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Denver Brownies

These are sooooo good. I think these may rank as one of my favorite of Maida's numerous brownie recipes (my favorites are the Palm Beach Brownies and the Santa Fe Brownies ). Maida Heatter says she got the recipe at a television station in Denver and was told that Julia Child had raved about them. I can see why.  3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/3 cup honey 2 tbsp. water or coffee 4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, in pieces at room temperature 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) walnuts or pecans, cut into medium-sized pieces 2 tbsp. bourbon, brandy, or rum Preheat oven to 325. Line a 9-inch square pan with foil. Butter the foil and set aside. (Note: It is helpful to cut the foil large enough so that it drapes over the sides of the pan. This will make it easier to remove from the pan). Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place the honey, water or coffee, butter and choco

Visiting Mt. Hood

A highlight of any day here is catching a glimpse of Mt. Hood in the distance. It is easy to see from various locations, including on my way to work. The thing is you can't always see it because of clouds or hazy days. But when you can, wow! It is especially beautiful with the evening sun illuminating it.

The drive to see it up close is about 90 minutes away. A few days ago, I finally visited it with Rebecca, McKenzie and Rebecca's father, who is visiting from Alabama. It was a hot day but as we approached the mountain, the temperature started falling rapidly. We could see the indicator changing inside our car as we drove up the mountain.

Much of the snow had melted. Rebecca said that it was way down on the slope the last time she saw it, which was earlier in the year. I have to confess that it does not look as imposing up close as it does from home.

The opposite view captures a glimpse of another volcano. I do not know the name of this one.

The trees were spectacular!

Timberline Lodge is located at the base of the Mt. Hood. It was built during the Depression. You can see aerial shots of it in the opening credits in "The Shining".

The interior lobby. I would love to stay a night here. I hear they have fireplaces in the rooms!
A staircase and walls with elaborate carvings.
McKenzie standing next to one of the front doors.

I am looking forward to seeing it again in the winter. Also on my list is Mt. St. Helens, which is also easily seen from Vancouver.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. What gorgeous scenery. Well worth the drive. I would like to spend a few nights in the Lodge. The front door is huge.

  2. Beautiful. I fondly recall a visit I had the chance to make once to Mt. Hood through the Columbia Gorge. Is that the route you took?

    If you haven't done it yet, I highly recommend visiting Trillium Lake to see the view of the mountain from there...

  3. Wow Philip, these mountain photos are particularly gorgeous! The skies are so blue, the very definition of sapphire!

  4. Wow! Some years ago on a visit to Mt Hood with my family, I took a photo of the exact view as the one you show, the fourth one down from the top. I'm not positive, but I think that volcano in the distance is Mt. Jefferson. I more recently went to Mt.St.Helens. It was an unforgettable and exceptionally moving tour.


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