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Greyghost

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Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Wed, 10/29/08 8:13 PM (permalink)
Ritz The Ultimate Cracker

Crackers come and go and most are unremarkable, they are only crackers after all. Then there is the Ritz cracker holding its own in a class by itself.

Ritz was born in the middle of the Great Depression, a hard times cracker that was...well ritzy, classy and above all affordable. The product was a work of genius, a thick rich, buttery tasting cracker with fantastic mouth feel, good on its own or with additions. A cheap and good diversion making a desperate people feel the good life was still available and just around the corner.

Ritz has held its reputation through the years and is rather iconic to this day. In good times and bad this little round cracker thrives as an inexpensive treat with a premium reputation.
From Depression Era mothers adding bits of leftovers to the cracker to modern millionaires making fantastically expensive additions to this simple cracker, the Ritz cracker remains the iconic American cracker, beloved by both rich and poor. Quite a feat for a cracker.

Well, that's what I think, anyway. What do you think?
 
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    the ancient mariner

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    RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Wed, 10/29/08 8:35 PM (permalink)
    Ritz was on sale this past week at Publix here in Florida.
    So I went looking for them and found they now make about
    6 or 7 flavors. I bought 2 boxes---Whole Wheat and Roasted
    Vegetables. I also bought some sharp cheddar for the WW and
    some Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese for the RV (not the
    bus the Roasted Vegetables)--that is just in case you ask me
    what are you "Puttin' On The Ritz"? Thanks Fred and Ginger---
    you were the best.

    I will have a 1000 word report on the new (as far as I am
    concerned) flavors in a few days, stay tuned !!!
     
    #2
      ThrashATL

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      RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Wed, 10/29/08 8:40 PM (permalink)
      2 Ritz recipes!

      Yummy Squares

      1 regular size box of Ritz crackers
      1 can of Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
      1 package of Skor chips

      Crush the Ritz crackers and place in mixing bowl. Add eagle brand and the package of Skor Chips. Mix ingredients together then spread and press into a 9x9 inch greased pan. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes or until chips have melted into mixture and it is set.



      ~~KIT KAT BARS~~

      Ritz crackers (I used 3 sleeves)

      1 1/2 c. graham crackers, crushed

      3/4 c. brown sugar, packed

      1 c. white sugar

      3/4 c. butter (must be real)

      1/3 c. milk

      1 c. butterscotch chips

      1 c. semisweet chocolate chips

      3/4 c. peanut butter


      Put graham crackers, brown sugar, white sugar, butter and milk into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.

      Spray a 9x13? pan with butter flavored cooking spray. Put a layer of crackers (I used one sleeve) in bottom of pan and pout 1/2 of the mixture over it. Put another layer of crackers and pour the remaining mixture. Add one last row of cracker.

      In microwave melt butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and peanut butter together I stirred every 1 (one) minute til nice and smooth. When melted, spread evenly over the top.

      After it has cooled a bit, score the bars. Then let cool completely. I put in the refrigerator. After set up, cut into bars and store in an airtight container. I store in the refrigerator.
       
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        Twinwillow

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        RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Wed, 10/29/08 8:45 PM (permalink)
        I love Ritz crackers. Especially, spread with that sharp cheddar cheese from Wisconsin that comes in the brown crock. An oldie but goodie!
         
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          mland520

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          RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Wed, 10/29/08 9:23 PM (permalink)
          We love Ritz here a well. In the past, I have been known to purchase Townhouse crackers- thinking that they are really close to the taste, etc of a Ritz, but they are not. And all the Ritz flavors are really good. The mouth feel is the difference, between Ritz and all the imitations, I think.
           
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            Michael Hoffman

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            RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Wed, 10/29/08 9:52 PM (permalink)
            I love the Ritz crackers with roasted vegetables baked into them.
             
            #6
              UncleVic

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              RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Wed, 10/29/08 9:55 PM (permalink)
              My favorite snack is the Ritz Cracker.. But I have to say, they're nowhere near as buttery tasting as they where 20 to 30 years ago..
               
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                CCinNJ

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                RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Wed, 10/29/08 10:16 PM (permalink)
                Joan Hamburg is a radio personality in NYC. She is known for her Ritz cracker stuffing. I have never tried it, but she talks about it all the time.

                Joan Hamburg's Ritz Cracker Stuffing
                Serves 8 to 10

                1/2 cup chicken fat or vegetable oil
                5 medium-large yellow onions (not Spanish), cut in 1/4-inch dice (about 7 cups diced onion)
                1 1-pound box (4 sleeves) Ritz crackers, crumbled as per directions below
                3 outside ribs celery, cut in 1/4-inch dice (about 1 1/2 cups diced celery)
                2 eggs
                1/4 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
                1 14-ounce can chicken broth (about 1 1/3 cups)
                4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)

                In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, warm the chicken fat or oil then fry the onions, stirring frequently, until they are very brown, at least 20 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium after the onions have wilted and become golden.

                Meanwhile, crush the Ritz crackers in your hands so the largest pieces are no bigger than a nickel.

                In a large mixing bowl, combine the browned onions, the crushed crackers, and the diced celery. Toss well.

                In a small bowl, beat the eggs to mix well, then beat in the pepper and 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Pour the mixture over the cracker mixture and mix very well again.

                Pack stuffing into a 2-quart casserole or soufflé dish – not too tightly.

                Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 1 1/2 hours.

