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Mona’s, October Food for Thought

Well, here I sit at my lap top eating Dot’s and cream cheese (we need more protein in October) and thinking of the change of seasons. I am not a happy person. Some of you run around jumping in the air hollering “Yay, fall is here, crisp air and beautiful leaves”. Not me, I have my finger in the near empty, cream cheese container scooping it out. Stop it, I think…

Studies show our bodies change with the change of every season. Think pounds and inactivity – so lets change that into a positive. Give me suggestions!

LOBSTER MUSHROOMS… My traveling buddies came for the weekend in September and I mentioned something about lobster rolls on FB and friend Rick Christenson came over with these huge lobster mushrooms. I had never heard of them. They look like coral from the sea. We scrubbed them with toothbrushes and water, cut off black parts and cut into smaller pieces. Also, took out the slugs (ugh).
Lobster Mushrooms with Linda John, Eau Claire

Take a pan with lots of butter and minced garlic to taste, cook slowly for about 15 minutes. Add more butter and put in oven at 350 degrees. Add salt and pepper. They were excellent but I thought I was eating wonderful mushrooms with lots of butter.

To make Maine Lobster Rolls: The steamed lobster meat is cooled and lightly dressed with mayonnaise. The lobster salad is served chilled, piled into a grilled hotdog bun. Some spread mayo on grilled bun.

Connecticut Lobster Rolls are served warm. The lobster meat is dressed with drawn butter and mounded into a similarly prepared bun.

Anyone running to the store for lobster and hot dog buns? See….season change?

I had a soiree in September and did the Mini Beef Wellington on Pg 8 of “Let’s Party”

What a hit! No wonder – Filet Mignon’s?

Also, try cousin Diana Rouse’s Brie Kisses on Pg 26.

The Jason Show September 2019 – Jason WANTS Mona on the Show!
The Jason Show - Mona's Cookbook
The Jason Show – Mona’s Cookbook

Until next month keep smiling!

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Now what is Mona up to!?

Just a few snippets from her following on facebook…

Anita Raushel

September 11 at 9:56 AM · 

So as I am one day back from Dallas and the good ol Dish TV is out and I’m waiting for the repair person to come out I decide to finish Mona Meittunen Abel cookbook. Now people that know and love me know I hardly ever follow a recipe. I’m always adding something never measure and go by the seat of my pants. So I didn’t actually buy the cook book for the recipes (though some good ones are in there.) I just pretty much laughed my ass off reading about Mona’s adventures and her being the super woman she is. Get the book peeps! It’s way more then a cookbook. It’s life adventures and good and not so good times. I hope if I ever get stranded somewhere I have a “Mona” with me !

Lois Collier‎ to Mona Meittunen Abel

September 9 at 6:35 PM · 

Thanks for sending your latest cookbook I purchased. Love the recipes and the stories. I heard you tell the story about Bob Dylan/Zimmerman’s appearance at the Hibbing High School talent show one night over adult beverages. Very interesting. For younger people it may help to understand the mentality at that time. When “The Twist” (1960) was popular by Chubby Checker, we were not allowed to dance the Twist at the Youth Center because it was too suggestive. Unimaginable by today’s standards. Jerry Lee Lewis was waaay out there for the conservative adults while we teenagers loved him. Notice I didn’t say what happened at the talent show to Bob Dylan. If you don’t already know, you’ll have to buy Mona’s cookbook or ply her with cocktails to find out. Bob had the last laugh all the way to Oslo. Love ya Mona!

Mona Meittunen Abel
19 hrs ·  September 14, 2019

As mayor, welcoming the Winona Accordian Club to Side Lake. Chris Kendall



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Joanne Debelak Ilkka Good job mayor Mona!
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Karey Degnan Dang did they play last night?
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Mona Meittunen Abel Karey Degnan yes. Lots of old songs. Great.
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Karey Degnan Mona Meittunen Abel sorry I missed it. I love the accordion.
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Mary Brandes Zaloker Way to go, Mayor Mona!

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Local Author Publishes Her Third Cookbook

By Marie Tolonen Chisholm Tribune Press

SIDE LAKE — Mona Meittunen Abel isn’t holding anything back in her newly published cookbook, “Let’s Party! Recipes Stories & Silliness.”

Book cover

The latest publication from Abel, referred to on the cover of the cookbook as, “Minnesota’s Iron Range Recipe Diva and former go-go dancer,” is her third and supposedly final cookbook.

