Here in usually mild Seattle we’ve been waaay too hot so far this summer. I know much of the world is in the same condition right now, and all I can say is, pay attention. Our world is going thru immense change, and it’s up to us to remain strong, informed, hopeful and healthy. Pay attention to your heart and your family, pay attention to your health and your work; strive for the positive! I know I always talk about my cannabis experience, but I can honestly tell you that judicious consumption of some Indica dominant cultivars has helped me immensely with stress and anxiety. And not to be too light, but this pie recipe has helped me feel good, and I think it’ll make you feel good too. This one isn’t infused with Cannabis medicine, but you can always add some of my Green Buttercream frosting or Infused whipped cream. Any way you eat, it, trust me – large yum! Please hang in, be smart, take care of yourselves; we have lots to achieve. ….MJW
Happy, happy summer darling humans. I truly hope you and yours are well and thriving. I know with all the turmoil in the world right now that might sound a bit vacuous, but I’m convicned that a positive attitude, a determination to make things better, and ok, cannabis, can honestly help. For me, whether it’s teaching cooking, making edibles, or taking a walk, I’m focusing on the positive. Believe me I know it seems like there’s not a lot of positive right now, but if you put down your phone, you can see the world is full of beauty and love. So with that in mind, I want to share this incredible recipe I came up with – perfect for summer. Plus studies have shown that devouring delicious healthy food is a great way to become happy. So, whether you enjoy this ice cream infused with cannabis goodness or not, it will help you get and stay happy!
VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM
I found this recipe on line, played with it a bit, and it’s surprisingly delightfully delicious! Even tho this is vegan it’s not exactly light, so try not to eat the whole pan. For 10 servings, you’ll need:
1 14 oz. can full fat coconut milk
1 C. natural peanut butter, smooth or chunky, well stirred (don’t get the stuff with sugar, use the good stuff)
3 Tb. full plant cannabis glycerin tincture (optional)
½ C. agave or maple syrup, divided
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. vanilla
½ C. cocoa powder
½ C. chopped peanuts
In a blender or using a stick blender and a big deep bowl, combine the coconut milk, peanut butter, ¼ C. of the syrup, tincture if using, vanilla and salt. Blend this till it’s really smooth, then pour 1 ¼ cup of the mix in a measuring cup and set aside. Add the rest of the syrup and the cocoa to the remaining stuff in the blender and blend till super smooth. Pour this chocolate mix into a loaf pan then swirl in the peanut butter mixture and the chopped peanuts. Cover the pan tightly and freeze till solid – at least 5 hours. When you’re ready to eat, let it sit out for about 10 minutes for scoopability. If you use the 3 Tb. of tincture you’ll have around 150 mg. of cannabinoids, so keep it away from the kids. Also feel free to switch up the nut butter and nuts; try almond butter and toasted chopped almonds or any other nut butter/nut combo you love. SO GOOD! www.maryjwhite.com
Happy June my darlings, and happy almost summer. Here in Seattle it’s been a really chilly, wet spring, and I’m excited for some damn sun! I’m also excited for my cannabis babies this year as I’m growing some beautiful cultivars. But it’s been a very rough few weeks, and months, and ok years, and a lot of us are having a truly hard time. I was talking to my oldest the other day and he was expressing how concerned he is for his kids; gun violence, lack of safety, the pandemic, climate disasters, etc. etc. As a parent how do you reassure your kids that’s it’s going to be ok, when in reality who the hell knows? Obviously cannabis can be a great help, not only for anxiety, but for sleep, mental health, all kinds of stuff. But aside from telling your kids to stay high, which isn’t a solution, how do we give them positivity in this time of worldwide disturbance? My kid and I decided that the Buddhist saying “find joy in a world of sadness” is most appropriate. There’s absolutely no value in carrying worry around; I feel it’s just more negativity. I truly do feel that no matter what is going on, we can always find joy in this still beautiful incredible world. When you get overwhelmed, try a high CBD cannabis cultivar, get outside, take a deep breath, listen to the birds…..You know what I’m saying. Cannabis will help us through this absurd time, and we can help each other as well. Take care my darlings, and keep trying to get happy.
Happy May my wonderful humans! Don’t know about you, but it’s taken me a while to get into spring this year. Partly of course because the weather here in Washington has been way colder than usual, and it’s just now starting to get warm. But with all the flowers and gorgeous bright green leaves everywhere, I’m starting to feel like hibernation is over and the greening can commence. The other day I picked up my cannabis clones for this year, and I let them know it’s going to take a minute to get used to the bracing temps, but they seem ready to go. Honestly, I’m so grateful and glad that I can grown my own medicine; it’s one of the most empowering things I know, to be able to take excellent care of your self with a plant. Granted, every state with recreational cannabis has different rules, and Washington is notoriously picky, but I’m still happy that I can grow my medicine with no concerns about legality. In this state one does need a medical card to grow, but for me it’s totally worth it. Plus there’s a cosmic/spiritual thing that happens when you’re growing cannabis; those of you who’ve had that experience will know what I mean. To celebrate the plant, the recipe below is great for Mother’s Day, but it’s also fine whenever you want something delightful for dessert. If you don’t want it medicated just leave out the tincture, it’s still delicious.
