Pepper Pot Day: Today

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December 29 is recognized as Pepper Pot Day.

Yikes, Pepper Pot Day, how exciting can that really be? Pretty exciting if you hear the history behind it.

Pepper Pot Day pays homage to the the thick and super spicy soup that was famously served to the Continental Army during the dreadful winter of 1777-1778.

Pepper pot soup was reportedly first made on December 29, 1777 and according to HolidayInsights.com, the story stems from the Revolutionary war, when the Continental army was camped at Valley Forge and the winter was cold and harsh.

As the story goes, food was scarce and conditions were bad so General George Washington ordered a meal that be both warm and boost their moral and pepper pot was born.

HolidayInsights.com says the chef found scraps of tripe, small bits of meat and some peppercorn and mixed it with some other ingredients to create the hot, and somewhat spicy soup that was well received by the troops.

Thanks General George Washington.

What better way to celebrate the day than by whipping up some pepper pot. Check out a recipe for Pepper Pot from AllRecipes.com. The soup is a little over 200 calories and includes diced bacon, chopped onion, diced green bell peppers, beef stock, and ground black pepper. Enjoy.