Fat Tuesday: Pancakes, Donuts or Something Else?

Fat Tuesday: Pancakes, Donuts or Something Else?

Chris Phillips
Feb 20, 2007

Today's the day before Ash Wednesday. We call it Mardi Gras in the United States. The United Kingdom and other countries with an Anglican influence call the day Pancake Day.

Londoners gathered near Spitafelds Market today to race through the street in costumes, stopping to flip pancakes along the course.

The French mark the day with crepes. Today's Paczki Day in Poland, while the Pennsylvania Dutch call today Fausnaught Day. Both are feasting on donuts.

All of these celebrations and many other variations are traditional opportunities to use up ingredients like eggs, milk, sugar, fats and leavening before the start of Lent, the somber 40 days before Easter.

Are you cooking anything special to mark this day? May we suggest the Big Pancake for dinner tonight?

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