Classic Nacho Scenes: Napoleon Dynamite

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KipINT. NAPOLEON’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

The kitchen is retro with formica countertops and dark stained cabinets. KIP (Napoleon’s brother) is seen making nachos. Gripping a large block of cheddar cheese and grating it over a plate of tortilla chips, it is quiet until the phone rings. KIP answers.

KIP Hi.

NAPOLEON Is Grandma there?

KIP No, she’s getting her hair done.

NAPOLEON [SIGHS]

KIP What do you need?

NAPOLEON Can you just go get her for me?

KIP I’m really busy right now.

This classic nacho scene in Napoleon Dynamite is monumental. Just as the Karate Kid inspired kids around the world to ask their mothers to sign them up for Karate lessons, this pivotal scene demonstrated that nachos are more than just a local pub appetizer or sporting event snack. Nachos could be consumed at home. And making nachos is as easy as grating some cheddar on chips. Let’s just hope Kip remembered to nuke those bad boys a bit before feasting.

The Little Cheese That Could

CheesetvWe’ve all got dreams and aspirations. Fame, fortune, family. These are all common milestones for human success. For cheese, I imagine success would come in the form of being melted down and drizzled on chips.

The West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers has blessed the web by allowing the world to witness a rack of cheddar mature. What is the fate of this cheese? What will it become when it’s all growns up? We may never know. But we can all watch and keep our fingers crossed.

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Eva Loves Nachos…or Does She?

Evanachos_1I like Desperate Housewives just as much as the next guy. Okay, so maybe "the next guy" doesn’t like DH. I swear… I’m not teh ghey! In any event, Eva Longoria is hawt. Couple that with the possibility that she’s also a nacho lover and you’ve nearly got yourself the perfect woman.

But this picture brings into question whether or not she truly is a nacho lover. Look at that sour puss. It looks like she just took a bite of nastos. So is she or isn’t she a nacho lover? I need answers.

Let the debate begin…

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What Will You Serve on Sunday? (part 1)

Nachobuster_1Super Bowl XLI is only a couple of days away. While this should normally be an exciting day for all Americans, I’ve been to too many Super Bowl parties that have served one particular unacceptable snack.

When shopping for chips, many often turn to the all-in-on solution of nacho cheese flavored chips. These chips are a disgrace to the nacho name. Now I’m not saying that these chips necessarily taste bad, (although I wouldn’t eat any) my only real objection is to what they’re being advertised as — nacho cheese flavored. I defy you to find a single person alive that actually believes nacho cheese flavored chips actually taste like nachos. They don’t. Instead, if these chips were renamed "Tangy Orange Color Powdered Tortilla Chips" I would not have a problem.

This Sunday do all your guests a favor. Don’t by nacho cheese flavored chips.

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What Will You Serve on Sunday? (part 2)

Walkingnacho_1 Now that’s it’s been established that Nacho Cheese Flavored chips are a disgrace to the nacho name, let me suggest an alternative for The Big Game. If you’ve already decided against the traditional chips-on-a-plate-with-nacho-cheese-poured-on-top recipe, and would rather serve your chips out of a bag, try this 3-step ditty on for size:

Shara’s Walkin’ Nacho:
Step 1: Cut a hole in a box
Step 2: Put your junk… (wait…wrong recipe)

Shara’s Walkin’ Nacho:
Step 1: Get a bag of tortilla chips
Step 2: pour hot nacho cheese into bag
Step 3: Shake bag and serve

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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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:  http://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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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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In the News

Alice @ 97.3
AliceThey Better be Good
“I think these guys should be the official snack food provider of the Sarah and No Name morning show. …I’m telling you, these guys are onto something.”

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Alice @ 97.3
AliceFrom Private Dinners to Public Nachos
“I gotta say that nachos are one of the ‘super foods.’ You got beef jerky. The nacho combination is definitely there. Everyone check out [their] thoughts on nachos at ILoveNachoCheese.com.”

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San Jose Mercury News
Mercurynews_2‘Nacho Nation’ has a Home on the Web
“The three Silicon Valley friends are so committed to their favorite snack that they created a Web site to explore the intricacies – and eccentricities – of nacho cheese and the people who love it.”

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eReleases
EreleasesFeatured in the San Jose Mercury Newspaper
“The worldwide leader in nacho cheese related news and entertainment, I Love Nacho Cheese, announced that their website is the subject of a feature story in the April 4, 2007 issue of The San Jose Mercury Newspaper.”

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KGO-AM 810 NewsTalk
KgoFood for Thought as the Bloggosphere Gets Cheesy
“All things nacho will become an Internet destination as three Silicon Valley locals take the cheesy snack to the next level. Nachos may not make them rich, but it is no joke.”

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Six Apart: Typepad
TypepadTypePad Featured Blog
“Who doesn’t love nachos? Seriously. Corn chips covered in melted cheese (or a cheese-like substance). Didn’t think there was much to say about nacho cheese? Think again.”

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Slashfood
SlashfoodAnd now, Another Episode of Everybody Loves Nacho Cheese
“For such a limited topic, this is a great blog. You’ll get reviews of nacho products, links to other nacho blogs, and, of course, many recipes.”

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The Monterey Herald
Theherald_2Point, Click… to the Nacho Cliques
“Of the three [nacho related] Web sites, the San Jose guys have the most variety and certainly the most recent postings, including a story about nacho ‘patents.'”

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Engadget
EngadgetMIT Grads Recreate Nacho Fountain From Talladega Nights
“This contraption doesn’t look as slick as a PS3 bbq, nor is it an ideal option for gamer sustenance, but it sure packs a punch for true nacho fanboys.”

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Little Rock Blog
LittlerockI Love Nacho Cheese
“Come to find out knowing about “Nacho Cheese” is kind of a big deal. Yes, someone one has taken their love for Nacho Cheese to the max with [a] new site dedicated to all things nacho cheese.”

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