About Kate Shaffer

Kate Shaffer

Kate Shaffer is the co-owner of Black Dinah Chocolatiers on Isle au Haut in Maine. Known for handcrafted truffles made with local ingredients, she was recently named one of the top ten chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professional magazine. Desserted is her first cookbook. @katehelenshaffer

A wooden table, red and white napkins, with a gray plate with cubes of roasted squash, sprinkled with sea salt, thyme sprigs, and pine nuts.

Roasted Squash with Pine Nuts

A sweet and savory side dish that highlights the ever-lovely delicata squash. And pine nuts, those exotic, buttery, little flavor bombs.

A weathered wood table with a white plate, filled with 2 honey-soy covered trout, green beans, lime quarters, a pot of glaze and a large spoon.

Trout with Honey-Soy Glaze

Need a sign that you should be eating more fish? This is it. This roasted trout with a sweetly Asian-inspired glaze will make you see the light.

A dozen mounded molasses cookies, half of each is covered in chocolate on a white background

Chocolate-Dipped Molasses Cookies

Though the name doesn’t give it away, these subtly spiced cookies are vegan-friendly, though we sure as heck couldn’t tell it from their I’ll-have-just-one-more appeal. Shhhh.