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Flipping for National Pancake Day

March 1, 2011 | 10:15 am

You have two ways to celebrate National Pancake Day.

You could go to IHOP -- the International House of Pancakes -- and receive a free short stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes for free. Can't beat that price! But there is a "catch": You're encouraged to leave a little something behind for charity.

IHOP launched National Pancake Day in 2006 as a fundraising campaign. Since then, it has collected more than $5.35 million for charities including the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. (And IHOP has given away more than 10 million buttermilk pancakes during that time as well.)

You can get in on this National Pancake Day special at IHOP until 10 p.m. Tuesday night at participating outlets.

Your second option is to make your own flapjacks. And no worries if you've already had breakfast: You could serve them for dinner. Here are three pancake recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen. But if you do make your own, perhaps you can still drop a buck or two into IHOP's collection tin, or the charity of your choice.

--Cornmeal Pancakes

--Country Gourmet's whole wheat pancakes

--Mesquite pancakes


--More breakfast recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

--The green apple chicken salad served at Lunch in Culver City

--Caffeine fix: CoffeeBar opens on Spring Street

--Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times