Let’s Gather Together, It’s Time for Some Pancakes

It doesn’t matter what we call them, pancakes can help build community

Irene Fassler

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With a dozen 16-year-old girls in front of half as many griddles, the typically spacious kitchen was filled to capacity. Echoes of giggles bounced off the walls, drowning out the soft sizzling of the butter and batter. Every so often a newly filled mixing bowl of batter spilling over the rim was passed around. Amid shouts of urgency, bowls of mix-ins were handed from one pairing to the next. “I need the chips. Who has the chocolate chips?” “Does anyone have the spatula?” “No, not that one, the big one. I need the big one.”

As I watched the scene unfold at my sister’s birthday party, I was awakened to the gathering powers of the pancake.

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Is it a pancake or a flapjack?

Pancakes have endured throughout time and place. Today, many versions of this carb-loaded dish make appearances at breakfast tables across the globe. They may have different names, but the basic ingredients are the same: a grain, a liquid, and a bit of butter or oil.

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Irene Fassler

Giving voice to our hunger-to-belong. Finding ways to bring people together. And I just like to write and read and engage! https://culinary-communities.com