Got skills? One great class elevates your cooking for life
Colorado food / Colorado Travel / Dining and Restaurants / Eating / Food and Cooking

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

How to turn the remains of the feast into months of flavor
Colorado food / Food and Cooking / Food trends / pie

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

Professional apres skier names Colorado’s coolest ski country eateries
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Professional apres skier names Colorado’s coolest ski country eateries

Words and images by JOHN LEHNDORFF (Sensi Magazine 1/17) In the past year I have eaten more than 1,000 meals, maybe 1,500 depending on how you define a meal. How many of those meals do I remember in detail? Not that many, and I blame neither the sativa nor the indica. It just takes great … 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

Rockygrass ’16: Tales from the acoustic wonderland
Music / Music festivals / Reviews - Acoustic music

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

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
Music festivals / Reviews - Acoustic music

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

Push your vegetable envelope with scallions, kohlrabi, fava beans and chard
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Push your vegetable envelope with scallions, kohlrabi, fava beans and chard

By JOHN LEHNDORFF – (Boulder Weekly) This time of year I love sweet ripe tomatoes, freshly dressed lettuce and buttered roasted corn as much as any person can, but there really is more to life than a bowl of Colorado cherries. I watch folks ignoring the summer smorgasbord to focus on the mild, sweet favorites. … Continue reading

Looking for far out fare in Colorado’s conservative Republican fortress
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

Looking for far out fare in Colorado’s conservative Republican fortress

By JOHN LEHNDORFF During summer’s peak travel season I get variations on the same question from friends and sometimes strangers that go something like this:  “We’re driving south on I-25 to New Mexico. Is there any place to eat down there that’s worth getting off the interstate?” I don’t blame them. I made the same … Continue reading

Fresh approaches to tie-ins yield double rings in the produce department
Eating / Food trends

Fresh approaches to tie-ins yield double rings in the produce department

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (From Produce Business magazine) – Produce sales tie-ins are not exactly a new idea. Historians report that merchants in marketplaces sold fruit right next to nuts, bread and other favorites to grab the ancient equivalent of a double-ring from customers. The question isn’t whether tie-ins help sell more fresh fruit – they … Continue reading

In Watermelon Juice: When  your melon’s twice the size of your head
Colorado food / Eating / Food and Cooking

In Watermelon Juice: When your melon’s twice the size of your head

People look at you kind of funny when you’re standing in the produce department with a watermelon on each arm. I was weighing the options and getting some upper body exercise. One melon was very small but convenient, which makes some sense for one person. The other was a monster, a watermelon from the old … Continue reading

Mork’s Chopped Liver and other food flashes from Boulder’s past
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Mork’s Chopped Liver and other food flashes from Boulder’s past

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 6/2/16) Buttermilk Candy. Orange-Pineapple Congealed Salad. Potato Chip Cookies. Unpretentious recipes for everyday and special occasion dishes like these fill the pages of one of my favorite Boulder community collections, Chautauqua Porches: A Centennial Cookbook published at Chautauqua Park’s 100th anniversary in 1998. You can see Boulder’s food culture slowly evolve among … Continue reading

Twang spoken here: Bill Monroe fathered Colorado’s bluegrass boom
Music / Music festivals

Twang spoken here: Bill Monroe fathered Colorado’s bluegrass boom

BY JOHN LEHNDORFF (This feature appears in the current issue of Colorado AAA Encompass magazine – plus additional information) It’s not a native tongue, but the bluegrass ballads, waltzes and breakdowns full of stories about mournful death, deep valleys, lonesome train whistles, heartbreak, outlaws and wide creeks resonate in the Rockies as clearly as they … Continue reading

As strip malls fade, will Boulder’s culinary diversiy go with them?
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As strip malls fade, will Boulder’s culinary diversiy go with them?

By John Lehndorff Boulder Weekly Feb. 25, 2016 – Ras Kassa’s was the coolest culinary anomaly I’d ever encountered in my food writing life. It was an Ethiopian roadhouse set in a Twilight Zone location, the tumbleweed junction at the mouth of Eldorado Canyon at US-93 in the 1980s. Sour injera bread and yebeg alicha … Continue reading

Nibbles: Ten great Colorado dishes from 2015 from menudo to beet sugar rum
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Nibbles: Ten great Colorado dishes from 2015 from menudo to beet sugar rum

(This Nibbles column originally appeared in the Boulder Weekly: http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-15452-from-menudo-to-beet-sugar-rum.html) By John Lehndorff John Lehndorff Bone broth was big in 2015 in Boulder — so popular it is even available on tap in multiple flavors. Personally, I’ll take my bone broth — animal bones boiled in water — in the traditional form of Jewish chicken … Continue reading

Chefs, sommeliers, pickle makers need to be poster-, blogger-, and Tweeter-in-chief
Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

Chefs, sommeliers, pickle makers need to be poster-, blogger-, and Tweeter-in-chief

By John Lehndorff Once upon a time (which was not so long ago), restaurants and other food businesses only needed to mail out a handful of press releases to food writers, critics and media to attract attention. Today’s chefs, caterers and bakery owners now face a complex digital landscape littered by blogs, video posts, Instagram, Twitter, … Continue reading

Bitters are back: Craft distillers, mixologists behind the artisan mixer boom
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Bitters are back: Craft distillers, mixologists behind the artisan mixer boom

(This feature originally appeared in Cheese Connoisseur Magazine.) By John Lehndorff There is one shelf at your local wine and spirits merchant that might as well have an invisibility cloak over it. Most of us ignore it on the way to the seltzer water and Bloody Mary mix. In the past, only savvy home bartenders … Continue reading