GREEN P’NUT BUTTER MOUSSE
This is what happens when you have some heavy cream around, you smoke an energizing Sativa hybrid, and get the urge for something sweet. You can leave out the THC tincture, but trust me, it’s worth it! For 4 servings, you’ll need:
1 C. cold heavy cream (get the highest butter fat content you can – 40% is ideal)
3 Tb. THC tincture
¼ C. crunchy peanut butter; please buy the good stuff, not the stuff with sugar!
¼ C. white chocolate chips – chopped
¼ C. lightly salted shelled peanuts – chopped
½ tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. vanilla
3Tb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon, large pinch salt – both optional but good
For the best result, make sure your mixing bowl and beaters are really well chilled. Pour the cream into your cold mixing bowl and start to mix on low. With the beaters going, add the tincture, cornstarch, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and salt, if using. When the mixture is about halfway to whipped, add the peanut butter and about half of the chips and peanuts. Whip this till firm but still pillowy; be careful not to let it break or approach the butter stage. Get this into 4 cute glasses or dessert bowls and sprinkle the rest of the peanuts and chocolate chips over. Garnish with mint and feel like the dessert expert!
Hi my darlings, happy, happy spring! This is my favorite time of year, what with all the good smells and new plants and general renewal. With the state of our world right now, I feel like this is the time to gather your humans and critters close and share some good stuff. Do give these crunchy little crackers a try; they’re fun to make, taste good, and oh yeah – if you use the full amount of infused butter, you’ll have about 25 mg. of full spectrum goodness. Enjoy one or two of these with a beverage and maybe some thinly sliced ham…..you’ll realize everything will eventually be ok!
GREEN CHEESE CRACKERS
These little crackers are a great way to get your medicine, especially if you’re getting tired of medicated brownies and cookies. To make about 3 dozen, you’ll need:
2 C. flour
Pinch of salt
2 tsp. red pepper flakes (play with this –you might want more or less, or use curry powder or whatever spice you like)
1 Lb. sharp cheddar, grated and at room temp
1 C. melted cannabis butter (you can do ½ cannabutter and ½ reg butter to adjust the strength)
2 C. crispy rice cereal
Preheat your oven to 325. In a big bowl, combine the flour, salt, and spices. Dump in the cheese and mix till it’s all coated with the flour. Pour in the melted butter and stir till the mixture is crumbly and moist. Add the cereal and knead till everything is all combined. Form the dough into small balls, arrange on an ungreased baking sheet and flatten with a fork. This is where you can make ‘em big or small – it’s up to you. Bake thin crackers 30 minutes and thick ones about 40. They’re great with a glass of wine or dipped in chutney…..and if you use cannabutter you’ll probably only need to eat one!
Darlings, happy almost Spring! Here in Seattle we’ve been experiencing lots of rain, varying temps, and some teasing from Ma Nature. So with winter about to leave, I thought some rich sesame goodies would be just the thing. Enjoy these with some hot tea, and smile as you watch the rain.
GREEN TAHINI BLONDIES
I adapted this Blondie recipe from one in the Seattle Times, and with a few tweaks and some infused oil, these are delicious and effective! To make approx. 2 dozen Blondies, you’ll need:
½ C. infused olive oil (or any other infused neutral oil that you like)
1 ¼. C. flour
¾ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. ground pepper (trust me on this)
1 tsp. ground cardamom (you can leave this out but I find it really helps disguise the pot flavor)
2 Tb. white sesame seeds, toasted
2 Tb. black sesame seeds, toasted
1 ¼ C. gently packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla (please use real vanilla – it matters)
1/2 C. tahini paste
Preheat your oven to 350. Butter or oil an 8×8 square baking pan, then line with parchment with the sides overhanging and butter/oil the parchment as well. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cardamom, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds. In another medium bowl, whisk together the infused oil, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Then blend the dry ingredients with the wet until they’re just incorporated, then add the tahini and mix. This will make a stiff dough that you’ll need to pat into your pan, smoothing the top. Bake till golden on the top; 30 minutes gives you a lovely chewy center. Wait till these are completely cool, then lift out by the parchment and cut into 24 squares. Depending on your pot and the decarb, you’ll be enjoying approx. 30-50 mg. of cannabinoids per blondie. YUM!!! www.maryjwhite.com
February; it’s kind of a strange month as we’re in the throes of winter and we REALLY want spring. Thankfully we can consume lots of chocolate because of Valentines Day, and that helps. You know what else can help? Warm, delicious, sexy, buttery, Duxelle. Try this recipe, either medicated or not, and you’ll be feeling cozy and good.
