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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.

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 flavor. While not as commonly used as its bro…

Schedule of Events

Keeping up with the CoyoteChristmas 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.

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Texas Roadhouse Chili

This is Texas chili and that means no beans. It's also insanely good. Boot scootin' good.

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7 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes or beef stew meat, cubed1 1/4 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 3/4-inch cubes, or pork stew meat, cubed2 pounds lean ground beef2 cups diced yellow onion (about 2 medium onions)8 cloves garlic, diced and smashed4 cups water or stock/broth12 ounces beer3 tablespoons Smiling Coyote Farm Pure Chile Powder3 tablespoons Smiling Coyote Farm Smoky Southwest Blend3 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, dividedMethod

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 of meat (4 minutes). Meat won't cook throug…

Featured for Market: September 14, 2019

Pure Chile Powder Heading into Fall with football season cranking up means good times and good food. Our Pure Chile Powder helps you score touchdowns and get rave reviews for food and snacks. What is it? It's chile powder but that term is confusing because there are "chili" powders, "chile" powders, as well as chili mixes, seasonings, and more. Pure Chile Powder is pure chilies, ground. It's not a mix or blend of spices. It's just chilies.
Most culinary sources describe the difference between chili powder and chile powder something like this: Chili (with an I) is a stew-like dish made using chilies known as chili con carne. Many in Texas refer to it as "a bowl of red." Chili Powder, chili mix, chili seasoning or similar terms are blends of different spices including chilies but also contain salt, garlic, cumin, and other herbs of spices used to make chili con carne.Chile (with an E) refers to the plant and its fruit including the dried pods. Po…

What is Watermelon Dust?

"What is Watermelon Dust?" you say. Watermelon Dust isn't really a spice blend, which is what most of our herb/spice products are, it's a table condiment. That's something added to food by the diner, ad lib, as a flavor enhancer.

Watermelon Dust is a very special table condiment in the spirit of salsa en polvo. Salsa en polvo is a popular (ubiquitous) condiment in Latin countries where fresh fruit is part of the culture. It's liberally applied to street food, fruit brought home from the market, and just about anything else that makes its way on to the table. Salsa en polvo is popular in the US as well.

Sprinkle Watermelon Dust, and other examples of salsa en polvo, on mango and melons as well as many other fruits and vegetables including cucumber and jicama. It’s even used in micheladas. There are many applications for salsa en polvo and that's one reason for its popularity.

Smiling Coyote Farm Watermelon Dust is tangy, very mildly spicy, and insanely go…

Featured for Market: September 7, 2019

Holiday Blend Yes, as summer winds down and we look forward to Fall, our thoughts naturally move toward upcoming family events and holiday meals. We begin thinking about holiday food and drink favorites, time with family and friends, and do a little planning.

In that spirit we offer Holiday Blend as our featured item this week at a reduced price: $5.00 / jar. That's a dollar off and a really good deal.

Why? Quality and freshness of ingredients is key to artisanal spice blending. We've spent decades growing, and seeking what we cannot grow here, the finest in herbs and spices. Our confidence is high that the spices going into Holiday Blend are the highest quality and freshest available. We stand by that with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Starting with highest quality, fresh whole spices, we formulate, process, and package fresh for Market and fresh to order. This ensures you obtain the highest concentration of flavor and longest shelf life possible in Holiday Blend. No old, s…

"The" Chef's Knife

Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife, 8-Inch Chef's Workhorse This is the very affordable, workhorse knife we use every single day and have used for many, many years. It's the knife I used earlier to prep breakfast for Dyna and myself. It's the knife we'll use to prep dinner as well. It's the knife chefs graduate from culinary school using. It's used in restaurants all over the world every day.  We think it deserves consideration for a position in your kitchen. There are reasons for this.

The Victorinox Fibrox Pro strikes the perfect balance between easy edge maintenance and holding an edge for a long time. We touch ours up with a ceramic "steel" before every use and it rarely requires sharpening. It comes with and keeps a razor edge.

It's an 8 inch knife--easy to handle even for long periods and fits the hand like a an extension of  your body.

The weight is about a half-pound. It's exceptionally well balanced, light and quick; handles like…


The New Rules of Coffee: A Modern Guide for EveryoneWe love coffee at Smiling Coyote Farm. It's a part of our daily routine and we love the evolution that's occurred in coffee and coffee shops over the past 9 or 10 years. Even in tiny Canyon, Texas there is Palace Coffee, a local roaster and purveyor of world-class coffee. We love that.

This book, written by Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen (founders of Sprudge), springs from the changes of the past few years, delivering useful content without pretense or snobbery and a good dose of whimsical humor. It's a refreshing and down-to-earth read as well as a coffee reference for everyone.


Featured for Market: August 31, 2019

Smoky Southwest Rub
The gastronomy of the Southwest (Texas across to southern California) is complex, unique, and the result of influences from many different cultures. The flavors are robust and bold—primarily due to cooking method (grilling, roasting, smoking) and use of spices (chile powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, cinnamon). The ingredients of the Southwest are simple and clean—primal meats, beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, avocadoes, squash. It’s a cuisine worthy of celebration.

