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Last updated: Wed. Aug. 06, 2014 - 02:05 am EDT

Dash … we tried it

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The recipe reviewed here appears on Page 10 of today’s Dash, a monthly food magazine inserted in The Journal Gazette.

Happy Face Sandwiches

Difficulty: Beginner

Prep/cook time: 10 minutes

What we thought: As a mother of a toddler who takes a bit of coercing to eat, I can appreciate that this idea tries to make lunch fun. I am just not convinced that a broccoli nose will entice any child to eat this sandwich.

The recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of dill to a small can of salmon, which seemed dubious. I decided to start conservatively, adding just 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, but the salmon salad was soggy even then. The dill flavor was strong but pleasing to me. But I’m not sure a picky child would appreciate the herb and freshness of lemon juice.

The decorations of carrot, olives, broccoli and roasted red pepper didn't add too much to prep time but did add to the sogginess of the sandwich. When I offered the sandwich to my 3-year-old, he quickly threw them off and complained that the red pepper lips were slippery.

Parents would be better served using a cute cookie cutter and fun toothpicks to create enthusiasm with the student crowd.

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