Pepper Pot Day
When : Always December 29
Pepper Pot Day commemorates the creation of this thick spicy soup, which was served to the Continental Army during the cold, harsh winter of 1777-1778. Pepper Pot soup was first made on December 29, 1777.
According to the legend...........
During the Revolutionary war, the Continental army was camped at Valley Forge. The winter was cold and harsh. Conditions were deplorable. Food was often scarce. George Washington asked his army's chef to prepare a meal for the army, that would both warm them, and boost their moral. The chef found scraps of tripe, small bits of meat and some peppercorn. He mixed this in with some other ingredients, and created Pepper Pot soup, also known as "Philadelphia Pepper Pot soup”. The hot, and somewhat spicy soup, was well received by the troops. It was called "the soup that won the war”.
Celebrate Pepper Pot Day by making some Pepper Pot soup for the family. Note: while tripe was a main ingredient of this soup, you can substitute with chicken or beef.
Origin of Pepper Pot Day:
This warm and hearty day dates back to when it was first made to serve the Continental Army on December 29, 1777. We do not know when it first was celebrated as a special day, or who started this tradition. However, it certainly is a day that will warm you up!
This Day in History December 29
Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church. (1170)
American Revolutionary War: 3,000 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia. (1778)
The USS Constitution under the command of Captain William Bainbridge, captures the HMS Java off the coast of Brazil after a three hour battle. (1812)
British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812. (1813)
The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States. (1835)
In accordance with International Boundary delimitation, United States annexes the Republic of Texas, following the manifest destiny doctrine. The Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, is thereupon admitted as the 28th U.S. state. (1845)
The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts. (1851)
The first British seagoing ironclad warship, HMS Warrior is launched. (1860)
The Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster occurs, leaving 64 injured and 92 dead at Ashtabula, Ohio. (1876)
Wounded Knee Massacre on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 300 Lakota killed by the US Army. (1890)
Japan renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930. (1934)
The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution. (1937)
First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. (1939)
World War II: In the Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, England, UK, killing almost 200 civilians. (1940)
KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule. (1949)
A bomb explodes at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York, killing 11 people and injuring 74. (1975)
Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees. (1989)
Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation's 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain. (1997)
Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives. (1998)
The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct. (2003)
UK settles its Anglo-American loan - post WWII loan debt. (2006)