Mona Meittunen Abel of Side Lake is no stranger to sharing stories with others. Keeping up with a blog and writing two cookbooks is already on her list of accomplishments. Abel decided to add one more to the list with her third and last cookbook, “Let’s Party: Recipes, Stories and Silliness from Minnesota’s Iron Range Recipe Diva/Former Go-Go Dancer.”
Abel will be at the Village Bookstore in the Central Square Mall in Grand Rapids Saturday, Nov. 23 for a book signing from 12:30-3 p.m. The cookbooks will be available for $25 with $1 of every purchase going toward a scholarship at Hibbing Community College (HCC) for single women in need.
Abel decided to give back some of the proceeds in honor of a woman who helped her with technical issues as she wrote one of her previous books at HCC. At the time, the woman was a single mother going through some challenges. Abel still works with her today and was inspired to pay it forward with a scholarship.
“If I can help some other single woman who is going through a tough time, I’m going to do that,” Abel said.
The way Abel describes the book is simple.
“It’s not a serious cookbook,” Abel remarked. “It’s a silly cookbook and who has ever heard of a silly cookbook?”
She added that she wanted to write a cookbook that would make people laugh. Abel also includes history of the Iron Range and personal stories in the book, along with many recipes.
An excerpt from Abel’s cookbook reads, “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
I still have not heard from the Jason Show. You will hear about it on Facebook.
I’m not a fan of fall, but October is great for two reasons….my birthday and Halloween. Of course, both require costumes.
BIRTHDAYS in our household were special and “special” is what I do each year. I don’t cry anymore… I’m just glad I’m still here!
Two years ago friends of mine had a huge party for me, no special age, just nothing to do in Side Lake at the end of October.
About 85 extroverts attended. The noise level was unbelievable. Well, I broke my ankle getting in my Uber car and didn’t go to the clinic until Wednesday. Yup, it was broken. I had to leave for Sauk Centre on Friday and fly to Florida with my daughter-in-law Sarah and friend Jackie. It took a lot of people to help me pack, fill the vehicle with gas, go to the bathroom, etc… I had a 4-1/2 hour drive without stopping. My wheel chair and crutches were in the vehicle. I made it and had a great time! I am a very careful walker now. The boot is not fun!
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Ready for a turkey, dressing or stuffing, or whatever you call it!?
I use Bernie Borovac’s Dressing Recipe every Thanksgiving! It can be found on page 104 of “Let’s Party“.
Great salads are my favorites! Wilted Lettuce and Boston Inn Salad on page 112. Wilted Lettuce is an old recipe probably from the 1940’s. Try them!
Have a great Thanksgiving and don’t overdo it. Learn to pace yourself like I do! HA!!
Keep smiling, Mona
P. S. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU TRY SOME DECADENT CHOCOLATE ‼️😋
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Mona Meittunen Abel
Recipe Diva / Former Go-Go Dancer/Self Proclaimed Mayor of Side Lake