Cheeba Cheeba Cheesecake

Cheeba Cheeba Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 Box Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed (1 box, minus the number of cookies my husband pilfered out of it when I wasn’t looking)
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 gram THC distillate

Cheesecake Filling

  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature (important!)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 gram THC distillate
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • Pinch of Salt

Candied Bacon

  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cannabis Kief

Instructions

Caramel Sauce Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a double-boiler, add the THC distillate and whisk thoroughly.
  2. Mix in the brown sugar, half-and-half, and salt and heat over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker.
  3. Turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into a jar. Allow to cool. (It will thicken as it cools.)

Candied Bacon Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Layout the bacon on a bacon baking pan.
  3. Sprinkle with cannabis kief. (Decarbing isn’t necessary – much of the kief will decarb during the baking process.)
  4. Generously cover with brown sugar.
  5. Bake until crisp. (25-30 minutes)
  6. Place on parchment or a plate to cool. The melted brown sugar will stick to a paper towel.
  7. Crumble and set aside.

Cheesecake Instructions

  1. Select a pie pan whose inside top dimension is at least 9″, and whose height is at least 1 1/4″. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the butter and add the gram of distillate to the melted butter and whisk thoroughly. The better you blend it the better the THC will be dispersed throughout the crust.
  3. Make the crust by stirring together all of the crust ingredients, mixing until thoroughly combined.
  4. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan, making a thicker layer on the bottom than on the sides.
  5. Make the filling by mixing together the room-temperature cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, again mixing until smooth. To avoid beating too much air into the batter, use a mixer set at low-medium speed. To avoid lumps, make sure the cream cheese is softened, and/or at room temperature.
  1. Set the pie pan onto a baking sheet, if desired; this makes it easier to transport in and out of the oven, and also protects the bottom of the crust from any potential scorching. Pour the filling into the crust.
  2. Place the cheesecake in the oven. Bake it for 20 minutes, then add a crust shield; or shield the crust with strips of aluminum foil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes (for a total of about 30 minutes). A digital thermometer inserted into the filling 1″ from the edge should read between 165°F and 170°F; the filling won’t look entirely set in the center.
  3. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, and set it on a rack to cool. Once the cake is cool, refrigerate it, covered, until you’re ready to serve it.

Serve cheesecake in wedges, topped with the bacon crumble, drizzled in caramel. Store any leftovers (there probably won’t be any, just sayin’) in the refrigerator for several days; freeze for longer storage.

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420 is Our Christmas

420 is Our Christmas

420 is Our Christmas

In my family, Christmas was celebrated in grand fashion. With seven siblings, their spouses, and all their kids, our grandparents, aunts and uncles, and several close friends, our holidays were a major production – including buffets of food, unlimited booze or beer, and hundreds of gifts. Everyone was happy, most of them were drunk, and by the end of the night there’d be bodies passed out all around the house. Christmas morning often came with hangover remedies.

The festive parties slowed down as my family aged, then came to complete halt when our matriarch passed in 2014. For me, Christmas just doesn’t have the cheer it once had. I don’t feel festive, and I certainly don’t feel like there’s much to celebrate.

Why the unofficial ‘stoner holiday’ means as much to me as any other holiday we celebrate.

Over the last several years, April 20th has brought more joy to my life than any other day of the year.

In Our House

Yes, We Celebrate Cannabis 

I am no sure why people question the need and/or desire to celebrate cannabis. There are multiple angles, I can think of, that make it perfectly logical.

How many times in your life have you been asked this question?

Have you accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as your Savior?

Typically, the person asking this question is about to tell you their life-altering story of how finding religion has absolutely saved their life. Maybe it saved them addiction… maybe it saved them from a life of debauchery… maybe finding God simply gives them something bigger to live for – but either way, they want to share it with you.

I know hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have found life-altering miracles in the infamous herb, so why wouldn’t someone want to tell you about it? It helped them and they want you to know about it.

Health & Wellness

You know someone who has drastically changed their lifestyle. Maybe they had a gastric bypass or found a fitness solution that helped them lose weight. How many people have told you about intermittent fasting recently? Even in line with this topic, I’m sure someone has suggested CBD for whatever ails you, because they have experienced some level of success with it. Ok, so maybe they don’t set a holiday around it, but people do celebrate their own successes.

Alcohol

If you’ve ever celebrated St. Paddy’s Day, chances are good you publicly celebrated your freedom to drink green beer. I’m relatively certain most new 21-year-olds celebrate their legal drinking age in similar fashion – at a bar. Hell, I don’t remember a single, family holiday that didn’t revolve around alcohol.

 

Still don’t think alcohol is celebrated? Check out this list. At least cannabis only claims a couple of days a year. (Don’t forget about 7/10!)

Jan. 17: Hot Buttered Rum Day

Jan. 24: Beer Can Appreciation Day

Jan. 25: Irish Coffee Day

Feb. 22: Margarita Day

Feb. 27: Kahlua Day

March 3: Mulled Wine Day

March 5: Absinthe Day

April 7: Beer Day

April 19: Amaretto Day

May 2: Homebrew Day

May 9: Moscato Day

May 25: Wine Day

May 30: Mint Julep Day

June 4: Cognac Day

June 13: Rose Day

June 14: Bourbon Day

June 19: Martini Day

July 2: Anisette Day

July 10: Pina Colada Day

July 11: Mojito Day

Different Strokes for Different Folks

In each of the aforementioned situations, someone has experienced a life-changing event that has either changed their lives or allows them to celebrate their freedoms and have a little fun. Cannabis does all that and more for my husband and me.

We Celebrate our Successes

A little more than five years ago, my husband and I weren’t even sure we still had a marriage. Chronic depression and anxiety, combined with grief, addiction, and a mid-life crisis aren’t typically good influences on any marriage. This unfortunately just starts to scratch the surface of what our marriage endured up to that point. Cannabis not only provided us with a pathway, it gave us the tools we needed to survive.

We Don’t Drink, We Smoke

While we’ll definitely have a margarita when the mood strikes, we gave up drinking when we moved to Colorado and took a greener journey. We don’t wake up with a headache, or the brown bottle flu, anymore. So, while most people are lining up the Uber because they drank too much to make it home, we’re choosing to do things a little differently.

4/20 is When Everyone Visits

Look, when you live in the Rocky Mountains, in a cannabis legal state, there’s no shortage of friends. And starting several days before 4/20 – our house starts filling up with friends. Although we shut out everyone last year due to the pandemic, this year we hosted 22 people from 5 states over the course of 4 days.

We may not have had a Christmas tree, but I can guarantee you, we had just as much festive spirit. We made giant, infused meals. We make cannabis-infused margaritas and we played every Cheech and Chong movie we own – along with a few other ‘stoner classics.’ We listened to Stick Figure, Cypress Hill and other cannabis-inspired tunes.

But most of all… we laughed, we enjoyed each other’s company, and we displayed our gratitude for our freedom to celebrate however we saw fit.

Yes, in our house – we celebrate cannabis.

 

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Smokin’ with B-Real

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Smokin’ with B-Real

As a small-time, freelance writer and journalist, getting to do celebrity interviews is a rare and treasured experience. Although I had the opportunity to spend 15 minutes on a phone call with Tommy Chong once, interviewing B-Real, frontman for Cypress Hill has been the highlight of my year so far.

The Stündenglass is a devastator. If you want to test your level of stoner, this will do it.

This was just our chance to smoke with a legend. For the full interview with Cannabis Tech, see the video below!

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