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

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

On ‘Cue: Colorado’s top BBQ joints
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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

The Top 100 Most American Foods
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The Top 100 Most American Foods

(This Nibbles column was originally published 20 years ago in the Boulder Daily Camera and distributed nationally by the Scripps Howard News Service) By John Lehndorff Scripps Howard News Service (Oct 14th, 1998) All I had to do was mention that I was compiling a list of the 100 greatest American foods, and people would start … Continue reading

Having Some Balls
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Having Some Balls

The offal truth about Colorado’s affection for Rocky Mountain ‘oysters’ By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This column originally appeared in Sensi 1/19) Until I started handling balls on a regular basis, I really didn’t feel very comfortable about the task. Frankly, nobody expects to be standing there holding large slippery testicles in their hands. You don’t think … Continue reading

Got skills? One great class elevates your cooking for life
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Got skills? One great class elevates your cooking for life

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Edible Critic, Sensi magazine, 2/17) When I’m chopping onions with my chef knife I often don’t always glance down at my fingers. I’m looking for the next thing I’m going to slice or thinking about the next story I have to write. It scares people who watch me do it but I … Continue reading

Zingerman’s Deli is one of America’s best places to fall in love with cheese
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Zingerman’s Deli is one of America’s best places to fall in love with cheese

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Published in Cheese Connoisseur Magazine) The Zingerman’s Reuben is the quintessential destination sandwich. The corned beef is cured just for the famous Michigan deli and sliced to order in thin, juicy, warm pink ribbons. Crusty Jewish rye is cut from loaves, grilled and spread with thick, scratch-made Russian dressing. To crown it, … Continue reading

A taste for partial spoilage: Favorite Colorado cheeses
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A taste for partial spoilage: Favorite Colorado cheeses

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly) We get excited during October about ales crafted from Colorado hops, barley, yeast and water. Some baker friends pride themselves on making pies using only apples, wheat and honey from within our watershed. Chefs have rightly celebrated our local bounty at farm-to-farm table dinners in Boulder County. It’s ironic that … Continue reading

Ka-ching! Pie judgment day is a good bet in the Nevada dessert in 1995
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Ka-ching! Pie judgment day is a good bet in the Nevada dessert in 1995

By John Lehndorff (Washington Post, March 29, 1995) There’s something deeply satisfying about throwing a pie at someone. There’s the running windup, the last fiendish glance at your victim to steady your aim, then the throw, followed by that rewarding “splaaattttt!” when the pie finds its mark.Admit it: A pie in the face is as … Continue reading

How to turn the remains of the feast into months of flavor
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How to turn the remains of the feast into months of flavor

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly 11/23/16) If you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house today, complete with “Alice’s Restaurant” playing in the background, you probably won’t read this until well after the feast. Hosts spend weeks getting ready for that peak moment when everybody is finally seated and filling their plates. They will grab some … Continue reading

Why the cookie crumbles at altitude
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Why the cookie crumbles at altitude

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 12/1/16) It’s not just you. For once, it really is the altitude. Food fries weirdly here, cookies spread out like pancakes, pies explode and some cakes collapse. Water boils at a lower temperature so it takes longer to cook vegetables, and coffee and tea don’t taste the same. “A three-minute … Continue reading

Sweet Dreams: Touring Colorado’s best candy stores and chocolate artists
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Sweet Dreams: Touring Colorado’s best candy stores and chocolate artists

By John Lehndorff (Originally published in AAA Encompass Colorado Magazine November/December 2016; photos by Kim Long) Once upon a time, on the west side of Denver, you could smell green apple one day and watermelon the next. Jolly Rancher, for years Colorado’s most famous name in sweets, produced about 1 million pounds of hard candy a … Continue reading

Cooking with Cheddar from popovers to pimento spread
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Cooking with Cheddar from popovers to pimento spread

    (Il Porcellino The Bacon Sandwich with Cheddar Photo: Kim Long) By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in Cheese Connoisseur magazine) By JOHN LEHNDORFF Room temperature and naked. That is how Cheddar lovers say they want their favorite aged cheese, perhaps paired with a cracker. Admittedly, a cheese like Montgomery’s Extra Mature Cheddar is a … Continue reading

Zen and the Art of Apple Pie: Be the Dough to Achieve Your Flaky Bliss
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Zen and the Art of Apple Pie: Be the Dough to Achieve Your Flaky Bliss

  By JOHN LEHNDORFF (From the Nov. 2016 issue of Sensi: sensimag.com/2016/11/01/126387/november-2016-digital-edition First there is that apple-y cinnamon/caramel steam that grabs you by the nose. Then you see the whole pie emerge from the oven and, finally, a warm apple pie wedge whose juices mingle the melting vanilla bean gelato. You take a bite and … Continue reading