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TRIFECTA - National Nacho Day / National Stress Awareness Day / National Saxophone Day

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NATIONAL NACHO DAY

On November 6th, National Nachos Day recognizes the snack favored at sporting events across the country. In their purest form, nachos are tortilla chips covered in nacho cheese or other melted cheese and served with salsa.

Where Nachos Began

First created sometime around 1943, the popular and loved nachos are of Mexican origin.  

History tells us that Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya created the original nachos in 1943. According to his son, his father was the maître d’ at the El Moderno Restaurant in Piedras Negras. One evening after the kitchen staff had left, a group of U.S. Army wives stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass came into the restaurant. After a long day of shopping, they were hungry and asked for a snack.

Anaya prepared some tostadas cut into triangles. After topping them with shredded cheese and sliced jalapenos, he heated the dish in the oven. They were such a hit with the Army wives that they named the snack “Nacho’s Special” before he could make another batch.

Word of the new creation quickly traveled. People from all over tried them, loved them, and over time, the name changed. Eventually, Nacho’s special became special nachos.

The original recipe is printed in the 1954 St. Anne’s Cookbook. 

The popularity of the new dish spread swiftly throughout Texas and the Southwest and has since gained millions of fans across America.

Nachos Today

We call nachos with an abundance of toppings loaded nachos, super nachos, or nachos supreme. Serve them as a snack, an appetizer, or even prepared with extra ingredients as a full meal.

Since the time of the original nachos, the toppings have expanded. Today we add beef, chicken, and seafood along with a variety of seasonings. This snack even satisfies the pickiest eater. Whether you’re a vegan to full-on carnivores, there’s a nachos recipe for you.

In restaurants across the country, nachos find their way onto the menus of other cuisines, too. Some restaurants substitute the chip with a potato base. Another option is to replace the toppings with ingredients from the culture. For example, to make Italian nachos top the chips with mozzarella cheese and Alfredo sauce. Asian nachos may include wasabi or curry. Each version of nachos brings its own unique flavor to the table.

What are your favorite type of nachos?

 

NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY

National Stress Awareness Day on the first Wednesday in November aims to identify and reduce the stress factors in your life.

Everyone has stress. Some stress is good for us. It helps us to respond to changes in life. Stress is our body’s way protecting itself from harm. However, too much stress causes harm to our health and relationships.

Identifying the stressors impacting our physical and mental health is important. Sometimes, health problems are the cause. But our health can also be affected by external stressors such as physical abuse, stressful work environments, financial stress, or other family health issues.

Once we identify the causes of stress in our lives, we can begin to eliminate or reduce the stress. Some tools that help with stress include:

·        Develop coping skills for anxiety.

·        Identify and let go of the things you cannot change.

·        Exercise helps us to let go of built-up anxiety.

·        Eating a balanced diet fuels our bodies so we’re able to better cope with stress.

 NATIONAL SAXOPHONE DAY

As the great Leslie Nielsen said "No sax the night before a fight".

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