I’ve been a father for a little more than a year now. I do my best to impart what I can to my son about the issues in life most worth his attention. As addressed in a piece I wrote on a separate blog, I have had some of my best conversations over pancakes. Some of my earliest and most treasured memories involve a simply adorned breakfast table with a stack of cakes shared by people I love. And it occurred to me: What better legacy to leave than one of pancakes?

I won’t be able to leave monetary riches for the boy. I won’t have a lake house to pass down, or my own company in which to insert him fresh out of college. But what I can leave him are pancakes. Lots of pancakes. And so I shall. There’s a self-serving component to all of this, sure. I love pancakes, and I love to write, which begged the question: Why the hell am I not writing about pancakes? And here we are.

This effort will include a collection of all things pancake–recipes, tricks, chronicles of conversations my heir and I share over breakfast, and so on. I don’t want the pancake legacy I have to impart to be reduced to Saturday ephemera. This blogtastic collection will concretize the whole endeavor. Call it a safety deposit box to which my prince will one day get the key.

We start our collection with one year of one new pancake each week, 52 new cakes in all. We’ll even include unique, homemade syrups where seemingly appropriate. We start Saturday, September 17th, and we don’t stop until 52 Saturdays hence–September 8th, 2012.

A few guiding principles to start:

  • No high-fructose corn syrup: we’re 21st century parents, and will make every dietary effort to act like it
  • Locally sourced products whenever possible
  • Seasonal (or other thematic) tie-ins as much as possible
  • NO ready-mixes of any kind
  • Guest stars to share our cakes from time to time
Got an idea? I’d love to hear it. In the meantime, pull up a chair.

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