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.
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!
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
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.
Darlings, now that we’re into Fall I need to check in. I truly hope this finds you well and happy and most of all, healthy. So many of us have been affected in one way or another by the Covid pandemic, and I’m hoping you and yours are in good shape. It’s been stunning to me how many people don’t understand the basic concept of disease, but then again there are always people who don’t understand or trust science. I even had a (christian conservative) friend tell me recently she was “sick of the word science”. So what do we do when a portion of the populace is determined to ignore facts and overwhelm the hospitals? Like many of us, I’ve learned the hard way that often belief can supersede facts; when someone has a strongly held emotional belief ain’t nothing you can do about it. So for me the best thing has been staying as happy as possible. And you know that means lots of walking, lots of salad (and chocolate!) and coming up with new cannabis recipes. I’m not saying just stay high until the pandemic’s over, but at the same time I’ve been able to stay sane and elevated with our friend cannabis. So darlings, whether you enjoy some relaxing CBD preparations before bed, if you use infused sugar in your coffee at work, or if you blaze the minute you get home – I say no worries. Mother Earth has given us cannabis for a reason, and I think surviving a worldwide pandemic with the gift of her medicine is the way to go. So -onward!
Recently I had to go to the emergency room for some internal weirdness. All is well now and things are ok, but when I got home (after 7 hours of looking at cute docs and me in my sexy hospital gown) I had a big damn realization. I need to be very aware of my internal workings because of scar tissue from past surgeries, etc. The (totally hot) doc asked me if I needed anything for pain and I said no. During the course of my stay he asked me probably four times if I needed anything for pain and I kept saying no. THIS IS A MIRACLE! I didn’t even realize I had done that till I got home and then I went….. damn. Historically I’ve been all about the pills, to the point of thinking about them and wanting them all damn day. I used to have a 3 drug rule when partying! Now thanks to cannabis I’m almost always pain free, I don’t need nasty pharmaceuticals, and I never look in people’s medicine cabinets anymore. Yes, I’ve done that – never took anything, but I can totally see how the pill thing can get out of control. With cannabis, I’m productive and happy and waaaay more chill. So now that things are opening up, now that we can start to think about seeing each other again, I just have to say THANK YOU to cannabis. No more pills, no more weirdness, just happy healthy healing. WAHOO!
Hi friends! I hope this finds you all healthy and managing your way thru this incredibly tough time. Who would have thought we’d still be dealing with a pandemic in July? We can only hope that people wake up and understand the need for masks and social distance. Of course the pandemic makes things much harder for everyone; for me finding someone to be my boyfriend has been near impossible. However, all of the inconvenience is worth it to NOT DIE. So, for something to make you feel good even when shit is super weird, I want to give you the comfort of Sausage Gravy.
JOSHS’ SAUSAGE GRAVY
I came up with this after realizing my pal Josh just can’t do dairy or gluten anymore. This gives you all the umami goodness of cream using an infused bacon and chicken fat combo instead. To serve four, you’ll need:
1 Lb. sweet or hot Italian sausage (if links, remove from casings and crumble)
1 small sweet onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
6-8 Cremini or white mushrooms, chopped (optional but good)
3 Tb. infused savory fat (directions below)
1 1/2 C. unflavored plant milk (soy or coconut work great)
1 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tb. cold water (you might need more cornstarch depending on how thick you like it)
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, thyme – to taste, depending on your sausage
In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the sausage till it’s crumbly and mostly browned, then remove it to a paper towel lined plate. In the fat remaining in the pan sauté the onion, garlic, and mushrooms (if using) till the onion is translucent. Then with a slotted spoon add the onion, garlic and mushrooms to the plate with the sausage, and wipe out the pan. Put the pan back on a medium burner and add the infused fat and then the plant milk. When the mix bubbles add the cornstarch, turn it down to medium, stir, and let this thicken. If it seems too thick add more milk, a tablespoon at a time. When it’s thick like you like it add the sausage/vegetable mix. Stir this, taste, and add the salt, peppers, and thyme. Give it a few more minutes on low so everything marries, then serve over grits, cornbread, or your fave absorbent carbohydrate. If you use a Full plant infusion and my recipe for infused fat, this will yield around 40 mg per serving. NOT for beginners!
INFUSED SAVORY FAT: Use my normal fat infusion recipe of 1 oz. decarbed (or activated) cannabis to 1 lb. fat, in this case ¾ Lb. bacon fat and ¼. Lb. chicken fat. Great for savory dishes, and if you need it less strong, just cut back on your cannabis; stronger, add more. Have fun and enjoy some damn fine biscuits and gravy! www.maryjwhite.com
I truly hope this will give you a little comfort and joy. If you’d like more recipes or ways to use cannabis, check out my YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs872XpxInDBSY9ETksQjHQ?view_as=subscriber. Thank you all for being you; stay safe and stay sane with cannabis. All the X’s and O’s MJW
My humans! my online Cooking with Cannabis class is finally here. With the help of Trey Reckling and the Academy of Cannabis Science, we’ve put together a very comprehensive and may I say fun class about Cooking with Cannabis and fat extractions. Turns out all the words I use in class are a bit difficult to get in order. I was really sweating it there for a few days, as this isn’t just us cooking and playing in my kitchen. With luck this class, along with the rest in the series, will eventually appear all over the world. Since I tend to be a bit casual, this was a true exercise in slowing down to do research. Trey, as well as being super smart, was super patient in helping me figure it out. I haven’t been in school in almost 50 freakin’ years, so learning about the modules was a challenge. I def had to stretch my brain and it was worth it. Point is: If you can’t get to my house in West Seattle, you can now take my Cooking with Cannabis Fat Extractions class online. If you came to a class a few years ago this will be a good refresher, especially since there’s so much more great info available now. I’ve gained so much just in putting all this information together – turns out cannabis is endlessly fascinating and almost every day we learn new stuff. So please, if you want to know how to make fat extractions, if you want to refresh your knowledge, or if you just like to learn cool stuff, check out my class at www.academyofcannabisscience.com. And of course giant thanks to Trey Reckling – you rock sir!
Yup, new stuff soon! I want to make sure you all know I’m not just sitting around getting high and coming up with recipes. I’m working with Trey Reckling of the Academy of Cannabis Science to get my cooking classes online. We’re starting with the Fat Infusions class – the original Cooking with Cannabis – and then I’m hoping to expand with Tinctures and Topicals. This will be a class you take online, with a ton of accompanying videos and links and all kinds of cool educational stuff. Trey is the man behind the Cannabis Courses at Seattle Colleges as well as at UNLV. When this whole pandemic started I knew right away I had to figure out a way to reach you, so in actuality the pandemic got me going. I’ve been a bit concerned about putting my classes on line as so much of what I do is hands on; luckily I know Trey and when I reached out the timing was right. Since not everyone can get over here to my house in West Seattle, we included quite a few videos so you can see how things work. You’ll learn all kinds of cool history and science, and at the end you’ll make butter….. it’s going to be really fun. So again, stay tuned, because hopefully in about 2 weeks we’ll be coming to a computer near you. I’m very much looking forward to expanding and meeting new people and teaching the world about the wonder that is cannabis. YAY!!
Here we are in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, and one positive thing to come from it is people are cooking, so YAY! I’m going to share a lot of my recipes with you during this time because, why not. So here’s my latest, and believe me when I say these are freakin’ delicious. It’s smart to share these immediately or you too could be blissfully drooling in front of Netflix, which is what I did after too much “testing”. Depending on your cannabis and how you decarb these can be strong, so plan accordingly. Have fun darlings – more soon! with love MJW