Cooking with Ease: Gail Spann’s Ginger Meatball Recipe

Cooking with Ease: Gail Spann’s Ginger Meatball Recipe

ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 8, 2021 — A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of stepping into someone else’s kitchen and watching them cook alongside friends. My husband, Evan, is on the Board of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation. Every year the foundation hosts a Brunch with Minerals tour and fundraiser with board member, […]

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: ‘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: 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: No Bake Eclair Cake

Cooking with Ease: No Bake Eclair Cake

(ROCKWALL, TX — July 8, 2019) Every month I am blown away by how “magically” these recipes and stories come together. I rarely have a plan of what I am going to write about. Then, I will make a dish or I will open a cookbook or someone will say something and, instantly, I know, […]

Cooking with Ease: The Perfect Sausage Ball

Cooking with Ease: The Perfect Sausage Ball

(ROCKWALL, TX — June 4, 2019) Most people think of sausage balls as a holiday treat. I am here to shift your perspective. Sausage balls are sausage, cheese and biscuit mix. They are basically a sausage breakfast biscuit. You see where I am going here? Sausage balls are truly an ideal breakfast. Even more so, […]

Cooking with Ease: Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Cooking with Ease: Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

(ROCKWALL, TX — May 10, 2019) The second Sunday of every month, I host supper at Tate Farms. Women only, no theme, no RSVP… just bring a dish, yourself, and any petitions or praises you may want to share with a friend. You don’t have to bring a certain item or check a sign up […]

Cooking with Ease: Simple Easter Side Dishes

Cooking with Ease: Simple Easter Side Dishes

(ROCKWALL, TX — April 14, 2019) Spring has recently become my favorite season. In the past, I adored fall. The pumpkins, the warm spiced drinks, the heavy foods – but as of late, I love the spring. I noticed the shift in my fondness when I began gardening. The pleasure I find in tilling the […]