“They are in trucks as we speak,” 75,000 copies en route from Salt Lake City, where they were printed, said Stephanie Duncan last week from her …
This item is available in full to subscribers.
If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.
Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.
If you made a voluntary contribution in 2022-2023 of $50 or more, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access includes access to all websites and online content.
“They are in trucks as we speak,” 75,000 copies en route from
Salt Lake City, where they were printed, said Stephanie Duncan last
week from her Highlands Ranch home (while juggling a 4-year-old
with her non-phone hand).
Duncan, the chairperson for publication of the fifth Junior
League of Denver cookbook, “Colorado Classique,” started work on
the project about three years ago, after helping as a tester on
“Classique” should follow its predecessors into the bestseller
ranks shortly. Look for it on area bookshelves soon, at $29.95, the
same price as the previous book.
“We are almost always in reprint on one of them,” she says.
(And, for area newcomers, they are especially helpful, since
everything printed is adjusted for high altitude).
At first, the cookbook committee determined a concept, conducted
market research and established a price point, deciding not to
raise the price from the last book. Nutritional values would be
added to each recipe. They further decided to print in the U.S.,
with an FSC-certified printer, Forest Stewardship Council, which
means recycled paper and safe dyes and ink.
A five-member steering committee was part of an overall
30-member cookbook committee. Then there were testing groups of 10
to 20 that met weekly June through August 2008. More than 2,000
recipes were submitted initially and gradually peeled down to a
manageable number in each category by anonymous rankings. Each
tester donated the food she cooked. Some members enlisted friends
to help test.
“It’s been a huge outlet,” Duncan said. “I need to talk to
A former kindergarten teacher in the Douglas County Schools, she
is a stay-at-home mom now with a 4-year-old son and a daughter in
school. “I’m not in the food field, but I love to eat,“ she
On her committee was Lauren Walk of Lone Tree, a new member, who
as a provisional was assigned to chair an introductory event,
“Cocktails Classique,” where a caterer prepared recipes from the
book for a party at the John Fielder Gallery in the Santa Fe Arts
District. It was a great introduction to League, said Walk, now an
Cathy Hollis of Littleton, who chaired the meats section of the
new book, brought experience to the committee. She had chaired the
“Colorado Collage” book in previous years. Like other recipes, all
meat recipes were triple-tested, staring with 180, then 60 to 90,
then final choices.
Duncan shared a sample recipe from the appetizers section of the
new book, which was a big hit at the cocktail party.
Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
Serves: 12 portions
Prep: less that 30 minute
1 1/2 ounces dry sun-dried tomatoes
6 cloves garlic
1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 Teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Blanch sun-dried tomatoes in boiling water for 4 minutes or
until softened. Drain. Chop Garlic in a food processor with a metal
blade until finely minced. Add rehydrated tomatoes and chop into
small pieces. Add garbanzo beans, olive oil, mayonnaise, lemon
juice, parmesan cheese, basil, cayenne pepper and salt and process
until smooth. Serve with crackers, toasted pita or raw
Nutrition information: 103 calories, 7 g. fat, 1 g saturated
fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 390 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g sugars,
2 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Other items that may interest you
We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.
The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.