Olive Cheese Balls

Olive Cheese Balls are a delicious, impressive and crowd-pleasing appetizer. Tangy pimiento-stuffed green olives are baked in a cheesy, flaky crust and served hot. The best part? These little bites of heaven can be prepared up to 1 month ahead, frozen and then heated just before serving. Detailed instructions on how to prepare, freeze, and… Read more »

Glass bowl filled with Feta Mousse on black tray with grilled bread

Feta Mousse

Feta Mousse is a tangy, creamy, super flavorful appetizer that’s quick and easy to prepare. One evening a few years ago, while dining at Charcoal restaurant in Denver, I fell in love with their Feta Mousse appetizer. It’s no longer on the menu, but fortunately I have recreated my own version of this delectable dish…. Read more »

Square white plate with Toasted Bagel with Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon

Toasted Bagels with Egg Salad & Smoked Salmon

Tasty and colorful Toasted Bagels with Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon are my husband Robert’s favorite breakfast! Robert loves egg salad and smoked salmon, so combining the two in an open-faced sandwich for his breakfast one morning was a no-brainer. For the egg salad, I start with hard boiling eggs in my Instant Pot –… Read more »

Red and white bowl filled with Liptauer Cheese Spread

Liptauer Cheese Spread

Liptauer Cheese Spread is creamy, cheesy, smoky, tangy and pungent – all at the same time! I first discovered amazingly delicious Liptauer Cheese at an Austrian “Heuriger” back when I spent the fall semester of my junior year studying at the Institute for European Studies (IES) in Vienna, Austria. Shortly after we all arrived in… Read more »

Rowes of Curried Chicken Bites

Curried Chicken Bites

Curried Chicken Bites pack a super-flavorful mixture of both sweet (mango chutney) and savory (chicken, onions, almonds) flavors into bright red cherry tomatoes. the result is a scrumptious two-bite appetizer that’s sure to please! Okay, so I love cooking with curry, as did my mom. If you own either of my cookbooks (A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®… Read more »

Blue bowl filled with Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip, sitting on a white platter with tortilla chips

Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip

Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip is a creamy, slightly spicy appetizer – that’s also quick and easy to prepare! I love artichokes, and have since I was a little girl. I have several artichoke dip recipes in my files, and this one is a favorite. Artichoke hearts are combined with jalapeno pepper for a bit… Read more »

Narrow rectangular white platter filled with Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Mozzarella Sticks

Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Mozzarella Sticks

Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Mozzarella Sticks are a quick, easy, 3-ingredient appetizer that everyone loves! One evening when Robert and I were at our mountain home, we had an impromptu cocktail gathering with a few friends. I quickly went to my kitchen in search of something to serve, and pulled out some prosciutto and cheese to put… Read more »

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip with tortilla chips on a blue plate

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip takes the iconic hors d’oeuvre and amps it up with spicy cream cheese, olives, peppers, onions and Mozzarella cheese. There are lots of theories as to the origin of the infamous hors d’oeuvre Shrimp Cocktail. Some say it was invented in Boston in the 1940s; others say it dates back closer… Read more »

bowl of Cannellini Dip with Truffle Oil on a board with pita chips

Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil

Woodsy, earthy truffle oil is the perfect complement to nutty and mild cannellini beans in this elegant, easy and impressive Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil. Years ago, my first trip to Italy took me to Rome and Umbria, together with my childhood best friend (and travel agent extraordinaire) Katey Hartwell. It just so happened… Read more »

artichoke, sundried tomato and feta triangles on platter

Artichoke, Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Appetizer

A quick and easy, crowd-pleasing dish that can be prepared two different ways, this Artichoke, Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Appetizer is the perfect addition to your next party menu! Since I was a little girl, I have loved artichokes. In fact, I love them just about any way they can be prepared – steamed, broiled,… Read more »

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I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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