Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Eat some pancakes, save some children...watch a dog show?

Back in high school, when I was captain of my swim team, we used to follow-up every Saturday afternoon practice with a trip to Walker Bros. - a fabulous breakfast joint in the neighborhood. After spending hours upon hours training in a pool, downing a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and digging into a piping hot apple pancake coated in cinnamon and sugar was not a problem - we'd just burn the calories right off again at the next practice. These days, unfortunately, that's no longer the case. I even look at chocolate chip pancakes and my butt immediately grows in size. Sigh...to be a teen again. Long story short, though, I love me some pancakes.

Anyway, I've decided I just might have to stop by an IHOP today to indulge in a short stack of buttermilk pancakes. And I'd be doing it for two very good reasons. One, the food is free - which is always the best kind of food, don't you agree? And two, any donations you make would then go to a national children's charity. Hoorah!

According to IHOP, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products...hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. Since beginning the National Pancake Day celebration two years ago, IHOP has already raised nearly one million dollars to support children's charities.

Okay... so I know doggies have nothing to do with pancakes, but I watched some of the Westminster last night on TV and, well, I can't wait to see who wins it all tonight! I'm definitely rooting for my boy, Uno, who won me over with his fabulous tail-wagging personality. The 15-inch beagle was the first of his breed to win the hound group at the Westminster Kennel Club show in almost 70 years. And a beagle has never won "best in show." He'll be up against a standard poodle, a Sealyham terrier and Australian shepherd among others. My vote, though, is for the Snoopy dog! I think Uno is #1 in all languages - hee!

Back to food...here are two sugar-free pancake recipes to try out some day.

Oat Bran Pancakes

German Apple Pancakes

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