                If baking along with a turkey, baste three times, every 20 minutes, with turkey drippings and juices. If baking without a bird, melt the butter in the remaining chicken broth and baste with that mixture. When done, the top and edges should be very crispy.
                 
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                  cavandre

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                  RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 6:52 AM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by the ancient mariner

                  --that is just in case you ask me what are you "Puttin' On The Ritz"? Thanks Fred and Ginger---you were the best.

                  That's a long way to go for a pun...I'll forever associate this song with Gene & Peter...
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDXp0DWijTc
                   
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                    the ancient mariner

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                    RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 8:08 AM (permalink)
                    Gene & Peter were great----everything Mel Brooks (another guy
                    from Brooklyn) did was great-------even his wife Anne Bancroft
                    was great-----but there was only one Fred & Ginger---or should
                    that be two.

                    And, Rich, I can never go too far for a good pun. Or a good
                    hard roll.
                     
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                      exsquidao

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                      RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 8:12 AM (permalink)
                      Never made it nor have I ever had it but I remember for some reason being facinated with the Ritz Mock Apple Pie recipe that was on the back of the box, oh and of course eating Ritz crackers with sardines with my Dad.
                       
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                        leethebard

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                        RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 9:56 AM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by exsquidao

                        Never made it nor have I ever had it but I remember for some reason being facinated with the Ritz Mock Apple Pie recipe that was on the back of the box, oh and of course eating Ritz crackers with sardines with my Dad.


                        It's actually not bad...tastes like apple pie...a chemistry class in our school made it every year as a project...better living through chemistry!
                         
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                          tiki

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                          RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 9:56 AM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by exsquidao

                          Never made it nor have I ever had it but I remember for some reason being facinated with the Ritz Mock Apple Pie recipe that was on the back of the box, oh and of course eating Ritz crackers with sardines with my Dad.


                          My mom made this pie---it was ggod too-i may have the recipe--will look and see--and my Dad and i were also fans of ritz and sardines--the favorite snack when were fishing!
                           
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                            susanll

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                            RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 9:57 AM (permalink)
                            The new TownHouse crackers that are pretzel on one side and cheddar on the other are very good.
                             
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                              tiki

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                              RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 9:58 AM (permalink)
                              Here's that Mock apple pie recipe---
                              Ritz Mock Apple Pie



                              Pastry for two-crust 9-inch pie
                              36 RITZ Crackers, coarsely broken (about 1 3/4 cups crumbs)
                              1 3/4 cups water
                              2 cups sugar
                              2 teaspoons cream of tartar
                              2 tablespoons lemon juice
                              Grated peel of one lemon
                              2 tablespoons margarine or butter
                              1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


                              1. Roll out half the pastry and line a 9-inch pie plate. Place
                              cracker crumbs in prepared crust; set aside.

                              2. Heat water, sugar and cream of tartar to a boil in saucepan
                              over high heat; simmer for 15 minutes. Add lemon juice and peel;
                              cool.

                              3. Pour syrup over cracker crumbs. Dot with margarine or butter;
                              sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll out remaining pastry; place over pie.
                              Trim, seal and flute edges. Slit top crust to allow steam to escape.

                              4. Bake at 425 F for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is crisp
                              and golden. Cool completely.
                               
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                                Kaczmark

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                                RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 10:04 AM (permalink)
                                forget Ritz...the best crackers are OTC
                                 
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                                  californyguy

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                                  RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 10:04 AM (permalink)
                                  I have tried joan hamburgs ritz stuffing and its great- also for any other ny area ex pats out there joans show is podcast everyday on the wor site- a nice touch of home!
                                   
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                                    susanll

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                                    RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 10:13 AM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by Kaczmark

                                    forget Ritz...the best crackers are OTC


                                    OTC??
                                     
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                                      Greymo

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                                      RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 10:50 AM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by Kaczmark

                                      forget Ritz...the best crackers are OTC



                                      I find it rather difficult to spread my cheese on them!
                                       
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                                        the ancient mariner

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                                        RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 12:21 PM (permalink)
                                        OTC ? Over The Counter ? On The Cuff ? Old Tin Cans ? Oh That's Cute ?



                                         
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                                          pacman

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                                          RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 12:27 PM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by Kaczmark

                                          forget Ritz...the best crackers are OTC


                                          Original Trenton Cracker ? Aren't those "Oyster Crackers"? They may be great crackers, but, hardly comparable to RITZ. Oyster crackers are a whole different thing.

                                          JMHO,
                                          Dan
                                           
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                                            Twinwillow

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                                            RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 12:30 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by the ancient mariner

                                            OTC ? Over The Counter ? On The Cuff ? Old Tin Cans ? Oh That's Cute ?







                                             
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                                              Davydd

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                                              RE: Ritz The Ultimate Cracker Thu, 10/30/08 12:42 PM (permalink)
                                              quote:
                                              Originally posted by Twinwillow

                                              I love Ritz crackers. Especially, spread with that sharp cheddar cheese from Wisconsin that comes in the brown crock. An oldie but goodie!

                                              My favorite is Win Schuler's Original Cheddar Bar Scheeze out of Michigan.

                                              http://www.winschulers.com/our_story.htm

                                              When I was a kid my dad used to bring home a crock every time he drove from Indianapolis to Detroit and back (back in the 50s). My sister-in-law in Midland, MI makes her own knock-off version and brings it every visit. When in Michigan we always stock up on the original.
                                               
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