December 29, 2013

National Pepper Pot Day

“Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish." - Henry Miller

It's National Pepper Pot Day!

Today's all about a pretty delicious food that can be interpreted one of two ways.

Option 1:
(Philadelphia) Pepper pot was first created during the Revolutionary War (and food lore states it even happened on December 29th). The Continental Army was low on supplies and suffering through a pretty brutal winter, when the baker general named Christopher Ludwick threw together a thick, spicy soup made from what they had on hand: tripe, meat scraps, and peppercorns. It invigorated the men and was considered, "the soup that won the war."

Option 2:
A West Indian seasoned stew; very popular in the Caribbean now. It's made with - just to name a few ingredients - coconut milk, collard greens/kale/callaloo, sweet potato or yam, and a Scotch bonnet pepper (or any other pepper you can find that's gonna add some heat). And it's how I chose to celebrate today - after all, nothing's better than a hot (temp) and hot (spice) dish in a blizzard!

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Happy National Pepper Pot Day!