“I’m not planning on going anywhere soon, but it’s my last cookbook,” Abel insisted in a recent interview with the Tribune Press. “I put every story I know in my book.”

When Abel’s friends heard she was planning on writing her final cookbook, they offered up some advice.

“They said, ‘just let it rip Mona— just tell it like it is,”’ she recalled.

Along with recipes for hors d’oeuvres, beverages, Abel has included “day after” recipes to be served at a brunch or breakfast. Treasured recipes, including porketta, potica and from her first two cookbooks, “To Mom With Love” and “To Dad With Love,” are included as well. “These are some basic recipes that we need to preserve,” she said. Her personality shines through her cookbook. “There’s a lot of silliness and silly stories,” she continued. “A lot of pictures — colored pictures.”

Abel’s stories contain life experiences from various things she’s been involved in and people she’s met on the Iron Range. There are some stories from the time she spent at the former Ironworld, now known as Minnesota Discovery Center, and experiences she’s had at Side Lake.

Mixed in with the “silliness” are stories of people made a lasting impression on Abel.

Life stories of a serious nature are also included in this latest compilation, including the story of Abel’s parents loss of their first child.

“It’s a story that needed to be told,” Abel said.

A trend setter in the 1970s, Abel said she has a photo of herself wearing hot pants and white go-go boots. But was she really a go-go dancer? “I’m sorry, I can’t talk about it,” she said, laughing. It was the same answer she gave to a broadcaster years ago on the subject. “We can’t take life too seriously — if we can’t laugh, we may as well give it up.”

To launch her new book, Abel is planning book signings at the following dates and times: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Riverside Inn, Side Lake; 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Valentini’s Supper Club in Chisholm; 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Sunrise Bakery in Hibbing; 4 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Mike’s Pub in Hibbing, and from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30 at the Side Lake Lounge.

Cookbooks are $25 each (includes tax) plus $4.50 shipping.
One dollar ($1) from the sale of each book will go toward a scholarship for single women attending the Hibbing Community College. Purchase Now.


If you prefer to order thru “snail mail”, please send a check or money ($28.50) order to:

Mayor Mona Meittunen Abel
13039 Memory Lane
Side Lake, MN 55781

Please include a note of how you would like me to sign the book. Of course, I’ll need your mailing address.

The entire article can be read at:
https://www.hibbingmn.com/news/local/local-author-publishes-her-third-cookbook/article_1ed4e390-bb06-11e9-892b-d70822cb62b0.html

Mona’s, September, Food for Thought

I will be doing a blog the beginning of each month with recipes and crazy true stories. Also, I will be featuring local artists, writers, crafters, etc… There is a plethora of creative people in our area (Iron Range).

Hey Foodies!

I will be doing a blog the beginning of each month with recipes and crazy true stories. Also, I will be featuring local artists, writers, crafters, etc… There is a plethora of creative people in our area (Iron Range).

My first book signing at Riverside, they made two appetizers for me. 

The asparagus canapes (in book) and spinach balls (not in book).  This was a very popular recipe in the 70’s and 80’s before chipolte on a dried fig.  

Spinach Balls:

2-10 oz pkg frozen spinach, cooked and well drained
or fresh spinach in food processor
2 c. stuffing mix
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
6 eggs, beaten
3/4 c. butter, softened
Salt/pepper

Combine all ingredients, mixing well. 

Roll into balls the size of walnuts.
 
Freeze. 
Before serving, place on cooking sheet still frozen.
Bake 10 min. at 350 degrees.

A big thank you to Riverside for putting out a great Grand Book Signing for me.  The place was packed. 

Also, thank you to Jeff Dougherty of Express Print for his expertise with the printing of my cookbooks. 

Mister Rogers did not adequately prepare me for the people in my neighborhood.-

Mona Meittunen Abel
Recipe Diva / Former Go-Go Dancer
http://www.monascookbooks.com


Mona’s Cookbooks / Great Reviews!

Mona's Cookbooks and the "Recipe Diva", Mona; are getting great reviews!

Visit Mona on Facebook!
Kudos to the “Recipe Diva” Mona for all her hard work!

This cookbook is not your ordinary cookbook. “Let’s Party” is filled with stories about Mona’s experiences, friendships and shenanigans! It is a MUST READ, or yah, and the recipes are mouth watering yumminess!
Follow Mona and her shenanigans on facebook!
Cookbook Includes Shipping & Tax
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Cookbooks are $25 each (includes tax) plus $4.50 shipping.
One dollar ($1) from the sale of each book will go toward a scholarship for single women attending the Hibbing Community College. Purchase Now.


