Marissa makes nachos in the oven. In my family, nachos eaten and made at home were a last resort because there wasn't anything else to eat. Apparently it was the same in Marissa's family-- except for the fact that they baked them in the oven (at 350 F for about 10 minutes)  instead of microwaving them.

Somehow, baking takes them from TV dinner to glamorous and fun. Also it makes the chips hot and crisp, instead of soggy with the weight of melted cheese.  (Rough life, I know.) Additionally she puts slices of radishes, tomatoes, avocado and minced jalapeno on top. Eating these nachos is a humbling experience, like going on a great date, or trying on the perfect pair of jeans or whatever-- one of those, "I didn't know life could be like this moments." The Point being that I'm going to make nachos in the oven all the time. 

I hope you are well. It's been raining here all week and I'm ready for the sun to come out again. Summer is winding to a close, which is unsettling because I haven't spent nearly enough time outside. I feel hopeful and a little nervous for the fall, there's so much to do and so much I want to do. In the meantime-- I'll be over here, eating nachos. 



(PS Marissa was initially re-inspired by this recipe)