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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

Falling Leaves

The leaves continue to fall, especially after brisk winds last night. Before I went to bed, I could see the small leaves of the Japanese maples beginning to carpet the deck.

There are two unnamed Japanese maples by the deck steps, one on each side. They are among the first trees planted after we moved in. The tree on the right was the one losing most of its leaves. This is how it looked this morning -

The opposite maple, on the other hand, lost very little. Hmmm....

The parrotia also lost most of its leaves overnight, mainly toward the top. Revealed - a squirrel's nest? Ugh

The one tree with the most leaves left is the 'Dakota Pinnacle' birch. It has been the prettiest it has ever been this year. 

Winter draws closer with snow in the forecast for next week.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Love that Dakota Pinnacle - reminds me of the birches in Sweden. <3

  2. Love seeing all the color in your garden. The Heuchra leaves and the fall leaves are a perfect match.


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