Everyday Cooking

Low Groceries Means a Lunchbox Full of Treats

February 28, 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. 

Everyone has low moments in the kitchen. Like this morning when I went to make smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches for our kids, and the salmon was gone. But I wasn't going to let a little salmon get me down. Why not use it as an excuse to give my kids a treat? Cream cheese and jam sandwiches it would be. And salty potato chips (bits, really, because it was the bottom of the bag -- everything had a low tank today!) on the side. Hope I scored some mom points today...

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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.


Ann April 15, 2013
Love this column too! Only end up catching up on it every few months as it's not part of the RSS feed :)
lilaw March 6, 2013
I'm a student and this column gives me ideas for my lunches, I really enjoy it! :)
Amanda H. March 6, 2013
thank you!
EmilyC March 5, 2013
Love this column, too -- and I highly approve of the cream cheese and jam sandwiches. They're my son's most-requested lunch for day care (and I eat my fair share of them at the office!). Keep the ideas coming!
hobbit445 March 5, 2013
Please keep it up, Amanda...way too prone to lunchbox doldrums over here, and your ideas are inspiring. Plus it's pretty.
abeth March 2, 2013
I love this column. It has given me many ideas for my kids' lunches. Thanks so much.
Amanda H. March 2, 2013
I'm so glad to hear this! I don't hear much from readers so I thought it might just be a gallery of odd lunches.
HalfPint March 4, 2013
I really like this column too. I don't have any children yet, but it's nice to know what kids do eat. But honestly, these are great ideas for MY lunches too.