National Pepper Pot Day
December 29, 2013 in the USA

Today is Pepper Pot Day! Pepper pot is a thick spicy soup first created on December 29, 1777. During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army experienced an exceptionally harsh winter in Valley Forge. The soldiers were low on food because the farmers in the area sold all their supplies to the British Army for cash rather than the weak currency that the Continental soldiers could offer.

Christopher Ludwick, the baker general of the Continental Army, gathered whatever food he could find to feed the frail soldiers. The chef was able to find scraps of tripe, meat, and some peppercorn. He mixed the ingredients together with some other seasonings and created the hot spicy soup we now know as pepper pot. It became known as “the soup that won the war.”

To celebrate this historic dish, try making your own pepper pot soup today! It’s the perfect way to warm up on a chilly December day.

Where is Pepper Pot Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1170 – Assassination inside Canterbury Cathedral of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

1782 – 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston

1786 – French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convoked

1835 – The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.

1837 – Canadian militia destroy Caroline, a US steamboat docked at Buffalo

1837 – Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine

1852 – Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants

1860 – The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched.

1862 – Bowling ball invented

1885 – Gottlieb Daimler patents 1st bike (Germany)

1890 – US 7th Cavalry massacre 200+ captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, SD

1891 – Edison patents “transmission of signals electrically” (radio)

1908 – Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc

1922 – Revised Netherlands Law proclaims suffrage

1948 – US State Dept announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit

1949 – 1st UHF television station operating regular basis (Bridgeport Ct)

1952 – 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford NY)

1967 – Star Trek’s “Trouble With Tribbles” 1st airs

1972 – Life magazine ceases publication

1997 – Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu