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Quick Easy Versatile Seasoning

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 seedCoriander seedCumin seedFennel seedFenugreek seedSesame seedSumac
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 immediatelyAll current materials, supplies, and products are from either pre-coronavirus shipments or our own garden production from last year.We do not anticipate a need for …