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George Noory's Late-Night Snacks: Winning Recipes for Late-Night Radio Listening
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George Noory's Late-Night Snacks: Winning Recipes for Late-Night Radio Listening

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by George Noory, William J. Birnes
 

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It's just after two a.m. in Los Angeles and there are only a few cars on the 405. On the East Coast, the diners have yet to open for the morning rush. It's too late for dinner, too early for breakfast, and there's nothing in your freezer to throw in the microwave. You're looking for something a little sweet or a little salty (or maybe a little of both) to keep the

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It's just after two a.m. in Los Angeles and there are only a few cars on the 405. On the East Coast, the diners have yet to open for the morning rush. It's too late for dinner, too early for breakfast, and there's nothing in your freezer to throw in the microwave. You're looking for something a little sweet or a little salty (or maybe a little of both) to keep the midnight munchies at bay in the long hours before dawn. . . . What's to eat?

George Noory has put together the ultimate after-midnight cookbook: Late-Night Snacks for late-night radio. Whether you're hankering for nostalgic treats, like homemade Toaster Tarts or rib-sticking Dumplings Love You, or something more exotic, like spicy Hurried Curry Pockets or Asian Fusion Salad, George Noory shows you how to whip up quick, delicious snacks with whatever ingredients are lying around your kitchen in the wee hours.

Featuring more than a hundred of his personal, tasty, and above all easy recipes, Late-Night Snacks is sure to satisfy the cravings of night owls transfixed by stories of the paranormal, UFOs, past lives, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night.

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ISBN-13:
9780765314086
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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George Noory's Late-Night Snacks

Winning Recipes for Late-Night Radio Listening


By George Noory, William J. Birnes, Matthew K. Maley

Tom Doherty Associates

Copyright © 2013 George Noory and William J. Birnes
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-3364-7



CHAPTER 1

• ALTERNATIVE HISTORY • CONSPIRACIES •

Toaster Tarts
Fast Microwaved Nachos
Savory Buttered Bread Sticks
Dumplings Love You
Secret Door Meat Loaf
Hearty Stew Over Rice in a Minute
Basic Tomato Sauce
Biscuit Baking Mix
Quick Biscuit Shortcake
Producer Tom's Midnight Popcorn Munchies
Rum Coffee for Your Nerves
Creamy Hot Cocoa for Your Soul


The world is a scary place, and it's hard to know who to trust. However, you can trust these recipes. Trust me on that.

I listen to all kinds of alternative narratives when it comes to history, and I always find them fascinating. After all, so much of what ends up in our history books is the product of consensus reasoning, and it doesn't cover all the bases. Some of the alternate views of history — from the Ancient Astronauts theory to Nibiru and beyond — are way out there, and some of them make good sense.

Then there are those nights when we have one of my favorite topics up for discussion: conspiracies. Again, I like to suspend disbelief while the author or researcher spins his tale. Wouldn't it be keen if the world really were being run by a hidden hand? That's such a comforting thought, and it's the reason I've grouped the following recipes together: they all make you feel comforted, as if Big Brother is giving you a big bear hug.

I've laid out an entire comfort meal for you for one perfect day. Keep to the other side of the room when you microwave, and don't worry about the ingredients in your normal fast food. Nothing to worry about.

We finish out the chapter with Producer Tom's Midnight Popcorn Munchies. That's how he selects the guests for the show: reading resumes at midnight, with popcorn, enjoying the three-ring circus. Three rings? Hmmmmm.


Toaster Tarts


Everything about toaster tarts is comfy. The toaster, our little workhorse of the morning, just does all the work for you, provided you put in some prep time the night before. Better yet, make a batch of these and pop them in the freezer for a great breakfast on the run that still feels special.

Yes, you can buy them packaged in the supermarket, but think of the mystery ingredients! And think of the fun of making them yourself in a variety of flavors, having them fresh, and saving money in the bargain.

