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Naughty, naughty

Okay. It’s Friday. It’s May. The weekend is coming. The sun in shining. It’s a good day for being naughty here at the blog. Don’t tell Dave Duffy (aka The Boss), but today let’s cover things strictly illegal and fattening. To wit:

  • You just know cannabis is finally out of the Reefer Madness days and inching toward the mainstream when the New York Times runs a straightfaced article on how chefs’ and other staffers’ personal use of the herb is influencing both food and atmosphere at restaurants. Well, makes sense. Cannabis. Munchies. Yeah.
  • And along those lines: Dan D. Lyon, you are no longer alone. Two pages of results at for books on cannabis cookery!

I don’t personally indulge in cannabis cookery. Partly because cookery of any sort is against my religion. (Except, naturally, whipping up the occasional pan of fried Cheerios; we all have our vices.) Partly because — long ago and far away — a friend once gave me a “special” brownie formulated with enough herb to make me unable to walk. I darned near threw up on my friend’s shoes, besides. Not cool. Until then, I had no idea that innocent old “marijuana” could, anywhere in this universe or any other, produce results more impairing than alcohol or acid. Since that day, I’ve once or twice experienced more normal Alice B. Toklas brownies — and they’re still just not for me.

Nevertheless, a bit of shrimp sautéed in butter with a few drops of special oil added, or nice fresh salad with a touch of enhanced oilve oil could make a delightful dinner. And oh. Hey. Maybe a little extra something would make those fried Cheerios even better, too. No toking and choking.

But mainly, just for freedom’s sake (and the sake of common sense), regardless of personal tastes (or lack thereof), I can’t wait for the day when Backwoods Home feels free to print articles on fresh and nourishing cooking with cannabis, how to tend your very special herb garden, and various ways to improve your health with homegrown herb.


  1. Matt
    Matt May 21, 2010 7:21 am

    I just see cooking with cannabis really catching on. It would make for an interesting cooking show though.

    I beleive in the next 2-3 years we’ll see cannibis mainstreamed and available for legal purchase. It will likely have the same restrictions as tobacco and alcohol products. It will come about because more and more americans are tired of the war on drugs and the state and federal governments will decide they would like to tax and regulate cannibis and other products to make up for budget short falls. They’ll still hold on to the jack booted thugs though to make sure only those duly authorized by the state are growing cannibis and to squash competition from the little home growers.

    The hemp plant provides dandy fibers for making rope and fabric as well.

  2. Richard
    Richard May 21, 2010 9:42 am

    I don’t use the the weed in any way but I think cooking with it isn’t a good idea. How many countless kids have stolen a cookie or brownie from behind Moma’s back? Just a recipe for disaster. And as for restaurant workers using while cooking, even dumber. I eat out daily at a place in town where every single cook is high 90% of the time. I’ve never had a meal come out right although I’ve had some interesting dishes (lettuce pizza – ah good laughs). But they have some of the prettiest waitresses working there so no problem. Now all this said I just can’t understand why the government wants to constantly intrude upon our personal domain. They have no right just force ,which they love to use, to decide what we can and cannot do to our own bodies. If ever a legalization bill comes to Florida I’ll be voting hell yeah. Not that my vote would make much difference 🙁

  3. Matt
    Matt May 21, 2010 11:18 am

    Unfortunately, marijuana won’t be legalized until the Government decides they want to tax it. It will still come with to many controls and requirements and stipulations for usage. It would be great not to put people in jail for it though.

  4. Karen
    Karen May 21, 2010 3:52 pm

    Couldn’t care less about pot. I’m jonesing for the recipe for the fried cheerios! I’m supposed to be lowering my cholesterol and aren’t cheerios just the thing for that?

  5. Claire
    Claire May 21, 2010 4:09 pm

    Karen … Um, probably not when you add 3/4 of a stick of butter to them. 🙂

    But they’re a great sinful pleasure.

    * Melt 2/3 – 3/4 of a stick of butter (about 1/5 of a pound of butter) in a large skillet on medium-low heat
    * When butter just begins to bubble, dump in enough Cheerios to fill skillet about 2/3 full, stirring as you pour (because the dry cereal will suck up butter like a sponge)
    * Continue stirring constantly until cereal begins to turn an overall light gold
    * Salt to taste.

    Watch a movie. Enjoy. Better than popcorn.

    Keep the heat pretty low; if you see even a few Cheerios turning brown on one side, you’ve probably overcooked the whole batch.

  6. Dr. John
    Dr. John May 21, 2010 5:02 pm

    Richard, until you said Florida, I would have bet you were talking about Kirby Lane in Austin.

  7. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal May 21, 2010 8:12 pm

    I haven’t partaken of cannabis in about 6 years, but only because the opportunity hasn’t come up. I never have sought it out, but if I have a girlfriend who wants to inhale a bit I’m aggreeable. Some would say I’m “easy”. 😉

    I’d rather see it remain “illegal” than see it taxed and adding to the state’s treasury. I wonder if it will then be illegal to grow your own without paying a “grower’s tax”.

  8. Ellendra
    Ellendra May 21, 2010 8:29 pm

    Just so it’s not snuck in with the eater unaware. Like it or not, some of us are highly allergic to the stuff.

  9. luther
    luther May 22, 2010 6:53 am

    Just a quick not, Claire. Haven’t heard from you in quite a while, and have lost contact addy. Also, Hemp offers a by-product besides the THC – renewable resource for making paper – amazing, eh? Actually, better than wood pulp. Shazam!

  10. Samuel Adams
    Samuel Adams May 23, 2010 4:12 pm

    Cooking with Cannabis, eh? Gives a whole new meaning to recipe instructions. “Turn the oven on.” “Set the burner on high.” etc. And then there are certain cooking utensils themselves….

  11. Jack Herer
    Jack Herer June 5, 2010 7:03 pm

    The Govt. has made Cannabis Illegal because it’s the only thing that can make this nation independent again.

    George Washington grew Hemp, and you should too!

    Look into the History of Hemp Prohibition. You’ll find lots of Oil Men.

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