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Who created Nachos?, Cinco de Mayo history and how to celebrate, Smart Mom!, Lit

6:15 Since it's Cinco de Mayo, you may decide to celebrate by downing some nachos. But do you know how nachos came about?

The Spontaneous Invention of Nachos

A Tex-Mex favorite now eaten in every corner of the United States, nachos seem like a timeless dish—what could be simpler than melted cheese over tortilla chips? In fact, nachos are a comparatively recent invention, and they are named after Sr. Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, who came up with the idea for them on the spur of the moment in 1943.

Sr. Anaya was the maître d’hôtel at the Victory Club restaurant in Piedras Negras, a city in the Mexican state of Coahuila located on the Rio Grande across from Eagle Pass, Texas. One evening a large group of guests arrived at the restaurant, and they needed something to nibble on. Sr. Anaya could not find the chef, so he went into the kitchen to prepare something himself. He took tostadas (corn tortillas deep-fat fried until crisp), grated some cheese over them, and put them under the broiler. When the cheese had melted, he added some jalapeno pepper slices on top and emerged with the first plate of nachos ever made. His creation was a hit and came to be known locally as Nacho’s especiales (that is, “Nacho’s specials”). In Spanish, Nacho is a common nickname for men called Ignacio. Eventually Nacho’s especiales was shortened to just nachos. The word nachos was then taken to be the plural of a common noun, nacho, and now nacho is used in all sorts of phrases, like nacho cheese flavor.

Soon after their invention, nachos became quite popular in southern Texas, and somewhat later, in the 1970s, the well-known sports journalist Howard Cosell tasted them. He began to promote them at every opportunity, and the fame of nachos spread to every corner of the United States. To honor the creation of nachos, a nacho festival is now held annually in Piedras Negras.

(The above derivation and more like it can be found in Spanish Word Histories and Mysteries from the editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries.)

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6:45 This was a hot mess of a break. I talked about the fact that I just realized that Mother's day is coming up this Sunday...who knew? Also, I mentioned (very briefly) the history of Cinco de Mayo.

On the origins of the holiday

It does commemorate the battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican troops were victorious over the French troops, and that's really important — in Puebla. Not really anywhere else outside of Puebla.

Mexico had put a moratorium on paying back their European debts. They basically had no money. The French wanted to get their money from Mexico, so they sent troops and they fought a battle in Puebla versus what was supposed to be a ... vastly underprepared army. ... But the Mexican troops ended up winning the battle ... and it was great. But they didn't end up winning the war, overall. They lost. But at a time, it was really a rallying cry for Mexican resistance.


You know there are directions to do everything on the web. This is “how” to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Seriously. Someone has put some thought into it.


7:15 Mom Has A Brilliant Way To Ground Her Kids

One Mom has a brilliant way of grounding her kids that you'll probably want to steal. Blogger and mom Lynette has created a chart that assigns a points value to common household chores. The grounded kid is told that they must earn 500 points to get "ungrounded." For instance if the child prepares and cooks dinner they earn 50 points, and if they empty the dishwasher they earn 25 points. Lynette wrote, "This worked out better than I could have ever imagined! My oldest son got right to work and earned his 500 points in one day. The other two are getting closer and working hard too! We had a nice dinner prepared by my son." (Huffington Post)

7:30 All week long, I'm giving away tickets to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. They will be re-opening this Saturday, May 10th 9am-5pm at their new location: 19 W Cork Street in Winchester. Their new space is larger and will feature tons more exhibits and fun! Find them online at


8:15 Even if you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo there are tons of other days to observe in the month of May such as:

May 9: National Lost Sock Memorial Day

May 10- Clean up your room day

May 14: National Dance Like a Chicken Day




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Locations : CoahuilaPueblaSouthern TexasTexasWinchester
People : Howard CosellLynette

05/05/2014 8:26AM
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