Make these tarts in any of the many flavors that are available to tempt your children at breakfast (but you're really tempting yourself) in strawberry, blueberry, chocolate, peanut butter, cashew or almond butter and jelly, or apple.


TARTS

¾ cup vegetable shortening
¾ cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup strawberry preserves or Freezer Fruit Preserves (here)
1 egg yolk beaten with 2 tablespoons light cream


FROSTING

½ teaspoon Vanilla Bean Extract (here)
2 tablespoons whole milk
½ cup confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a baking sheet.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer or in a food processor, cream together the shortening and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir into the shortening mixture to make a soft dough. Chill for 1 hour.

4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out into twelve 8 by 12-inch rectangles.

5. Spread about a tablespoon of the preserves over half of each rectangle, staying well within the edges of the pastry. Fold the pastry dough over the preserves and trim the edges with a pastry wheel, or crimp with a fork to seal.

6. Place the tarts on the prepared baking sheet and brush with the egg yolk–cream mixture. Bake for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

7. Stir the vanilla and milk into the confectioners' sugar until you have a thin frosting. Dribble a tablespoon onto the top of each tart, or brush the frosting on using a pastry brush.

8. Wrap the tarts in aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator. The tarts will keep for about 7 days or can be frozen for 3 to 4 months.

TO USE Unwrap a tart and place it in the toaster or toaster oven for 2 minutes if refrigerated and for 4 minutes if frozen. Or, unwrap a tart and cook it in the microwave for 1 minute on high if it has been refrigerated or for 2 minutes on high if it has been frozen. Be careful of the frosting, which gets extremely hot and somewhat runny when it is microwaved.

Makes 12 toaster tarts

VARIATIONS Try adding coconut and chopped nuts to the filling, and sprinkle the frosting with ground cinnamon.

Add raisins, dates, and chopped nuts to a sliced apple filling.

For a chocolate tart, try adding 1 tablespoon of Basic Chocolate Sauce (here) to the tart and topping it with frosting flavored with ¼ teaspoon orange extract.


Fast Microwaved Nachos


Here is your equally quick lunch, assuming you have a microwave nearby. Our listeners tend to be very busy during the day, so here is a fast hearty dish.

The trick to nachos is to use the right cheese. For me, it's a combination of Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, both grated instead of sliced. They melt more easily that way. The other trick is to choose the right nacho chips. Again, for me, it's the restaurant-type chips, not strips.

You can add your favorite dishes on the side, such as chorizo sausage and guacamole, as well as salsa.

Spread your nacho chips out on a large plate that will fit in your microwave without getting caught if the tray rotates.

Generously sprinkle over the grated cheddar first and then the grated Jack cheese. Of course, as to whether your Jack cheese will contain jalapeños or anything else is up to you, but I like to add sliced fresh jalapeños right on top before I melt the cheese in the microwave.

Microwave for about 45 seconds on high, or until the cheese just begins to bubble. Let cool for just a bit to keep from burning your fingers on the plate, then carefully remove from the microwave. Depending on how many chips and how much cheese, you can serve anywhere from just yourself and a friend to an entire party.

Unless you don't feel like a party, of course. No one is judging. Eat them all by yourself.


VARIATIONS

* Crushed Red Peppers: To spice up your nachos the easy way, just before microwaving, shake some crushed red pepper flakes over the cheese. This will give your nachos a lot of snap depending on how much pepper you add.

* Jalapeño Peppers: If you like your nachos with fresh jalapeños covered with hot spicy cheese, wash and dice your jalapeños, pat dry, then spread over the nacho chips just before spreading the cheese. Add 15 seconds to the cooking time.