If you prefer to order thru “snail mail”, please send a check or money ($28.50) order to:

Mayor Mona Meittunen Abel
13039 Memory Lane
Side Lake, MN 55781

Please include a note of how you would like me to sign the book. Of course, I’ll need your mailing address.

Book Signing Events

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Pengilly girls at book signing. Patti Patti Meittunen Sundquist Peter Williamson
Judy Kelly is with Mona Meittunen Abel and Maria Kritz at Riverside Inn.
August 14 at 5:57 PM · Side Lake, MN · 
“Let’s Party!” Cookbook signing by Mona!!Congrats Mona! Can’t wait to try these recipes and read the stories!

To PURCHASE , “LET’S PARTY” .

Cookbooks are $25 each (includes tax) plus $4.50 shipping.
One dollar ($1) from the sale of each book will go toward a scholarship for single women attending the Hibbing Community College. Purchase Now.


If you prefer to order thru “snail mail”, please send a check or money ($28.50) order to:

Mayor Mona Meittunen Abel
13039 Memory Lane
Side Lake, MN 55781

Please include a note of how you would like me to sign the book. Of course, I’ll need your mailing address.

Mona Meittunen Abel is with Marie Pogorelc Erickson.
Yesterday at 9:00 PM · 
Two book signings today. So much fun w old friends. Sunrise bakery at 1100 am. Then Bear River Fair at 1030 on sat.

MONA’S BOOK SIGNINGS

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m. 
: Riverside Inn, Side Lake
Thursday, Aug. 15, 4-6 p.m.
: Valentini’s, Chisholm
Friday, Aug. 16, 11 a. m.
: Sunrise Bakery, Hibbing
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 4-6 p.m.
: Mikes Pub, Hibbing
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 11-2 p.m.
: Forest Lake Restaurant, Grand Rapids
Friday, Aug. 30, 4-6 p.m.
: Side Lake Lounge
Friday, Sept. 6, 4-6 p.m.
: Village Bookstore, Grand Rapids
Friday, Sept. 20, 11-1 p.m.
: Boomtown, Eveleth

To PURCHASE , “LET’S PARTY” .

Cookbooks are $25 each (includes tax) plus $4.50 shipping.
One dollar ($1) from the sale of each book will go toward a scholarship for single women attending the Hibbing Community College. Purchase Now.


If you prefer to order thru “snail mail”, please send a check or money ($28.50) order to:

Mayor Mona Meittunen Abel
13039 Memory Lane
Side Lake, MN 55781

Please include a note of how you would like me to sign the book. Of course, I’ll need your mailing address.

Mona Meittunen Abel
3 hrs · 
Book signing at Sunrise Bakery w Patti Meittunen Sundquist Sue Erickson Gielen and Monica. The Bakery is selling my books.
Mona Meittunen Abel
4 hrs · 
Friend Jack bought 50 cookbooks! What a guy!

To PURCHASE , “LET’S PARTY” .

Cookbooks are $25 each (includes tax) plus $4.50 shipping.
One dollar ($1) from the sale of each book will go toward a scholarship for single women attending the Hibbing Community College. Purchase Now.


If you prefer to order thru “snail mail”, please send a check or money ($28.50) order to:

Mayor Mona Meittunen Abel
13039 Memory Lane
Side Lake, MN 55781

Please include a note of how you would like me to sign the book. Of course, I’ll need your mailing address.

Follow Mona and her shenanigans on facebook!
Mona’s Cookbooks and “Recipe Diva” are getting GREAT Reviews!!

Book Signings Announced

This posting is a compilation of book signings around the Range.

MONA’S BOOK SIGNINGS

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m.
: Riverside Inn, Side Lake
Thursday, Aug. 15, 4-6 p.m.
: Valentini’s, Chisholm
Friday, Aug. 16, 11 a. m.
: Sunrise Bakery, Hibbing
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 4-6 p.m.
: Mikes Pub, Hibbing
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 11-2 p.m.
: Forest Lake Restaurant, Grand Rapids
Friday, Aug. 30, 4-6 p.m.
: Side Lake Lounge
Friday, Sept. 6, 4-6 p.m.
: Village Bookstore, Grand Rapids


Cookbooks are $25 each (includes tax) plus $4.50 shipping.
One dollar ($1) from the sale of each book will go toward a scholarship for single women attending the Hibbing Community College. Purchase Now.