Pancake Day!

March 2, 2011

The beginning of pancakes...

Next Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday — the day before the beginning of Lent — known also as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or in our house when I was growing up: PANCAKE DAY. 

When our younger daughter went to Hope college in Michigan, I remember her calling and saying, “Mom, they don’t do Pancake Day here; they’ve never heard of it.” Their regional tradition is to fix pasties, (pronounced with a short a sound in the first syllable, as in “at”), and it is a kind of meat or veggie pie.

However, if you’re around Chestertown, and certainly if you’re here at Simply Bed & Bread, you’ll have pancakes…. It was considered bad luck not to have them in my mother’s house, and my aunts kept to the tradition as long as they lived. I don’t buy the bad luck thing, but I do love the pancake tradition! And I love it because my mother and her sisters did! You just have to keep some things in the family just because…..but then again, it’s not like a pancake tradition is all that hard to keep, wouldn’t you say???



  1. Emily says:

    Yay for Pancakes! We did not celebrate Pancake Day growing up, but I think I am going to start that tradition, cause its always good to have an excuse to have pancakes for dinner!

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