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Smoked Salmon and Butter Sandwiches

March 27, 2015

If you like reading what Amanda feeds her kids, you'll love taking a look into what other people -- both in the food world and the world at large -- prepare for their own children (and occasionally their signifcant others and maybe even their pets). Prepare to be either resentful or appreciative of your own parents.

Today's lunch comes from China Millman, mother of Mirabelle, director of merchandising at Mouth, and wife to Food52's very own Michael Hoffman

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Mirabelle is a pretty typical almost-two-year-old in that something she loves one day might go straight onto the floor the next. And if she's having a particularly picky day, getting her astronaut (a.k.a. "baby") to take the first bite is sometimes necessary.

Fortunately, there are usually a few favorites to rely on from week to week, like this open-faced butter and smoked salmon sandwich (Mirabelle's mouth is too small to handle real sandwiches yet). It's sharing the plate with cut up grapes and cucumber sticks, but we usually serve her meal in courses, with whatever she likes the most last, because the second she spots the smoked salmon ("Sal-mon! Sal-mon!"), the rest of the meal is basically dog food—as in she throws all the cucumber sticks to the quivering Jack Russell Terrier waiting below her high chair. 

Photo by China Millman

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NWB March 29, 2015
Do you cut the sandwich into bite sized pieces or does she take bites from a larger piece?
China M. March 30, 2015
Before she had so many teeth, we always cut it into very small squares, but these days she is very into taking bites ("need bite! need bite!"). And then, of course, there are the days when she just eats all the salmon off the top and throws the bread on the floor!
Kenzi W. March 27, 2015
"Sal-mon!!" kills me. I am dead.
China M. March 30, 2015
It's almost as good as when you ask her what her favorite cheese is, and she says "Parma-gana!"
Kenzi W. March 30, 2015
woowwwwww. :)
Amy March 27, 2015
My littles both LOVE smoked salmon and butter sandwiches!! They're the only kids that we know that will touch the stuff, and they gobble it up! They prefer it even to standard sandwich meats!
melissav March 27, 2015
We have the same problem, sans dog, which results is me bending over to pick it while my son gets a crazy grin and tries to peg me with more food.