Didn't win our 4/20 Cannabis Cupcakes giveaway? Fret not, dear reader. Gut Check has a treat for you!
It just so happens that a person of our acquaintance -- we'll call her "Mary Jane" -- spent three years traveling the jam-band circuit, supplying cannabis-based baked goods to hungry audiences from coast to coast.
When we prevailed upon her to share some recipes in honor of this weekend's high holiday, she was kind enough to oblige.
Of her years on the Phish trail, Mary Jane imparts, "You learn a lot of stuff on the road -- stuff you don't learn in school, and I wouldn't trade it for the world." But three years was enough; she has since embraced a more permanent lifestyle and transferred her skills to a job at a local bakery.
Given the considerable level of experience Mary Jane brings to the table, Gut Check asked her to select five of her favorite recipes to share with our readers.
First, though, we wanted her to show us the technique called "butter boosting," which elevates cannabis cooking from the "put the pot in a blender" method Gut Check, er, perfected as a youth.
Here is how it works, per Mary Jane:
1. Using a coffee or spice mill, pulverize one-half ounce of plant matter.
2. Into a medium saucepan, pour three-quarters of a cup of water and bring to a boil.
3. Melt half a cup of butter into the boiling water, add the ground grass, cover and simmer over low heat for 35 minutes.
4. Filter the contents of the saucepan through a cheesecloth or sieve into a container, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Mashed Taters 3 or 4 red potatoes (or whatever potato you prefer)
7 to 8 tablespoons boosted butter
Cube potatoes (with or without skin still on). Bring to a boil in a large pot filled with water and cook until soft. Drain. Mash potatoes. Add butter and whatever seasonings you like. (I never have an exact amount; I always play around with different spices to add every time.)
Optional: Adding bacon is very much recommended.
Crispy Cereal Treats 3-4 tablespoons boosted butter
1 10-ounce bag small marshmallows
6 cups Rice Crispies (or the equivalent)
(optional): chocolate chips
Melt butter in saucepan on low heat.
Add marshmallows to pan and melt, then remove pan from heat.
Into a large bowl, measure out 6 cups cereal.
Pour marshmallow-butter combo onto the cereal. Carefully stir with a spatula.
Add optional goodies if desired. (I always melt a little peanut butter for a drizzle on top!)
Let set in a 9"x9" pan until chill.
Banana Nut Bread 1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sour cream (I use greek yogurt)
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
3 ripe bananas
(optional): 1 cup chopped walnuts or chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together in a large bowl: butter, eggs, sour cream or yogurt, sugar and vanilla.
Add flour and baking soda.
Mash bananas into the dough and add walnuts or chocolate chips if desired.
Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
Bake for an hour, or until golden brown.
Garlic Cheesy Bread 1 baguette, sliced into 2-inch-thick slices
4 tablespoons boosted butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon pepper
Parmesan cheese (to grate on top)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a small bowl, mash/soften (not melted!) butter. Add herbs and spices.
Spread the butter/spice paste on to slices of bread and arrange on a baking sheet.
Grate Parmesan cheese on top.
Heat bread for 7 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
Special Brownies (note: this recipe does not call for boosted butter)
1 box brownie mix (the kind that requires oil, not water)
3/4 ounce to 1 ounce cannabis bud (no stems or seeds)
vegetable oil (My preference is coconut oil: no GMOs)
whatever else is on the box recipe (eggs)
(optional): chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven according to box directions.
Heat required amount of oil in a saucepan.
Add bud. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Trust me: it's worth the 30 minutes' wait; make sure the oil does not turn too dark.)
Strain bud through a cheesecloth into a measuring cup, making sure you still have the correct amount of oil.
Follow the box instructions the rest of the way.