Weeknight Cooking

Dessert is Worth the Wait, Today

January 31, 2013

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. 

You may have noticed that my fall-back ingredients are smoked ham and multigrain bread. They're good tasting, healthy, and while not exactly blank slates, you can mix them with countless ingredients. Here I wanted a little crunch and tang so I spooned some pickled beets and horseradish (from a jar) on the other half of the sandwich. For dessert, I cheated. Our test kitchen made Meyer lemon cheesecake and amazingly there were leftovers, so I snagged a couple slices. Keep an eye out for the recipe -- coming to a website near you soon!

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Amanda Hesser

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.


Yunah February 5, 2013
your twins of preschool age lapped up pickled beets & horseradish??
Susige February 3, 2013
I'm 52 years old and pickled beets and horseradish (even though I like horseradish to some degree, mainly in cocktail sauce!) on bread with ham just does not sound like something I would eat or even order.... your kids must have quite the palates! And I do not consider myself a picky eater! ;0
Kitchen B. January 31, 2013
Meyer lemon cheesecake, where are you????? Come soon, to a website near me! I'm thrilled though for food52 cause my kids too are shedding some pickiness thanks to some fab recipes onsite!
ChefJune January 31, 2013
I agree! Please hurry with the Meyer Lemon Cheesecake! Their season is so short.