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

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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More ways to integrate veggies into your diet Bake sweet potato fries: Slice sweet potatoes into long slices and drizzle with olive oil, salt and cayenne before baking at 400 to 425 degrees until tender and browned. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Creative cooking makes vegetables more appealing," 13 Jan. 2018 On large baking sheet, toss squash slices with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and a pinch cayenne. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Chicken and Squash," 20 Nov. 2017 Add garlic, coriander, mustard and cayenne and cook, tossing, 1 minute. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Shrimp Boil with Sausage and Spinach," 17 Aug. 2018 Stir in coriander, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Bon Appetit, "Charro Beans," 28 May 2018 Add the brown sugar, lemon juice, galangal, lime leaf, and cayenne and stir to combine. Debbi Snook,, "Paula Wolfert's Indonesian Beef Satay (recipe)," 25 Apr. 2018 Add the leeks, potatoes, corn, bay leaf, thyme, and cayenne and mix to combine. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "New England Seafood Chowder," 20 Oct. 2014 In a second shallow bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, salt, and cayenne. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: Crispy soft-shell crabs and chipotle mayo fill these po’ boy sandwiches," 18 June 2018 Place the chickpeas in a blender or food processor along with the eggs, milk, olive oil, green onions, garlic, salt, lemon juice, cilantro, parsley, cumin, coriander and cayenne. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Falafel Waffles With Armenian Cucumber Slaw," 18 May 2018

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1773, in the meaning defined above

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