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. 

Amanda's Kids' Lunch from Food52

I'm an opportunistic lunch packer. When I find an enticing new ingredient or the chance for a leftover to be turned into lunch, I pounce. On a trip to a specialty store in Dumbo, I came across pizza-sized crepes and snapped them right up. Even if the kids didn't like the filling, I knew I could charm them with the lacy crepes folded like a dinner napkin.

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During the school year, my kids' classrooms were nut-free zones, but in summer day camp, their group doesn't have any children with allergies, so I can feed them their fill of nuts. With the magic crepes, I focused on nut butter, two ways:

1. Spread one half of a crepe with Big Spoon's almond peanut butter. Fold into a quarter. Spread with cream cheese and crumbled goat cheese. Fold into an eighth.

2. Spread one half of a crepe with Big Spoon's almond peanut butter. Fold into a quarter. Spread with butter and cream cheese. Drizzle on some chestnut honey, or any honey you like, and fold into an eighth.

For dessert: summer berries tossed with turbinado sugar.

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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.


Tammy March 10, 2014
WoWbutter with jelly works!
Carol W. September 12, 2013
swap out sunbutter (made with sunflower seeds) for a nut-free, peanut-free solution for school
Yessica August 28, 2013
I can definitelly sign up for this one!! I am about to go blackberry picking with my little one and she would love to have some of her treasure picking at school for lunch. Her school is peanut free all year-round but I believe we can do almond butter...now I have to convince her to like it ;)
Shalini July 12, 2013
I do like the crepes. My son's daycamp this week has a ban on nuts AND strawberries! But I think I could be successful with the cream cheese and raspberries...
BrooklineMom July 11, 2013
I love love love your pictures and ideas. You've truly inspired me!