This week Smiling Coyote Farm celebrates our sense of place by featuring Smoky Southwest Rub. It’s $7/bag, a one-dollar savings. Here’s why we love this, our most popular blend and now rub.
Why? Many of the spices used in Smoky Southwest Rub are toasted whole before grinding. Toasting brings out the essential, aromatic oils and adds another layer of flavor from the process. Since we formulate, process, and package fresh every week, you get the benefit of those fresh flavors and long shelf l…

Pure Chile/Cocoa Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

We’re feature Smiling Coyote Farm Pure Chile Powder this week at the Canyon Farmers’ Market. Here’s a recipe that highlights its versatility, flavor, and usefulness beyond chili, Tex-Mex, or Mexican food. We’re going to grill these pork tenderloins, but you can easily adapt the recipe to your own method.

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Ingredients  For the rub:1 tablespoon Smiling Coyote Farm Pure Chile Powder1 tablespoon Dutch-process or unsweetened dark cocoa powder1 tablespoon dark brown or coconut palm sugar1 tablespoon kosher salt1 teaspoon Smiling Coyote Farm Smoky Southwest spice blendFor the tenderloins2 pork tenderloins, 1 - 1 1/2 pounds each2 tablespoons olive oil Method For the rub:  Put all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well to combine.
For the tenderloins:Remove silver skin, pat dry with paper towels. Rub well with olive oil, then apply rub evenly. Allow to rest 30 minutes on the counter or up to 24 hours refrigerated.Heat grill to medium (350°F - 375°F). If refrigerated, allow tenderl…

Mango with Pure Chile Powder

Here’s a great use for Smiling Coyote Farm Pure Chile Powder that only takes 10 minutes to prepare. The original recipe comes from Food & Wine a few years back. We put our own spin on it and love this refreshing dish in the summer with grilled vegetables or meat, especially Smoky Southwest grilled chicken. We think you will, too.
3 mangoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick1 tablespoon good quality extra virgin olive oil1 lime, zest and juice1 teaspoon Smiling Coyote Farm Pure Chile PowderKosher saltFresh cracked black pepperOptional: chopped fresh mint
Make it Arrange mangos in a single layer on a platter. Drizzle with olive oil and lime juice. Sprinkle with lime zest and Pure Chile Powder, salt, pepper, and mint (if using).
Done. Ready to serve as-is or chill in fridge for an hour.

Chili, Chile, and the Powder

In the United States, we often use “chili” and “chile” interchangeably. In culinary terms, however, they don’t mean the same thing. Chili refers to the dish (“a bowl of red,” as we say in Texas), and chile refers to the spice--pods or fruits of plants we call chilies. Smiling Coyote Farm makes both and we try to make the distinction easy. We label our blend of ground chilies “Pure Chile Powder” and our chili mix “Old #18 Chili Mix.” Keep it simple, right.
And, for Saturday August 3, 2019 at the Canyon Farmers's Market, our featured spice blend is...
Pure Chile Powder

This blend of ground chilies is unique. I don’t believe it’s found anywhere other than Smiling Coyote Farm. The ingredient list gives some idea why. Many people are unfamiliar with some of these amazing chilies and they deserve more respect.
Notice there are nothing but chilies listed. No paprika, no salt, no MSG, no preservatives, no cayenne or other “fillers;” nothing but the chilies. The ingredients listed below are al…

Spiced Tea Time: And a special deal, too.

This year, in addition to our boxes of teabags, we now offer loose tea. As an introductory offer ("while supplies last," as they say) the price of a box of loose tea includes a tea infuser. That's a sweet deal.

Loose tea is more economical and, if you have an infuser, just as convenient as teabags. Put that together with our insanely good spice teas and it's a winner.

Both loose tea and tea bags are package in a poly, food-safe, zip lock inside the box for freshness and maximum flavor in every cup.


Occasional Mention: Two types of black tea infused with warm, sweet spices and sweet orange. Popular during Colonial times and still a favorite today. Serve iced or hot. Contains caffeine.Jasmine Ginger Green: Select green teas, intensely floral jasmine flowers, and the lovely pungency of ginger. Insanely good summer beverage served iced or hot. Contains caffeine.Spiced Rooibos: The South African herbal favorite (rooibos or red bush tea) infused with …

Smiling Coyote Salsa

This salsa freezes well and adjusts easily to your heat preference. It's better with Smiling Coyote Farms vine ripened tomatoes and chilies but excellent using canned tomatoes as well. When tomatoes are in season, substitute an equal amount of chopped paste tomatoes for canned. Either way, it's better than any off-the-shelf salsa... Even the one from New York City. Ingredients
1 - 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes20 - 28 oz. by volume water depending on thickness desired1/4 cup rice (or other) vinegar1 onion finely diced4 large or 6 small jalapenos, finely diced  (see "Adjusting Heat" below)3 cloves garlic minced2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)1 teaspoon Mexican oregano1 bunch fresh cilantro, large stems removed, chopped
Adjusting Heat For a very mild salsa, remove seeds from all jalapenos. For a little spice, leave seeds in one or two. For some real heat, use all the seeds. To maximize the firepower even more, substitute serrano chilies for the jalapenos and use all seeds. 

Starting 2019

At Smiling Coyote Farm, we start all our transplants from seed on site. Our varieties are chosen for one thing: Flavor. Most are "heirloom" varieties flavor-proven for decades, or longer. Some go back centuries--the same vegetables your grandparents and great-grandparents loved. That's important to us.