Some Iron Range History in Every Bite

Just a little about me and my past… North Hibbing on Minnesota’s Iron Range was where I was born during a Halloween storm of the century (the year is unimportant). This makes me an Iron Range Blueblood. Packsackers who came to the area later could not put this on their resume.

Hibbing is my town (also for Bob Dylan). Although I was gone for 17 years with stints in St. Louis, San Antonio and a longer stay in the Minneapolis “burbs”. This didn’t diminish my yearning to return to my Northern roots.

A cabin bought in 1970 in the Side Lake area, brought my family back and here I still reside.

In 2001 I published my first cookbook “To Mom with Love” dedicated to my mother and women from the Iron Range, followed in 2005 and reprinted in 2011, “To Dad with Love”, dedicated to my dad all men from the Iron Range.

Now in 2019, my third and last cookbook, “LET’S PARTY” is finished.

Book Cover

This cookbook has a variety of great appetizers, beverages, and day after brunch/lunch recipes. I have also reprinted many Iron Range recipes from my past books so they are not lost, such as pasties, porketta and potica (the 3 P’s).

Of course, I have a lot of crazy stories that I hope you will enjoy. There are some that are quite emotional, but most are just plain silly. So if you do not cook, enjoy a giggle or two. How many of you know how to fix a bendix in an older boat motor? I DO!

My proof reader (a retired English teacher) said to me, “Mona, I have never laughed so hard in my life”. I do not take life too seriously.

The beginning of every month, I will be reporting to you on the latest happenings and recipes from the Iron Range.

Contact Me with your ideas, recipes, etc. I will share it with our readers.

THIS IS NOT YOUR ORDINARY COOKBOOK. EVEN IF YOU DON’T COOK, IT IS A HILARIOUS READ! (to purchase)

PAST MEMORIES… FROM MEMORY LANE

I am so blessed to be able to live on a lake and have McCarthy Beach as my playground. If we survive winter, our summers are very social.

A big thank you goes to Gloria Anderson-Hegg from Bear River for not giving up on this project. I’ve known Gloria for a very long time. She was our storyteller at Ironworld’s “Glen Location” for
many years. Thanks to Proof Reader, retired English teacher, Rita Charter, for her excellent expertise. And thanks to Sam Iozzo, 20-
year-old entrepreneur, for helping me with technical aspects I have no idea how to do.

My life has had lots of struggles (who hasn’t had bumps in the road) but I am so grateful for my family and friends all over the country that call me their friend. I am a happy person and have way too much fun! I don’t take life too seriously.

This is my third and final cookbook. I am not planning on going anywhere soon… maybe in 20 years. (For those of you who may be critical of this book, I say: “How many cookbooks have YOU
written?”)

I hope you enjoy my cookbook and stories.

Mona Jean Meittunen Abel
Recipe Diva/Former Go-Go Dancer
Mayor of Side Lake (Self Proclaimed)

THIS IS NOT YOUR ORDINARY COOKBOOK. EVEN IF YOU DON’T COOK, IT IS A HILARIOUS READ!
(to purchase)