Jennifer King

“Puttin’ on the Ritz”

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a big fan of…Ritz crackers. Well, really any crackers, but Ritz are particularly tasty.

When the pandemic hit, I searched high and low for them and there were none to be found. Until, bingo, I found some and hit the “add to cart.” I literally ended up with six to seven family size boxes of Ritz crackers and have no regrets with my purchase.

It may be a little ironic for you to learn that Ritz crackers were introduced by Nabisco in 1934 to compete with their competitor. The name was coined to try to appeal to individuals suffering in the Great Depression offering them a “little bite of the good life.”

I truly feel sorry to those who live up North because I expect they don’t know all the many ways that you can use these crackers. We Southerners know you can get out your grandmother’s old rolling pin, stick them in a bag, and crush them and add them to your favorite casserole dish. At the same time, you can add them to your best fruit salad (yes fruit salad is salad) for some buttery goodness. Ritz crackers are multi-purpose crackers.

Right now, this may be you more than ever (no, I am not calling you a cracker except in the figurative sense) because you have had to adapt to various roles. You may be employer, employee, chef, teacher, housekeeper, parent, spouse, mechanic…the list goes on and on.

The song, “Puttin’ On the Ritz” was written by Irving Berlin in May 1927. This song was recorded over and over and every record label had their own version of this song. And, while there was a chance this song would meet its demise, along came Taco, a Dutch musician, in 1983 who recorded and released his version of the song which aired on MTV.

And so, the song continues on as will you.

We will adapt to the changes surrounding us and we will not let it overtake us.