|Satsumas: Delightful to look at, eat, and smell|
If you’re in the Chicago area, you must plan a winter visit to The Spice House. You can smell the store in the cold air from blocks away, and once you enter, you’re warmly embraced by the smell of far-off lands. I usually come ready with a list to stock up on old favorites, and while the spice merchants fill a worn wicker basket with my requested flavors, I wander around and find new mixes to add to my order. The countless jars in my overstuffed pantry are a testament to this strategy.
During my most recent trip, I impulsively grabbed a package of cinnamon sticks for $1.79. When I got home, I tossed a few into boiling water along with some orange rind, and the delicious, long-lasting holiday home fragrance that resulted was enough to give my not-so-inexpensive Diptyque candles a run for their money this holiday season. Next time, I’ll be adding cardamom seeds and whole cloves to the shopping list.
|Told you they're gorgeous|
|The cinnamon game changer|
|The ingredients couldn't be easier, or cheaper|
|Just add water...|
|..bring to a simmer, breathe deep and enjoy!|