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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: School is Back in Session!

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School is Back in Session!

I applaud South Shore moms for getting through Hurricane Irene with no power for days on end and getting kids transitioned from summer to school.  It’s been a tough two weeks.  Hear the instant replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.


Anti-Tiger Moms Need to Roar Now That School’s in Session

For all the moms out there who were anti-tiger moms this summer, it’s time to amp up your  academic mind set and get roaring.

A refreshing on tiger moms:  Last year Amy Chua released a book called, “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” which chronicles her strict ways to drive her kids academically.  Well, I was a bona fide ANTI-tiger mom this summer, and the transition into a learning and routine mind set has been tough.  But, it’s happening….

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September 12, 2013 at 6:40 am Leave a comment

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

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This week on MommaJam, we interviewed Amy Hemmert, co-founder of Laptop Lunches, the leader in bento-box-style lunch boxes for kids and grown ups.  Tune into the interview to hear Amy talk about the bento box design and what inspired her to launch the company with Tammy Pelstring.


Laptop Lunches Bento Box

Parents can subscribe to get a weekly menu of lunch ideas on Laptop  The website overall is a great community to learn about eating healthy and packing food in an eco-friendly way.

We’ll continue the conversation about Laptop Lunches on 95.9 WATD-FM on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:10 a.m. with Morning Show cronies Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.  Tune in and listen live on the dial or from your desktop at

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September 12, 2013 at 6:39 am Leave a 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

Green Your Lunches with PB Green Snack Bags and Sandwich Mats

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The eco-lunch movement is in full swing.

There are numerous reusable packaging products available today.  One company that makes durable and adorable eco-friendly snack bags and lunch mats is PB Green.  Founded by Paige Baran, a former teacher now mom and entrepreneur, PB Green makes totes in vibrant, bold colors, funky patterns, and themes that kids and adults will love.

To get a behind the scenes look at the company, listen to this interview with Paige, who talks about how the California-based company launched and her prototype experiments with zip lock bags (my favorite tidbit in the interview).  Paige also talks about the product line, how the bags are dishwasher safe, upcoming fabric designs, and school promotions.

If you are throwing away hundreds of plastic bags, it’s time for you to get PB Green bags.   Go…

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September 12, 2013 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Burtons Grill Gluten-Free Summer BBQ

95.9 WATD-FMThis week on MommaJam we had top chef Denise Herrera from Burtons Grill Hingham dish about its Gluten Free BBQ dinner special that’s available tonight, Aug. 13, 2013.

The beauty of Burtons Grill is that you can special order gluten free every night, so if you miss this dinner – no worries. 

 (click arrow to hear replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM on Thursday, Aug. 7)

Tune in to hear all about the sumer flavors simmering over at Burtons Grill.   The segment also features cooking tips for hot summer night and busy summer days.

Gluten-Free Creole Shrimp at Burtons Grill Hingham

The next MommaJam is Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7:10 a.m.  Listen live on dial at 95.9 or at on your smart phone or computer.

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August 13, 2013 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

Food Lovers Guide From A to Z

A-Z Food Lover's GuideFood Lovers Guide from A to Z in South Shore Living magazine

Fancy a flatbread? Love lobster? Willing to try wild boar?  We scoured the South Shore to uncover the freshest local ingredients, appealing appetizers, savory main meals, and delicious desserts you don’t want to miss. From gourmet menus to hidden gems, our A to Z guide will leave you craving a culinary adventure.  Read full my article in South Shore Living… 

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May 9, 2013 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

Earth Day Everyday

Earth Day Everyday

This Earth Day, kids will rally via social media to shine a light on the victims of climate change. Here’s a chance to show our young ones that the effects aren’t just environmental—they’re also economic.

You say no to paper and plastic; up-cycle vintage furniture; insist on efficiency when heating and cooling your home—yeah, you’d say your family is pretty green. But the scope of what’s happening to our planet is much larger than what’s happening in our individual houses. On April 22, Earth Day will once again broaden our perspectives.  Read more….

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April 8, 2013 at 6:41 am Leave a comment

Burtons Grill Hingham’s Spring Gluten Free Dinner

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Tune into MommaJam on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:10 a.m. on 95.9 WATD-FM for your chance to call in and win a $50 gift card for Burtons Grill Hingham’s Spring Gluten Free dinner.

Burtons Grill Hingham’s Spring Gluten Free Dinner

April 8 & 9 ~ $29.95 per person (not including tax and gratuity)

GF Caesar salad with GF croutons
romaine, gluten-free croutons and caesar dressing, topped with reggiano parmesan, anchovies on request
GF Sausage Fritters
home made sausage risotto fritters served on top of zesty tomato sauce
Seafood Casserole made with GF bread crumbs
sea scallops, wild caught shrimp and white fish tossed in a mascarpone cheese, baked with herbed gluten-free breadcrumbs, drizzled with a delicate lemon butter sauce, served with seasonal vegetables
GF Short rib n’ Shells with creamy au jus and green peas
slow cooked short ribs tossed with our gluten-free pasta; with natural au jus, a touch of light cream and sweet green peas
GF Mediterranean Chicken
pan seared chicken breast topped with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and provolone, served over spinach risotto, finished with a delicate lemon butter sauce
GF Brownie Sundae
two scoops vanilla ice cream on top of a warm chocolate and caramel gluten-free brownie, finished off with hot fudge and whipped cream
Burtons Grill GF Bananas Foster with GF sugar cookie
two home-made gluten-free sugar cookies filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with bananas

April 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

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