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A Vacation from the Brown Bag

August 21, 2014

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.

We're at my husband Tad's family house on Long Island for the next two weeks. There's a beach to romp around on, tennis courts to play on, a lawn to tear around, and bikes that get a lot of riding time -- all this activity adds up to two famished kids, begging for lunch at noon! 

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The cooking I do out here entails slicing and seasoning and not much heat. For lunch today, I made an heirloom tomato, cherry tomato, and melon salad sprinkled with mint, coarse salt and pepper, and a dappling of olive oil. Miraculously, we had some leftover fried chicken in the fridge -- why do we eat it hot when it's so good cold? -- which I sliced up. And wheat bread from BreadZilla, toasted and slathered with butter. I realize that I forgot to include dessert in the photo. Summer porch lunches are incomplete without dessert -- we had cashewtella (the recipe will be on the site soon -- promise!) sandwiched between chocolate chip cookies. Without pause, the kids were back out on the lawn in their bathing suits, kicking a soccer ball. 

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

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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.


ChefJune August 27, 2014
"cashewtella," eh? Looking forward to that recipe!
Amanda H. August 28, 2014
Hi ChefJune! It's here:
Sara S. August 21, 2014
I want this for my lunch today!
Shalini August 21, 2014
What an ideal summer respite! Enjoy!!
Amanda H. August 28, 2014
Thank you -- we have!