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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    A Guide to Wedding Favor 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. I’ll admit it. I love a good wedding. The dress, the hair, the flowers, the tables, the food, the bar. It’s ironic, really. I think I …

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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 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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    Olive oil chocolate 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 …

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    Enter: Autumn- with Apple Bun recipe

    Enter: Autumn – with Apple Bun Recipe It was a beautiful weekend here in Portland. I made liberal use of my flannel shirts, and put on socks for the first time in months. Both Saturday and Sunday morning found me at my neighborhood coffee shop, reminiscing about my own cafe on the island. These were …

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    The Way to Dad’s Heart

    We’re a tight crew here at BDC, and the past couple of months have shown me, in many different ways, how we have each other’s backs. Our goal is to post on the blog around every holiday, but staff shortages and a sudden, steep uptick in business have me way behind on, well, everything. That, …

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    Mother’s Day Eve

    Mother’s Day Eve: When people tell me how much they admire the fact that I created a business around something that I love, I feel a little guilty. The truth is, when I dreamed up this job of making chocolate, I wasn’t really all that crazy about chocolate. Never had been. In actuality, my relationship …

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    Recipe: My Favorite Chocolate Cake

    My Favorite Chocolate Cake It’s that time of year. The days are longer, and summer is a little more than just an empty promise away. We vow to get more exercise, and eat better. We join the hordes of healthy people at the gym after work, don our running shoes, and enter the fray. And …

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    A Note from Kate

    You Can Never Go Home Again… Today, the weather is perfect in San Francisco. The air is cool, the sun is out, and yesterday’s rain seemed to wash away the city grime. …