Welcome to our Tales & News Page:

This is a combination of a Maine Lifestyle Blog peppered with Chocolate Recipes and what Kate feels like writing at the time.

 

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    Do we really need another recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie?

    Several years ago, I found myself in the congenial company of Emily and Melissa Elsen, and Dinah Grossman; owners of (then) up and coming pie shops Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn and Cheap Tart (now Spinning J) in Chicago, respectively. It was a steamy summer evening, and we were drinking beer on Sarah Franklin’s waterfront …

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    Matcha Pound Cake Recipe

    Matcha Pound Cake Recipe Quick! Before all the good oranges are gone for the season, make this recipe! Jordan, one of our chocolatiers, told me that his wife ate 7 oranges for dinner last night. I thought this was impressive. I mean I’m all about seasonal eating, but I myself have only embraced this kind …

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    Eat Maine

    Back in February, we had a super fun visit from Karen Watterson, of the Eat Maine  food blog. Karen is passionate about food and dining in Maine, and having her here at Black Dinah Chocolatiers was like…well, it was like watching a kid in a candy shop. I’ll admit it: I not-so-secretly covet Karen’s job. But as …

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    Tomato Soup Mac & Cheese

    I went to the gym the other day, for the first time since November. It was teeming with grunting, sweaty people still clinging to their New Year’s resolutions. I had to wait for a machine, which always makes me half cranky, half guilty that I’m not willing to branch out from the comfort of the …

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    Classic Tomato Soup

    I love two-for-one meals. Not exactly leftovers, but meals made from leftovers. The following easy tomato soup recipe isn’t fancy or life-changing. It’s just simple, six-ingredient food (eight, if you want a little more pizazz) to get you through the work week. The recipe makes a little too much for two people to finish in one …

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    A Guide to Wedding Favors and Pricing

    by Kate Shaffer Happy…Engagement Season! Yup, it’s a thing. Lots and lots of people get engaged in December, which means January is abuzz with wedding research, planning, and booking.  And searching for wedding favors. I’ll admit it. I love a good wedding. The dress, the hair, the flowers, the tables, the food, the bar. It’s …

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    Watermark Series

    It’s been quite a week here in the world. And while I’m sure we’re all overloaded on news and opinions and theories and petitions, I will say that it’s been a week of reflection for me. Not only because of the election and everything after, but also because of changes in our own small world …

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    Vegan Molasses Ginger Cookie Recipe

    As I write this, I have a batch of beef bone broth bubbling away in a slow cooker at home. I don’t eat much meat (Steve’s a vegetarian), but in the fall, I crave rich, dark soups, made with long-roasted bones and seasonal things like apples and onions and garlic. We are embarking on the season …

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    Chocolate olive oil cake recipe with Frogletiers

    Way back in the spring 2011, when we were moving production (for the first time!) from our house on Isle au Haut, into a fancy-schmancy new commercial kitchen build-out 50 feet away in our barn, we got a call from the good folks at Martha Stewart Living Magazine. The year before, they had done a …

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    On Being a Boss

    We hired our first full-time employee in 2010. The process went a little like this: Steve and I made a list of every person who lived on the island. We then crossed off everyone we considered a friend (we were starting to learn that a sure way to destroy a friendship, was to hire the …