Culture | 07.29.2022

Movies & Munchies: Herb’s Top Netflix Picks For August 2022

Grab the popcorn and hit the couch; these Netflix shows and movies are must-sees.

Netflix is finally upping the game after a slow start in 2022.

This time around, August is blessing us with a handful of new shows and movies for a post-toke evening of laughs, thrills, and surprises.

Below are our top picks for Netflix releases this August.

Day Shift

On August 12, see Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, and James Franco in roles you’d never expect them to play; vampire hunters. This will be one of the only movies where Snoop doesn’t play a laidback weed enthusiast.

Day Shift is a horror action comedy that takes place in a world full of vampires and brutal revenge. Director J.J. Perry says he didn’t want to typecast Snoop, but hire him as the man himself, Calvin Broadus.

Me Time

Kevin Hart is in need of some Me Time in this new Netflix film coming on August 26. He’ll co-star with Mark Wahlberg and Regina Hall for a new comedy packed with laughs.

Hart plays a stay-at-home father who never has time for himself. When the wife and kids are away, he opts for some Me Time with Wahlberg over a wild weekend.

Tower Heist

Netflix is set to release the 2011 action-comedy Tower Heist on August 1. Starring Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, and Casey Affleck, the film sees some of our favorite actors seek revenge on a billionaire in the penthouse of a Central Park condo.

When they find out he stole their retirement, they set forth on their mission to take back what’s theirs.

Clusterf**k: Woodstock '99

If there’s anything we’ve learned about huge festivals, crowds, and mosh pits, it’s that one wrong move can be fatal. What was supposed to be the 30th anniversary of Woodstock in 1969 turned into a chaotic rager that left 10,000 people in need of medical attention.

The new Netflix documentary on August 2 shines a spotlight on what exactly went down that day in 1999, and how it all happened.

The Sandman

This new Netflix series is a modern-day spin on Neil Gaiman’s legendary DC comic book series.

For the new series, Gaiman hops on board as executive producer alongside Allan Heinberg and David S. Goyer. The show arrives on August 5 and sees the eternal ruler of dreams, aka the Lord of Dreams, escape captivity from mortals and stare his obstacles dead in the face.

Munchies

Cannabis-Infused Mozzarella Sticks

Photo by Mareefe

It’s no surprise to some that you can actually cook your snacks in cannaoil to infuse them. Some of the most convenient and easy treats to enjoy are fried finger foods like mozzarella sticks, wings, and even fries. 

Let’s take a look at this cheesy, herb-enriched mozzarella stick recipe you can quickly fry in some cannabis-infused oil for added fun. These delicious bites are hot, stringy, and packed with flavor! You can serve these with a spicy marinara, ranch or blue cheese dressing, or a delicious goldenberry and chile jelly. 

Whenever deep-frying in cannabis-infused oil, you must never exceed 370°F. We even recommend you keep your oil at 350°F. This will guarantee you don’t burn the oil and that your cannabinoids don’t go to waste. 

The Recipe

This recipe makes around 15 sizeable mozzarella sticks you can keep in your freezer for easy preparation when you have guests over. You can also just keep these ready for whenever the munchies kick in, for which you pull out your canna oil to fry ‘em up.

  • ½ pound mozzarella
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 cups panko or similar breading, should not be pre-seasoned
  • ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Cannabis-infused oil, preferably canola (for frying; about 4 cups)
  • Kosher salt
  1. Cut the mozzarella cheese into strips, roughly 3 inches by half an inch.
  2. Prepare your breading: mix the panko with the spices (garlic powder, onion powder, chopped basil, chopped, oregano, chopped thyme, and paprika). Place the mix in a bowl, whisk the egg and milk in another bowl, and place the flour in a third shallow dish.
  3. Dredge each mozzarella stick into flour, shake off the excess and then dip into the egg and milk mixture. Then coat it in the panko mix pressing it in order to adhere to the cheese. Repeat for a second coating and extra crunch. 
  4. Freeze all the breaded mozzarella sticks for around an hour or two.
  5. Use a large pot to heat the oil up to 350°F, you should use a deep-fry thermometer to be extra thorough. Fry the mozzarella sticks in batches, turning them occasionally until golden brown and crispy. This should take around 2 minutes.
  6. Be extra careful to let the mozzarella sticks release the remaining oil when taken out of the deep-fry in order to throw away as less as necessary. 
  7. Let the canna oil cool and strain for future use! It is recommended you keep this one for deep frying. 

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