December 29: Pepper Pot Day

Until a few moments ago, if you’d ask me what a pepper pot was, I would have said that it was someone who got angry and upset easily – or maybe Iron Man’s love interest. Apparently, it’s also a particular type of stew, made with beef tripe, vegetables, and pepper (although, thankfully, you can substitute a different meat for the tripe).

Washington_and_Lafayette_at_Valley_Forge by John Ward Dunsmore 1907Legend has it on December 29, 1777, a cook named Christopher Ludwick created this dish from what he had on hand in order to feed the starving Continental Army. The Revolutionary War was underway and it was a harsh winter, with Washington and his troops trying not to freeze to death in Valley Forge. Obviously, the cook didn’t have much to work with. Nevertheless, this Philadelphia pepper pot is still popular in some places.

“The day is yours, and yours also the night;
you established the sun and moon.
It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
you made both summer and winter.”

Psalm 74:16-17

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2 responses to “December 29: Pepper Pot Day

  1. Where did you get that picture from? I’m just wondering, I’m doing a history fair project on Valley Forge.

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