Aspen Thrift Shop has new fundraising recipe |

Aspen Thrift Shop has new fundraising recipe

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Janet Urquhart The Aspen Times

ASPEN – Aspen’s Thrift Shop, long the bastion of great deals on gently used items, has cooked up something new. Brand new.

The volunteer group that runs the shop has compiled a long-talked-about cookbook, “Aspen Cooks – Recipes From the Thrift Shop of Aspen,” featuring favorite recipes from its membership plus a few from long-gone Aspen establishments such as Maurice’s and The Copper Kettle.

The 175 or so pages of recipes, rated green, blue or black for level of difficulty – a nod to the local ski culture – are interspersed with short histories of revered local establishments, some of which are gone and some of which are still going strong, along with a multitude of local photos that were donated to the cause and watercolors by local artist Georgeann Waggaman.

In the back are helpful hints for high-altitude baking and boiling.

“This has been in the works for 20 years,” said Margaret Simmons, who chaired the committee that got the project off the ground. Volunteers might have talked about producing a cookbook for roughly two decades, but it’s been an actual work in progress for about three years. Simmons, who joined the volunteers four years ago, spearheaded the effort to solicit recipes and get busy in the kitchen.

“I had a big committee – we tested every recipe,” she said. “It took a whole lot longer than we thought it would.”

There are recipes for appetizers, breads, soups, salads, entrees, vegetables, desserts and more.

The shop has ordered 3,000 copies in the initial printing and has advance orders for about 150 of them already. A copy is available to peruse at the Thrift Shop – it’s wired to a pedestal to keep it from disappearing.

A limited supply has been delivered early, and volunteers will be selling the book Tuesday, when the Aspen Historical Society hosts its holiday cookie exchange and book signing at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum. The event runs from 4:30-7 p.m. The cookbook retails for $24.95.

Proceeds will go toward the Thrift Shop’s mission of supporting community organizations devoted to the arts, education, youth activities and other missions. More than 90 percent of all sales at the shop are contributed to various causes, including a scholarship fund.

The Thrift Shop, located next to the fire station on Hopkins Avenue since 1983 (but for a year elsewhere during construction), was founded in 1949 by four Aspenites to help pay nurses’ salaries at the old Citizens Hospital. The causes it funds, and the location of the shop, have changed over the years, but the volunteer-run enterprise has remained true to its original purpose of helping organizations that benefit the community.

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