Let’s Lunch “The Munchies”

lets_lunchThe wonderful writer and cook Cheryl Tan invited me to contribute a recipe to her “Let’s Lunch” group in honor of The Marijuana Chronicles. So here goes, a recipe with a little commentary…

With the publication of THE MARIJUANA CHRONICLES I think I’m getting a bad reputation. But hey, it’s better than no reputation. And putting that book together was so much fun. I mean Singapore stoners via Cheryl Tan? What could be better or more exotic? Or Lee Child’s stoner preparing for his drug trial by doing what else: getting stoned. Or Joyce Carol Oates’s middle class widow rushing head first into danger in pursuit of the weed or Linda Yablonsky’s cross-dressing, gun-toting hero or Amanda Stern’s touching coming of age pot story or 60s radical Raymond Mungo in pursuit of medical marijuana or Maggie Estep’s stoned zombie hookers. Yeah, you heard that right. I could go on, but let’s get to the munchies.

This is a long time fave around my house, particularly with the kiddies, and that has nothing to do with getting stoned. Or it better not be!

It’s super-simple and delicious, what are commonly referred to as “magic bars” but this recipe has been around long before that name was coined, at least I think so. It’s on a yellowing Index card and think it was my mother’s, a devoted chocolate freak from way back.

ChocCewy Sq


1 ½ Graham cracker crumbs

1 can (14 oz) condensed milk

6 ounces chocolate chips (but hey, the more the merrier)

½ cup chopped walnuts

½ teaspoon salt

Combine all and spread in a well-greased 9” square pan

Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees