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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.

5 Comments

ChefJune August 27, 2014
"cashewtella," eh? Looking forward to that recipe!
 
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Amanda H. August 28, 2014
Hi ChefJune! It's here: https://food52.com/blog/11123-cashew-chocolate-spread-cashewtella
 
Sara S. August 21, 2014
I want this for my lunch today!
 
Shalini August 21, 2014
What an ideal summer respite! Enjoy!!
 
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Amanda H. August 28, 2014
Thank you -- we have!