Scents of the Season

This morning I made a loaf of gingerbread as a little surprise for the team. I love filling my house with the sweet smells of Christmas! Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, peppermint, pumpkin, cloves, cranberries…which ones am I missing? Tell me which is your most favorite holiday ingredient and what you like to make with it!

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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.

9 Responses to Scents of the Season

  1. My favorite smells are cinnimon and cloves. I like to put some whole cloves and cinnimon sticks in a small pot on the stove with some water and boil. The pleasant aroma wafts through the house and it is 100% natural- no artificial chemicals needed. My favorite to bake with is peppermint. Anything with peppermint and if you combine it with chocolate so much the better. Peppermint bark is my favorite to make at Christmas time. Melt a layer of milk chocolate and let harden, melt a layer of white chocolate, mix in peppermint flavor oil and crushed peppermint candy into it and spread over chocolate layer. That’s it. You can also use the candy disks that craft stores sell. There is a white chocolate that already comes with peppermint in it. If you aren’t wanting to make it, Costco sells a big tin in the bakery area.

  2. Jenny B says:

    At our house the favorite smell/sound is warm cinnamon & honey being poured over baklava as it comes out of the oven and sizzles while all the syrup is being absorbed by the phyllo dough. Talk about heavenly.

  3. Holly says:

    Cranberries! I have made about 10 batches of Cranberry Maple Butter from the book The Complete Book of Small Batch preserving. It’s great on toast but I often eat it with a spoon. 😀

  4. Michael says:

    Lemon Curd seems to be the favourite in our house, fresh over warm bread, with a bit of cinnamon

  5. Annie Carlson says:

    Pumpkin, vanilla, warm sugar…yummy!

  6. Brie says:

    Oh my goodness you are all making me hungry!