Finally Fall!

2022-09-29T21:17:01+00:00September 29th, 2022|

I’m not going to give you a Cannabis infused Pumpkin Spice recipe, so you can relax. I know with fall a lot of people lose their minds about the pumpkin spice. I’m a fan of the combo, but it’s def overused and over rated. I’m talking about this because lately I’ve been really focusing on flavor profiles. Making delicious cannabis edibles is possible, but it really is all about the flavor profiles. I’ve found that cinnamon in baked goods is wonderful; usually you can’t taste it but it does ameliorate the cannabis flavor. Lemon does  great job too, and actually  pumpkin spice goes well in some edible recipes.

Over and above seasoning, this is the best time of year for a lot of things, and in my world it’s the cannabis harvest. Since I have a medical card here in Washington, I can grow up to 15 plants on my patio. I do get great joy from growing my own cannabis medicine, and being able to watch my beauties grow every day is wonderful. Of course the challenge is making sure it all dries properly and gets trimmed, but I got this. In keeping with the season, I wil share this delightful and easy pasta recipe. You can play with the seasoning, add protein, whatever you like – it’s a great way to feature pumpkin with no Pumpkin Spice around. Have fun, and do get out to play in some leaves soon!

                                          PUMPKIN PENNE

This is a great fall dish, lovely as a side or as an entrée. For 4 entrees, you’ll need:

I lb. penne pasta

1 large onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large red pepper, chopped

Olive oil

1 C. (approx.) dry white wine

½ C. vegetable or chicken broth

1 C. canned (or fresh of you have time) pumpkin

3-4 fresh sage leaves, minced, divided

½ C. cream or half and half (leave out for vegans; can use veg stock or nut cream)

2-4 Tb. Sage or Autumn Spice Flavored Infused butter (optional)

Fresh Parmesan and sage leaves for garnish (optional)

Cook pasta in plenty of boiling salted water. While that cooks, sauté the onion and red pepper in olive oil till limp, then add garlic and stir around for about a minute. Add the wine and cook it down to about half, then add the broth, pumpkin, half the sage, and seasonings to taste. Add the cream, heat through, then add the drained pasta to the sauce. Top this with at least 2 Tb. of your Infuesd Flavored Butter and devour!

 

SPICY SWEET BUTTER:

1 stick (1/2 C.) unsalted butter, softened

6-8 Tb. Canna butter (I like a 1:1 ratio of plain butter to infused but it’s up to you)

1 Tb. gochujang (or Sriracha) hot sauce

1 tsp. agave syrup or honey (adjust to your preference)

Pinch salt, pinch coriander

Mix all ingredients together, chill, and serve with chicken, pork, vegetables, or Asian noodles.

TURKEY DAY BUTTER:

1 stick (1/2C.) unsalted butter, softened

6-8 Tb. Canna butter (adjust to your taste and tension levels)

1 tsp. dry sage or 1 Tb. minced fresh – either is good

¼ tsp. dried oregano

¼ tsp. fennel seed, crushed, and/or ¼ tsp. celery seed

Dash red pepper flakes

Blend all ingredients, chill, then serve with turkey, on mashed potatoes, added to gravy, or just on French bread; especially good for relaxation at Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Did This Happen??

2022-09-01T22:10:20+00:00September 1st, 2022|

Truly, how did this happen? How did I make it to 70 years of age?? Obviously one gets older when one doesn’t die, and so far I’m ok there. I think the biggest thing about aging though is that we don’t really expect to ‘age’; I know I’m quite young and frisky mentally, and even physially on a good day. So yeah, September is my bday month and I’m musing/thinking/processing the whole aging thing. I will say I’m extremely grateful for cannabis, as it does  seem to be keepng me healthy and happy and dancing. I know some of you don’t use cannabis medicine (yet) and that’s cool, but for those of us of a certain age it can be miraculous. Speaking of health, I’m sharing a fun recipe this month that’ll get you feeling fall. Healthy, easy, and only 5 ingredients – check out these buttery grains of goodness. Do enjoy this Beautiful Barley, and whether you use infused butter or not, embrace the coming change of the season!

                        BEAUTIFUL BARLEY ‘N SHROOMS

This is wonderful as a side or entrée, and is way more delicious that you’d think. To serve 4 as an entrée, you’ll need:

1 C. pearl barley

8 oz. Crimini or white mushrooms, sliced

1 medium white onion, fine dice

3-4 Tb. unsalted butter

2 C. beef, chicken, or vegetable stock

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350. Melt the butter in an oven proof pan with a lid and sauté the onion till it’s translucent, then toss in the mushrooms and sauté till they give up liquid. Add the barley and cook till it starts to pick up color. Pour in the stock, bring to a boil,  turn down the heat to med. low, and cover. Bake this in the oven for around 45 minutes; check for doneness and cook a bit longer if the barley isn’t quite soft. Fluff with a fork, adjust the seasoning, and enjoy the chewy buttery goodness.

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You Need Pie in August

2022-07-30T17:28:50+00:00July 30th, 2022|

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

Ice Cream for July!

2022-07-06T16:01:16+00:00July 6th, 2022|

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

Hellooooo June

2022-05-30T17:44:35+00:00May 30th, 2022|

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.

Cannabis Treats for April!

2022-04-03T21:49:19+00:00April 3rd, 2022|

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!

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Mushroom Love!

2022-02-02T19:14:02+00:00February 2nd, 2022|

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.

                                                                GREEN DUXELLE

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

 

 

 

Old Friends

2021-11-13T18:01:07+00:00November 5th, 2021|

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.

TONI’S TRUFFLES

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.

How are you Doing??

2021-11-13T17:42:52+00:00September 13th, 2021|

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!

Huge Change

2021-11-13T17:52:29+00:00April 3rd, 2021|

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!

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