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After 16 days filled with stories of triumph and heartbreak, of joy and anguish, the Summer Games have come to an end. And my question to you, my dear friend is: what was your favorite story from those 16 days?
Was it the story about how the Fiji rugby team broke into song after having defeated Great Britain to win their countries first ever Gold medal? Or, was it the story about the two female runners who collided into each other during the 5000-meter race and stopped to help each other out and encourage each other to finish, while forgoing any chance to win the race?
Since you are dying to know 😉 , my favorite story from the Summer Games was the one about Massimo Bottura. Nope, he didn’t break any records or win any medals. He actually wasn’t even an athlete during the games. What he was was a chef who took the colossal ton of food that otherwise would have been wasted during the Summer Games, and (with the aid of a group of fellow chefs) turned it into gourmet meals for a few homeless folks.
Being someone who really doesn’t like to waste, I cannot help but admire how Massimo Bottura took something old and made it new again. And, in that same light, today, I’m taking RITZ Crackers which are an old favorite in our house, and enjoying them in a new way in these Salty & Sweet Banana “Ice Cream” & Mango Parfaits.
My daughter is either packing RITZ Crackers to take to school or snacking on them when she gets home. Some of her favorite after-school snacks involving RITZ Crackers are so easy and versatile and fun. Sometimes, she makes herself a RITZ cracker and cucumber sandwich, sometimes she enjoys RITZ with a side of tuna and avocado, sometimes she ends up finding and finishing all the Peanut Butter & Chocolate NoBake “Cheese”cake Cups I have hidden in the fridge, and then, sometimes I surprise her with an easy Banana “Ice Cream” & Mango Parfait layered on top of a stack of RITZ Crackers!
When I was at my neighborhood Kroger Store, I picked up A Nabisco Multipack of Oreos, Chips Ahoy and Nutter Butters and a pack of RITZ Crackers Fresh Stacks. When I got home, I simply layered the RITZ Crackers in parfait cups, topped them with cinnamon and cardamom-spiked banana “ice cream” or banana nice cream, topped that further with some blended mango, placed the parfait cups in the freezer and when my daughter got home, she had a cool and refreshing, Salty & Sweet concoction to enjoy.