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Kitchen Scraps for Lunch

January 22, 2015

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. 

Amanda's Kids' Lunch

This week's lunch was a kitchen sink creation. I had smoked salmon and needed to figure out what else I could pair with it. I thought a watermelon radish would be fun, and I also had a few scraps of tarragon -- salmon likes tarragon even when the herb is looking a little forlorn. And cream cheese, as I've mentioned before, is the great school lunch unifier. All I needed to do was arrange this motley grouping on some sandwich bread and add in a tangerine and chocolate macaroon for company.

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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.


CSNOW December 12, 2015
I drool over these kids' lunches and LOVE this series so much. I have to share though, only because it made me laugh, that my 7 year old daughter just looked at the lunch posted here and said, "Never do that to me, Mommy". Clearly, I have work to do!
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Amanda H. December 12, 2015
Deedledum January 22, 2015
Ooh, wanna trade scraps??
ChefJune January 22, 2015
I would definitely eat that lunch. Some of my favorite foods are in it. Those are some lucky kids to have such a creative mom.
Sue O. January 22, 2015
Scrapping is my favorite kitchen pastime. Beautiful toasts and the flavors go together well. I just discovered cauliflower hearts and leaves. A whole side dish can be made out of those suckers.