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

On ‘Cue: Colorado’s top BBQ joints
Colorado food / Food and Cooking

On ‘Cue: Colorado’s top BBQ joints

By JOHN LEHNDORFF Once upon a time, wannabe pros played tours of small golf tournaments known as the “barbecue circuit.” Players were often fed grilled hot dogs and the play on less-than-pristine links tended to be hotly competitive. These days the barbecue circuit in Colorado is a battery of artisan smokehouses competing for fans who … Continue reading

Conscious Chocolate: Colorado’s new bean-to-bar artisans
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Conscious Chocolate: Colorado’s new bean-to-bar artisans

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (From the Dec. 2019 Sensi magazine: Chocolate is not a practical gift. It’s indulgence with soul-satisfying creaminess, a warmly stimulating aroma and some sugar for liftoff. Chocolate is a flavor of memory and we willingly toss aside our dietary rules for it, especially during this season. Pumpkin spice is nice, but chocolate … Continue reading

Where to find the best pizzerias on the Front Range
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

Where to find the best pizzerias on the Front Range

(Originally published in Colorado AvidGolfer) By JOHN LEHNDORFF If you really want to start an argument, your choices are: Discuss national politics, or Declare which pizzeria serves the best pizza in the U.S. Visitors from other states are prone to make fun of the food in Colorado, especially our pizza. They loudly argue that nothing … Continue reading

The Food Road Less Taken: Peggy Markel and the soul of travel
Colorado food / Colorado Travel

The Food Road Less Taken: Peggy Markel and the soul of travel

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (From Sensi magazine, 10/19) The most influential Colorado foodie that nobody has heard of pulls up on an old bicycle at a French bakery near her home in Longmont. It’s a rare in-state sighting of the culinary travel pioneer who also helped introduce the Slow Food movement to the United States. The … Continue reading

Step away from the IPA and embrace Colorado’s big tent wine culture
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Step away from the IPA and embrace Colorado’s big tent wine culture

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This feature originally appeared in the September 2019 edition of Sensi Magazine/ Denver-Boulder Take this quick quiz: Which kind of Colorado tasting room – beer or wine – do you associate with … Cornhole? Live music? Food trucks? Shorts and T-shirts? If you’re being honest, beer pitches a 4-0 shutout. Maybe familiarity … Continue reading

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Grains of Truth: Heirloom Wheat Boom in Colorado

(This TasteBuds column originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Sensi Magazine (Denver/Boulder edition) By JOHN LEHNDORFF Once upon a time, wheat was the “staff of life.” Literally, like civilization resulted from grains. Since the recent Keto, Atkins, Paleo and Whole30 anti-carb campaign, wheat – and its enabler, gluten – are now considered Darth … Continue reading

Dining pioneer Josh Wolkon talks Steubie Snacks, jam bands and cannabis in the kitchen
Colorado food / Eating

Dining pioneer Josh Wolkon talks Steubie Snacks, jam bands and cannabis in the kitchen

(From Sensi magazine, May 2019) By JOHN LEHNDORFF He didn’t imagine owning four eateries and food truck, but Josh Wolkon knew he wanted to open a restaurant eventually when he migrated to Colorado from Boston in 1995. “I had never worked in a kitchen so I took a lot of cooking jobs at restaurants and … Continue reading

Peak Brunch: Four Stellar Colorado spots
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

Peak Brunch: Four Stellar Colorado spots

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This Fareways column originally appeared in the May issue of Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine. coloradoavidgolfer.com/digital-issue) I love going out to brunch. It’s the rare eating-out occasion where you can kick back when the sun is out, catch up with family and friends and take a break from the weekday diet rules. In other … Continue reading

CBD for Dinner: Hot cannabinoid is now on Colorado’s menus
Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

CBD for Dinner: Hot cannabinoid is now on Colorado’s menus

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in the March 2019 issue of Sensi magazine.) You can’t miss the CBD doughnuts in the glass display case at Glazed & Confuzed, the artisan doughnut emporium at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace. The eye-catcher is a yeast-raised classic with raspberry-blueberry glaze crowned with a distinctive candied fresh Colorado-grown hemp leaf. It … Continue reading

John Lehndorff’s Top 100 American Foods (in 1998)
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food trends

John Lehndorff’s Top 100 American Foods (in 1998)

By John Lehndorff, Scripps Howard News Service — Oct 14th, 1998 (Here is the update in 2019: boulderweekly.com/cuisine/the-most-american-foods) You’ve seen those lists of the 100 best books, the top 100 movies. Now a food writer makes a list of the best American foods. All I had to do was mention that I was compiling a … Continue reading