An Enduring Menu
March 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
This weekend the Lincoln Memorial Garden, another not-to-be-missed Springfield, Illinois, attraction, will offer its annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast to the community. The event is so popular that the breakfast is being served on two consecutive week-ends this year. To my surprise I discovered that the menu not only appeals to many people, but it is timeless. Even Susan served it to her guests.
In 1903, the year that Susan, her mother, and her cousin Florence lived in the house across the railroad tracks while her new home was being built, the February 8 issue of the Illinois State Register reported:
Six guests were delightfully entertained yesterday morning at an old-fashioned breakfast at the temporary home of Mrs. Susan Lawrence Dana on Lawrence Avenue. The chief features of the menu were buckwheat cakes with maple syrup and homemade sausage. The function was as unique as it was enjoyable.
In an earlier post I wrote about the “odoriferous history” of the frame house which was so much a part of Susan’s life (click here to read that story). Now I will add the scent of pancakes and sausage to the other odors I imagine when I enter the “white cottage.”