As Thanksgiving approaches, think of ways to infuse the delicious flavors of fall into your favorite holiday dishes. With some favorite apples, chilies, dried cranberries, pumpkin and other spicy foods, you will not regret adding them to Thanksgiving dinner. Cannabis will aid in increasing the flavor and zing of the recipes.
Cooks, organizers and designers on the West Coast have already taken their cues from cannabis chefs, doing good work using it in a healthy and edible way. Cooks are the ones who make “favorite dishes” into “favorite foods.” That means cannabis is not as taboo and not as intense. It is still present in drinks and vaporizers, but you can get a creative hit with the kitchen. Here is how to infuse cannabis into Thanksgiving recipes:
Cannabis infused alcoholic drinks are only as delicious as the ingredients used to make them. Your favorites drinks such as pumpkin pie martinis or margaritas will not taste so great with the addition of cannabis. Alcohol is a dry ingredient so you may need to replace with a dish infused with flavor, of which there are countless.
Chef Mark Aiken, chef and owner of Mark At Home in Oakland, CA, is looking at cannabis infused foods and beverages as the next big trend. He serves the dish Black Powder Vodka Soup on his Instagram @MarkAtHome. It is made with infused vodka, classic comfort food sweet potatoes, fresh green beans, organic caramel apples and brie cheese. Yes, this all tastes delicious.
Keep your eyes open for more recipes and recipes that use cannabis infused drinks.
2. Cinnamon and Ginger
Make sure not to use caraway seeds in dishes and beverages. They can often overpower the flavor of any other ingredients in the dish, negatively affecting it. Instead, use just finely minced fresh ginger and cinnamon. My chocolate chip cheesecake is made with mint oil that I infused with a mixture of ginger and cinnamon. The cookies will provide a tremendous hit of flavour from the infused oil.
Now that the point of using cannabis infused foods is to add flavor, try using the ingredient just in the same way as you would a regular spice. Just add the spice to the food. It is a great way to add additional flavor and even shine up the dish. You can even look at how you could incorporate the oil of cannabis into food. You can add it to cooking oils and rubs or massage it into hands for a deeper skin experience.
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