Why I Season My Coffee With Cayenne

Be the season this season.Call me odd, but I like to season just about everyting with cayenne pepper.  Coffee, hot cocoa, soup, pumpkin pie, cookies, pumpkin scones.  I do it because capsicum (what makes cayenne hot) is good for you.  It increases your circulation and adds flavor to just about anything.

On cold, dark mornings, a dash of cayenne in my decaf skinny latte warms me from the inside out.  In the afternoon, when I need a little pick-me-up, I indulge in another warm drink with a dash of cayenne.Hot Chocolate with Cayenne

I probably started this habit because of the shock value of claiming that I have cayenne in my coffee–but it really tastes good.  I think Starbucks ought to have a cayenne shaker next to the vanilla and cocoa shakers.

Sometimes when I bake (and add cayenne on the sly to something like brownies), my unsuspecting victims guests will take a bite, chew a bit and say, “What’s in this?! It’s a little spicy!” That afterburner effect, you know?

I know Jesus said we should be the salt of the earth, but I long to be the cayenne of the earth, too.  I want to make people laugh just a little harder and smile just a little bigger.  Salt seems so, well, boring (although believe me, I know the value of salt).  I want people to remember me with warmth because I went the extra mile or took the extra effort to make them feel good.

All too often, though, I fall short of even being the salt.  I think the point Jesus wanted to make was that we as Christians should season the lives of others with the good things.  Our Christian T-shirts with godly slogans, the crosses around our neck or in our ears or on our bumper stickers (especially if we cut someone off in traffic) don’t make us Christians.  The way we interact with others and make THEM feel loved, accepted and valued is what’s important during this season and every season.

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What about you?  Do you find it hard to be the season sometimes?

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • I would hate to taste your brownies. LOL I hate anything spicy which is weird considering I’m very close to Louisiana and spice is a food group there. Yes, the way we interact with others is the most important thing.

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    • Haha! I try not to put too much cayenne in anything ;). We’re a heat-loving family. When my husband had cancer, he could only taste spicy foods–so we ate a lot of spicy foods!
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  • Don

    Oh come on … kick it up a notch, try some jalapeno in the brownies and coffee!

  • Ha! Great reflections, Anita! You know, it’s funny — until I announced the prompt, I was only thinking of the seasons of the year. Then I saw it typed out on Twitter and thought, “Hey! That could have more than one use!” 😉 And yes, it would definitely surprise me to bite into cayenne-infused brownies! 😉
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    • 🙂 I must have food on the mind tonight–I couldn’t think of anything to say about the seasons–other than I resent living in Arizona where it’s 14 degrees in the morning and not likely to snow! If I must have cold, I want the fluffy white stuff, too ;)!
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  • Yeah, I’ll call you odd, but I learned to eat anything that isn’t moving (and to shoot anything that WAS still moving) so I guess I’ll accept your invitation.

    #9 at FMF this week

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  • You are most definitely my cayenne friend! I love it! And I love how you ended this post… “Be the season of the season. Make it a habit.” That’ll stick with me this season. Thank you! Bless you, friend!

  • Anita, what a fun post. And I love your application. I want people to be warmed when they think of me too. Not left feeling cold or bitter, or salty. 😉 Most importantly, I hope they see Jesus in me and are drawn to Him.

    LOVED your take on this!
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  • Anita,
    I was delighted to see your use of “season”. That occurred to me as well. Although, my secret ingredient for a while was cloves. I just love the way they taste in pumpkin pie and gingerbread, and well, they make all cookies amazing! I’ve heard of chili powder in sweets, but cayenne pepper is new.
    It reminds me of tabasco sauce in coffee, or iced tea, which is a prank story I’ll share with you someday.
    Thank you for emphasizing our seasoning on the earth!
    ” I think the point Jesus wanted to make was that we as Christians should season the lives of others with the good things. ”

    This was a great close!
    (linked up at #6 on FMF this evening)
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    • I’d love to hear your prank story of tabasco! I have a hard time with that particular sauce because I’m not a fan of vinegar. I add a pinch of cloves to pumpkin pie, too! I’ll have to try it in cookies, now.
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  • I love this! I’m not a big fan of spiciness, but the way you explain it, I too long to be the cayenne pepper of the world. Salt and (cayenne) pepper–a wonderful duo. 🙂
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  • You’re absolutely delightful, Anita. Cracked me up from the minute I saw those tweets earlier. You ARE the season, a delightful one. And, yes I find it hard sometimes to be the salt or the seasoning. Thanks for this encouragement here.
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  • OK I am headed to the kitchen to try it. Wondering if it will reduce my cholesterol.

