One of the best dinners on a cold, snowy, winters night is a wonderful plate of pancakes. Some of you may refer to them as flapjacks, but however you refer to them, these delectable stack of cake like discs are simply the best.
Growing up Catholic, you are not allowed to eat meat on Friday's during the lenten season. Lent starts 46 days before Easter. It is a moveable fast and falls on a different date each year due to the fact the date of Easter changes. Lent can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10 and Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the season.
To abide by these rules, my mother's Friday night, meatless dinners, were not only creative but sometimes hard to get down. My parents grew up during the Great Depression, making my mother a very conservative cook. There was no glamour added to the meals and they always consisted of meat, potatoes and a vegetable. During Lent we were offered baked salmon (out of the can) with a side of peas, creamed tuna on toast, again with a side of peas or pancakes. It's quite obvious, pancakes were my favorite.
February is national Pancake month, but don't wait until then. On a cold January night, pull out the griddle, make a batch of batter and prepare a big stack of pancakes for you and your loved ones. It's always special when you have breakfast for dinner !