Mona’s, August 2020 Food for Thought!

Hello friends. My August blog is out. Enjoy Rita Charters famous Italian bread, Anita Raushel’s two easy recipes and my peach bread pudding and mango mango punch. Yum! 

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Now for some serious bread making!

Rita Charters famous Italian bread

3 cups flour
1 3/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Yeast
1 1/2 cups water

Combine flour, salt, and yeast in a bowl. Add water and stir, until a shaggy mixture forms. Cover and let rise for 12-18 hours. ( I’ve let it rise for less time, but it does need at least 4 hours.)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a covered Dutch oven in the oven and heat for 30 minutes.  

Flour the dough and shape into a soft ball. Place it in the heated Dutch oven, and bake it – covered –  for 30 minutes.  

Remove the cover and bake for 15 more minutes.

No need to grease the Dutch oven before baking.  This is best when served fresh/warm with good olive oil, coarsely ground black pepper, and a freshly-grated Italian cheese of your choice.  Ok….butter works, too!  Also, try it toasted! Yum.

Best served the same day. So crusty, use a good serrated knife.  If put in zip lock, it won’t be crusty the next day but great for toasting, using for crostini’s or cut into small squares and toasted for croutons. Use a very heavy Dutch oven with cover. 

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Another fantastic recipe for y’all!

Peach Bread Pudding

Spray a 7 x 11” glass baking dish and beat 3 eggs and add 3/4 c of cream or half and half. I cut up three large Sunrise Bakery croissants (they are the best)and soak in mixture for at least ten minutes.

In a fry pan place three peaches or nectars cut up and add half of a stick of butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Simmer until nectars are soft. Add to top of bread mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Great for breakfast and lunch or middle of the night!

One more scrumptious thirst quenching recipe
Mango Mango Punch 

One whole bottle of mango rum (great looking bottle), one large bottle of mango nectar and some orange flavored water. Yum!

A fun little tidbit for you!

Drum roll please!
Anita Raushel’s Easy Two Ingredient Donuts

1 cup self rising flour
1 cup of Greek yogurt (it can be full fat or nonfat, but you want a brand that is a thick strained yogurt) 

In a large bowl stir together the flour and yogurt until combined. It will be sticky and crumbly. 

Kneed it on a floured board.

Heat oil to 350 put dough in a storage bag and snip the corner. Pipe into hot oil till golden brown.
Drain 
Now cover them with whatever you want!
Cinnamon sugar
Powdered sugar
Chocolate glaze 

Yummy!
PS this dough also makes a good bagel or pretzel 

One last scrumptious recipe for the road!
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies by Anita Raushel

1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350′

Stir ingredients together 

roll into 1″ ball

Place on ungreased cookie sheet

Use a fork press down in one direction then the other

Bake 12 min 

Allow to cool on cookie sheet a couple mn before transferring to wire rack to cool

Sprinkle with with extra sugar if you want 

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So until next month, keep healthy and happy and keep smiling!

Mona Meittunen Abel
Recipe Diva / Former Go-Go Dancer


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!

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


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