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.
Today was the first day of school, which means our kids are back to more fully-formed lunches, and I'm back to assembling foods before I'm fully coherent. I hope you'll be patient with me as I get my bearings. One of the end-of-summer dishes I most like to make is peppers simmered in olive oil and garlic. I slice the peppers as thinly as my knife skills allow and after warming a smashed garlic clove in a thick layer of oil, I dump in the peppers and let them cook at a rapid simmer until they've loosened up and the oil is nearly orange. Then I use them for everything -- as a side to pork chops, in salad topped with an egg, and on sandwiches, like the one here.
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For lunch I made a smoked ham and peppers sandwich, with potato chips and a chocolate chip cookie on the side. All-American classic sides and a sandwich with a little twist. Now, off to second grade!
What's in your lunch today? See some of the twins' past lunches.
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.