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Getting Buzzed: Cooking with Pot

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By Jen Polachek


Getting Buzzed: Cooking with PotDo you remember (perhaps it was a blur) those Alice B. Toklas brownies that were passed to you at a party in college? The recipe--for fudge, actually, made with hashish, compressed marijuana resin--was popularized by writer Gertrude Stein's partner. She got it from painter Brion Gysin and included it in The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (Harper & Row, 1954).

See the brownie's evolution from dainty dessert to American icon»

But pot can be used in more than just brownies. It has global precedents, dishes containing different amounts of cannabis, for varying levels of herbaceousness--and high.

Find out one cook's secret family recipe»

Check out these other dishes that call for cannibis:

Bhang Ki Thandai
In India, the fresh leaves and flowers of the female Cannabis sativa plant are ground to a paste and mixed with milk, nuts, and spices in a potent shake that's popular during March's raucous Holi festival.

Mad'joun
Moroccans mix toasted marijuana tops or hashish with dried fruit, nuts, honey, and spices for the psychoactive confection mad'joun, which means "love potion" in Arabic.

Mie Aceh
In Indonesia's Aceh region, marijuana pops up in unexpected places. The spicy noodle dish mie aceh, a hawker favorite, sometimes has a unique earthy quality, thanks to a touch of pot leaves.

What better way to cure that cottonmouth than with some now legal absinthe? Use some Absinthe Verte to whip up The Rattlesnake, a drink that can "cure a rattlesnake bite, or kill rattlesnakes, or make you see them," according to the Savoy Cocktail Book.

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