Karen Solomon, Author

My good friend Michele turned me on to Karen Solomon by sharing her book Asian Pickles: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Preserves (the title has me salivating…how about you?).  I had been playing with fermenting foods for quite a while, doing the standard sauerkraut, vinegar, lemons — delving into miso and other koji ferments, but I had no idea how deep the dive could be!

Karen is from my old stomping grounds, the Bay Area, a place with a rich diverse culture and access to ingredients and expertise from around the world.  And, my favorite part is that it is obvious that she actually prepared everything that is in her cookbook (which she confirmed when I interviewed her).  You have probably picked up beautiful cookbooks before, and then looked at recipes and photos and seen that there are ingredients in the photo that doesn’t appear in the recipe — so frustrating!  Well, not a problem with Karen’s books.  In fact I felt like she was looking over my shoulder as I read — when I’d read something and say what?! — she would then explain that while right now you were saying what?!  the explanation is coming – and there it would be in the next sentence.

And there are more books -Yes, books plural!  Because while I was happy to find that the Asian Pickles book was her most recent endeavor, she also wrote Can it, Bottle it Smoke it — and her other book, Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it.  She makes fun things like sauces, dressings, dips, pasta, pickles, preserved meats and fish, jams, cheese, sweet treats and frozen popsicles, savory granola, nut milks — Cheese Weasels anyone?!

If you are into being a food geek, you can listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview!

Cooking With Cannabis, Elise McDonough





  •  It was like the elephant in the living room — all of these interviews I’d done about food in Humboldt…and there it was…the ubiquitous Marijuana Brownie.  You can travel all over the U.S. and when you mention that you are from Humboldt County — people will do the whole wink wink nod nod — which I find pretty annoying to tell you the truth.  Humboldt County is an amazing place filled with wonderful people and without a doubt the best food on this planet…but for some people we will only be known as the Marijuana Capitol of the World.

So here I am doing this radio show and interviewing people about food and Humboldt…and decided it’s time to deal with that elephant.  What better way than to interview Elise McDonough, Editor for High Times Magazine, who literally wrote the book on cooking with pot when she authored, “The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook: More Than 50 Irresistible Recipes That Will Get You High.”  And while the brownie is still alive and well in the cookbook — there is so very much more, so much in fact that we had to follow up with a second interview.

Listen to Part 1

Listen to Part 2

Check out the cookbook