Duxelle is a French word for a delicious versatile combo of finely diced mushrooms, butter, herbs, shallots, and love. I’ve found this delicious paste-like stuff very handy to have around; top crostini, mix with pasta, fill an omelet, use on roast chicken…. When you have some of this in the fridge, you’re automatically a little fancier. To make approx. 2 cups of duxelle, you’ll need:
1 Lb. mushrooms; cremini, button, or a mix of ones you like
2 Tb. butter (use 4 Tb. if not using infused butter) divided
2 Tb. infused butter (mix this in at the end so you don’t waste cannabinoids)
½ C. finely diced shallot or onion
1 tsp. dry thyme OR
2 Tb. finely minced fresh thyme or parsley
¼ C. dry white wine, Vermouth, or brandy
Salt and pepper to taste
Finely chop your mushrooms or whiz in a food processor till fine. Scrape the ‘shrooms into a clean kitchen towel, then wring out over the sink – this will guarantee nice dry ‘shrooms. Melt 2 Tb. of the butter in a large pan, then add the ‘shrooms, the shallot or onion, the herbs, and seasonings. Cook and stir for around 5-7 minutes, till the mushrooms release their liquid and start to brown. Add the rest of the butter, swirl it around, then add the wine or Vermouth. Cook till the alcohol has evaporated, about another 2 minutes; if using infused butter be careful here as you don’t want it to cook too long. Adjust the seasonings then let the mixture cool and store in the fridge or freezer – so handy to have around! www.maryjwhite.com
My darling fellow humans…..I don’t think it matters what your belief system is or what your politics are, 2021 was rough. I am encouraged though by so many people who just keep going in the face of disease, and weird weather, and basically a huge world wide shift. I tell my kids frequently not to get stuck in the scary but to embrace the positive. And in reality I think there’s more good than bad in the world, and we need to find and encourage it. So ……whatever you need to do to find your joy, do that. For me it’s a bunch of things; family, teaching, reading, walking, sexy time, the cat, making up recipes, and of course, enjoying our friend cannabis. The point I’m trying to make is that yeah, shit is messed up all over, but there’s also a huge amount of good. The other day I had the great pleasure of teaching a young guy from Austria about cannabis and it was wonderful. Just to talk to someone from another country, who by the way spoke English better than I, was an eye opener and I definitely recommend it. He gave me me so much hope; at 23 he was aware, intelligent, well traveled, kind, and committed to improving the world. So I want to urge you all to try not to let the news bring you down – there’s more good than bad in the world, so find the joy!!
Hello my darlings, I hope this finds you well and happy. I wrote ‘well and happy’ and realized that many of us haven’t been; the state of the world is confusing and bizarre at best, and many of us have been having a hard time. For me the challenge has been living alone and starting to get too used to it. You know, just me and the cat and the TV and the books and the snacks….I can get verrrrry comfortable. But I know when I start avoiding the phone and getting too comfy in my big chair it’s time to reach out. I’ve also found that while cannabis truly helps, with pain and inflammation and my state of mind, I have to be aware that just sitting around being high isn’t always the best choice for me. So I’m attempting to stick to my personal daily schedule and not get medicated till all the work is done. Again, this year, I’ve been extremely grateful for cannabis, as even though I have to pay attention to how medicated I get, it’s still the best, most effective medicine around. The high doesn’t suck either, but I do believe being high is just a (fun, enjoyable) side effect. I’m very grateful to have been able to show lots of folks how to use cannabis this year, and I’m looking forward to expanding that soon with more online stuff. What I’m trying to say is thank you cannabis, and thank you all for being here, hanging in, and staying strong. Here’s to a better, beautiful, pandemic-free new year; I hope you enjoy the best cannabis and have a lovely 2022!!
I recently experienced the loss of a dear friend. We were pals for over 50 years and in spite of frequently living somewhere hard to get to, she was always there for me and always on my mind. It’s so easy to forget all the ways we are connected to each other, but when you lose someone you’ve basically grown up with the loss takes time to recover from. I miss my Toni every day, so in her honor, I came up with these little balls of goodness. My girl didn’t enjoy cannabis too much, but she’ll understand that we do. Make a batch of these and thank my old friend Toni Case.
This recipe is one I adapted from a Brazilian confection from the ‘40s to honor my great friend Toni Case. It’s very simple and quite delicious, plus…cannabis! If your hands get gooey when you roll the little balls, coat ‘em with cooking spray. So good! To make around 2 dozen candies, you’ll need:
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
½ C. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tb. infused cannabis butter or solid coconut oil
1 Tb. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 C. dried strawberries/raspberries/chopped dried sour cherries
Sprinkles or colored sugar
Liberally oil a 9 in. square baking dish. Get everything except the sprinkles in a medium saucepan and cook, on low to medium low, for about 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently. Remember to keep the temp low so you don’t burn off any of the goodness. You want this really thick; your spatula will leave an obvious trail when you drag it across the bottom. Spread this out in the prepared baking pan and chill for at least an hour. When it’s chilled, scoop out about 1 Tb. of the mixture and roll in a cute little ball, then place in those teeny muffin cups. You can sprinkle the sparkles over or roll in the pretty stuff – up to you. If you use the 3 Tb. of cannabis butter, you’ll have approx. 150 mg. total; if you use hash butter, you’re looking at enjoying around 400-600 mg. Plan accordingly and have fun! Do keep these in the fridge and away from the littles.