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NATIONAL PEPPER POT DAY / NATIONAL TICK TOCK DAY
Here's a nice combination of history and gastronomy.
NATIONAL PEPPER POT DAY
National Pepper Pot Day celebrates a soup with deep roots and a mythology to go with it. On December 29th, explore the flavors and history of the filling dish.
Pepper pot soup is a highly seasoned soup prepared with peppercorns, small bits of meat, tripe, vegetables, and broth. The dish may be more familiar by the name of Philadelphia Pepper Pot because it was brought to the area by people from Africa, the West Indies, and the Caribbean. Colonial Black women served the dish in their homes, the homes where they worked, and in markets. It’s considered an early street food by many historians.
One legendary story credits this soup to George Washington’s chef. The story goes that during the brutal winter of 1777 and 1778, the Continental Army was camped t Valley Forge on December 29th. George Washington asked the army’s chef to prepare a meal that would boost morale and warm the troops. So the chef rounded up some ingredients and called it Pepper Pot Soup. The troops received the meal well and nicknamed it “the soup that won the war.”
Though the story may be untrue, it receives some credit for increasing the popularity of pepper pot soup in Philadelphia and earning the dish its other name, Philadelphia Pepper Pot.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPepperPotDay
Experience the flavor of Pepper Pot Soup. If you need a recipe, we’ve found one to try. Invite some friends to enjoy it with you and share the celebration.
Used in a sentence: Gator fans could use some Pepper Pot Soup to boost their morale.
TICK TOCK DAY
Tick Tock Day, observed annually on December 29th, reminds us to complete any unfinished business that might need addressing before the end of the year.
As the end of the year approaches, many items call for our attention. Unfinished business usually needs to be wrapped up before the end of the calendar year. Things like larger business purchases and charitable donations for the tax year may need to be transacted before December 31st.
Another thing to consider is your medical plan. Does your deductible start over? Do you have a Flexible Savings Account with funds to use? Some employers offer annual benefits that will be lost if they aren’t used by the end of the year. Time is running out.
Tick Tock Day may also be a day to look at personal goals. Did you finish reading that book? Bucket lists call our names. Where do we want to travel? We may still need to explore some exotic foods, too. Maybe your goals are grander or simpler. Whatever they are, tick-tock.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TickTockDay
The clock is ticking. The count down has begun. Check your list. Get that unfinished business completed. Share your tips for checking off unfinished business. If you’re not sure what needs to be completed consider these timely items:
- Check the tags on your car.
- Schedule a routine physical exam.
- Change the filter on your furnace.
- Update your virus protection on your computer.
- Did you miss your last wedding anniversary?
- Order a National Day Calendar!
- Plan your vacation.
- Wind your clocks.
- Complete a honey-do list.
Used in a sentence: The Dawgs are tick-tocking their way to Friday night.