Today is National Crepe Suzette Day. As soon as I hear crepe suzette, I think of the Patty Duke Show. The Patty Duke Show was an American sitcom that ran from 1963 to 1966. The show was created as a vehicle for rising star, Patty Duke. In the show, however, Patty’s character was named Patty Lane.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Patty is a normal, chatty, rambunctious teenager living in the Brooklyn Heights section of New York City. Her father, Martin Lane (William Schallert), is the managing editor of the New York Daily Chronicle. Her “identical cousin”, Cathy Lane (also played by Duke), is sophisticated, brainy, and demure. Her father, Kenneth Lane (also played by Schallert), is Martin’s twin brother and also works for the Chronicle as a foreign correspondent. Cathy moves to the United States from Scotland to live with Patty’s family and attend Brooklyn Heights High School.
The girls are identical in appearance, but their styles, tastes and attitudes are nearly opposite, which is what brought the comedic situations to the show.
So I was between six and and nine years old when this show was popular. My older sister, five years my senior, would have been between 11 and 14 years old. I remember her loving this show.
The opening song to the show mentioned the words “crepe suzette” and it completely stuck in my head. Here is the third stanza.
Where Cathy adores a minuet,
The Ballet Russes and Crepe Suzette
Our Patty love to rock and roll
A hot dog makes her lose control
What a wild duet!
But I always wondered what in the world was a crepe suzette.
Crepe suzette is a French dessert consisting of crepe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curacao liqueur on top, prepared in a table-side performance, flambé.
A more simple explanation is this: A thin dessert pancake with a brandy and citrus sauce, usually set aflame when served.
It sounds pretty good but honestly, I may be more on the side of Patty and prefer a hot dog slathered in mustard bought from a vendor on a Manhattan street corner.
I think my sister dreamed of being Patty Duke. I think I dreamed of being Laurie Partridge.
C,mon get happy.