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Old 04-09-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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"Totally awesome packed lunch"

Darling daughter will be 14 shortly, and her birthday falls on a schoolday. She has requested a "totally awesome packed lunch" for the occasion. She a reasonably sophisticated eater for a 14 year old. Obviously a certain degree of showmanship is in order, as well as nice tasting food.

Any thoughts?

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Old 04-09-2011, 07:58 PM   #2
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Don't forget the HoHos.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:03 PM   #3
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She needs a Bento Box and Deco Bento Lunch.

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Old 04-09-2011, 08:20 PM   #4
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Don't forget the HoHos.
The OP wrote, "She a reasonably sophisticated eater for a 14 year old."

I wouldn't have wanted HoHos or Twinkies in my lunch at 14 years old, never mind, ever. She might not be a fan.
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oops, my bad. I didn't realize "sophisticated eaters" didn't eat chocolate cake with cream filling... in a school lunch

Perhaps I should have said, Don't forget the Grey Poupon.


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Old 04-09-2011, 09:04 PM   #6
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If she likes seafood, and has a microwave available, a bowl full of perfectly cooked spaghetti noodles, with shrimp that's been lightly saute'd in butter and garlic, with steamed clams and scallops, accompanied by a second bowl containing a veloute', flavored with clam broth, and a little plate to heat it up on. She can nuke the food until it's hot, and spoon the sauce over the noodles and seafood.

If that doesn't work, grill up a petite rib steak, and put it into a container for her to heat up, again in a microwave.

A great sandwich, that's both sophisticated, and yummy is to cook sirloin to medium rare, bias slice thinly against the grain, and stuffed into a pita pocket with mayo and slices of avocado, cucumber, sliced tomato, and bean sprouts.

A cold cut sub made in a super soft sub bun with extra virgin olive oil, capiacola, salami, diced green pepper, sweet onion slices, boogna, and black olives, and provolone, with lettuce makes a mighty tasty lunch.

Hope that one of these is either to your satisfaction, or inspires you to make that just right lunch for your daughter.

You're a great Dad to do something special for your DD.

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Old 04-09-2011, 09:21 PM   #7
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oops, my bad. I didn't realize "sophisticated eaters" didn't eat chocolate cake with cream filling... in a school lunch

Perhaps I should have said, Don't forget the Grey Poupon.


Sugar, Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (contains One or More of: Soybean, Cottonseed, Canola, Coconut, Palm Kernel, or Palm Oil, Beef Fat)Enriched Wheat Flour [Flour, Ferrous Sulfate (Iron)B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1)Riboflavin (B2)Folic Acid)Water, Whole Eggs, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Corn Syrup, Invert Sugar. contains 2% or Less of: Whey, Maltodextrin, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Nonfat Milk, Leavenings (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate)Egg Yolks, Calcium Caseinate, Potassium Carbonate, Cornstarch, Artificial Flavors, Wheat Gluten, Sodium Caseinate, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness)

Where's the cream?
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oops, my bad. I didn't realize "sophisticated eaters" didn't eat chocolate cake with cream filling... in a school lunch

Perhaps I should have said, Don't forget the Grey Poupon.


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Sugar, Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (contains One or More of: Soybean, Cottonseed, Canola, Coconut, Palm Kernel, or Palm Oil, Beef Fat)Enriched Wheat Flour [Flour, Ferrous Sulfate (Iron)B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1)Riboflavin (B2)Folic Acid)Water, Whole Eggs, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Corn Syrup, Invert Sugar. contains 2% or Less of: Whey, Maltodextrin, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Nonfat Milk, Leavenings (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate)Egg Yolks, Calcium Caseinate, Potassium Carbonate, Cornstarch, Artificial Flavors, Wheat Gluten, Sodium Caseinate, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness)

Where's the cream?
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I'm not a huge fan of Ho Ho's, but I have downed plenty of Hostess Cupcakes and Suzy-Q's in my time.

I love the Bento box idea PF.

It might also be nice if you included something she could share with her friends, like mixed nuts or caramel corn.
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Welcome Silverton!! Glad you joined us. We get a little silly around here sometimes.

Sounds like you have a thoughtful young lady there. Congratulations...she didn't ask for some expensive gift. I doubt a 14 yr old will have access to a micowave, so a cold elegant lunch would be in order. One of my favorite lunches (along with many others here) is Dragon Lady Sesame noodles. I like them with cooked shrimp on top. Pieces of chicken would be good too. You can find the recipe here....ISO Sesame Noodles
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Not knowing your daughter or her food preferences, we can't easily propose a meal she might consider totally awesome. Any advice we give you is more likely to be what we would want for such a meal.

Give some thought to what she considers special. Maybe some favorites from when she was 'little'.

How about some fancier versions foods she likes. For example, a replacement for Kraft mac and cheese made with really good cheeses and a tasty sauce.
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