Weeknight Cooking

A Pretty-in-Pink Sandwich

October 31, 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 Food52

While I confess that many of my lunches have a grown-up air, I do like to play around now and then. Today's lunch was all about pinks and reds and circles. I topped mayo-slathered multigrain with sliced salumi and radishes, and a few strips of roasted peppers (peppers are miraculously and happily still in the market in New York City!). For dessert, I packed some Quin Dream Come Chews and Bergamot Caramels. I'm not much of a candy eater but I've fallen in love with Quin's candies -- which are as vibrant and fresh tasting as they are sweet-tooth satisfying. My kids may trade their sandwich in the lunchroom, but I know they're not trading the candy. 

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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.


mehrunnisa October 31, 2013
i love how the packed lunch trade has been a shared tradition for all of us. the pity is now as a grown up i wish i could have those packed lunches all over again. i even wrote about it on my blog. http://comeconella.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/packed-work-day-lunches-and-recipe-for.html
Nuala October 31, 2013
I'm so curious-- do your kids ever complain about not getting Oreos or Cheetos? I actually study development of flavor preference among infants and children, so I'm continually impressed by the lunches your kids consume (ie. we NEVER hear about radishes or tuna on dietary recall among kids around here!)
Amanda H. October 31, 2013
They don't. It's not that I'm opposed to them trying Oreos or Cheetos -- I'm ok with it -- it's just that I don't buy them. I do buy potato chips and tortilla chips, and they like them, but they don't crave them. I feel like all kids are different and mine seem fairly low key about food. Maybe they're saving up for a big teenage rebellion and will only eat Doritos then.
Nuala October 31, 2013
I think it's wonderful, and a perfect example of how exposure at a young age to foods that people think kids don't like can actually change what children choose to eat.