ASK MR. ALPENGLOW

Q: Dear Mr. Alpenglow, I have a weakness for snacks before bed, especially if I’m watching a movie or reading a book. Will you recommend some simple and delicious recipes?

A: What is this “weakness” you speak of? Snacking before bed is chief among earthly delights and should be a moment for child-like celebration.

ANTS ON A LOG
slather peanut butter over celery sticks, then line them with raisins.

CARBONATED GRAPES
the first recipe every molecular gastronomist learns: put a bunch of
halved grapes into an iSi soda siphon, charge it with CO2, and put it
in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours or overnight; release the
siphon’s pressure before removing the grapes. enjoy immediately.

HONEY YOGURT & PRETZELS
crush salted whole wheat pretzels into low-fat greek honey yogurt.

UMAMI POPCORN
pulse several sheets of nori (dried seaweed), a tablespoon of toasted
sesame seeds, and a tablespoon of togarashi (chile seasoning) in a food
processor, then toss with plain or lightly buttered popcorn.

So-Cal SCALLION PANCAKE
brush one side of a tortilla with egg; scatter sliced scallions and sea salt
over it. fold it in half and fry it in a pan with just a few drops of oil. slice.

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