December 29 Fun Facts
Saturday, December 29, 2012
On this day in 1851, the first U. S. YMCA opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 1862, the first (wooden) bowling ball was invented.
In Ireland, today is Constitution Day while in Mongolia, it is celebrated as Independence Day.
It is also the Fifth Day of Christmas, Tick Tock Day and Pepper Pot Day.
Pepper Pot is a thick spicy soup that was first created on December 29, 1777. It became known as "the soup that won the war." During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army had a tough winter in Valley Forge. The farmers in the area had sold their supplies to the British Army for cash instead of to the Continental soldiers since they had less money to purchase items. Thus, they did not have very much to eat that winter. Christopher Ludwick, the baker general of the Continental Army gathered whatever scraps of food he could find to feed the soldiers. On this day, he had a few scraps of tripe, some meat, some peppercorns as well as some other seasonings so he mixed them all together to create a hot spicy soup for the men.
If you are running out of ways to use up your leftover turkey or ham, why not create your own version of pepper pot soup? If it turns out well, share the recipe with the rest of us. I usually just toss together whatever leftovers I find in my refrigerator along with some spices. I enjoy having soup in the winter (although I always have to make my husband something different since he does not like soup) and, you can usually keep it pretty light and low-fat.