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A Double-Dip Worthy Weekday Lunch

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Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration.


A perfectly dip-friendly lunch, with an artistic touch by Addie, Amanda's daughter. 

Kids love dipping things and I need to work on my dip-based lunches. Tara O'Brady came to the rescue with her addictive buttermilk ranch dressing. I poured some into containers, and then filled larger containers with sliced Israeli cucumbers, radishes, pea shoots, and asparagus for dipping, and a few slices of Serrano ham for eating however my kids want to. Over the weekend, I baked the Sunday Night Cake from Baked Explorations -- a cinnamon-scented sour cream cake with chocolate icing. That went in, too. 

What's in your lunch today? See some of the twins' past lunches

Tags: amanda's kids' lunch, dip, dressing, buttermilk ranch, small batch, cake, baked explorations, everyday cooking

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about 2 years ago jane.colton3

Even though my children have long-since left home and I no longer pack lunches- I love this feature! I wish I had been so creative when I had the opportunity and I would gladly eat any of these lunches myself- Thanks for the great ideas!

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about 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks so much!

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about 2 years ago omarz

it wouldn't work if I used Palestinian cucumbers?

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about 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

You can use any kind of cucumber.

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about 2 years ago omarz

ok so why do you feel compelled to mention the nationality of the vegetable?

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about 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Because this is how it is often labeled in grocery stores. I believe it's also sometimes called a Persian cucumber. Similarly the long hothouse cucumbers are also called English cucumbers. And there's a type of kale that goes by name Russian red kale.

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about 2 years ago Krissy Cipolla

Thank you for sharing these, it takes me back to opening up my lunch bag every day when I was a little girl to discover what wonderful thing my mom made just for me. No matter how old I get I still miss those perfectly imperfect (leftover filled!) delicious lunches.

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about 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

How nice -- I hope my kids feel the same way when they grow up!

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about 2 years ago Yessica

Krissy Cipolla...you just made me tear up an remember how incredibly creative my Mom was and had to be with our lunch boxes. Thank you. I am calling her tonight to thank her :)

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about 2 years ago ReneeL

Amanda, I think I'd like to pack this lunch for myself! What kind of containers are those?

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about 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

They're called WeanGreen: http://www.amazon.com/Wean...