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My son likes salad and my daughter likes smoked salmon, and since I aim to please (well, most of the time, when I'm not making food that I think they should like), I gave them a bit of each. A kale and avocado salad, tossed with the buttermilk dressing that I'm addicted to, and a slice of Scottish smoked salmon. Because they should eat rye bread (shouldn't they?!), and because it goes so well with salmon and kale and buttermilk, I packed them each a slice. And cherries -- because what kids don't like cherries?

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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.


ATG117 June 13, 2013
This looks like the dinner I ate last night, except that I don't like rye bread or sourdough(!).
nells June 13, 2013
I don't mean to suggest you aren't feeding them enough but does this fill them?! When I was that age I had a sandwich, an apple, a cheese string and a chocolate and I was always skinny!
lilroseglow July 7, 2013
yeah, seems lite to me too.
Amanda H. July 7, 2013
They've never mentioned being hungry, and in my experience they're not afraid to mention when they're hungry! They eat lunch about 2 1/2 hours after breakfast, and have a snack after school.