I never confirmed what was being cooked that created that pungent scent, but I always suspected it might be brussels sprouts. Our house never smelled like that, especially since my mom spared us the misery of ever having brussels sprouts. I just knew that brussels sprouts was one of the most hated vegetables, so I always assumed it smelled. Don't you love ignorant adolescents?
As we all grow up into adults, so do our tastes and palettes. I've learned to be more open and try new things, including brussels sprouts. I've learned to love them roasted, especially with a good grainy dijon mustard. I also love shaved brussels sprouts in salad, thanks to the Publican.
In an effort to make a light meal before all the holiday indulgence ahead of us, we made a brussels sprout salad with apples and pomegranate for dinner. We followed this recipe to a T but added some leftover goat cheese from Stamper Cheese. The goat cheese was creamy, tangy, and an indulgent addition that I highly recommend.. Here is a great tutorial to removing pomegranate seeds without all the mess.