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Steve Mills

What are your favorite aromas?

Posted Monday, December 16, 2013, at 7:44 AM
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  • As a child wanting a bubble bath, we were out of Mr. Bubble so Avon's Mineral Spring Bath Crystals was a substitute, just one time...that aroma has stuck with me since that early childhood bath-time for some strange reason, and every so often I get a whiff of a similar smell that's real close...it has since been discontinued, I have asked a few representatives with a "never heard of it answer".....It's the smell of fresh yeasty bread out of the oven for me that really gets my senses going....or a light smell of smoke that lingers on your clothing after a bon fire on a warm summer night or cherry flavored pipe tobacco rates way up there on my smell scale. I can't leave out waking up to the combination of bacon and coffee aromas flowing through the air from your favorite person treating you to breakfast, now that starts a day out right!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Dec 16, 2013, at 9:11 AM
  • Floriani Red Flint cornbread, of course.

    -- Posted by mg.mark on Mon, Dec 16, 2013, at 10:22 AM
  • Mark, does RFC have a distinctive aroma or just that you know what is baking. I agree that that was some super cornbread. (Still have your seeds tucked safely by my desk)

    A bath salt that smells like yeast? I love the smell but I in a bath? Got to think about that. One of my uncles was a professional baker and walking into his shop was a treat.

    I have not smelled cherry pipe tobacco in a LONG LONG time, but I remember it well. That would remind me of my father and one of the rare times my mother would let him light up in the house. (She must have loved the aroma also)

    You already know what I think of coffee. Add bacon to that in the morning, yummmmm.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 16, 2013, at 12:31 PM
  • This morning I added vanilla to the coffee. I'm happy. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 17, 2013, at 9:12 AM
  • I wouldn't swear that the Floriani aroma is much different from other corn varieties; but hot from the oven it sure smells mighty fine!

    When I first started experimenting with the recipe, I used 2 Cups of Buttermilk, and the buttermilk aroma was very up-front. Also, I found that for my taste, that much buttermilk was a little over-powering and even imparted a bit of an after-taste.

    I altered the recipe to 1 Cup Buttermilk + 1 Cup Milk, and that was perfect; in my opinion.

    -- Posted by mg.mark on Tue, Dec 17, 2013, at 1:13 PM
  • Steve..... You are a perfect candidate for a home roaster. Just what you need........Something else to take up your time. I have been roasting my own coffee for two years and still get delighted when the kitchen ( sometimes the whole block ) fills up with the aroma of roasting coffee.

    On the other hand.........I am always nostalgic when experiencing a scent from my past that triggers a forgotten memory of a particular time and place...... Pyracantha........Honeysuckle.......Jasmine.......Old Spice......Nutmeg......Chanel # 5...... The list goes on.

    No garden to me is complete without the heady perfume of roses. My rose selection has always been made primarily by their scent......The uncontested favorite being Fragrant Cloud.

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, Dec 18, 2013, at 3:07 AM
  • I remember walking into my grandmothers at Christmas time and the smell of homemade yeast rolls filled the air. I love that smell.... I have tried and tried to make those rolls but can't seem to make them smell like Granny's rolls not to mention taste like hers :(

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Dec 20, 2013, at 9:11 AM
  • The Lewis Bakery in Murfreesboro was also a big memory during bread rising time. Mmmmm.

    Somehow I think the aroma penetrates our senses more when we are not working with it directly, but come on it suddenly. Dianatn, I would bet your rolls have the same affect on someone else.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 20, 2013, at 6:14 PM
  • Puppy breath....absolutely nothing smells better...lol

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Jan 5, 2014, at 1:30 PM
  • Puppy Breath?! Wow! We got a dog that you would Loooove.

    She won't chew those darn teeth cleaners and the last time we had one of our dogs teeth cleaned, she died a few weeks later. Not saying it was the cleaning, but now we just put up with it.

    But like it?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 5, 2014, at 6:19 PM
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