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Recipes to Live By


French, German, or Gaelic—the day before Ash Wednesday is all about pancakes and so is this column. "We call it Fat Tuesday," says Diana Lee. "All that


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craziness in New Orleans is something different." Lee, who works part-time in customer service, informs me it is about using up what you have—the butter, eggs, flour, and fatty foods—so they don't go to waste during the 40 days of Lent when Catholics and many protestant denominations choose to fast. As a child, Lee recalls visiting Liberal, Kan., home


to the International Pancake Race. Since 1950, the ladies of Liberal have "raced" the ladies of Olney, Eng., both groups flipping pancakes as they go. Tradition holds this race dates back over 500 years to a woman trying to use up all her cooking fats before Lent. She was busy making pancakes as fast as she could when she heard the church bells ring. Grabbing her scarf she ran apron- clad for the church with skillet and pancake in hand. In the following years, neighbors started racing to see who could reach the church first with the winner collecting a "Kiss of Peace" from the verger, or bell ringer.


hatever you call it—Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday)—in whatever language—English,


Tory Tedder-Loffland Whether that cute little story is true or not, who


knows; but that is how they tell it on the International Pancake Race website (www.pancakeday.net). Pancake races happen all over the globe on this day and while I may not run a race, you can be sure I'll don an apron and whip up some of Lee's pancakes. She swears they are moist and fluffy.


Circa 1950s photograph of Liberal, Kan. ladies running in the International Pancake Race against each other and the ladies of Olney, Eng.


Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe provided by Diana Lee


DRY INGREDIENTS 1 C flour 1 C quick cooking oats 2 T sugar


WET INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 C buttermilk 1/2 C milk


2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt


4 T oil 2 eggs


DIRECTIONS Mix the dry ingredients together; in a separate bowl, mix the wet


ingredients together. Fold the wet mixture into the dry. Do not over mix, lumps are good! Bake on a hot griddle.


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