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Feast by Lukas: Weeknights

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I just released the 2nd issue of Feast by Lukas, the iOS quarterly I launched last Fall. What a thrill to be doing this! The theme for this issue is “weeknights,” which, as I explain in the introduction, is less about tricks and shortcuts for when time and energy are short, and more about using the purposeful act of cooking, with the attention and care it requires to do well, as a way to recalibrate after a day that just didn’t go right.

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That’s only one way to approach weeknight cooking. I like a trick and a shortcut as much as anyone else does, and sometimes fast and easy is what’s called for. But I am a food person, and I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, you are too. So in February, the month that requires the most willpower and resolve even without Mercury going into retrograde, you might need a gentle reminder—that cooking is a way to recalibrate—just as I do, too.  Continue reading

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Introducing Feast by Lukas + Filo with Swiss Chard, Ricotta, and Mushrooms

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Here’s another project that’s been brewing for a little while, one that I’m very excited and proud to share with you: I’ve partnered with 29th Street Publishing to launch my own new digital quarterly magazine for iOS devices, Feast by Lukas! The magazine’s first issue, Holiday, is now available in the iTunes app store. It’s free to download, and full access to the full first issue is just $3.99. An annual subscription, which includes four issues timed to coincide with seasonal feasts, is $13.99.

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One thing I know about the internet is that it’s bursting at the seams with Content, and I’ve felt ambivalent about sending more of it out there—which one reason that posts are so sporadic here. As an avid consumer of that content myself, I found myself wishing for something more substantial—more curated, more tactile, and with a stronger first-person voice. The internet often leaves me wanting to engage with food writers in the same way that I engage with my favorite cookbooks: in the kitchen, yes, but also from my sofa and my bedside table just before I go to sleep. Continue reading

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Introducing Made by Lukas Fresh Veggie Burgers

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For the past year and a half or so, I’ve been working to develop a prepared veggie burger (which is one reason I hope you’ll excuse my poor maintenance of this blog), and at long last, I’m pleased to announce that it is here. May I please introduce you to Made by Lukas Fresh Veggie Burgers!

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These are a little different from most other prepared veggie burgers out there. First off, each package contains a pound of the veggie burger mix, so they’re “ready-to-shape”—you form them into patties, kid-friendly bites, or whatever you please. Second, they’re made from fresh vegetables—almost entirely (85%), in fact—and the other ingredients are nuts, quinoa, and spices. There’s nothing freaky  going on in there. Lastly, as you may have gathered from the name, they’re fresh, sold in the refrigerated section of the grocery store rather than the frozen foods aisle. Continue reading

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Miso Mushroom Sliders + My Ingredient-Themed Dinner Club

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At some point last year, my friend and 61 Local colleague Laura and I were at work, whiling away a slow shift by discussing dinner clubs. We came up with the idea for one that focuses on a curated selection of ingredients, where each 6-course dinner would have an ingredient spotlight, and then each course would have to use it in some interesting way. As we explored the possibilities, we decided that we needed to see this dinner club realized. Laura and I picked the ingredients—olive oil, honey, ginger, miso, mint, and orange—and I assembled our cooks and diners: Camila, Colin, Matthew, Laura, Nozlee, and me.

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Dinner clubs are always fun for someone who likes to cook, eat, and linger over a dining table talking about food. But this one has been so much fun—so exciting, due in part to getting a great balance of food-curious people who are largely new to each other, but also because of all of the creative and delicious dishes that we’ve tasted. A few highlights: For our olive oil dinner, Nozlee made martinis that featured olive oil-infused vermouth. For her ginger appetizer, Laura made ginger-scented meringues stuffed with gingery, curried blue cheese. And at this most recent dinner Colin made a miso-banana ice cream, flavored with kecap manis, the sweet, thick Indonesian soy sauce. Continue reading

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A Vegetable Holiday Feast

Behold, Vegetable Holiday Feast: a small holiday gift for you and fun project for me. It’s an e-cookbook-type thing that you can download, for free, onto your smart phone or tablet and use it in the kitchen, or print out and file away with the rest of your recipe clippings. Click here to download it.

I’ve wanted to prepare a full holiday meal, with no concessions or compromises, all my way, for as long as I’ve enjoyed cooking. But doing so isn’t necessarily in keeping with the spirit of any holiday. These big gatherings are about the collaborative effort, the company, and the various traditions, new and old, at play.

So instead I hosted a mock Thanksgiving and for that I did it all my way. My friends who came over to eat with me were happy to do so—we loosely call this a “friendsgiving” and do it almost every year; no matter who’s cooking or what we’re eating it’s fun—and I had the pleasure of spending a few weeks testing and fine-tuning my dream menu. 

Take a look at the result, some of which I’ll single out here on the blog in the next couple weeks. It’s fully vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free adaptations offered where the substitutions work. It’s full of vegetable-centric dishes, and hopefully you’ll find it to be a good source of helpful ideas and tips as you prepare your own feasts. Here’s the full menu:

Bourbon Pecans
Tangy Roasted Parsnip Dip
Squash and Chard Patties with Feta-Yogurt Topping
Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Chestnut Galette
Quinoa and Celery Root Gratin
Kale and Caramelized Onion Focaccia
Simple Salad with Clementine Vinaigrette
Hand-Mashed Yukon Golds
Apple and Cranberry Relish
Shallot Gravy
Pumpkin Sherbet with Gingersnap-Pecan Crumble

I’m thinking about hand-binding a few copies to have for sale at some upcoming markets and events—let me know if you’d be interested in that.

I’ve been neglecting this blog for a while, but I hope this will give you enough to chew on for the next few months. Enjoy, and most of all, have a terrific holiday.

[Free download: A Vegetable Holiday Feast (PDF)]

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