Hmmm. Am I baking cookies?


I just came in from the gym and opened the back door to the most wondrous smells wafting through the house.

Hmmm, I thought.  Did Lucky Dawg bake some cookies while I was gone?

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.

One thought on “Hmmm. Am I baking cookies?

  1. Em,
    We’ve always brought cases of Vanilla back everytime we went to Mexico (no more, of course, now) and I’ve used the vanilla for years until I ran out. To my knowledge, vanilla never goes bad – I’ve been told it’s merely a vanilla bean put into a bottle of vodka and that’s how you get vanilla with which to cook.
    Does vodka ever go bad??? Anyway, I think your’s is still good with which to cook.
    Glad to know about the tip for putting some into the oven to “flavor” the house. Thanks for the tip.

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