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.