It has been an unprecedented year and a half where we were held at home with stay-at-home orders, told to mask up, not touch, and avoid public gatherings. This was the first time in living memory we had an honest-to-goodness quarantine. The COVID-19 pandemic kept many of us away from friends and family for over a year, but things are finally beginning to look a little more normal. Now that many states have lifted gathering limits and we can meet in groups once again, most of us are taking advantage of that freedom. We’re traveling and gathering to see and experience that which we’ve missed.

Summer has come, and it’s a fantastic time to celebrate and get together with our friends and family for some summer food and fun. But, of course, any celebration usually includes additional elements to help the festivities along — things like food and drink. So the Hemp Doctor is here to heighten your festivities with our favorite summer ideas for the best Delta 8 products for your next chill and grill.

Getting the Party Started

It’s all about the preparation, so to get your summer festivities off on the right foot, you need to have your game together as well. And we can think of no better CBD/Delta 8 product than our High Octane, Full Spectrum Tincture. This amazing hemp oil combines copious amounts of CBD, CBG, and CBN with Delta 8 THC for an overall wellness experience like no other. And if our Premium strength version is not enough to get your day started, then the Ultra version of our High Octane with twice the cannabinoids is sure to do the trick.

Once you’ve got your day started on the right foot, why not get your grilling party started with this fantastic appetizer from our friends at Southern Living?

Southwest Black-Eyed Pea Dip Recipe

You can prepare this deliciously creamy dip ahead of time. Just leave off Step 4 until you have pulled it out of the oven. This dish takes about an hour and fifteen minutes total and serves up to 12 people.

Ingredients

1 package of cream cheese – softened (8 ounces)

2 cans of black-eyed peas – rinsed, drained, and divided (2 x 15 ounces)

1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice – divided

1 teaspoon of hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt – divided

1 cup of diced ham

1/4 cup of scallions – finely chopped

1/4 cup of roasted red bell pepper – finely chopped

1 block of Monterey Jack cheese – shredded and divided (8 ounces)

2 fresh tomatoes – chopped (approximately 1 cup)

2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro – finely chopped (optional)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of fresh jalapeño – minced

Tortilla chips

Directions

Step 1 – Begin by preheating the oven to 375°F. Then process the cream cheese, 1 cup of the black-eyed peas, 1⁄2 tablespoon of the lime juice, the hot sauce, and 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt in a food processor until creamy and smooth – this takes about 1 minute. Then place the mixture in a large bowl.

Step 2 – Stir the remaining black-eyed peas, diced ham, scallions, bell pepper, and 4 ounces of the Monterey Jack cheese (half of what you grated) into the cream cheese mixture. Spread the mixture into a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining 4 ounces of cheese on top.

Step 3 – Cover with aluminum foil and bake it in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes. Remove the foil, and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Then let it stand for 10 minutes.

Step 4 – Stir together the tomatoes, cilantro, olive oil, jalapeño, the remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and 1⁄4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Take this mixture and top black-eyed pea dip with tomato mixture using a slotted spoon. Serve with tortilla chips.

Keeping the Party Going

Of course, you can’t have a chill and grill without both elements. So for the chill, may we suggest our Delta 8 THC Watermelon Wedges or Peach Rings? Both carry the delicious tastes of summer and boast 30 milligrams of potent Delta 8 THC to keep the party going. As for the grill element, here are some tips for your next barbeque.

Grilling Tips

Tip #1. Before you put your meat on the grill, pat it dry with a paper towel or lint-free kitchen towel. This will get rid of any moisture that may inhibit those seared grill marks we like to see. It also keeps the meat from steam-cooking.

Tip #2. Wait to season your meat until just before you put it on the grill. The salt in most seasonings will dry out the meat if left there too long. Of course, you’ll want to pat your meat dry first.

Tip #3. Don’t try to flip your meat before it’s ready. The meat will release from the grill irons naturally as it cooks. If you try to move or flip it before then, you may tear the meat and not develop the sear marks you desire.

Tip #4. Once you remove the meat from the grill, leave it alone. The meat will continue the “carryover cooking” cycle, which means the temperature is still hot enough to continue cooking the meat. The meat is fragile during this time and can lose precious juices if moved. Leave it alone for about 10 (regular cuts) to 20 minutes (large cuts) to give it time to cool properly.

Tip #5. Slice your meat against the grain. If you look at a steak or other large piece of meat, you will see a parallel pattern in the meat that looks like wood grain. By cutting perpendicular to the grain, each piece will have shorter meat fibers and be more tender.

Relaxing after the Grilling Is Done

Once you and your guests are stuffed from the delicious appetizers and grilled delights you have served them, why not top off the experience with one of our Delta 8 THC Prerolls or Delta 8 THC Disposable 1ml Vape? Both come in various hemp strains, and each strain delivers its own unique combination of aroma, taste, and effect. You and your guest will have no trouble relaxing and getting the most out of the beautiful day with our savory smoke and vape products.

Enhance Your Summer with The Hemp Doctor

We have made some great suggestions for enhancing your summer chill and grill with our Delta 8 products but have even more to offer than that. We carry an extensive line of Delta 8 THC products that also include tinctures, concentrates, and even softgels. And every one of our products is pure and reliable, so you can shop with confidence when you come to us for all of your summer Delta 8 THC and CBD needs!

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