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How to Turn Home Food Waste into Great Tastes, Save Money and the Planet

“We waste tons of food in our home kitchens impacting our environment, economy and health.John Lehndorff from KGNU’s Radio Nibbles is bringing us weekly tips, practical ways for you to save flavor, save money, feed your neighbors and save the planet in your own home kitchen.” Tip #1: Bread: We literally throw out a ton … Continue reading

Easy Grilling (or smoke gets in your chicken thighs)
Colorado food / Eating

Easy Grilling (or smoke gets in your chicken thighs)

By JOHN LEHNDORFF We all have those helpful neighbors. You know the type – eager to share their expertise about literally everything, especially your barbecue. Consider this recent Facebook comment on a barbecue food page: “There are two types of people in this world: those who grill over charcoal, and those who are wrong.” Frankly, … Continue reading

Pressure Cooker: How to open a restaurant in one frantic year
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Pressure Cooker: How to open a restaurant in one frantic year

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in 2004 in the Rocky Mountain News/ Photos by Marc Piscotty) – It’s 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 and Jennifer Jasinski stands in the middle of Rioja, her long-awaited and very unfinished new restaurant in Larimer Square, talking to the construction crew. “I’m just not happy,” she says, “but it’s … Continue reading

Hip Twang: Progressive bluegrass music history in ten albums or so
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Hip Twang: Progressive bluegrass music history in ten albums or so

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in the Boulder Weekly) You know who you are. You are America’s sect of young bluegrass devotees. I’m not saying you’re a hipster or anything, just that you are probably under 40. You probably are a fan of Punch Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, … Continue reading

The secret to a memorable spaghetti sauce isn’t the recipe
Colorado food / Food and Cooking

The secret to a memorable spaghetti sauce isn’t the recipe

(PHOTOGRAPH BY E.J. CARR) By JOHN LEHNDORFF “My spaghetti sauce doesn’t taste right.” That’s what an old friend told me recently as we “met” on Zoom for happy hour. I had asked Bill what he and his wife had been cooking during the stay-at-home time. They were trying to recreate old favorites. “The tomato sauce … Continue reading

Twinkies: toxic junk or the people’s cream puff?
Colorado food / Eating

Twinkies: toxic junk or the people’s cream puff?

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published Oct. 6, 1986 in the Boulder Daily Camera) Rows of air-powered nozzles squoosh white “whip” into pans full of the oblong yellow cakes, which puff as they are filled. The silver-colored molds are then automatically empties onto a conveyor belt, and an endless parade of the sweet snacks moves across … Continue reading

Album captures the eclectic range of late Boulder guitarist Charles Sawtelle
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Album captures the eclectic range of late Boulder guitarist Charles Sawtelle

(Originally published in the Rocky Mountain News in 2001) By John Lehndorff News Staff Writer In late 1994, Boulder guitarist and record producer Charles Sawtelle called his old friend, fiddler and singer Laurie Lewis. “He asked me if I would produce his solo album. I was very flattered,” says Lewis. She also knew the project … Continue reading

Impossible to Beyond: Rating the plant-based fast food burgers
Dining and Restaurants / Eating / Food and Cooking

Impossible to Beyond: Rating the plant-based fast food burgers

By JOHN LEHNDORFF I was just outside of Boulder when I spotted a Burger King and decided that the time had finally come for my great meat-and-greet initiation. As a dining critic I’ve sampled some great cheeseburgers over the years and, living in the Boulder area, I had my share of bean and grain burgers, … Continue reading