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Lukas Leaf

Lukas Leaf

Lukas Leaf is an avid, passionate outdoorsman and chef born and raised in Minnesota and has spent the majority of his cooking career specializing in wild game and foraged ingredients. From weekends on the ice in his family's fish shack on Mille Lacs Lake to spring fishing trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, connecting with nature and our cherished wild places has long been cemented as a way of life.

Lukas is a dedicated husband and father to twin girls and spends his free time fishing, foraging, hunting, camping, and cooking his way through the great outdoors. Lukas is the lead chef for Modern Carnivore, executive director at Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters, and a wild foods contributor for MeatEater.

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Pheasant Commercial

Recipes

Pheasant Commercial

The commercial is a staple in diners and dives across the country—aptly named after the traveling commercial salesman who made this gravy-smothered dish a household name. It’s an open-faced, stick-to-your-bones meal that’ll keep your energy going no matter what the activity is. Traditionally, the...
Lukas Leaf Oct 20, 2022
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Fish Piccata

Recipes

Fish Piccata

Traditionally, piccata is an Italian dish of pounded veal or chicken cutlets lightly floured, browned in butter, and finished in a sauce packed with briny flavor thanks to a copious amount of capers and lemon. Honestly, this sauce works with almost any meat you throw at it. The twist I've offered...
Lukas Leaf Oct 4, 2022
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How To Smoke Fish

Cooking Techniques

How To Smoke Fish

Smoking fish doesn't have to be fancy. From brining methods to cooking temperature, there are a ton of opinions for putting fish to smoke. Personally, I'm a hot-smoke guy who typically leans towards using a dry brine most of the time. But if I'm bulk fish-smoking an abundance of lake whitefish, I'll...
Lukas Leaf Sep 28, 2022
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Chanterelle Pierogi

Recipes

Chanterelle Pierogi

The chanterelles have been sneaky this year in southern-central Minnesota thanks to severe drought conditions. Tried and true spots I typically hit early in July were bare until just a couple weeks ago after a stint of some much-needed rain. Naturally, I was stoked when I was able to piece a few...
Lukas Leaf Sep 8, 2022
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