J – JESSIE Freeman Serves a Two Course Luncheon

In 1918 and 1919 thirty-seven young women, friends and neighbors of my grandmother Fannie Mae Turner were members of the Edelweiss Club in Montgomery, Alabama. These are snapshots from their lives, place and times. Click on any image to enlarge.

The Emancipator, Montgomery January 23, 1919

This is the second time Jessie Freeman has hosted the meeting. This time she served a delicious two course luncheon.

I looked for the hours school was in session to answer Anne’s (Anne’s Family History) question – why were they called luncheon when I said they met in the evening. A school day was from 9 AM to 2 PM. Although that is later than the usual lunch time of 12:30 or 1 o’clock, it was too early for dinner, hence “Luncheon.” That’s my guess.

This week we have two delightful dainty delicious dishes.

For a more savory dish, at the suggestion of my sister, we will serve Pimento Cheese on toast. It was sold in the local Montgomery grocery stores but the best would be homemade. I have looked and looked for an early recipe, to no avail.

The classic combination is grated sharp Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and diced jarred pimiento. People add various extras – garlic salt, hot sauce, onions, cream cheese. Serve on crustless bread. Make a bread pudding out of those crusts so you don’t waste anything.

For the dessert course, Charlotte Russe, take your pick of flavors.

Two blog posts about ice boxes, which is where these items would be cooled in 1918.

Our New Refrigerator – 1948
Everyday Things Then and Now

16 thoughts on “J – JESSIE Freeman Serves a Two Course Luncheon

    1. Pimentos are made from small, sweet red peppers. Here they are often stuffed in olives. Do you have those? They are also sold in small jars and were back then too.

  1. Such wonderful history from your family! So glad to read those amazing Charlotte Russe recipes…I would be standing on my head trying to make some of them! Not a fan of pimento cheese, but those who are say homemade is the best! (Allergic to all peppers) I can just imagine the ladies sitting around all dressed up for the luncheon!

    1. That was the name of it “Knox Sparkling Gelatine” was on ever package. I don’t think it actually sparkled any more than present day jello. Knox says:
      “What is in Knox gelatin ingredients?
      This result is due to “collagen”, a protein substance which yields gelatine and is found in the bones, skin and connective tissue of animals. In manufacturing, unflavoured gelatine is extracted from the collagen by hot water, then concentrated and filtered for purity and clarity.”

      The Basics – Knox Unflavoured Gelatine
      Knox Gelatine

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