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Making the house smell good

Aside from the wonderful aroma of home cooking, there is some concoction you cook on the stove top that includes Chinese 5 Spice Powder along with other spices. You allow it to brew on a low heat. Any ideas?

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  1. I don't know the recipe you are asking about, but my mother used to simmer cinnamon, orange rind, and cloves on our wood burning stove. It made the house smell wonderful.

      1. re: ESNY

        Don't ever make bacon when others in your house are trying to sleep in on a weekend. Wakes 'em up immediately. Impossible to resist. :)

        1. re: cayjohan

          LOL! A couple of weekends ago, my housemate said that me cooking bacon while she was trying to sleep in was "the worst thing you've ever done to me."

      2. Bake some bread, you can't beat it.

        1. Fresh-baked, homemade apple pie.

          1. Don't brew, toast selected combo of spices almost to smoking point for the aromas. Experiment.