This is the time of year when I do a lot of cooking. Sometimes I think I cook more during this season than I do the other three combined! Many weekends and late nights are spent preparing multiple meals to go into the freezer. The bounty of fresh food that is available simply tastes better when it’s in season, so I stock up and get cooking.
With all of those meals being prepared, the house fills up with some unappetizing smells. I certainly don’t mind the smell of turkey roasting in the oven on a cool afternoon, but waking up the next morning to the smell of the resulting turkey stock is not all that pleasant. It’s at these times that I will toss some sweet herbs and citrus into a pan of water and simmer to refresh the air. The aromas of cinnamon, cloves, anise and orange make quick work of ridding the house of turkey soup, replacing it with a lively, sweet, and warm fragrance that is much more welcoming.
I saw these simmering spices made into gift bags for a hostess gift and thought it was a brilliant thing to bring to a dinner party. They are quick and easy to make, but have that thoughtful touch of something homemade.
- 1 orange
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp whole cloves
- 4-5 whole star anise pods
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