It’s Thursday, which means the resident children in Jenworld do not need to ask what’s for dinner tonight. Why? Because we always have the same thing — give or take a few ingredients — just about every Thursday night. For years and years. So long, in fact, that I can’t even tell you when this food rut family tradition started. I’m pretty sure it was the 20th century and it’s possible that a Democrat was fooling around in the Oval Office running this country.
So what is this meal, you might ask?
Nachos. Ahhhh…. My mouth waters just thinking about them. Pete and I love nachos. Going all the way back to our dating days in college, we’ve been big consumers of the Holy Trinity of corn chips, cheese, and beans.
Sometimes, our nachos are individually handcrafted with cheese, beans, and tiny pieces of steak and then carefully cooked in the oven. Those are artisanal nachos.
Most of the time, however, we’re lazy, so the nachos du jour are his ‘n’ her plates of ingredients piled high on a bed of chips and microwaved quickly. Those are basically McNachos.
Nachos aren’t real for Pete unless he burns a hole in his esophagus and (later) bowels through the excessive application of jalapeno peppers. I like to add corn to mine for extra crunch. The beans can be black, pinto, kidney, or refried; we’re really not picky but we do sometimes have a preference.
We love nachos so much that we eat them at least once, if not twice a week.
We also intersperse our nachos nights with these:
Anyone catching a theme here? That’s right, we’ve managed to cover three major food groups: cheese, corn, and spicy. Yum! Sometimes we’ll get really crazy and make a hot dip out of cheese (duh) and Ro-Tel and dig in so quickly after the pan comes out of the oven that we end up with second degree burns inside our mouths. It’s totally worth it.
On Thursday nights, we sometimes feed the girls early and then eat after they go to bed. We might just sit there and talk, but it’s also likely we’ll catch up on whatever TV show we’re watching on DVD. A bad habit, I know, but one that goes back to our early married years. I blame it on the Peacock:
I don’t know if NBC is still calling Thursday nights “Must See TV!” but way back in the ’90s, it was their big thing.
So Pete and I would come home and prepare a platter of nachos in anticipation of these guys:
This went on for years. We hit a bump in the road in September 1998 when Graceful was born. In fact, that was the very week that all our shows started up again after the summer hiatus had left us hanging on various cliffhangers. So there we were with a two-day old baby and our shows were starting up for the season. How could we watch them and take care of the Screaming One at the same time? All I can say is, thank goodness for VCR’s.
[Y'all remember those, don't you? Pre-dated DVD players and TiVo. Involved a big clunky tape with plastic-y ribbon inside.]
Our Thursday night viewing habits were a bit erratic for several years after that. You know, what with having a baby around and then deciding that she wasn’t so bad so maybe we should try again and then there was a baby and an angry toddler… So sometimes Thursday night TV was actually on Friday or even Saturday or maybe just the next week.
At some point in the past several years, we’ve gotten back to our lazy Thursday nights. For us, that’s the emotional beginning of our weekend. Having to get up for work and school the next day is just an unfortunate formality we have to go through.
Since I started Weight Watchers last fall, I’ve made some changes to my nacho consumption. I’ve cut way back on my portion sizes and also tend to have more veggie type stuff (corn, beans) on the chips than cheese, sour cream, or meat. I also usually drink water and skip the rum & cokes or daiquiris or other fun drinks.
I’ve already prepared for tonight. I bought three bags of blue corn chips yesterday and six cans of beans. Then I made sure that we had several large blocks of cheddar cheese and a couple of tubs of sour cream. I didn’t check our salsa supply, but I’m pretty sure Pete will let me know if our supply gets below critical levels. There are two poblano peppers on hand for maximum indigestion tonight, so we’re good to go.
I’m guessing Jenworld is not the only household with food habits such as ours. What about the rest of you?
Updated to add: I thought about nachos so much this morning that I got a jump on things and had them for lunch. Should help my migraine, right? Also, I changed the lame-ass title of this post to something more fun.