My life changed during a baby shower in 1999. No, I wasn’t celebrating a future sibling, I had a very specific cracker with mascarpone cheese and a tart blackberry. That combo has been emblazoned in my mind and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. My mom was throwing the baby shower for her good friend who was celebrating her second son. My mom had set out a tray of cheese, crackers, and fruit and I heard someone say, “You need to try the whole wheat cracker with mascarpone and a blackberry!” I think I ate about 20 of them that night. The cracker is the critical part. It HAS to be Carr’s Whole Wheat cracker. It has a slightly sweet taste but is buttery and crumbly like a cookie. It’s mandatory in this ensemble. It’s really a simple as it sounds–smear a cracker with mascarpone, top it with a blackberry, and lately I’ve been adding a little lemon zest. Crunchy, creamy, tart, and sweet. Life changing, I tell ya!