Salt and Fear Pita Chips

Hey look!! I remembered What I Ate Wednesday!! The theme is “Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats”…ok, so my food wasn’t so “treat-like”, nor was it “spooky”, but I was in the bowels of a college science building, smelling of formaldehyde, and filled with the wet, sloshing sounds of cadavers being dissected, and the feeling of terrific fear emanating from the students lining up to be judged.

As I ate a package of pita chips waiting on a friend. Ahhhh, home. Pita chips with a side of empathized fear counts as a spooky snack, right? Good.

By the way, please ignore the fact that the entire first paragraph of this blog entry is mostly a sentence so long that it rivals one of a Borges short story. (If you’ve never read Borges “Ficciones”, please do so now.)

After the fear laced pita chips, I delved into quite the debate over proper fall hiking attire. My friend, a chemistry professor who is from the highlands of Scotland feels as though one needs enough gear to live off of for a fortnight, it would seem. I, however, always hiking right outside NYC, and can pretty much get a signal anywhere, also believing in bringing a beacon button, thinks you only need pack very much if you are headed to desolate wilderness. I feel like 10 miles from the mall where the Real Housewives of Jersey film their trash, think we’re pretty good with just some trail mix and water. What say you on this subject?

Truthfully, the most oft encountered trail trash you see in Bear Mountain or Jersey Parks is condom wrappers. People like to get freaky with mother nature. A lot. Does no one have a pocket??? Good grief, clean up after yourselves. Atrocious.

We are given this amazing, beautiful earth. We are blessed with national parks to enjoy its wilderness. The very least we can do is to leave it as close to how we came upon it (or better) if possible.

Did you also know how many calories hiking burns? About 400 cals/hr!! Add in your “freaky with mother nature” time, and you’re good for sharing cheesecake!!

My heavens I’m long winded for a WIAW. Jeez. Ok, Thanks, Jenn for the link party!! By the way, I noticed that not everyone who participates puts a button up on the post. Why the hell not? Give credit where credit’s due and quit being a lame-ass. That’s just my two cents, but really, come the hell on. Here, I’ll show you the button right here in the middle of my post. It’s cute!! Jenn works forever on this AND the weekly round-up.

See? I am not an ungrateful sod.

I ate a lot. Plus the chips.

Yogurt parfait, egg white and kale, popcorn, pb and honey with strawberries, sweet potato hash, cucumber salad…chips…the fear of the freshmen….and by the looks of the collage…BRAINSSSSS

I also ate a crapton of green beans almondine. You should eat them too. Healthy. SUPER tasty. Super easy.

Garlic Lemon Green Beans Almondine


Green Beans Almondine

by Cat Tan

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: steam appetizer side snack vegan kosher gluten-free low-carb

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 lb green beans, cleaned
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper


lightly steam the green beans (this can be done in rapidly boiling water or above it)

shock in ice water

heat the olive oil on medium

add in garlic and salt

toss in green beans, zest, pepper, and almonds

toss and cook 1 more minute

serve warm or room temperature

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14 thoughts on “Salt and Fear Pita Chips

  1. The quality of your pictures are amazing! What kind of camera do you use? I'm a huge fan of green bean casserole, but I'll have to give your recipe a try. I never thought to put lemon zest on top- great idea!

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