Sunday, January 15, 2006

Kitchen spice potpourri

A perfect Sunday. Banana bread in the oven, the kids playing outside, quiet music on the CD player, a good book (Haunted Ground by Erin Hart) in the armchair... heaven.

Last night we had strawberry margaritas and homemade fajitas with guacamole -- made with lots and lots of green garlic. Delicious... but this morning, all I could smell in the kitchen was garlic!

So I lit a candle under my little pot of aromatic spices, and voila! Olfactory ecstasy. So whether you need to clear the air or just want a warm, spicy smell in the kitchen, try this mix -- either in a pot on the stove, or in a potpourri warmer...

Kitchen Potpourri Mix

Cinnamon stick
Star anise
Orange peel or lemon peel (optional)

Mix them all together, add a bit of water, and heat; your kitchen will smell lovely! (Of course, a batch of banana bread in the oven doesn't hurt, either.)


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