cay·​enne | \(ˌ)kī-ˈen, (ˌ)kā-;ˈkīˌ, ˈkā-ˌ\

Definition of cayenne 

(Entry 1 of 2)


geographical name
Cay·​enne | \kī-ˈen, kā-\

Definition of Cayenne (Entry 2 of 2)

city, port on an estuary on the Atlantic coast, and capital of French Guiana population 37,097

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Add the garlic, coriander, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 40 seconds. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Three summer dips featuring red lentils," 22 June 2018 Whisk vinegar, peach nectar, oil, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt, cayenne, and black pepper in a large bowl to combine. Bon Appetit, "Sweet-and-Spicy Slaw," 28 May 2018 Sprinkle with coriander, cayenne and, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cayenne Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad," 19 Aug. 2016 In small skillet, toast cumin, paprika, cinnamon and cayenne on medium-low 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring. Katie Lee, Good Housekeeping, "Moroccan Carrots," 19 May 2017 With a slotted spoon, scoop out ham; toss with 1 teaspoon cornstarch and either ¾ teaspoon Cajun seasoning or ¼ teaspoon each salt, paprika and cayenne; set aside. Leah Eskin,, "Grits cakes make crispy cushion for spicy shrimp," 9 July 2018 Try cayenne or cinnamon for a warmer, aromatic lassi, or vanilla or lavender for something sweeter or floral. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A maple-lemon lassi gets you starting quickly in morning," 28 Mar. 2018 Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and cayenne if needed. Debbi Snook,, "Paula Wolfert's Indonesian Beef Satay (recipe)," 25 Apr. 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and Worcestershire; stir in oats, then cumin, thyme, cayenne, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; let stand 5 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spicy Ketchup-Glazed Meatloaf," 18 Apr. 2018

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1773, in the meaning defined above

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