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Mona’s, December Food for Thought

Mona's Tree
My Christmas tree has been set up for over a month. Well, actually it is a palm tree I had on my front deck and just moved it into the living room when the weather was getting cold.

Memories of past Christmases keep creeping into my mind. Mom and dad putting winter clothes on and off as we went to Grandma and Grandpa Williams home on 5th Avenue East. Then back into the COLD car to Grandmas’ brother Erwin and family. Then to their son Richard’s family, back to COLD car to my aunt and uncle, Norma and Lester’s home next to our house. Finally, to our house. What excitement for kids. Adults. I don’t think so.

I have been making Bernie Borovac’s dressing for many years. My mom made great dressing using Jimmy Dean sausage. Pretty much the same as Bernie’s. This recipe is on page 104 of Let’s Party.

Other suggestions for the Holidays is the Crabbies by Marge Frider on page 22, Cousin Diana Rouse’s Brie Kisses on page 26, and you must try the Velveeta Fudge, yes, it calls for velveeta. This is on page 85.

I had a fantastic time in Sauk Centre, MN, lots of great people and silliness going on! This is a picture Of Ben from the Sauk Centre Herald. This is how a reporter should dress when he goes to an event!
Our family always has plum pudding with sweetened white sauce, very British.

Now for dessert…

But how about dessert and a drink combined? What is wrong with that? Page 43 Chocolate Pudding Drink. Yes, RumChata, Godiva Chocolate liqueur and chocolate pudding. Must I say more!?!

A facebook post from a friend!

I love my facebook friends!

The best of everything to all of my family and friends at this special time of the year. Try to keep your kindness going all year long. Health is the answer so is laughter and humor.

Keep smiling,

Mona Meittunen Abel
Recipe Diva / Former Go-Go Dancer

Grand Rapids Herald Review A silly cookbook

A SILLY COOKBOOK GIVES BACK; AUTHOR TO SIGN BOOKS THIS SATURDAY AT CENTRAL SQUARE MALL
• By Emily Carlson Herald Review
• Nov 20, 2019
https://www.grandrapidsmn.com/news/a-silly-cookbook-gives-back-author-to-sign-books-this/article_ccdc7a52-0b06-11ea-afb2-ff4e6d89880b.html


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.”





Mona’s, November Food for Thought

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.

My Kiss costume was painted on by Jeff Dougherty

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!

This year for my Birthday Costume I wore my fascinator , tux jacket with red bow tie & white gloves.

Picture is with my funny cousin Brian from Alaska. I’m cradling a large bottle of vodka.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Hull Rust Mine View
Hull Rust Mining Truck

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 ‼️😋

Proudly Made In Pengilly Minnesota

YUMMY • YUM • YUM 😋🤤
www.ChiquisChocolates.com

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

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!

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!

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!

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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
Sign Book To?

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 ($29.50) 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 ($29.50) 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 ($29.50) 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 ($29.50) 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.