* Chorizo Sausage: You can prepare this in a variety of ways. My two favorites are with sausage on the side, easy enough, or with sausage scattered over the chips and cheese over the sausage, with or without jalapeños or with sweet bell peppers. The trick is to cook the sausage in advance. I like to boil the sausage for at least 15 minutes to make sure it's thoroughly cooked. Bring some water to a boil in a medium saucepan while you wash the sausage and then split the casings. When the water comes to a full boil, add the sausage and cook for 15 minutes. To test for doneness, split one of the sausages in two and see if it is cooked on the inside. If the meat is still pink, boil again for another 5 minutes and test again. When the sausage is done, remove from the boiling water, let cool for 5 minutes, dry, and then slice. Now you can fry the sausage briefly in garlic and oil, adding sweet bell peppers, jalapeños, and onions if you like. Begin by heating 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 2 garlic cloves in a frying pan. Slice a small green or red bell pepper and a small brown onion. When the garlic just starts to brown, add the sausage, peppers, and onion and brown thoroughly. Remove from the pan and transfer to a paper towel to drain. Scatter over the nachos, sprinkle with the cheese, and microwave for 1 minute.

* Me Nachos Su Nachos: If I want to make an entire meal out of what was once a snack, this is how I do it. I make a huge platter of meat and peppers nachos by frying ground beef and sausage together along with bell peppers and onions, sprinkling on some crushed red pepper flakes and even a little taco sauce, adding a pinch of dried oregano, and then cooking it in a conventional oven at 350°F for 25 minutes. Here are the steps: Preheat the oven to 350°F. While you boil the sausage in a medium saucepan, brown 1 pound of ground beef in a skillet with a tablespoon of oil and a garlic clove until thoroughly cooked. Drain, then keep warm over low heat. When the sausage is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink on the inside, cut it into small pieces and add to the simmering ground beef. Add the sliced or diced bell pepper and onion and cook until the pepper and onion begin to brown. Drain and then pour the mixture over the nacho chips. Cover the nachos with your favorite shredded cheese. Mine is a mixture of cheddar and Monterey Jack. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Serve hot.


Savory Buttered Bread Sticks


Now that you are home for the rest of the long evening, why not start your nibbling with some bread sticks? The Olive Garden is popular for a reason, you know. Not that anyone is following you.

This recipe is a good way to use day-old Italian or French bread because you can make it up, wrap it in aluminum foil, and freeze. When reheated, the bread tastes fresh again.

You can also vary the kinds of butter you use, from Garlic Butter (here) for the traditional garlic bread to French Herb Butter (here) for a light lunch with soup to Ooh-la- la Butter (here) for a sweet breakfast of quick French toast.

Additional variations follow the main recipe, and you will probably be inspired to invent more of your own.

If you are baking a loaf of Savory Buttered Bread that you have frozen, add 15 minutes to the baking time.

1 large loaf Italian or French bread
½ cup (1 stick) prepared butter, softened:
Garlic Butter (here)
French Herb Butter (here)
Ooh-la-la Butter (here)

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Slice the bread crosswise, leaving the bottom half in one piece.

3. Brush all of the butter along the cut sides of the bread, both top and bottom. Put the bread loaf back together and wrap tightly in aluminum foil.

4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cut the bread into 1 by 4-inch rectangles while it's still warm. Serve immediately.


Makes 1 loaf

VARIATION For French bread, spread with Ooh-la-la Butter, as above, and instead of baking, dip the slices in 2 eggs scrambled with ¼ cup whole milk, seasoned with salt and pepper, and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Fry in butter, sprinkle with ground cinnamon, and serve with maple syrup or one of the Sweet Berry Syrups (here).


Dumplings Love You


Dumplings are old-fashioned, and yes, they are fattening, but nothing in the world is as comforting as seeing them sitting cozily on the top of stews, broth, or even chili. Try the pretty speckled ones for variety, or when you want to impress yourself.


Old-Fashioned Dumplings

2 cups Biscuit Baking Mix (here)
1 cup whole milk

In a medium bowl, stir the baking mix and milk together to form a soft dough.

