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Quick Easy Versatile Seasoning

Sweet potato hash with egg, topped with a mix of black pepper, white pepper, and coriander seed. Here's something we do every few days to add variety and flavor to our meals. It's quick, easy, and simple. Basic spice blend: White and black pepper with one other spice (usually whole seeds) coarsely ground in a spice grinder, and stored in a small, airtight container for use as a seasoning with salt as well as a finishing spice (photo above). Just make a little at a time--enough for a day or two. Vary the added spice as you like, it adds both complexity and variety to your meals in a very simple way. For example, two teaspoons black peppercorns, one teaspoon white peppercorns, and one teaspoon any one of the following: Black mustard seed Coriander seed Cumin seed Fennel seed Fenugreek seed Sesame seed Sumac If you like it spicy, add a pinch or two of red pepper flake to the mix as well. Use any combination you like and change it often.

Sauté is Screaming Hot

Sauté means to cook quickly over high heat in a shallow pan using minimal fat/oil. Most people don't do it that way. That's why most people don't make food at home that tastes as good as restaurant fare. Have you seen video on the cable food channels of cooks tossing food about in a fry pan with sparks or flames shooting up from the sides? That's what sautéing looks like. It's hotter than frying. Really. This is not sautéing and there's more than one thing wrong with this picture--the pan is too crowded. If you want to know more, the folks over at The Spruce Eats have a good tutorial: What is Sautéing

Coronavirus Response

Smiling Coyote Farm is monitoring coronavirus guidance from local, state, and federal sources. We will respond accordingly and want to reassure our customers on a couple of points now. Smiling Coyote Farm is now and always has been a farmers' market and direct order/delivery operation. We have no retail presence and do no business with the public on our premises. Our materials, supplies, and products are never handled by anyone other than us. We have neither travelled nor had contact with anyone from outside the local area in 2020 and will not do so until the CDC declares it safe. We are taking all personal precautions--hygiene, sanitary procedures, social distancing, and the like--to keep our premises free of the virus. Should one or the other of us acquire the virus, Smiling Coyote Farms operations will cease immediately All current materials, supplies, and products are from either pre-coronavirus shipments or our own garden production from last year. We do not anticipate

Rubs: What do we do with them?

Culinary "rubs" are known for cooking meats "low and slow" -- long cooking times and indirect heat. For barbecue and smoked meat, in other words, and that's what they're famous for. But, is that all we can do with them? No. Take a look at the first sentence again, "long cooking times and indirect heat." Does that remind you of a crock pot or slow cooker? Sure. How about roasting meat in an oven? Sure. You don't need a $10,000 smoker rig on trailer or a spot at a barbecue competition to use rubs. Rubs are seasoned spice blends with, in many cases, a sweetener for balance and color. That means they are useful in countless kitchen applications. Use rubs for roasts, baked or roasted poultry, fish (salmon!), meatloaf, hamburgers, casseroles, beans, soups, stews, and... anything, basically. A rub is a ready made "seasoning" blend. Use accordingly.

Black Cumin, Brown Cumin, and Nigella: Disambiguation

Black cumin, found in Smiling Coyote Farm’s “Old #18 Chili Mix” and “Old Red Spicy Rub, is unfamiliar territory for many of us. Most couldn’t describe or identify its flavor, and many misunderstand what the spice itself is. Toasting Spices and Bay Leaves Black cumin—called “kala jeera” in India--is not Nigella sativa (kalonji) although, in appearance, they do resemble one another. However, in flavor they differ. Nigella, a spice we use in Panch Phoron, is ancient (found in King Tut's tomb), and could be a good subject for a post of its own. Erroneously called onion seeds, black cumin, black caraway or fennel flower, Nigella's qualities are often described as oregano-like with herbaceous notes, a slight bitterness, and a warm, toasted-onion flavor. Quite unlike black or brown cumin, nigella is in a class of its own. Black cumin is a less pungent relative of brown cumin with a significantly different flavor profile. Black cumin has a sweeter, lemony, caraway-like fla

Schedule of Events

Keeping up with the Coyote Christmas in October : October 26 (9-5) & October 27 (10-3) at the Civic Center in Amarillo, TX. Booth #49  Holiday Gifts and Goodies : November 9 (10-4) at the Paul Blake Building, north side of the downtown square, Canyon, TX. Christmas at Hugo's : November 16 (10-5) at Hugo's on the Square, Canyon, TX. Flea to Fab Market: November 23 (Times TBD), Cole Community Center, Canyon, TX. We are away the week of Thanksgiving. Please get orders to us for your Thanksgiving needs by November 20th for pickup at one of these events or delivery. Check our Events page on Facebook for the latest. Order Here

Texas Roadhouse Chili

This is Texas chili and that means no beans. It's also insanely good. Boot scootin' good. Print this Recipe Order Spice Blends Ingredients 7 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes or beef stew meat, cubed 1 1/4 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 3/4-inch cubes, or pork stew meat, cubed 2 pounds lean ground beef 2 cups diced yellow onion (about 2 medium onions) 8 cloves garlic, diced and smashed 4 cups water or stock/broth 12 ounces beer 3 tablespoons Smiling Coyote Farm Pure Chile Powder 3 tablespoons Smiling Coyote Farm Smoky Southwest Blend 3 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided Method Combine Pure Chile Powder and Smoky Southwest in a small bowl, mix well. Heat 7-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat until very hot.  Add 3 tablespoons oil, heat until hot but not smoking. Add beef chuck or stew meat, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon spice mix. Stir to combine. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, browning exterior