Are we the only ones who pause outside of a Subway because the baking bread smells so good? They're no fools; they know that a delicious scent can pull you in. Same goes for our kitchens. Certain foods—both sweet and savory—give of those comforting, familiar aromas that make us pause, breathe deeply, and sigh. Here are 10 we love.
• 1. A sweet, too-buttery treat. Something about a butter-laden pastry seems to smell even more enticing to us than your average banana bread or chocolate chip cookie. These Kugelhopf Breakfast Rolls would get us out of bed at any hour.
• 2. These work, too.
• 3. Bread. Is there anything more simple and soulful for making your house smell delicious? Here's a great, step-by-step tutorial as well as a guide to No-Knead Bread.
• 4. Something braised. Several hours of long, low-heat cooking makes the aroma permeate every corner of your house. Our favorite is a pork shoulder with onions and carrots.
• 5. Mulled wine. Great to have warming on a stovetop during a party.
• 6. Caramelized onions. They start out oniony, then turn sweet as they cook—a perfect smell to come home to, in our opinion, and you can use them in so many ways. Try these Florida Butter Beans with Caramelized Onions and Bacon.
• 7. Ginger. Similar to onion and garlic... throw in some ginger and the fragrance takes on a whole new dimension. We also love the smell of fresh, raw ginger grated on the countertop.
• 8. And speaking of ginger... Gingerbread has the sweet, spicy, warm scent that makes us think of winter.
• 9. Sausage. One of our favorite savory smells, whether it's frying in a pan or added to pasta.
• 10. Popcorn!
Your turn: What are your favorite smells in the kitchen?
Related: Readers' Favorite Sounds in the Kitchen
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