Stephanie Hansen hosting dinner at her cabin on Burntside Lake in Ely, MN

Me, before every meal at the cabin.

About True North Cabin Cookbook

“In Minnesota and beyond, summer is prime cabin season. The rhythms of cabin life are very familiar to food enthusiast and genial host Stephanie Hansen, who relishes the opportunity to dazzle with simple ingredients from pantry and garden, creating memorable and delicious meals for friends and loved ones. Her family cabin sits far to the north on picturesque Burntside Lake in Ely, Minnesota-a boat ride away from the nearest grocery story and a world apart from the demands of everyday life. From her perch on True North Island, Hansen tells warm and witty stories and shares favorite recipes for the summer months. Cozy dishes like Beef Bourguignon and Rhubarb Skillet Cake are fitting for May and September, while grilled vegetables, corn fritters, and fresh fruit desserts match the relaxed pace of July and August, when lazy summer days unfurl in endless waves. Hansen’s straightforward, creative, tasty dishes will nourish those who gather at your table-whether at the cabin or at home. True North Cabin Cookbook offers ample opportunity to savor north woods living at its very best.” —Shannon Pennefeather, Minnesota Historical Society Press

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Featured Events

Tuesday, November 29, at the Lexington on Grand Avenue in St Paul, Chef Nick O’Leary will cook recipes from “True North Cabin Cookbook” for a special 3-course dinner while Stephanie shares stories.  

About this event

Chef Nick O’Leary and Stephanie Hansen collaborated on featuring recipes from her cookbook, True North Cabin Cookbook.

Guests are invited to enjoy cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres in The Williamsburg Room from 6:00-6:30pm followed by a 3-course dinner. Each ticket includes a signed copy of True North Cabin Cookbook to take home and cook!

Space is limited so get your tickets today.

* Taxes, fees, and gratuity additional

 
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Signings:

10-19 Kowalskis Parkview 4-6
10.22 Abundant Kitchen Signing at their Buffalo Strore 12-1 pm
10.25 The Lexington Ticketed event. Hosting the Makers of MN Fall dinner. Can sign and sell books
10-28 Kowalskis Grand ave 4-6
Oct 29 Lake and Co stillwater Book signing october 29 -12-2
Oct30 kowalskis excelsior 11-1
11.10 Bachmans Inspiration event and signing 4-7
11.11 Under Pressure Brewing 6-8pm Happy Hour and a pint with StephaniesDish
11.12 Fittgers Duluth 2-4pm
11.13 Piragis In Ely 11-1 . 
11.19 General Store Minnetonka 12-2 Book signing
11.25 Surdyks 4-6 Book Sign ing and Cocktail Tasting
11.26 Williams-Sonoma, Edina 12-4 book signing
11.29 Lexington Dinner Cook the Book Dinner. 100 tickets each person gets a copy of the book
Dec 1 Bachmans Inspiration event and signing 4-7
12.4 Abundant Kitchen Excelsior Book signing 12-2
Dec. 10 Next Chapter Holiday bookstore signing 1-3pm
Dec. 10 Bake Sale @ Union Depot Ticketed event 3:30-5
Dec 11 Magers and Quinn Table signing for holidays 1-3
Dec 15 Holly House Boutique 5-7 ladies’ night shopping
Dec 17 Barnes and Noble 1-3 book signing
Dec 18 Holly House Boutique 11-2 book signing
 

True North Cabin Cookbook by Stephanie Hansen

Book Synopsis

Celebrate summer days with seasonal foods and cherished tales of life in the northland, as the author’s recipes and personal recollections transport readers to a lakeside cabin in the north woods.

Summer is prime cabin season. The cabin might be large or small, plush or rustic, lakeside or far off the trail. Regardless of the setting, adventuresome days of hiking or boating or lounging are fueled by hearty, home-cooked meals.

