Here is a quick and easy simple secret.
Almost every type of recipe imaginable calls for a pinch of black pepper. Many specify cracked black pepper. I always keep a dish of sea salt and black pepper next to the stove so they are easily accessible when I cook. I found myself cracking fresh black pepper into a separate dish when I made recipes that called for specific amounts of cracked pepper. A while ago I decided to mix my black pepper with cracked black pepper in the dish by the stove and now I always have fresh pepper on hand. It is also supper easy when I need to scoop up a teaspoon worth for a recipe.