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Best ‘Bangor’ Brownies

I stepped through the door to a vaguely familiar space. Suddenly memories from an older time came flooding back. But this time things were different. It was a time to discover the new in an old new place.

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…Edith Piaf, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Gillian Welsh accompanied warm evenings and sunny mornings where talk turned to the beauty of Marilynn Robinson’s Gilead, or Rachel Carson describing sand. I came home refreshed and started reading about Rachel Carson.

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility. ”
Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

I was present and seeing the old familiar images in a new light. So beautiful. So grateful.

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One morning I found a cookbook, Dishing Up Maine by Brook Dojny on the bookshelf. Late in the afternoon, after walks on trails in the woods, visiting 3 familiar shops (with the same 3 cashiers), Sweet Z and I called it a complete day. I set out to make the Best ‘Bangor’ Brownies.

Walnuts are toasted


Butter and chocolate are melted


More ingredients


And then this happened


Sweet Z and I did what any couple might do on a Saturday night. Brownies with candied ginger ice cream appeared, a warm fire blazed from the woodstove and we settled in to watch a film noir movie. A recent movie genre I was happy to stumble upon.


Thank you for reading!

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