Sunday, February 28, 2010

Country Aroma

My very easy supper is cooking while writing this. Raspberry Pork Chops are in the Slow Cooker and the spinach for Creamed Cheesy Spinach is thawing. Check out 'Cat Food' for the Pork Chop Recipe .. more later on the Spinach; still working on the fine points.

Wipe out stale or cooking odors with an easy Country Remedy.  This one is environmentally friendly and rather inexpensive with no candle residue on the ceiling.  Any cook pot or skillet will work, but I prefer to use my 6½" cast iron skillet.  Put about a teaspoon of whole cloves* in the pan (DRY! no water or oil).  Place on stove on high heat and KEEP AN EYE ON IT.   When the first sign of a little smoke appears grasp the pan with a pot holder and shake lightly .. walking through your space(s), distributing the pleasant scent of cloves.  You can repeat these steps once or twice more before the cloves are rendered gray and no longer 'viable'.  (Pour down your sink disposal or cool and place in the trash).  This REALLY works and it doesn't harm the ozone; an old friend told me she tried this after preparing fish and the cloves  worked.  This is especially useful in the winter months when it's too cold to "air out" with all the doors and windows open.  To conjure up a little more 'holiday feel', add a dash of ground cinnamon to the pan. (Whole cinnamon sticks do NOT work with this method).
* You can use ½ to 1 teaspoon of ground cloves but I prefer the whole cloves.

See you over at 'Cat Food' for some fine pork chops .
The Creamy Cheesy Spinach recipe is now also available at 'Cat Food'.

Have a wonderful Country Week.
© Cat Brennan

1 comment:

  1. I've been enjoying your blog - Hearing the stories of a time past has brought me some good memories - the wringer washer is a favorite. I'm really looking forward to fixin' the pork chops for my family soon. They sound wonderful and easy. Can't wait to read more.........