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My Own Devices:  Tales of guilt and unmade pasta
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food trends

My Own Devices: Tales of guilt and unmade pasta

By John Lehndorff (Boulder Weekly 12/15/16) Do you have certain “appliances” that are hidden away in your house that you would rather not talk about? If you answered “yes,” you are not alone. We all have our own steamers, fryers, rotisserie ovens and George Foreman grills in the closet. Little known fact: The primary dish prepared … Continue reading

How you’ll eat in ’17 from mukbang and pitaya to shakshuka and water blobs
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How you’ll eat in ’17 from mukbang and pitaya to shakshuka and water blobs

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly 12/29/16) Yogurt, bottled water, pizza, poultry sandwiches, Mexican food, fresh fruit, bars, ice cream sandwiches, chips and pancakes were the Top 10 most influential foods of the past decade in the United States, according to the food-research NPD Group. You have to wonder: Where is the kale? This is the … Continue reading

Bialys, baklava, banh mi and my very best Boulder bites of 2016
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Bialys, baklava, banh mi and my very best Boulder bites of 2016

By JOHN LEHNDORFF My first taste of Wayne’s smoked pork belly was a revelation, as was a bite of the Mediterranean Market’s spinach pie. Hidden among the 365 (or so) forgettable breakfasts, lunches and dinners in 2016 were some food moments I’d be delighted to enjoy again. They popped up in Nibbles over the past … 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

Season’s Eatings: Where to find stollen, pannetone and holiday treats in Denver
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Season’s Eatings: Where to find stollen, pannetone and holiday treats in Denver

http://www.sensimag.com/2016/12/01/129065/december-2016-digital-edition By John Lehndorff It is the week before Christmas and all through my house it’s beginning to feel festive. For some folks colorful lights matter. Other insist on constant carols, poinsettia, constant Lifetime Channel, frequent chia pet ads and a decorated potted organic rosemary bush. I follow seasonal traditions that are good for the … 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
Colorado food / Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends / pie

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

From Jun to Perry: The top tasting rooms in the Denver metro area
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From Jun to Perry: The top tasting rooms in the Denver metro area

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This feature originally appeared in Sensi magazine) So there I was inhaling scented oxygen and sipping on a blueberry water kefir when I caught sight of my reflection in the mirror behind the bar at Tonic Herban Lounge. I guess nobody ever looks great with a cannula stuck in their nose, but … Continue reading

Sourcing local produce for far-from-the-farm city restaurants
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Sourcing local produce for far-from-the-farm city restaurants

(This feature appears in the current issue of Produce Business magazine) By JOHN LEHNDORFF Where the asparagus originated is becoming as important as how the asparagus was grown to chefs and customers at the nation’s restaurants. “Local,” like “organic,” is no fad, but what “local” actually means depends on who you ask. With consumer interest in transparency … Continue reading

Folks ’16: Ten Ways to Look at a Song
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Folks ’16: Ten Ways to Look at a Song

By JOHN LEHNDORFF Last weekend’s Folks festival in Lyons CO (bluegrass.com/folks/lineup.html provided dozens of examples of how folk/songwriter-driven music has evolved but it made no attempt to define it. I couldn’t be there for the entire weekend but I was lucky to hear some songs and performances that have stuck with me and my brain since. … Continue reading

Folks ’16: Songwriters reveal how to write your first real song
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Folks ’16: Songwriters reveal how to write your first real song

By JOHN LEHNDORFF This year’s Folks Festival is Aug. 19–21 in Lyons has sets set for Mavis Staples and a host of singer-songwriters (bluegrass.com/folks). I love talking to songwriters about how they came to write songs. The following is from the printed program from the 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, August 16-18, 2013, in Lyons, CO. … Continue reading

Folks ’16: A festival built for those of us who love to listen to the words
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Folks ’16: A festival built for those of us who love to listen to the words

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (8/12/16)   As a writer, this is my favorite musical event of the year.  The Folks Festival is a great gathering of like-minded people who really care about lyrics, the beauty of words and the human voice and the power of words to address the human connection, to make us feel something. As … Continue reading

Bread Man: Moxie’s Andy Clark rises to the occasion in Louisville
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Bread Man: Moxie’s Andy Clark rises to the occasion in Louisville

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 8/4/16 – Photos by Susan France) The word “moxie” means “force of character, determination or nerve,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The breads produced at Moxie Bakery are also pretty nervy. My favorite, the Algerian, is a deep brown crusty loaf with major chew and a tender inside with … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: Tales from the acoustic wonderland
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Rockygrass ’16: Tales from the acoustic wonderland

https://johnlehndorff.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/rockygrass-16-guitar-gods-and-colorado-bluegrass-next-gen-style/ By John Lehndorff (7/29/16: 2 p.m. Lyons CO) – First there was Hot Rize. They took Colorado bluegrass values to  a national audience. It was very good, and Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band, each bending Bill Monroe’s mashup of styles their own harmonic twist. The Infamous Stringdusters and Greensky Bluegrass, … Continue reading

Alfalfa’s Market:  Natural foods pioneer focuses on local produce
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Alfalfa’s Market: Natural foods pioneer focuses on local produce

(This feature originally appeared in Produce Business magazine. Photos by Kim Long) By JOHN LEHNDORFF A giant rooster sculpture crafted from farm tools who goes by “Alfie” greets shoppers at the entrance to Alfalfa’s Market, an independent grocer blocks from the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. On a hot Saturday afternoon in June the store … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: The Family Fleck and a  stringed strength in numbers finale
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Rockygrass ’16: The Family Fleck and a stringed strength in numbers finale

By JOHN LLEHNDORFF (2:05 p.m 7/31/16 Lyons CO/ overcast with a chance a brilliance) – Saturday’s sets at the  44th annual Rockygrass Festival featured the return of many of the leading lights of this progressive bluegrass tradition fostered at Rockygrass over the past two decades. I first talked to Mark O’Connor backstage at Telluride when … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: After the yoga, drum-driven fusion and iconic twang
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Rockygrass ’16: After the yoga, drum-driven fusion and iconic twang

JOHN LEHNDORFF (3:07 p.m. 7/30/16 Lyons CO / Sunny with  a chance of more sun) – I missed the yoga session at 8 a.m. The fans on the field at the Rockygrass Festival pretty much knew when they wheeled the drum riser onto the stage that Tony Trischka and his band (above) probably weren’t going … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: Rambling from Canada to Appalachia to New York
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Rockygrass ’16: Rambling from Canada to Appalachia to New York

By John Lehndorff (1:49 p.m. July 30, 2016: Lyons CO/ 88 degrees, cloudy, chance of twang) – The gates of Rockygrass swung open at Planet Bluegrass for the second day of the 44th annual gathering. The first one I attended was at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and Hot Rize was there. Today’s array started with … Continue reading