Ahhh. . . what a wonderful smell! Walk into a house that has a loaf of banana bread in the oven and it’s almost as good as taking a long hot bubble bath. There’s nothing more comforting to the soul. It’s a known real estate fact that homes that have appealing smells will sell faster than those without. So, when you and a friend are deciding where to cook, factor in the “smell” benefit of being the hostess. Long after your friend leaves, the sweet-smelling scent of food cooked together will linger, gently reminding you of your time together.