Monday, December 10, 2007

Cooking in the KAXE kitchen

The sun is just coming up over the Mississippi River in Itasca County - the frosted trees and the steam rising is so breathtaking that it's almost haunting. It's as if there's a protective bubble over everything. I didn't relish getting up so early and getting out into the nearly 20 below morning to come to KAXE - but I can't wait for what's going to be happening in the kitchen - there's rumor of Finn biscuits with cardamom and puff pastry.

Iron Range cookbook author Mona Meittunen Abel is going to cook with us in about an hour and a half...her cookbooks are not just recipes, they are stories of life on The Range. "To Mom with Love: Ethnic Recipes and Family Favorites" and "To Dad with Love: Ethnic Recipes and Family Favorites." Mona is also looking for stories and recipes from kids or about kids in this neck of the woods. Email her your submissions....
Here's a recipe from "To Dad With Love"
Sister-in-law Tammi Meittunen's recipe. She brought these to our Meittunen reunion this summer and they were a hit.
1 lb each of ground beef, ground pork and ground ham
1 c. minute rice, uncooked
1 egg
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 c. water
1 onion, chopped
1 bag sauerkraut
1 can chicken broth
Mix first 3 ingredients and shape into meatballs; place 9x13" pan. Saute onion in butter, add garlic. Remove from heat and add sauerkraut, chicken broth and water. Pour mixture over meatballs and bake covered for 1- 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees.

Mona will be signing books at Howard Street Booksellers in Hibbing on Saturday and at the Village Bookstore in Grand Rapids from 12-2.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Meittunen family were our neighbors growing up in Hibbing. My father-in-law's photo and his favorite cookie recipe is in Mona's Dad's cookbook. I spoke with my 88 year old mother in law today, and she remembers making pasties with Mona's grandmother and mother at the Methodist Church in Hibbing. And, we don't eat our pasties with gravy!!