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.
For this year's Food52 Secret Swap, I received from Virginia Cascio, among many other exciting things, Rancho Gordo beans ("Yellow Indian Woman" is the variety -- strange name, but delicious!). Serendipitously, last week I received an email from writer Samin Nosrat asking Food52 to join her effort to celebrate beans in January -- #beanmonth. No nudge necessary -- I have lunches to make!
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I simmered the beans with garlic (they were creamy and tender in an hour) and then tossed them with some McEvoy Ranch olive oil, thyme, and rosemary. It was a promising foundation for dinner (with grilled sausages and salad) and a complete lunch. When you have a good bean or grain dish on hand, lunch is a breeze. With the beans, I packed a little baby kale salad with April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing (leftover from our New Year's Eve party), a couple of wedges of Kinkead aged cows milk cheese from Sprout Creek Farm, a stack of crackers, and almond cookies from Whole Foods. Lots of shapes and textures to stimulate little minds.
Looking more inspiration? Click here to see some of the twins' past lunches.
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.