49 am 1 comment

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