TO USE At the perfect moment, drop the dough by spoonfuls onto the top of stew, soup, or chili — it must be nearly ready to eat, and the liquid bubbling hot and gently simmering. Simmer for 10 minutes, then cover tightly and cook for 10 minutes more.


Herb Dumplings

2 cups Biscuit Baking Mix (here)
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs: parsley, dill, or chives
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Mix the dumpling dough and cook, as above.


Vegetable Dumplings

2 cups Biscuit Baking Mix (here)
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion, green bell pepper, or scallions
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Mix and cook, as above.

Each recipe makes 12 dumplings


Secret Door Meat Loaf


This recipe has a secret ingredient that makes all the difference: pepperoni. No need to tell until the flavor introduces itself, just like a favorite guest on the secret door segment of Coast.

2 slices bread 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped mushrooms (you can use fresh shiitake mushrooms or simply open a of mushroom pieces and stir them in)
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons ketchup, plus more for basting (optional)
½ cup finely chopped pepperoni
1 ½ pounds ground beef

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, tear the bread into small pieces or quickly blend in a food processor until it forms fine crumbs — pieces or crumbs are both good.

2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the oregano, garlic powder, and salt.

3. Stir in the bread crumbs, mushrooms, cheese, ketchup, if using, and pepperoni.

4. Add the beef and work all the other ingredients into it. I use my hands for this.

5. Form the mixture into a 9 by 6-inch loaf and place it in a loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes.

6. After 45 minutes of baking, brush the meat loaf with more ketchup, if desired. Cover and bake for 1 hour, or until the meat loaf is cooked through in the center.

Makes 1 meat loaf


Hearty Stew Over Rice in a Minute


I make no apologies for the simplicity of this recipe. In fact, it's more like a bowl of late-night convenience food, but it does the trick, it's quick, and it's satisfying.

The satisfaction level of this recipe is that you fill up on rice. I like rice. Always have. And sometimes late at night when I'm researching for a guest and I feel my energy flagging, I like to have a bowl of stew over rice to recharge myself. Here's one of my recipes, which you can make with rice you boil from scratch or with instant rice packets or even Minute Rice.

The great part about this recipe is that you can use any one of the great flavors of Campbell's Chunky Soup for beef stew, chicken stew, or even vegetable stew. Any way you like it, this is a filling snack or a full meal for a family on a busy winter's day.

¼ cup rice or single serving package of Minute Rice
One 10.75-ounce can Campbell's Chunky Soup (your favorite flavor)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)

1. To make a single serving of rice from scratch: In a small saucepan, bring ½ cup of water and a pinch of salt to a boil. When the water is at a rolling boil, add ¼ cup of your favorite rice, stir, and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cover. Check the rice every 5 minutes or so until the water is absorbed and the rice is fluffy soft. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork.

2. To make the rice using instant rice or Minute Rice: Follow the package directions. When the rice is fully cooked, fluff with a fork and set aside.

3. To make the stew: Choose either Campbell's Chunky Soup or any other thick, canned soup, and heat the soup in a saucepan or in the microwave until steaming hot. Pour over the cooked rice, and reheat in the microwave for 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

VARIATION If you don't have the time or inclination to boil up a serving of rice, just heat up a slice of thick French bread in the microwave for 15 seconds and pour the serving of Chunky Soup over the slice of bread. This makes a great open-faced stew sandwich that's just as satisfying.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from George Noory's Late-Night Snacks by George Noory, William J. Birnes, Matthew K. Maley. Copyright © 2013 George Noory and William J. Birnes. Excerpted by permission of Tom Doherty Associates.
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Meet the Author

GEORGE NOORY is the host of America's top overnight radio show, Coast to Coast AM, which is broadcast over 545 radio stations as well as streamed over the internet to more than 10 million people a night. Noory spent nine years in the United States Naval Reserve as an officer and was awarded the distinguished Navy Achievement Award.

WILLIAM J. BIRNES is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Day After Roswell. He is the star of the History Channel's UFO Hunters®.

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