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Slifer Designs in Riverwalk at Edwards hosts local cookbook author Jennie Iverson

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Jennie Iverson, author of "Ski Town Soups" and "Ski Town Apres Ski," will talk recipes at Silfer Designs on Thursday, Jan. 21.
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If you go …

What: Book signing and soup tasting with Jennie Iverson, author of “Ski Town Soups” and “Ski Town Après Ski.”

When: 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

Where: Slifer Designs, 216 Main St, Unit C100, Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 970-926-8200, email info@sliferdesigns.com, or visit http://www.sliferdesigns.org.

EDWARDS — You’ve invited your friends over for an apres ski party, but you’re feeling nervous about the menu. Rest easy, because local author Jennie Iverson has done the research, culled a list of recipes and created a pair of cookbooks just for a gathering of your friends and neighbors.

Not sure where to start? Slifer Designs is giving you the chance to talk with Iverson and try a few of the recipes from her first book, “Ski Town Soups,” on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m.

“We are looking forward to having local author Jennie Iverson share some of her recipes. It’s been so cold lately that we’ve been inspired to try some new soup recipes from these cookbooks,” said Lisa Mikels, Slifer store manager.

Soup is a hearty meal that brings thoughts of family time and cozy evenings, and Iverson’s “Ski Town Soups” will have you dicing, simmering and slurping in no time.

“When I was putting ‘Ski Town Soups’ together, I was dreaming what it would look like: rustic yet sophisticated and photography rich,” said Iverson, sharing that she doesn’t have a culinary background but paired her love of making home-cooked meals for her family with her hobbies of traveling and skiing to create her books.

“I curl up on the coach and dream, ‘What am I going to make in the next month? What am I going to make for the next party? What will go with it-pairing wise?’” she said.

A couple of years after “Ski Town Soups” became a mountain favorite, “Ski Town Apres Ski” was released to similar fanfare. Open up the book and you’ll be transported through photographs, cocktail pairing suggestions and recipes that range from super easy (green circles) to challenging (black diamonds).

In “Apres,” each restaurant was able to provide just one recipe, so they chose their specialties. Offerings range from a mussels recipe and Brussels sprouts and shrimp and grits from Kelly Liken to five-onion French onion soup.

“You can’t go wrong with each and every recipe,” Iverson said. “The restaurants shared one of their signature recipes because that’s the one they want to be known for.”

Each soup and apres recipe is credited to a ski locale. Iverson hopes that making the dishes in your own home will evoke memories of past trips while creating new family memories.

“These cookbooks are popular with every generation, from the recent college graduates hoping to have a home-cooked meal to young-at-heart ski town visitors,” Mikels said. “We’re so excited to share one of our favorite coffee table books with locals and visitors — it’s definitely worth the trip to Edwards.”


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