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.

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

 

 

 

August!

2021-11-13T17:49:43+00:00August 2nd, 2021|

My darlings, welcome to August. The month of glorious fruit, too much sun, and a lot of eating outside. I’m including a couple of recipes for your August – or anytime – enjoyment. These are great as you can tailor the amount you use to your needs, and no one has to be concerned about over doing it. I want you to have healthy fun and enjoyable medication, and these will do it!

                                 GREEN THAI PEANUT SAUCE

This is a fine sauce to have on hand; it can take sautéed vegetables and a little protein and rice to a whole new place. For about 2 cups, you’ll need:

½ C. natural peanut butter

2 whole jalapenos, seeded and chopped (leave in some seeds if you like it hot)

1 thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

2-3 large cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

1 Tb. sugar

2 Tb. infused peanut oil (try 1 Tb infused oil and 1 Tb. plain for smaller dosage)

4 Tb. Thai fish sauce (nam pla)

6 Tb. fresh lime juice

Toss all of the above in a blender and blend till smooth. Store it in the fridge and use on almost everything; I love it with chicken skewers or rice noodle salad – yum!

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                                            GREEN KETCHUP

Ketchup is such a ubiquitous condiment, why not enjoy it medicated? This is delicious and a fine way to get your medicine. For approx. 1 cup, you’ll need:

1 Tb. infused oil, or 6 droppers Green Revolution Avocado Oil Tincture 1:20

1 small can (6 oz.) tomato paste

2 Tb. apple cider vinegar

½ C. water

1Tb. brown sugar

1 tsp. each salt, garlic powder, onion powder

½ tsp anchovy paste (optional)

½ tsp. Chipotle powder (also optional, gives a more BBQ flavor)

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil. Immediately turn it down to the lowest simmer. Cover the pan and cook anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, just remember to keep the heat loooooooow. When it’s thickened allow to cool then store in the fridge – your hotdogs will say thanks!!

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Don’t Be Scared

2019-06-04T05:13:34+00:00December 12th, 2018|

In my teaching cooking with cannabis one thing continues to stand out. Lots of people seem to be afraid of the high. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to folks about the healing properties of cannabis, and their main question is what about the high? Will I jump off a building/go crazy/eat the cat/ drool? Well, of course not, but some full grown intelligent humans remain scared of the pot. I blame prohibition; years of no or wrong information have left confusion in their wake. Now many of these same folks, because doctors are god, will take opioids and all the weird over the counter stuff, in spite of the side effects and a nasty high. I took pain meds for years, and let me tell you, that isn’t about euphoria. I found pills to be depressing and not healing at all, but cannabis – seriously great. And if you get a little goofy, or happy, or horny – isn’t that WAY better than being depressed and sad? So lose the pills and the over the counter stuff; you are an intelligent and brave individual…. try cannabis!!

How to Handle the Pot-Over

2019-06-10T16:04:41+00:00July 19th, 2018|

Darlings! As you experiment and expand on your cannabis knowledge, I’m sure there’ll come a day when you have a little too much fun. Maybe you’re trying out an edibles recipe and seem to have overindulged, or maybe your pal comes over with a party joint – either way, sometimes the next day you can experience what I call the PotOver. Kinda like a hangover but with cannabis. Unlike a hangover you won’t feel like you have the flu, nor will you want to die, but the front of your brain might feel a little ‘soggy’. You might want to stay in bed, or consume large amounts of cold mac ‘n cheese, or give yourself a rub down in the shower with a coffee scrub – whatever works! The PotOver happens, and luckily for us cannabis lovers it’s no big deal. Think cool shower, hot tea, maybe some semi-vigorous exercise….basically whatever you think will help you feel better with no bad effects, do that. Again, the PotOver is no big deal but can be weird, so don’t worry, just take care of you!

Naked Cannabis Gardening

2019-06-04T16:44:58+00:00July 9th, 2018|

Because for me it’s the best way! I’ve found in my years of cannabis use that there are two types of pot growers. There are the super science-y growers, who monitor all kids of esoteric variables to insure glorious pot. I do have to say I applaud their methods and embrace the incredible cannabis that is the result. Then you have your old school earthy types – this would be me. For me the plants feel not only alive but almost sentient (I know – weird) and I feel that they appreciate touch and talk as well as sun and soil. I like to talk to them several times a day and when I’m with my plants I like to be naked. I like to feel ’em and touch ’em and be one with them. And before I get too trippy I’ll stop – just know that naked cannabis gardening is the best way for me to feel da love!

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