Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Easter Banana Pudding Cups

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Easter Banana Pudding Cups

ROCKWALL, TX – April 1, 2021 – It feels like Easter 2020 was a lifetime ago and yet, we have only lived one year in that amount of time. I remember last year we were all still filled with immense uncertainty. Churches scrambling to find ways to reach their congregation without meeting in person, shelves […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Love Letter Hand Pies

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Love Letter Hand Pies

ROCKWALL, TX – February 5, 2021 — Love letters are a lost art. Email began to replace written word, quickly followed by the text message – some even giving the sender an immediate “read” so they know the recipient has seen the note. Can you imagine the vulnerability one had to have in sending a […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Tate Farms Chicken & Dumplings

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Tate Farms Chicken & Dumplings

ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 23, 2020 – This time of year is what I like to call Chicken and Dumplings season. They are fitting for any occasion these days. Chicken and Dumplings can warm a cold body or a worried soul. They are perfect to share with family during the holidays. The best door step […]

Staple Goods Market opens this Saturday in Heath

Staple Goods Market opens this Saturday in Heath

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Standard Service to present Fall Market  HEATH, TX (Oct. 6, 2020) As most of you know, Sept. 26 wrapped up the 13th year of Rockwall Farmers Market. Evan and I were absolutely honored to have our Tate Farms Market Wagon accepted as one of the vendors this year. We […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: ‘Grandbaby Cakes’ Caramel Peach Dump Cake

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: ‘Grandbaby Cakes’ Caramel Peach Dump Cake

ROCKWALL, TX – August 24, 2020 — What does “amplify black voices” mean? Well, I’ll tell you what it means to me. For years, I’ve collected cookbooks. Cookbooks from my mother, my late mother-in-law, estate sales, vacations, birthdays and holidays. If you ever wonder what to get me…a cookbook is always welcome! The cabinets in […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet

(ROCKWALL, TX – June 25, 2020)  Warm chocolate chip cookies bring a certain sense of peace to the soul. A certain sense of calm and comfort. A sense of HOME. Food can do that, you know? It can relax the mind and help you to feel more at ease. These past few months have been […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Easy Chicken Pot Pie

It would be a little absurd to not talk about what is going on these days… so let’s talk about it. There is extreme uncertainty going on in everyone’s life at the exact same time and that is for sure overwhelming. How long will this last? Will my business survive this? Will I be able […]

Cooking with Ease: Red Velvet Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

Cooking with Ease: Red Velvet Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

I always wanted a relationship like my parents. My dad passed away when I was 31 years old and I can truly say, I never once heard my parents fight. Not bicker, not argue, nothing.They were teammates, friends, partners, pals. They really didn’t have reason to argue. I told a therapist once that my parents […]

Cooking with Ease: Holiday Treat Boxes & DIY Party

Cooking with Ease: Holiday Treat Boxes & DIY Party

(ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 12, 2019) Growing up, I remember my mom making holiday treat boxes for all of our friends and family. Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas she would spend days working on them. All surfaces of our kitchen would be covered in little red and green plastic boxes, colored tissue paper, chocolate covered […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: One Pot Lasagna Soup

(ROCKWALL, TX – Oct. 9, 2019) October is probably my favorite month of the year. It’s my birthday month, it’s the opening of the State Fair of Texas, the beginning of fall, cool weather and the start of soup season. I’m not really sure if soup season is a “thing”…But we can make it one. I […]

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