Today is officially Pepper Pot Day! Oh, wait! You don't know what that is? Ha! I had to look it up, too. Turns out, it's actually a pretty cool story! Pepper Pot is a thick, spicy soup that dates back to December 29, 1777 during the Revolutionary War!

According to legend and punchbowl.com:

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."

 

You can check out the recipe at here at Allrecipes.com