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.
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