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Favorite Food Smells?

Mine include:

- The scent of a roasting chicken coated in olive oil and slowly sweetening garlic
- Lemon and white wine sauce
- Brown sugar cookies baking in the oven
- Freshly fried onion rings
- Farmer's market tomatoes that have a perfume no ordinary grocery store tomato could provide

What are yours?

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  1. So with you on all of these, especially the chicken and tomatoes.

    I love:

    - Grapefruit. I'm crazy for the stuff!
    - Vanilla bean anything
    - Coq au vin (I converted a poultry hater with the scent of it alone!)
    - Homemade marinara sauce as it bubbles away on the stove
    - Mongolian beef, the spicier the better

    1. Probably at the top of my list is cinnamon...cooking on the stove or in the oven.
      Next would be garlic.
      Third...oranges.

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      1. re: Val

        We are sniffing sisters, Val. Cinnamon rules!

        1. re: lucyis

          me too! love cinnamon above all. then vanilla, and chocolate. :)

        2. re: Val

          I'd have to second the garlic. Roasted garlic is one of my favorite scents.

          After that I'd have to head to fall and baking anything pumpkin - bread, pies, etc.

        3. Meyer lemon
          Coffee
          Wood-fired pizza
          Movie theater popcorn
          Red wine deglazing in a pan
          Pickles on a burger (I hate pickles but love the way they smell!)
          Indian curry
          Strawberries

          1. Thanksgiving turkey & fixings, esp. pumpkin pie
            Sunday gravy with garlic simmering on the stove
            but hands down, #1 is bread baking in the oven! Irrestible!

            1. Baking chocolate chip cookies, bread, a long braised brisket with onions, the aroma when you first open a vacuum sealed package of coffee. adam

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              1. re: adamshoe

                +1, and to further elaborate, both rising yeast dough and just-baked bread. Any cooked onions or onion/garlic combo. And apples cooking.