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Have airplane food, will travel

It's midwinter break, and every other year that means a trip to Arizona to see my favorite in-laws, Grandma and Grandpa B.

Unfortunately, it also means a long, cramped, economy flight with only two prospects: overpriced, medicore snacks in the cabin, or overpriced, mediocre meals in the terminal.  Although there is decent food in Dallas/Ft Worth terminal, where we'll be passing through, it's impractical to slog the everybody and their luggage through an airport the size of Manhattan.

Just for fun, I typed "airplane" into EYB's recipe search, to see if our collective wisdom could yield up something worth making and packing.  All I got was Amanda Hesser's airplane salad, a recipe I recall from almost a decade ago, when the skies were still friendly enough to offer you a free (albeit unattractive) meal and the only issue was finding something better to eat.  But the salad, a mélange of mackerel, bibb lettuce, and sherry vinegar, is really a treat for one lightly-encumbered traveler, not a harried, cranky family of 4.

So off I went to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and, friends, I bought the store.  I got summer sausage and mozzarella, prosciutto, rice crackers, freeze-dried mango, and pistachios.  All that remains is to slice everything up in advance, purchase a baguette, and remember not to pack my Swiss army knife.

It's not cooking, but I think we'll cope.  If you've got tried-and-true treats for travel, I'd love to hear about them.

4 Comments

  • Leslie  on  2/26/2012 at 2:46 PM

    Heidi on 101 cookbooks has a number of recipes she makes to eat on airplanes. I just tried (yesterday) her spring rolls. While I didn't eat them on an airplane, they were delicious! I'm not sure, though, if you could get the dipping sauce through security. I travel a fair bit, too, and have not yet solved this problem. I'd love to hear any updated thoughts...

  • Leslie  on  2/27/2012 at 8:46 AM

    Here is the other dish Heidi makes for airport travel - baked quinoa patties..

  • Adrienne  on  2/29/2012 at 7:35 AM

    Breakfast radishes (or any other crunchy veg you love) with good butter and salt. Clementines. Smoked salmon on buttered or cream cheesed pumpernickel, with thinly sliced cukes, good chocolate (critical!), and a huge bottle of water. Especially coach class but yes (maybe w/out the sandwich) even in business class, where they offer actual food. Brownies. Brownies are VERY good.

  • Taccolina  on  3/14/2012 at 2:42 AM

    Dark chocolate soothes most ills. Dried cherries. Plain organic almonds. A crunchy-topped muffin like carrot and zucchini or rhubarb. An apple. Water!

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