This Month in Nacho Cheese History

FreemonnIn February of 2005, fellow nacho cheese lover, Michael David Monn of Maryville was wrongfully sentenced to three years in prison but was given supervised probation. While Michael did plead guilty to burglary, theft, vandalism, indecent exposure and public intoxication, it was how police found him the morning of July 18, 2004 that makes the penalty too harsh.

After breaking into a snack bar, Monn stripped naked, somehow covered himself in nacho cheese and managed to scale an 8-foot fence before getting caught. It’s obvious that the man was simply going through withdraws and needed a fix of melted orangy goodness.

I salute you Mr. Monn, for rising up in the face of adversity and going above beyond to obtain the necessary cheese to maintain your life’s happiness. My only question. Why naked?

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George W. Bush Loves Nachos

George_bushRegardless of how you feel about our current President of the United States, this picture clearly tells the story of a man who clearly LOVES nachos (and hopefully nacho cheese) as much as we all do.

Today, I respectfully send my best regards to the President for this picture and his love for nachos and nacho cheese.

If interested, I found the picture from this site: //www.celebrities-eating.com/2006/05/george-w-bush-and-june-cleaver.html

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What’s in the Box?

IntheboxChristmas is over and I’m already looking at the next occasion where presents will be given — Valentine’s Day. While I was saddened when I didn’t receive any nacho cheese related gifts this holiday season, I look forward to hopefully creating a new trend in "Heart Day" gift giving.

Flowers, chocolates, candy, stuffed animals are all overrated. If your significant other is a nacho lover (and you’ll know if they are) try something different this year. You may be tempted to purchase this. Instead, I suggest wrapping up a bag of tortilla chips, a JAR of nacho cheese, and what the hell…throw a stupid bow on top. Your nacho-loving schmoopie will be pleasantly surprised and you’ll be guaranteed at least second base that evening.

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Keepin’ It Real

Keepin_it_real
Keepin’ It Real: “Staying true to your ‘roots’ (i.e., ‘real’). When your priorities or principles as a
person hold true in any event or situation.”

When nachos are on the menu, are you going to order a salad
because you are eating lunch with your boss? NO. You are going to keep it real
and order the nachos. I don’t care what
situation you are in, who you are trying to impress, or if your job is on the
line.  We nacho lovers must always keep
it real.

This is purely a reminder to
all of you nacho lovers who did not keep it real today.

The Age Old Question…

DesertislandAhhh…the age old question: If you’re handed a bucket of dog poo, and your birthday falls on a… Wait. Not that question. That’s for my OTHER blog. Let’s start over, shall we?

Ahhh…the age old question: If you were stranded on a deserted island and allowed only one food, what would it be?

Everyone’s got an answer. And everyone’s got a reason for their answer. You’ll come across the burrito people, the pizza people. But if you asked me, I will always answer decisively and without hesitation, "NACHOS." But then I started engaging in that dangerous pastime — thinking. Could nachos be the best choice? Would I even be able to survive on nachos alone?

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International Nacho Festival at Black Rocks

Nacho_festivalThis is a must-see event for any die-hard nacho lover out there!!  This year the festival runs Oct. 13-15 with an itinerary full of live music, art, cultural activities and, of course, the popular "biggest nacho of the world" contest, an event which is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.  Though I’ve never attended, I’m putting this on the agenda for future years.  If I can make it out there, I’ll write a full report on my findings.

Learn more about the event at:  //mexicolesstraveled.com/nachofest.htm

I’ve read a lot of conflicting stories about the birth of nacho (from Wikipedia, etc ), but this one seems the most legitimate.  Here’s what the site says about nachos:

"Yep, the nacho. Born in the late 1940’s in Piedras Negras, Mexico, it’s beginnings may have been a little humble. But down through the years it has grown into one of the world’s most favorite and famous snacks. Now, every year the nacho is celebrated in grand style at the International Nacho Fest in the place of its birth, Piedras Negras."

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Campbell’s Nacho Cheese Dip / Soup

OK, after watching this advertisement from Campbell’s Soup, it’s arguably a bit lame and I think it was made in the 1980’s.  But, the ad clearly depicts many different ways that nacho cheese can be used to enhance the flavor or experience of meals.  It made my mouth water (except for the meat loaf).

While I’ve never tried this hybrid nacho cheese / soup, I’m certainly intrigued.  I’ll report back on my taste test when I can see if it’s still available somewhere.  If anyone out there has tried Campbell’s Nacho Cheese Dip / Soup, please leave a comment with your opinion.

[UPDATED Sept-2012]

While I haven’t been able to locate this exact product, Campbell’s does make something similar.  Here’s a link to Campbell’s Fiesta Nacho Cheese on Amazon.com.

[youtube //www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFtrAmJrc7g]

 

Working the System

LoopholeI am fortunate enough to work at a company that provides nachos on a weekly basis in our cafeteria. The nachos are reasonably priced…but I’ve discovered a hole in the system to get FREE nacho cheese.

In the cafe, nacho’s cost $3.00 for a small bowl while a small basket of french fries cost $1.50. We all know that the cheese is were the money is. However, if I take my $1.50 french fries over to the nacho bar, smother it in steaming hot cheese, and walk it over the register, I am still only charged $1.50 for my fries! We’re talking free nacho cheese fries! Last week, I even topped it off with some chili and still paid the same price.

Chili cheese fries for the price of regular fries?

Yes please!

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Nacho Cheese on Gourmet Sausages

Sausage
It’s not a new thing to try nacho cheese on hot dogs.  Cheese on hot dogs has been used for many years, though it usually takes a more solid, grated form.

Recently I tried a very basic nacho cheese (Frito’s version) with a gourmet sausage cooked on a bbq from a local meat store that specializes in sausages.  The sausage I chose was a spicy linguisa topped with nacho cheese in between a bun that resembled a sliced portion of french bread.

The result was an amazing mix of cheese and sausage, delicious down to the last bite!  Using nacho cheese on sausages is highly recommended.  I’m looking forward to trying this again and adding even more things like diced tomatoes and onions.

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