Alie & Georgia: Easy Homemade Pita Chips to Crush Late-Night Cravings

07/24/2014 at 06:02 PM ET

Alie & Georgia's pita chips recipe
Lisa Hubbard/Getty; Inset: Courtesy Alie & Georgia

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

We love a perfectly stuffed, pillowy, healthy pita sandwich on a hot day. What we don’t love is being stuck with 7 out of 8 pieces of pita bread after we’ve satisfied our pita sandwich craving.

What to do with leftover pita bread, you ask? How about turning it into satisfyingly crunchy pita chips? This is our new easy go-to late-night snack, and we swear it’ll be yours, too. You can even spice the chips with cinnamon and sugar when you’re craving sweet along with the crunch.

To pair, grab your favorite dip, whether it’s veggie dip, hummus or our favorite, a homemade honey Greek yogurt (just mix 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt with 2 tbsp. honey and ¼ tsp. cinnamon). Now go crunch so loudly that you wake up your neighbors.

Alie & Georgia’s Crunch ‘n’ Munch Pita Chips
Makes 16 chips

2 tbsp. salted butter, melted
2 tbsp. sugar, optional
1 tsp. ground cinnamon, optional
2 pita pockets

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using sugar and cinnamon, mix into melted butter. Spread butter on both sides of pita pockets.

2. Cut pita pockets into 8 triangles each, then spread over a cookie sheet and bake for 11-13 minutes, until crisp.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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