‘Tis the season for…holiday pasta!

‘Tis the season for…holiday pasta!

ROCKWALL, TX (Dec. 19, 2022) It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For a cozy Christmas Dinner Party, I styled my table with freshly cut Christmas tree branches, birch tree vases, red roses, white hydrangeas, red tablecloths, gold flatware, and plaid holiday napkins for a rustic glam look. I had twinkling lights everywhere, Christmas […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Homemade Hot Chocolate

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Homemade Hot Chocolate

ROCKWALL, TX (Nov. 23, 2022) As we edge towards the New Year, my brain already starts going toward new goals. What do I want to do different next year? What do I want to do better? How can I support my people more? How can I use my gifts to spark joy in myself, and […]

Cooking with Ease: Six ways to ‘toast’ to the new school year

Cooking with Ease: Six ways to ‘toast’ to the new school year

ROCKWALL, TX (Aug. 14, 2022) Growing up, Mom often made us toast for breakfast. It was fast and easy but still homemade. Some days just plain butter toast, some days with peanut butter and on special days, we had cinnamon toast. A couple years ago, I posted my mom’s cinnamon toast recipe on my personal […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Homemade Peach Ice Cream

ROCKWALL, TX (June 30, 2022) Homemade ice cream is not something I make often, but I want to change that. And I want to change it because of the reason I don’t make it often. I love homemade ice cream. I think everyone probably does. But it takes so long to make that I rarely […]

Rockwall authors look to start new family tradition this Christmas with picture book

Rockwall authors look to start new family tradition this Christmas with picture book

ROCKWALL, TX – November 28, 2020 – If you’re looking to start a new Christmas family tradition in this very untraditional year, you might consider making the best birthday cake in the history of ever to celebrate the real reason for the season. Local residents Jennifer Hill and Mary Walker have co-authored a picture book, titled […]

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 […]

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: The Very Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Cooking With Ease by Melissa Tate: The Very Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Here’s the deal. I love chocolate cake. I have eaten lots of chocolate cakes in my lifetime and once I realized I could make my own chocolate cake and eat it any time I wanted, I set out to find a recipe for The Very Best Chocolate Cake Ever. It just so happens to be […]

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 […]

Cooking with Ease: Lime Tea

Cooking with Ease: Lime Tea

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 8, 2019) A couple of weeks ago, Evan and I stopped at a farmers markets to pick up some fresh produce and on our way out, I picked up a free magazine called “Edible.” I had seen the magazine around Dallas but never stopped to pick one up. Now, you know […]