We are entering a festive season—one of rich, decadent meals that come with a range of accompanying desserts and hours of prep time. Guys, this is not something to complain about—and I promise that’s not what I’m doing. I’m just saying that there should be balance in all things, and so on those nights in between the parties and family bonanzas, I prefer a simple meal that blends a bunch of bangin’ snacks. That way, you can sit on the floor in front of your coffee table, turn on an episode of Mythbusters, and graze at will. It’s nice!


Plate One:

Sliced apples


Honey, drizzled


Plate Two:

On the fly crostini: slice a baguette, slather each piece with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and toast in the oven until golden brown.


Plate Three:

Steamed kale, dressed with red-wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.


Plate Four:

Flour tortillas, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, cut into triangles, and then toasted in the oven until crispy.


Spicy pesto dip: combine plain whole-milk yogurt with pesto and a smidgen of chopped jalapeños.