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Mmmm, pancakes

Call if Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras – whatever you want. Whatever you call it, tonight, on the eve of Lent, many Christians will feast on pancakes.

Why pancakes, you ask? Because it's tradition. Nowadays most people give up something like chocolate or meat during Lent, but once upon a time people commonly gave up eggs, sugar and flour. Pancakes were a good way to use up those ingredients before the Lenten fast. Lots of churches are having pancake dinners tonight.

You can find listings here. Or, if you want to stay at home, here are some tasty Fat Tuesday Recipes.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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2 comments

  1. The goat cheese pancake sounds really good!
    Now is Lent a holiday/festival… Can I say happy Lent? (I am thinking of Ramadan when we greet each other saying “happy Ramadan”). Anyway, happy Lent 🙂

    Hanane

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