Cooking isn't only about the food, or the eating, or the pleasure of the table. It's also about the smells! Certain foods offer up delicious aromas that can make your whole house smell amazing. Last weekend we asked our Twitter friends to tell us which recipes they love to smell cooking. There were some nearly universal favorites — fresh bread, beef stew, cinnamon rolls, anything with onions. Here's a look at 15 of these favorites from our own archives — these are comfort foods for winter that will make your house feel and smell homey and cozy.
• 1 Apple Yogurt Cake with a Cinnamon-Sugar Streak
The cinnamon in this ultra-easy and quick cake puts it in another zone — it smells intoxicating.
• 2 IKEA-Inspired Cinnamon Rolls
If anyone has the art of enticing aroma nailed, it's IKEA, drawing us through their stores with the promise of cinnamon buns. Recreate that irresistible scent yourself!
• 3 How To Make No-Knead Bread
Is there anything more delicious than the smell of hot, fresh, homemade bread? Make it the easy way with this no-knead recipe.
• 4 How To Make Basic Banana Bread
Banana bread has it's own special sweetness in its fragrance as it bakes — so good.
• 5 How To Make Chocolate Chip Cookies (Without a Mixer)
But we think that chocolate chip cookies may still win out over the rest of these baked goods for sheer irrestible aroma. Resistance is futile!
• 6 Baked Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal
This morning dish bakes in the oven and fills your house with the smell of pumpkin and spices.
• 7 Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie: A Corn Syrup-Free Recipe
Nutty, sweet, and browned — this pie smells like you just walked into an awesome bakery.
• 8 How To Make French Onion Soup at Home
Onions caramelizing in butter may be the most powerfully delicious scent you can introduce to your kitchen. This soup uses a huge mess of caramelized onions, steeped in rich broth.
• 9 Sausage and Fennel Ragu
Building up a good ragu from scratch, cooking onions and garlic and sausage all together, will make your house smell amazing for days.
• 10 Beef and Barley Stew with Mushrooms
The quintessential smell of winter comfort food.
• 11 Friday Night Slow-Cooked Brisket and Onions
Your slow cooker can make your house smell awesome too — all night long! This slow-cooked brisket is a good make-ahead meal that you can freeze for later.
• 12 How to Make (and Freeze!) Individual Chicken Pot Pies
Chicken pot pie was mentioned by some Twitter friends; how can you resist that aroma of buttery crust and creamy chicken filling?
• 13 Potato and Cauliflower Curry
Any curry will smell amazing as you build flavor with ginger, garlic, and onion — and this vegetarian curry is a great weeknight meal.
• 14 Coconut Milk Chicken
This coconut milk braised chicken has a lot of good flavors to make your kitchen smell delicious: Lemongrass, cilantro, garlic, and ginger.
• 15 Easy Sausage and Peppers
Sausage and peppers, a homey, delicious classic!
What are your favorite dishes to make your house smell delicious?
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