Coco-Canna Panna Cotta

Coco-Canna Panna Cotta

A simple and decadent dairy-free dessert infused with a modest dose of cannabis.   Ingredients: 2 cups coconut milk (not light or low-fat!) ½ cup canna-coco milk ¼ cup honey 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 ¼ teaspoons gelatin ¼ cup coconut flakes (optional)   Instructions: Mix the coconut milk, canna-coco milk, honey and vanilla in a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin across the top of the coconut milk mixture. Let it sit until gelatin “blooms”…

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Healing Harvest Smoothie

Healing Harvest Smoothie

Makes two servings.   Start your morning with this superfood smoothie.   Ingredients: 1 cup organic butternut squash or pumpkin puree* ½ cup almond or hemp milk ¼ cup canna-coco milk ¼ cup coconut cream (pictured)** 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons almond butter 2 teaspoons cinnamon ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated if possible 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 2 cups ice   Instructions: *If roasting your own squash or pumpkins, slice in…

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Healing Foods

Healing Foods

Come harvest time and the nippy nights of November, many of us spend more time at home cooking, answering the healing call of the season. It’s an especially rewarding time for foodies and cooks, as autumn menus are chock-full of nutritious comfort foods and nostalgic aromas. I like to imagine that I’ll prepare a big pot of soup every Sunday night, for quick, healthy lunches to fortify my workweek. I particularly love creamy vegetable soups,…

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Blackberry Basil Canna-Shrub

Blackberry Basil Canna-Shrub

Everything old becomes vogue again, especially when it’s as stylish and vibrant as a homemade shrub. What’s a shrub? A simple name for a blend of fruit juice and vinegar, a shrub is etymologically rooted to the Arabic word “sharāb,” meaning, “to drink.” Popular in 17th century England, shrubs were often served in pubs with brandy or rum. Across the Atlantic, colonial Americans used shrubs as a simple method to preserve fruit; the vinegar content…

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HumYum Cannabis Caramels

HumYum Cannabis Caramels

When Elkiya Mendes’s aunt called her to request a batch of caramels, the Humboldt County pastry chef gave it her best effort. At the time, she considered herself more of a chocolate person, but Mendes was surprisingly taken with the rich, yet elegant, sea salt caramels she perfected. The gluten-free caramels also suited Mendes’s personal food philosophy; she discovered she had a gluten allergy nearly ten years ago while working the night shift at a…

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Mellow Morning Pumpkin Spice Granola

Mellow Morning Pumpkin Spice Granola

The comforting scents and colors of autumn encourage us to slow down and enjoy the sweeter things in life. A medicinal bowl of morning granola is perfect for taking the caffeine edge off your morning. Though corporate America has taken the pumpkin spice craze to new levels with pumpkin spice deodorant and pumpkin cheesecake frappuccinos hitting the market, this granola is a simple, healthy assemblage of real food. Top with almond milk or yogurt, and…

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Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

Wonderfully simple and elegant, this appetizer pairs well with friends and a glass of rosé. Make the best of late season strawberries and Humboldt County’s world-famous goat cheese. Leftover bruschetta is lovely on top of mixed greens.   Ingredients: 1 rustic baguette, sliced 4 ounces Humboldt Fog or a soft goat cheese 1 cup diced strawberries  1 tablespoon canna-olive oil  2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar  1/4 cup basil leaves, thinly sliced Freshly ground black pepper  …

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Happy Daze Lemon Tart

Happy Daze Lemon Tart

Relatives filled my house last month, arriving with armloads of coffee, granola and a heavy sack of Meyer lemons that were grown east of San Francisco. The overflowing bag of golden fruit immediately had me imagining this classic tart. Meyer lemons are a treat for the home cook, packing at least three times the flavor and aromatics in every thin-skinned lemon. The trickiest element to this tart is making the lemon curd; after that, a…

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Caramelized Fennel + Bacon Pizza

Caramelized Fennel + Bacon Pizza

This pizza is packed with flavor without leaning on heavy cheese or tomato sauce. A modest dose of canna-olive oil is incorporated into the fennel sauce for a medicinal infusion. Save your fennel fronds to garnish your plate, or if you love their fresh flavor, lightly chop fronds and top pizza before serving. Ingredients: Caramelized fennel sauce 4 ounces shredded gruyere or crumbled chèvre (pictured) 4 slices bacon Pizza dough Cornmeal   Caramelized Fennel Sauce…

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Wine + Weed: A Budding Future

Wine + Weed: A Budding Future

Northern California’s natural resources are legendary.               The frothy whitecaps of the Pacific, towering coastal redwoods, cellar-worthy wines and the most heady, emerald nugs in the world. To the perception of tourists, wine and weed might hail from the same breadbasket. But for Cali natives and those working “in the industry,” the worlds of wine and weed couldn’t be more disparate. Geographically, 200 miles connect Napa to Garberville —…

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