The church we belonged to when we lived in Nevada, Missouri
St. Paul's Lutheran
Holds a Salad Luncheon every year as a fundraiser.
I forget initially what we were raising funds for
But it's been happening ever since 1979
(with only two cancellations in those 39 years)
And over those 37 years, it has raised lots of money not only for St. Paul's
but also for local charities
(this year it was Nevada's Outreach Soup Kitchen)
As we came in, there was a rosette iron
(a very welcomed cookie for the first few luncheons)
And the three cookbooks that St. Paul's had published
The ladies were busy in the kitchen . . .
A much bigger kitchen in this newer church
than the first 10 or so luncheons they had in the old one.
The kitchen built, I am sure, with the salad luncheon in mind!
A tradition is giving the recipes for the salads
Instead of filing them in with recipes I like to try,
they now get tucked into the blue St. Paul's cookbook
(which means that I have each and every salad recipe since the first one in 1979)
They decided that this year they would recreate that very first one
Held on December 4, 1979
So decorations were Christmas!
evergreen surrounding a candleholder with a red candle
(the very same decorations they used for that first one)
They also decided to serve two meat, two vegetable and two fruit salads
along with a bread and dessert
They've kept to that tradition every year since
(although the first few years one of the meat salads was always a hot one --
now all of the salads are cold)
And the salads this year?
Patsy's Taco Salad
A yummy taco salad dressed with Catalina dressing
It falls into the meat category because it has bacon in it
Carol's Potato Salad
An eggless potato salad
24 Hour Cabbage Slaw
A perennial favorite
Cranberry raspberry salad
There is always a jello salad
An old favorite often taken to potlucks or salad suppers made with
a can of peach pie filling
And there has to be bread
(Susie, one of the original chairs, insists on it)
And although the first two or three luncheons didn't use this recipe,
it is now always served.
A simple recipe made from hot dog buns
There is dessert for everyone and for the first few, dessert was rosettes
Member Julie Sits made all 400 plus rosettes for the dessert this year!
And early on, when it was held in December, beside dessert, the ladies raised even more
money by selling Christmas cookies -- a plate of 12 at those early luncheons was $1
(but it was all profit for each lady was tasked with brining a couple of batches of Christmas cookies.
The members on the day before would make mixed plates of cookies, wrap them in Saran Wrap and stick a bow on them. They always sold out!
I have done my part in chairing the luncheon, chair of decorations, baking all of the desserts one year (Linda's holiday crescents), and, of course, helping to serve and clean up and dish up the day of.
I must admit that it is nice to come as a guest!
Thank you, St. Paul's, for a great late spring/early summer tradition!
The Cranberry Raspberry Jello Salad made me think of your Aunt Pearl's Potluck Jello Salad - one of my favorites and always welcome at church potlucks.
It's hard to ever beat church lady food. I love that you travel back to your old hometown for the event and obviously so many close relationships. Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Cherry Kay 🍒
What nice coverage! We appreciate all that you did as a member of St.Paul, and we appreciate your spotlighting us as the years go by! Patsy
Are some of these recipes posted somewhere? I would like to try a few of them this summer.
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