Frito Pie

Success in show business is the big ring that has been dangled in front of many a star struck want-a-be. The actual ability to succeed in this (or any other) business has to do with many factors, some elusive and some so obvious that most people miss it.

Today is my friend Blake’s birthday. He is one of the nicest and most genuine people that you would ever want to meet. He is polite, kind and generous. He is an extremely talented composer but that is almost beside the point. The reason that Blake is successful is that he never said no, never complained and did whatever he was asked to do with enthusiasm and a smile on his face. His desire to please and learn was contagious. That was not lost on any of the people that he touched on his path to where he is now.

What is most impressive about Blake is that while he made many sacrifices working long hours – often for very little pay – he managed to have a family that he always put first. He very quietly kept his priorities in order. And this too was contagious. The people that work with Blake appreciate and respect his approach to life and like him all the more for it.

So if you think that “making it” in Hollywood has anything to do with hurting people, doing anything at any cost just to succeed, just remember the old adage: “Be careful whose fingers you step on on the way up, because they may be attached to the asses that you have to kiss on the way down.”

Here is Blake’s favorite dish.


  • Bag of Fritos
  • Can of Chili
  • Bag of Cheddar Cheese
  • Onion, diced
  • Sour Cream


  • Chef’s Knife
  • Crock Pot (for Chili)
  • Bowls for Sides
  • Paper Bowls for serving
  1. Heat the chili.
  2. Put all of the sides in serving bowls.
  3. Serve with fritos on top or on bottom. Your choice.
Happy birthday my friend.

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