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Tool time: A kitchen full of implements of instruction
Colorado food / Food trends

Tool time: A kitchen full of implements of instruction

By John Lehndorff When I’m asked: “Which kitchen tools are absolutely essential?” I’ve always answered in my sage Jedi voice: “A sharp chef’s knife and your hands.” While that is good, if glib, advice, why do I have drawers, boxes and flower vases crammed with single-purpose culinary implements from crab crackers and pasta tongs to … Continue reading

Fungi update: Exotic mushrooms go mainstream on American menus
Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

Fungi update: Exotic mushrooms go mainstream on American menus

(This feature appears in the current issue of Produce Business magazine) By John Lehndorff Experts have noted an attitude change in American consumers this year. They are looking for change in 2016, and change is what they will encounter, at least when it comes to mushrooms at restaurants. The establishment White variety is dominant, fully … Continue reading

Dining and Restaurants / Eating / Food and Cooking

1995 flashback: Chefs, dads and sons find each other in the kitchen

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This feature originally appeared in the Washington Post June 14, 1995) Ward Cleaver may have helped June with the dishes and burned a few burgers in the back yard, but you weren’t going to see him teaching Wally and the Beav how to whip up a souffle. For the most part, post-World … Continue reading

My produce is so ugly the cashiers make me use self-checkout
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My produce is so ugly the cashiers make me use self-checkout

By John Lehndorff (This originally appeared in the Boulder Weekly) We hold this truth to be self-evident: Americans today are wimps when it comes to dirt, especially on their vegetables and fruit. It seems we can’t stand our fashion models or our fruit without a little Photoshopping. Fruits and vegetables have gotten less and less … Continue reading

As strip malls fade, will Boulder’s culinary diversiy go with them?
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As strip malls fade, will Boulder’s culinary diversiy go with them?

By John Lehndorff Boulder Weekly Feb. 25, 2016 – Ras Kassa’s was the coolest culinary anomaly I’d ever encountered in my food writing life. It was an Ethiopian roadhouse set in a Twilight Zone location, the tumbleweed junction at the mouth of Eldorado Canyon at US-93 in the 1980s. Sour injera bread and yebeg alicha … Continue reading

A baker’s life: Jennifer Bush rises to the occasion
Colorado food / Food and Cooking

A baker’s life: Jennifer Bush rises to the occasion

By John Lehndorff (This column originally appeared in the Boulder Weekly) By the dawn’s early light Jennifer Bush has already been at work awhile. Scratch-made muffins, quiche, cupcakes, fruit galettes and seriously caramelized dark chocolate chunk cookies need to be ready for the regulars when Lucky’s Bakehouse opens at 7 a.m. “I like the quiet … Continue reading

Checking out fava beans, banh mi, n’duja, SPAM and Alice B Toklas
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Checking out fava beans, banh mi, n’duja, SPAM and Alice B Toklas

By John Lehndorff (Nibbles, Boulder Weekly, 2/18/16) There are no late fees when you borrow parsley, sage, rosemary or thyme from the Living Seed Library inside the Boulder Public Library. The Living Seed library is really a filing cabinet with 25 drawers filled with seed packets. Instead of the Dewey Decimal System, they are subdivided … Continue reading

Driven by customer demand, chefs make meat share space on the plate with fresh produce
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Driven by customer demand, chefs make meat share space on the plate with fresh produce

    By John Lehndorff (This feature appears in the current issue of the trade magazine Produce Business)  Vegan. Vegetarian. Raw. Paleo. Omnivore. It’s easy to dismiss these dietary labels as just more noise about the diet du jour. After all, the most recent survey by the food research firm Technomic found that only three percent … Continue reading

Guacamole glut expected in time or Broncos-Panthers Super Bowl buffets
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Guacamole glut expected in time or Broncos-Panthers Super Bowl buffets

By John Lehndorff (This feature was originally published in Produce Business magazine.) Nobody knows whether the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers will walk off the field with the Lombardi Trophy February 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara CA, but produce retailers can earn a win before the kickoff of Super Bowl 50, America’s greatest … Continue reading

Don’t cry for onions, the world’s most versatile ingredient
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Don’t cry for onions, the world’s most versatile ingredient

Jim Pittenger places coke-sizzled onions on a bratwurst at his Biker Jim’s cart in Denver. (Photo by Kim Long) (This feature originally appeared in Produce Business magazine)   By John Lehndorff Try to conceive of a completely onion-free menu at a restaurant, catered event or food service operation. No sliced red onions on burgers. No … Continue reading

Nibbles: Ten great Colorado dishes from 2015 from menudo to beet sugar rum
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Nibbles: Ten great Colorado dishes from 2015 from menudo to beet sugar rum

(This Nibbles column originally appeared in the Boulder Weekly: http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-15452-from-menudo-to-beet-sugar-rum.html) By John Lehndorff John Lehndorff Bone broth was big in 2015 in Boulder — so popular it is even available on tap in multiple flavors. Personally, I’ll take my bone broth — animal bones boiled in water — in the traditional form of Jewish chicken … Continue reading

Take a trip down Colorado Green Chile Trail
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Take a trip down Colorado Green Chile Trail

(This feature originally appeared in Colorado AAA EnCompass Magazine: colorado.aaa.com/encompass/current-issue/colorado-first-green-chile-journey/) By John Lehndorff Green chile is the addictive substance uniting Colorado’s cultural and geographic expanses by applying flavor jumper cables to nearly every dish. The first head-turning whiff of that smoky, peppery scent tells us it’s time for football, cool nights and foliage drives. It’s … Continue reading

The whey of the curds: The Colorado cheese trail
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Eating

The whey of the curds: The Colorado cheese trail

By John Lehndorff The last thing anybody wants to do on an icy November afternoon is go shopping inside a room-sized refrigerator. Yet that’s precisely what crowds of folks do on a daily basis at Longmont’s Cheese Importers Warehouse. They pick a nice insulated jacket from a rack at the door and plunge into a … Continue reading

Colorado food / Food and Cooking

Season’s Eatings: Give the gift of good tastes made in Boulder County

(I have written a version of this story every holiday season for about 30 years for an array of publications. What has changed is that now there are so many more local culinary and artisan food gifts to give besides gift cards. A version of what follows here will appear in the Boulder Daily Camera’s Holiday Gift … Continue reading