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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Foodwise Kitchen

Foodwise Kitchen

Humboldt County native, Rachele McCluskey, is abundant in life’s most precious resource – good health. With bright azure-colored eyes and glowing skin, McCluskey is a walking advertisement for the plant-based diet she endorses at her growing business, Foodwise Kitchen.   This August, McCluskey is celebrating one year since opening Foodwise in downtown Arcata, Humboldt’s bohemian university town. The high ceilings, elegant style and natural light of the commercial kitchen at Foodwise create the perfect background…

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Humboldt Summer Soup

Humboldt Summer Soup

Ingredients: 1 ½ tablespoons canna-coconut oil 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic, diced 2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes, ground* 2-3 medium heirloom tomatoes, chopped  1 teaspoon Himalayan salt 1 bundle fresh cilantro, roughly chopped (divided) 2 small summer squash, sliced  2 small zucchini, sliced Himalayan salt & black pepper to taste    Directions: Heat canna-oil in large soup pot. Add chopped onion & garlic and cook over medium heat until translucent.   Add…

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Raw Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Cacao-Canna Sauce

Raw Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Cacao-Canna Sauce

  What You’ll Need: 10” spring form pan Food processor or blender Crust:  1 cup almonds  1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened ½ cup raw cacao powder  12 Medjool Dates, pitted Pinch Himalayan salt  In a food processor pulse together the almonds, cacao powder and shredded coconut. One by one, add pitted dates and salt. Process until evenly combined and dough is starting to stick together. Pour mixture into your springform pan and press around edges,…

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Canna I Have S’more?

Canna I Have S’more?

As July heats up, everyone’s making plans to pack the camper and get outside. At the beach or in the woods, cooking up gourmet camp fare is half the fun. A beloved and foolproof classic, you can’t go wrong with toasty and sweet, soft and crunchy s’mores. For a grown-up, canna-friendly twist, bring a box of beautiful Mellows, from San Francisco’s own gourmet, medicinal marshmallow company. A 12-pack of assorted gourmet flavors lets everyone create…

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Americanna State of Mind

Americanna State of Mind

Holidays are always culturally and politically divisive. What’s a happy childhood memory of Christmas morning for some is a source of social ostracism for others. Though the Fourth of July doesn’t marginalize Americans along religious denominations, it can be difficult to rally behind the meaning of Independence Day in the U.S. But most years, we can celebrate our nation’s virtues like diversity, free speech and cannabis reform, without getting too bogged down by the dark…

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