I just came in from the gym and opened the back door to the most wondrous smells wafting through the house.
For the past few days I’ve noticed a distinctly “doggy” smell when I came in. No more. A friend suggested that I put a few teaspoons of vanilla in a 350 degree oven. Once the oven is preheated, you place a small bowl of vanilla in, shut off the oven, and open the door slightly.
With the price of pure vanilla extract, I had reservations about the procedure. Then I remembered a huge bottle of vanilla an old boyfriend brought me from South America a few years ago. It’s at least 10 years old.
I’m afraid to cook with it, but like an old corsage pressed into my scrapbook, I haven’t been able to throw it away (he was a good boyfriend.)
I can still smell it three hours later, but unfortunately I’m craving sugar cookies.