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Did You Know Today Is Pepper Pot Day?

Dec 29, 2010 – 9:50 AM
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Steven Hoffer

Steven Hoffer Contributor

They call it "the soup that won the war."

That's because legend has it that on Dec. 29, 1777, with the Continental Army exhausted and hungry from fighting through an exceptionally harsh winter at Valley Forge, Gen. George Washington turned to his army's chef, Christopher Ludwick, for a meal to boost morale and warm the troops.

Ludwick gathered some tripe, meat and peppercorn, as well as other seasonings and ingredients, to create the first incarnation of "pepper pot soup." The hearty meal rallied the Continental troops, and, of course, the rest is Revolutionary War history.

As the soup legend grew, Dec. 29 came to be known as National Pepper Pot Day. So gather up your rations of tripe, meat and peppercorn to celebrate this obscure culinary and historic holiday.

Check out this YouTube video for a tomato pepper pot soup tutorial, or click here for an "Authentic Pepper Pot Soup" recipe (Surge Desk understands if you want to hold the tripe).


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