Weeknight Cooking

A Post-Modern Jewish Deli Sandwich

August 15, 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. 

Amanda's Kids' Lunch from FOod5

The cucumbers, kale, and cherries from our CSA inspired today's lunch. Every weekend, my kids and I go for a run (I run, they scooter) through a local park, and we end our workout at a small local grocery where they sell good bread and chocolates. This past weekend, I picked up a loaf of Hot Bread Kitchen rye, the unsung hero of the sandwich world. 

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I spread the rye with cream cheese and laid down a blanket of smoked salmon. I topped this with some shredded kale and pickled onion, and declared it a post-modern Jewish deli sandwich. On the side, I added some cucumbers, which our babysitter had sliced and salted, and fresh cherries, and sent the kids off to wall-climbing and skateboarding camp.  

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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.


beejay45 August 15, 2013
Um...Amanda? Do you deliver?
Brette W. August 15, 2013
If you can get your hands on it, Eli's health bread is my favorite vehicle for smoked salmon. Going to try all these additions next time!
Kenzi W. August 15, 2013
Eli's is so good!
mrslarkin August 15, 2013
It's like crack! I just picked up a loaf at costco for the first time. (I try not to pass the bakery dept too often, as it could suck you right in.)
lastnightsdinner August 15, 2013
Have you tried the Finnish Ruis bread at the Union Square Greenmarket? The little rounds are my favorite base for smoked/cured fish these days.
Ollie Z. August 16, 2013
YES! I live a block away and they always have samples of the gluten-free health loaf. I love to grab a piece while I'm buying their cheese and bread, which are the only reasonably priced items there in my opinion...
KristiW August 17, 2013
While I'm not near such good bakeries, I can get by with Deutsche Kuche pumpernickel, dark whole rye or sunflower seed bread at Aldi's.
sexyLAMBCHOPx August 15, 2013
Your kids are sophisticated diners.