Learn to Make Marijuana-Infused Foods with "Baked!"

Some time this spring, Greenway University plans to open a campus in the Valley, and offer a variety of courses related to the medical marijuana industry. In Colorado, GU offers the first-ever state-approved course in cooking medical marijuana edibles. Pending approval in Arizona, Greenway University would like to offer cannabis cooking classes at their Phoenix campus, as well.

In the meantime, people interested in learning how to make a variety of foods from marijuana should visit the "Baked!" column on our food blog, Chow Bella.

"Baked!" is written by an accomplished local baker, writing under the pseudonym Polly Cooper. Cooper wishes to remain anonymous until the medical marijuana law is in effect, but she's not shy about sharing some fantastic cannabis-based recipes. In her first blog, she details how to make canna butter, an important ingredient in any baked marijuana goods (she calls it "key to cooking with marijuana").

Her recipe for marijuana-infused caramel corn includes canna butter, along with adjusted ingredient amounts for medical marijuana patients who have chronic pain. Like the caramel corn, her recipe for a Cannabis Cinnamon Twist looks absolutely delicious, and not too difficult to make (she makes use of puff pastry, which she calls "one of the most versatile" and "delicious things on the planet").

For people interested in serving up some "special" beverages, Cooper's latest "Baked!" blog delves into how to make a marijuana-infused coffee she calls Cafe Mary Jane. It's a fresh take on cannabis-infused beverages, which tend to be teas more often than coffees.

Cooper doesn't just share recipes, but important insights like "save your stems" (you can use them in your canna butter to save buds) and figuring out how much marijuana to add to the milk for the aforementioned Cafe Mary Jane.

Aspiring bakers will be able to learn more if Greenway University gets cooking courses approved in Arizona, but in the meantime, "Baked!" is the next best thing to a cannabis cooking show. Hungry yet?

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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