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Cooking that makes your kitchen smell... fresh

I just made maple sausage so our kitchen smells homey, not fresh at the moment. But I've noticed recently when making Thai curries and stir frys how gorgeous the kitchen smells... in a fresh way... after cooking.

Coconut jasmine rice, lemongrass, kaffir lime, basil, mint, etc. It's practically spa-scented around here. Big difference from when I made more Indian curries, which smell yummy-curry but more heavy, dark, foody.

What do you make that makes your kitchen smell fresh?

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  1. Almost anything baked, especially involving fruit, the sweet spices, or bread in general. Not meats or the alliums though.

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    1. re: stilton

      I dunno, maybe not fresh, but the smell of a good beef stew that has been simmering for a few hours smells pretty darn good sometimes. Yes, a lot of that is the aromatics, but the meat smell is in there too.

    2. I put celery tops in the waste disposal, makes the sink smell fresh.

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      1. re: smartie

        I cut lemon rinds into 1/8s and run them down the disposal to give the kitchen a fresh scent.

      2. i agree... baking breads and desserts makes the place smell fresh. not like a garden but like a good marketplace. and i love the smell released from a lemon rolled before cutting.

        1. I love the smell of limes and cilantro,also coconut and chocolate.

          1. Grapefruit, orange, (or any citrus really) makes the house smell fabulous. I also love the smell of pineapple, but it's almost to sweet to smell really "fresh" to me. Herbs also smell fresh. Chopping basil or cilantro cleans out all the bad smells in the kitchen.

            1. Ginger, cilantro, lemon, lime...

              1. Applesauce or anything baked with apple. Cinnamon too.

                1. Bread

                  Apple pie