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

Sam Bush has made a second musical home in Colorado
Music / Music festivals

Sam Bush has made a second musical home in Colorado

By JOHN LEHNDORFF They call him the “King of Telluride” because the Kentucky-born, Nashville-based musician has performed every June for 45 years at the town’s legendary bluegrass festival. You could also call Sam Bush the King of Colorado. The poster for the Sam Bush Band’s current tour shows a cartoon musician riding a moose through … 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

Taking Out Ethnic Food: Should we stop ‘othering’ otherwise American food?
Eating / Food trends

Taking Out Ethnic Food: Should we stop ‘othering’ otherwise American food?

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Published in the March 2020 Sensi Magazine (Denver/Boulder)   ‘Ethnic’ Food Goes Back 4,000 Years It’s hard to take any culture’s claim to culinary purity seriously, because invasion, intermarriage and migration have brought new flavors and ingredients around the world. It wasn’t always easy. Imagine the consternation the day the first cook … Continue reading

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

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
Colorado food

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