A sunny lunch with a cheese you’ll want to make. Now!

Easy lunch box ideas: whole-wheat tortilla smeared with cream cheese and wrapped around leftover barbecue pork ribs with mixed baby greens; grapes; yogurt; and potato chips. http://www.LunchBoxBlues.com

Still on the lake. And still relaxing.

This morning has been spent boating and reading and sitting in the fort and all around doing not much of anything.

Which reminds me… I’ll post pictures of the very awesome fort (if I do say so myself… particularly for a guy with zero building skills) we constructed last week. It’s mostly done.

For today’s lunch, my inspiration was the sole surviving pork rib left from last night’s grilled dinner. I did them low and slow. They were great, though I think I should have done them even lower and slower. They weren’t quite as fall apart tender as I’d hoped.

So I started by cutting the meat from the rib, then slapping that onto a whole-wheat tortilla with cream cheese and mixed greens. Roll it up and that’s good. Add a yogurt, some grapes and a tiny handful of potato chips (it’s vacation!), and we’re done.

But what you’re really going to want to read today is my post over on Rachael Ray’s blog. Last week, Parker asked me how cheese was made. Rather than just explain it, I decided we should make some.

It’s so easy. And it’s such a fun summer project that takes just minutes. He had a blast. And of course the fun is that you get to eat the results. Parker declared it delicious (particularly after we seasoned it with black pepper, thyme and honey).

My post over at Rachael’s site explains how to do it. So worth it.


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13 Responses to “A sunny lunch with a cheese you’ll want to make. Now!”

  1. Gina Lindsay says:

    We took a cheese making class last week and I am hooked! We went to an Adult/Child class on a goat farm. In addition to making butter and mozarella, the children got to interact with the goats and try their hand at milking too. So fun and so delicious!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      What an awesome class! I’ve read about some of those, mostly in Vermont. Have always been tempted, but never got my act together to get us to one. Need to make that happen.

      • Gina Lindsay says:

        I found one in the middle of Tennessee. My niece loves to cook with me and go to cooking classes. It was the only cheese class I could find for kids. I gave her a choice for her Christmas gift–something to do or something to have. She chose something to do. After the class she said it was worth the long wait.

  2. Daniela says:

    So… I introduced my daughter to black truffle salt and I think we may have a problem. She went crazy for it, the good side is she would probably eat anything with truffle salt on top. I think it would be magical on the farmer cheese.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      You are so right! Black truffle salt over farmer’s cheese would be amazing! You also are so doomed now that you’ve introduced your daughter to it. You should just starte stocking up now…!

  3. Yening says:

    Do you shop at costco?

  4. Lynn says:

    I’ve been wondering how the fort building has been going. Can’t wait to see a picture of it.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Despite my complete lack of skills, it actually came out pretty cool. Two levels. Walls. Two ladders. A tree stump table. Will post pictures later this week.

  5. Yening says:

    What’s J.M short for?

  6. Sonja says:

    Those wraps look really good…and as for fall off the bone ribs, the only way I’ve been able to make that happen is by putting them in the slow cooker all day with a beer, salt and pepper, then when they’re done I slather some bbq sauce on them and grill them for 2 min. so the sauce caramelizes…they are tasty and I think some wraps made with ribs is an awesome idea!!! Definitely will try with my 3 boys!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      That sounds amazing. I’m determined to get it right next time. I’ve also heard of starting them in the oven, then finishing them on the grill… But that feels like cheating.