While many of you might know that today is Fat Tuesday (the day before the Lenten fast begins), it is also known as Shrove Tuesday or pancake day. Eating items like sugar, eggs, and fat were traditionally restricted during Lent, so many would make pancakes on this day. Olney, England, commemorates the day by holding a pancake race, a tradition that started in 1445. The story goes that a housewife hearing the shriving bell, a call to parishioners to confess their sins, rushed out of her house in such a hurry that she was still holding her frying pan with a pancake. Since 1950, the town has competed against women in Liberal, Kansas (please, no pancake-Kansas jokes). Participants must race 415 yards, carrying a frying pan with a pancake and wearing a traditional housewife item (an apron, head covering, or skirt). At the end of the race, they must toss their pancake before being declared the winner by the bell ringer. It might be too late for most to plan a pancake race today, but if you are still looking for a dinner idea, here's a pancake recipe. I am headed to my first Shrove Tuesday party to enjoy a tall stack!