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Should pumpkin pie be Colorado’s state pie?

Pumpkin Pie Days in Longmont

Pumpkin Pie Days in Longmont

By John Lehndorff

(Sept. 27, 2014) In 1896, the Boulder Daily Camera advertised a Sunday meal at the original Hotel St. Julian whose grand finale was rhubarb pies and lemon pies. In the 1950s Jack Kerouac ate apple pie in Longmont and enshrined it a la mode in “On the Road.” In 1975 Charlie Papazian of Boulder declared his birthday, Jan. 23rd, as National Pie Day. Continue our rich pie history and kick up your heels at the 3rd Annual Mouse’s Pie R Square Dance. It’s Sunday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall upstairs from the Boulder Army Store. We’ll have plenty of pie, coffee and tea, great old-time music and lots of dancing with gentle lessons for the dancing-impaired. Please bake a savory dinner pie or sweet dessert pie and get a reduced price ticket at the door. Free professional pie-making advice will be available. Kids 12 and under get in free for this KGNU benefit event. Visit or call 303-449-4885 for details.
Remember: No state claims pumpkin pie as their state pie. Pumpkin Pie should be the Colorado State Pie.
Speaking of Pumpkin Pie, I’ll be the chief judge Oct. 12 at the inaugural Aurora Punkin Chunkin Pumpkin Pie Bake-Off:

Another Roadside Attraction
(An excerpt from my feature in the current issue of Edible Front Range magazine)

It’s hard for any eatery in Boulder to remain undiscovered but Tifffins India Café has managed to remain invisible. Even serious foodies say “Huh?” when I tell them this storefront dishes some sigh-worthy Indian fare. I love the big masala dosa crepes filled with spiced potatoes and the chicken vindaloo which manages to be full of spice without being hellishly hot. I’m always happy to have the lentil soup with vada (a savory doughnut) or idli, the steamed rice cakes. I’d make a meal of the hot garlic naan laced with fresh garlic and cilantro and various chutneys ranging from cool and sweet to puckery tart and fierce. The menu is full of first class, exotic dishes that just happen to be vegan and gluten-free. 2416 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; 303-442-2500; (Tiffins is right across the street from the classic empanadas with chimichurri at Rincon Argentino, and the medianoche at Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria.)


Toques in the town: I’m looking forward to learning and tasting at the Chefs Collaborative summit in Boulder Sept. 27-30. I was honored to help choose the Sustainability Award winners from among a stellar cast of Colorado food notables. Tickets for a few events are available to the public. Here are some details from the Daily Camera:

A Taste for Writing
I’m leading a workshop on food writing October 11 at the Boulder Book Store and revealing all my dining critic secrets including 5 words you should never use in a restaurant review: tasty, delicious, yummy, flavorful and different. Details:

John Lehndorff is a the former food editor at the Daily Camera, dining critic for the Rocky Mountain News, and Chief Judge at the National Pie Championships. He hosts Radio Nibbles Thursdays at 8:25 a.m. on KGNU (88.5 FM, 1390 AM, and streaming at
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