Tate's Cookies and Baking for Friends: A Visit With Southampton's Favorite Baker Plus a Really Delicious Recipe
Monday, October 8, 2012 • 7:05am
Those that know me well, are quite aware that I could easily live my life on delicious cookies, cake, and ice cream.
Like my search for really great places to Dine, Nosh, or Grab-A-Bite, and even places for great desserts, I am always on the search for a great Cookie. Meaning of course, one that I don’t particularly have to bake, and one that can easily be served for any and all occasions.
And suddenly, it appeared. At first, I saw the sign at Kings in Garwood, where I picked-up my first package of Tate’s Bake Shop Chocolate Chip Cookies. Then I received a call from Kathleen King, a fixture in the Hamptons, and known for her glorious Tate’s Bake Shop which is filled with loads of scrumptious treats.
Of course, if you’re a regular out in the Hamptons on Eastern Long Island, New York, you’re sure to know about Tate’s Cookies. Called “a destination...worth putting miles on the odometer” by The New York Times, Tate’s Bake Shop prides itself on baking delectable home-style desserts.
“I grew up in Southampton,” said Kathleen King, founder of Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies and fresh baked pies. “My actual career started at my dad’s North Sea Farm. At the age of eleven, my Dad said, “You’ll have to earn enough money to buy your own clothes to wear to school!”
”My mother, who was a registered nurse, actually agreed with my Dad. And because, I was only eleven years old, and could not drive, my father brought all of the ingredients home for me. At that time, he paid for everything, except the eggs, which we got from the farm. Before I realized what was actually happening, I became busy baking delicious, all-natural, crisp, chocolate chip cookies.”
“My parents believed in work,” continued Ms. King. "They believed in using your own common sense. I recall hearing, 'If you fall down...Get- Up and Move Forward!'"
“To get started, my parents set up a card table on the family farm, where, incidentally, they still live. Regardless of the weather, I’d be out there with the customers. While they were busy buying fresh produce and beautiful plants, I’d encourage them to purchase my delicious chocolate chip cookies.”
“Everyone loved my cookies,” she continued. “They were a big hit. I believe our cookie are consistently delicious because we work hard, and are constantly focused on ‘Doing Our Best’! I believe it’s all about ‘Integrity.’ I believe Integrity is built into our product.”
“Our Tate’s Cookies are the best cookies in all America,” she continued. “They’re thin, crisp, and prepared with only the purest ingredients by someone who really loves what they do,” she continued.
Today, her award-winning cookies are sold at over 5,000 gourmet retailers throughout the United States and at her active e-bakery: www.TATESBAKESHOP.COM
But there is much more. Recently, we were able to get together with a dear friend who recalls shopping at Milk Pail Farm. Barbara has known this very special family for years and years, and was quite familiar with the sight of the little girl hawking her very special chocolate chip cookies to all of the customers. How lucky for us that she brought along a most delicious apple pie from Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton. Beyond scrumptious!
But, for those of us who’d be interested in purchasing delicious fruit pies in assorted flavors, they are available at Butterfields, at 14 Lexington Ave., in New York City, or through the website: www.TATESBAKESHOP.COM.
And Now a Cookbook:
TATE’S Bake Shop
Baking for Friend’s by Kathleen King
Over 120 scrumptious recipes from Southampton’s favorite baker.
A SIMPLY DELICIOUS SIMPLE RECIPE
Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookie
Ice Cream Sandwich
Take 2 Chocolate Chip Cookies
Smear one side with your favorite flavor ice cream.
Layer smoothly for about a half inch.
Take the second cookie. Press down upon the ice cream.
Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Place the Tate’s ice cream cookie into the freezer. Let it sit for a day. Remove and thoroughly enjoy!
Be sure to enjoy all of Tate’s Bake Shop’s Cookies. Available Flavors: Oatmeal, Raisin, White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut, Chipless Wonder, Chocolate Chip Walnut and Whole Wheat Dark. Tate’s also bakes Gluten Free Cookies. Locally, they may be purchased at King’s Super Market.
Please stay in touch! I look forward to hearing from you. You may reach my at Mkbrody@aol.com.
Thank You and Have a Great Week!
Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey. Contact her at Mkbrody@aol.com
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