The rhythms of cabin life are very familiar to food enthusiast and genial host Stephanie Hansen, who relishes the opportunity to dazzle with simple ingredients from pantry and garden, creating memorable and delicious meals for friends and loved ones. Her family cabin sits far to the north on picturesque Burntside Lake in Ely, Minnesota—a boat ride away from the nearest grocery store and a world apart from the demands of everyday life. From her perch on True North Island, Hansen tells warm and witty stories and shares favorite recipes for the summer months. In May, she offers cozy dishes like Beef Bourguignon and Drunken Cowboy Beans followed by a sweet and tart Rhubarb Skillet Cake, while June might call for Molasses Pork Chops accompanied by Roasted Carrots with Scallion-Ginger Sauce. For the lazy summer days of July and August, the classic Fried Walleye with Lemony Tartar Sauce might hit the spot, or a Grilled Ratatouille with Herb Vinaigrette to take advantage of the fresh seasonal vegetables. As autumn starts to creep in during September, Grilled Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Feta Sauce and Warm Bacon Potato Salad keep the summer vibe going. Throughout the months, Hansen shares recipes for desserts both simple and adventurous—from a No-Bake Layered Lemon Loaf with Blueberries to Molten Chocolate Cakes—and refreshing cocktails to meet your every mood.

Hansen’s straightforward, creative, tasty dishes will nourish those who gather at your table—whether at the cabin or at home. True North Cabin Cookbook offers ample opportunity to savor north woods living at its very best.

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Here’s What People are Saying About the Book

“Everyone is seeking a simpler, more localized, and home-crafted lifestyle these days, and Stephanie Hansen’s True North Cabin Cookbook delivers that by the barrel. You can smell the pine woods, hear the rain on the lake, feel the sun on your skin. Most important, tasting the incredible recipes gets everyone to their True North.” —Andrew Zimmern, award-winning host of Bizarre Foods, What’s Eating America, and Family Dinner

“Stephanie Hansen has captured and elevated the Minnesota tradition of ‘going to the lake’ in her delicious recipes. Even if you don’t have a lake cabin, you’ll want to sit on the porch with a Rhubarb Gin & Tonic, bring a Cherry Tomato Tart with Fresh (homemade) Ricotta on a picnic, and celebrate with a Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake! This book is everything we love about being at the lake, without the mosquitoes.” —Zoë François, host of Zoë Bakes

“True North Cabin Cookbook is a collection of useful, family-friendly recipes and sweet remembrances of time spent at the lake. Stephanie Hansen covers the Minnesota favorites but with updates that add a little metro sophistication, too. With crowd-pleasing meals, drinks, and desserts, this book will become a well-thumbed heirloom to take to the cabin or use at home.” — Robin Asbell, author of Plant-Based Meats: Hearty, High-Protein Recipes for Vegans, Flexitarians, and Curious Carnivores.

“True North Cabin Cookbook” is an invitation to gather with Stephanie Hansen’s family and friends and enjoy the seasons up north with stories and recipes. Here you’ll find the aroma of delicious food coming out of the kitchen and off the grill. Get comfy in your deck chair, help yourself to one of Dolores’s shortbread cookies, and get ready to laugh, cry, and cook.” — Patrice M. Johnson, author of Land of 10,000 Plates: Stories and Recipes from Minnesota

“Stephanie Hansen has infused the rustic simplicity of Minnesota cabin cooking with big, fresh flavors woven into family stories. Hansen is a wonderful cook and a gracious hostess, and I loved this peek into her delicious life at the lake. Is there such a thing as the perfect hostess gift? I say yes, and it’s this charming book.” — Stephanie A. Meyer, author of Twin Cities Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the City of Lakes to the Capital City

“You don’t need to own a cabin by a Minnesota lake to appreciate the love of family, friends, and good food embedded in every page of Stephanie Hansen’s True North Cabin Cookbook. We are invited to enjoy a season on True North Island, where mouthwatering recipes are laid out month by month, using ingredients at their absolute best, in recipes both simple and sophisticated. True North is an intimate cookbook full of Stephanie’s lively stories and favorite dishes, accumulated over decades of cabin life. I felt like I was cooking along with Stephanie in her cabin kitchen, sipping a refreshing cocktail and enjoying a beautiful view of her beloved Burntside Lake.” —Meredith Deeds, co-author of The Big Book of Appetizers, The Mixer Bible, and 300 Sensational Soups / Star Tribune Taste columnist.

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