As for the promised brownie recipe, I found this one at Food.com. I altered it a bit to suit my taste, and it is my new favorite. Here's how I make them:
12 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
4 Tbsp vegetable oil (you could also use coconut oil or shortening)
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar (I use 1/2 white and 1/2 raw in mine)
1/2 tsp salt
4 lg eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour (I use 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat)
1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 In a saucepan over low heat, stir and melt the unsweetened cocoa powder, vegetable oil, and butter. Let cool.
2 In a mixing bowl, beat the 4 eggs until light and frothy, add the salt and sugar; beat well.
3 Fold the melted chocolate and butter into the egg mixture. Stir in the vanilla.
4 Add the flour and chocolate chips.
5 Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350° in a greased 9x13 inch pan (my pan is smaller, maybe 8 x 12 or so. A smaller pan makes for thicker, chewier brownies).
6 When cool, you may frost with chocolate frosting (I like cream cheese frosting-or just skip the frosting and eat them warm and gooey with a glass of milk. Perfection!).