Secret family recipes often offer insight into the people they represent.
Take, for instance, The Maras Girl Brownie Recipe.
Sweet, deep, natural and smart, it includes a life-changing ingredient, natural high fat cocoa.
You’re welcome, America.
My friend Gina Maras, artist, athlete and mother of four, introduced me to this super food when she sent me a packet from Penzeys, along with a recipe card for the best brownies I’ve ever tasted.
Gina has made a habit of introducing me to some of the cooler things in life.
She once sent me a bottle of wine, which I liked so much I attempted to purchase another bottle, inspiring the following conversation at Flanagan’s Liquor:
Me: Do you sell Conundrum win?
Clerk: Yes, I believe we do. I’m just not sure where. Hey! Do you know where the Conundrum wine is?
Second Clerk: Well, I know we sell Conundrum. I’m just not sure where.
Clerk: Conundrum — California white, right? I saw it just the other day. I’m just can’t remember where.
Me: Is anyone else appreciating the irony of this situation?
Gina and her husband Guy are raising four intelligent, strong and beautiful girls who, thanks to Gina’s talent, will be immortalized in a gorgeous piece of art currently hanging on their living room wall.
I love the way it represents all of Gina’s greatest skills. You can see her high standards and attention to detail in the sketch-to-sculpture process. Her profound love of family permeates the piece, and their love bounces back. A visual artist, Gina created the sketches from a favorite photo she had taken of the girls, and worked with a metal art sculptor to complete the work.
I’ll never be able to create a piece of art like that. But, thanks to Gina’s generosity, I can bake a mean pan of brownies. And, now, you can too.