  • Anita, you make me smile! My husband is the cayenne user in our family, sprinkling it on all kinds of things though I’ve noticed it going in any of his drinks. But me? Like you on this part, I want to be the spice. The part one that makes that laugh longer and louder. I need to be more mindful of the season I’m adding to my life. I liked your analogy here. Good post.
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  • Grabbed by your title at the FMF linkup, I had to come here and see what you do with cayenne. I like to add it to this and that,too, and I think I might just go add a bit to the coffee I’m about to brew. I think I like it especially because I’m prone to allergies, sinus problems, and all that, and I really do think its zing does help. But your post was about a lot more than that. It all came down to what Jesus said about us being salt, which I ended up writing about, too. I laughed when I read, “I know Jesus said we should be the salt of the earth, but I long to be the cayenne of the earth, too.” Love it! And I’m guessing that’s what you are! Happy seasoning!

  • Anita, you make me smile. And I’m not going to knock the cayenne until I try it for myself. Your last line is so great…yes may this season be about showing love etc. I’m parked in the #46 spot this week.
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  • i love it anita:) great take. i’ll think of cayenne and you whenever i hear that verse…you are the salt of the earth:) i tho’t of going with this form of season when i went to write but i came up with a blank so i went with what i did. i guess i always could have gone with cinnamon…haha. NOW i think of it!

    blessings! have a happy season:)
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  • That’s funny! Cayenne is a little too spicy for me but my hubby likes it. In fact, he made some kind of marinade with steak strips with cayenne pepper and we are having them for lunch today! I’ll try and get back to you about how they were! 🙂 Love this post and idea behind it! …. let’s all leave a little bit of our good stuff behind with others. We influence others through our actions, attitudes and words! Thanks for the reminder! Happy Friday to you!
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    • So, how did the steak strips with cayenne turn out? I’m making leftover turkey pozole today for my faculty family boys…I’m a vegetarian, so I’ll have to pray I don’t make it too spicy because I’m not going to taste it before I serve it! (and hopefully Pedro comes home early enough to try it before the boys get here!)
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  • I might have to add cayenne to my hot cocoa next time. I love the combination of spice with sweet! Though I made devil eggs one time and added cayenne instead of paprika. Oops!

  • When we meet, remind me to sniff your brownies before I taste them. 🙂

    Great words here, dear lady. I think I’d like to be the cayenne, too!
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  • Anita,
    It’s funny, as I wrote my blog on the subject of “the season,” I basically only thought about the different seasons of the year and didn’t have much to say about the subject and even lost track of time. It was after posting my blog, that I THEN thought about seasonings! lol. I love cayenne pepper, but I can’t imagine it in liquids or desserts for that matter. I much prefer to add them into whatever else I may be cooking that may or may not require it. Some things I leave less seasoned and just add a touch of salt and possibly none if I’m using any canned goods in my cooking. In that case, I don’t bother adding salt because much of the canned foods are typically salted enough to my own personal taste. Winter is the season to think of the variety of seasons you can think of (the 4 seasons to the several seasonings you can find at your local grocery store). Getting together for the holidays is a great way to include your favorite seasonings if you’re cooking your favorite holiday meals. I particularly love eggnog and pumpkin pie for the holidays! Thanks for your post, it definitely was an interesting one to read. God bless!

  • Unsuspecting brownie victims… this certainly made me smile this morning!
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  • Hello sweet Anita. I wondered where you might take this with your sharing about Cayenne. what a good idea to be a little spicy and warm up people’s days and their hearts with truth and REAL love.

    (as a little aside…and i’m just gonna say with experience from Starbucks, that while I agree that Cayenne is a great idea to put on coffee, i’m not sure that my customers are brilliant enough to READ the outside of the containers they dump on top of their morning coffee (it is pre-coffee consumption for many of them after all) and i’m sure that it might be a bit more party in a cup then they might be looking for. Perhaps we should put it out in the afternoon to help people get going through the afternoon slump 😉

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