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Flapjacks or Pancakes

July 11, 2019
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

What a whirlwind weekend! Remember the song "Summertime - when the living is easy..."? The pace of the Fourth of July holiday weekend was nothing short of crazy.

With the holiday falling mid-week, it felt like Monday followed by Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday, Monday, Sunday and another Sunday before catching up with Monday once again. What day is it?

It was my opportunity to attend Citizen of the Year presentation in Ruthven, Fourth of July celebrations in Emmetsburg, West Bend and Cylinder, followed by the Flight Breakfast at Emmetsburg Municipal Airport. What a great time visiting with friends from all around Palo Alto County.

It seems to me that the Flight Breakfast was cancelled last year, due to flooding. Kiwanis may have made up for it this year. With blue skies and mild morning temperatures, 65 pilots flew their planes to Emmetsburg and enjoyed breakfast at the airport hangar.

Planes buzzed over Emmetsburg as they prepared to land at the airport. Pilots parked their planes on the grassy area of the airfield for all to view. Included among the planes was the Bamboo Bomber, World War II aircraft, restored by the late Elmer Steier of Whittemore. His grandson, Tony Meyer, followed his grandfather's tradition and he flew Bamboo Bomber to the Flight Breakfast.

More years ago than I care to think about, I had the opportunity to fly in the Bamboo Bomber. With Elmer at the controls, and fellow passengers Paul Jones and Dick Eagan, we toured Palo Alto County from the sky. It was a most memorable flight.

Inside the hangar Sunday morning, Kiwanis members had the grills fired up and they were cooking omelets and pancakes (or flapjacks). The photo on page 12, LeRoy Walker Sr. is "flipping flapjacks." The alliteration of flipping flapjacks just sounds more fun than flipping pancakes

So what's the difference between a flapjack and a pancake??Let's Google it. Here are some of the results:

Flapjack (oat bar), a sweet tray-baked bar in British and Commonwealth cuisine. Pancake, often known as flapjacks - American and Canadian pancakes made from batter, often served with maple syrup.

In the UK, flapjacks are made from sugar, butter, and oats, and they are usually served with honey. Pancakes are made from a fried batter that is usually made from eggs, buttermilk, flour, salt and a dash of baking powder. ... In the US, the terms flapjacks and pancakes are used somewhat interchangeably.

The name flapjacks originated in the 1600s in England. The "flap" part of flapjack dates back to the 1300s when "flap" was used in place of "to flip." ... The flapjack was originally used to describe a pancake; however, the word flapjack has been used to mean a number of different foods including an apple turnover. --- Now we know.



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