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Today was the first day of musical theater camp, and I thought our kids could use something hearty to power them through it. You've heard of kitchen sink salads; this is a pantry salad. I had various inconvenient amounts of farro, quinoa, and brown rice lying around, so I boiled them one at a time in the same pot. Into the mixed grains, I added poached tuna, asparagus that I had sautéed for just a minute in the same pot as the grains, because I was not -- not! -- going to dirty more than one pot for a lunch salad), garlic chives, the tuna-poaching oil (flavored with garlic, thyme, and chiles), and loads of lemon juice. 

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Then I plopped a hard-boiled pullet egg on top, because we live in Brooklyn in 2014, and what other kind of egg would you use? Regular eggs work, too! The chocolate-covered Rice Krispies and yogurt I had nothing to do with; the grocery store delivered them and I happily folded them into the mix without any effort on my part. 

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Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


ATG117 July 11, 2014
Two fages!
Emily W. July 10, 2014
How long do you hard boil pullet eggs? I come from the cold-water-bring-to-boil-cover-for-12-minutes school, but that's for larger eggs...
Amanda H. July 10, 2014
I start them in cold water, bring them to a simmer, and drained them after 4 1/2 minutes of simmering.
Yessica July 10, 2014
this looks delish...for both me and baby. I will give it a try since I too have odd amounts of grain in the pantry. thank you for sharing your creativity!!
Amanda H. July 10, 2014
Thank you!