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Mar 30, 2014 08:08 AM

Your favorite (non-smelly) one pot/one dish recipes?

I am putting my house on the market soon, and cooking "smelly" food is not really an option. I also do not have a vented hood so things like stir fries or anything cooked in oil doesn't fare so well... the house will still smell the next day (not to mention those tend to be messier). Also, I don't want to be doing hoardes of dishes every night, so I thought having a good arsenal of one pot/one baking dish meals might be helpful.

So what say you fine Chowhounders? What are your favorite (non-smelly) one pot meals? I have a couple I like but would like some more.

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  1. Boiling some vinegar and water in a pot on the stove for a bit is great at removing odors (our next door neighbors dog gets skunked with regularity and our 100 year old house isn't totally air tight...) The vinegar smell dissipates quickly and takes ALL house odors with it (cooking, pets, etc.)

    I honestly can't think of anything good that doesn't have some smell to it other than sandwiches.

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    1. re: weezieduzzit

      Thanks for the tip about the vinegar!

      I think the smell while cooking is fine, it's more the "after smells" I'm worried about. Like, if I am making chicken in a pan with oil, my house will still smell the next day. But a smell of a baked dish or a stew or soup is OK since it doesn't seem to linger til the next day.

      1. re: juliejulez

        Gotcha. Hopefully your weather is getting nice and you can open the windows and let the fresh air in.

        1. re: weezieduzzit

          That it is! Also reminds me I can start using the grill!

          1. re: juliejulez

            The grill is the answer if you don't want cooking smells in your kitchen and you think you can't have non-smelling foods. Although there is a lot of foods that aren't that "smelly".

            Baked/roasted potatoes, large salads, some vegie sides, all these are fine. Cook your protein on the grill.

        2. re: juliejulez

          I'm always reading how people use vinegar to neutralize odors, but any time I've tried it, I can still smell the vinegar the next day. I use a product called "Smells Begone" that work amazingly well. I like the spray because it gets rid of odors without having any fragrance of it's own. I've used it for neutralizing odors in the house from cooking, from the dog (her feet always smell like corn chips) and the litterbox.

              1. re: weezieduzzit

                I call em Tos-ti-toes. :) Actually it's not the worst smell, thankfully she's a very non-stinky dog, but it's a bit much in the car.

                1. re: weezieduzzit

                  Exactly :) I used to call my Honeycomb Frito feet. It is a cute little smell--especially if you like Fritos ;)

              2. re: gmm

                my friends dogs' name was "popcornpaws"

                1. re: gmm

                  My dogs ears smell like Fritos. I find it strangely comforting.

            1. lemon rosemary chicken in crock pot.

              skyline chili with warm spices and chocolate in crock pot

              date molasses bread in coffee tin in crock pot

              orange marmalade with sage and apple with warm spices pork loin in crock pot.

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              1. re: iL Divo

                a loaf of fresh bread, sure it helps if you made it from scratch cause you can add whatever fragrances to it to make it 'waft" more when baking and yes do bake it about 20 minutes before they're due to arrive

                also cinnamon sticks&cloves&lemon&orange rinds (in a small sauce pan with water) on the stove simmering away smells simply grand

                don't forget brownies, even if they're boxed and inexpensive you can doll 'em up by adding more chocolate and cinnamon plus extra vanilla to make the house smell like they wanna eat it when they walk in, the house not the brownies

              2. Keep frozen pre-cut cookie dough on hand to throw in the oven when you know buyers are coming.

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                1. re: monavano

                  maybe just bake the cookies after you've made your own meal?

                2. Coming from someone who has sold three houses in a timely manner: there are certain smells that actually sell a house. Chocolate chip cookies just out of the oven (or a dab of vanilla extract on a lit lightbulb) always worked for us. Make sure you offer them one.

                  Also I had a younger single male coming by with an agent one night around dinnertime, so I popped in some bacon for BLTs and then made sure we were sitting on the porch drinking gin and tonics when he arrived. He instantly said to us, I want to be sitting where you are drinking what you are. He made an offer on the spot.

                  And if all else fails, don't forget to bury a St Joseph statue upside down right outside, hasn't failed us yet. My mom, a longtime real estate broker, told us about this very popular trick.

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                  1. re: coll

                    I'm actually a real estate broker so I know all the tricks in that regard :)

                    1. re: juliejulez

                      So then you know, don't make the house TOO sterile either! You want them to imagine they already moved in. Next time maybe I'll get the agent to find out what they like to eat ;-)

                      1. re: coll

                        Our realtors have discouraged all such things. No way to know what offends. I recently HAD to go into a candy store. The smell of chocolate almost made me ill. Also those little pots of spices can be awful. AND suggest to the buyers that we had something to hide.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          My personal experience indicates otherwise. Of course I'm talking real food and not scented candles or the like.

                          1. re: coll

                            I discount my personal experience and go with what the pros tell me. And through many real estate deals that has held true.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              There are so many "tricks" out there. I personally have found that as long as the house smells clean (ie not of food, strong fragrances, cat pee or pets in general, cigarette smoke, dirty diapers, trash etc etc etc), it's good to go.

                              The real key to selling your house and making it an easy transaction, at least in this market, is to just price it realistically, and detach yourself from it emotionally.

                              1. re: coll

                                funny coll, I truly think we're speaking about the same person

                                1. re: iL Divo

                                  What, the male buyer? Last time I drove through the old neighborhood, our cute ranch house had been sold again and turned into a McMansion. Don't know where he ended up, I'd like to think he was your new neighbor or something. Don't tell me you were baking choc chip cookies!

                                  1. re: coll

                                    oh my coll, no....wrong subject.
                                    sorry I've confused you, I'll refreshen your memory now.

                              2. re: c oliver

                                Homemade bread might be an alternative to appeal to potential home owners.

                                1. re: Ruthie789

                                  Baked goods in general help staging, but the smell of pomegranate molasses wafting from a bademjan or fessenjan is lovely, and it returns to the OP request for a one-pot meal.

                            2. re: juliejulez

                              When a promising prospect came to look at our house, I had yeasty-smelling cinnamon rolls in the oven and a pot of coffee brewing. After they were done looking, we had coffee and warm rolls. They bought the house and have now lived it 23 years.

                              1. re: Querencia

                                I've never had a realtor - and we've had a few ) - who 'allowed' us to be there when the house was being shown.

                          2. Texas hash which is cooked in the oven. There are several, maybe thousands, of recipes available online.