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Perfect Sidecar Cocktail

A Sidecar is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 1920s, when it was served in the best establishments in both Paris and London. Sidecars are both delicious and deceptively easy to prepare. The keys are (1), using good quality ingredients (no cheap brandy!), and (2) balancing the sweetness (from the brandy and Cointreau)… Read more »

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Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini

Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini – a fresh, light, flavorful and unusual crostini appetizer. This recipe for these delectable Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini came to me from good friend Missy Glauch. Peas, basil, mint, jalapeño pepper, ricotta cheese and olive oil are quickly blended together in a food processor or blender. After… Read more »

Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini

Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini – these little bites are colorful, beautiful and super easy to prepare. Festive red tomatoes and toasted pine nuts top vibrant green pesto, making these Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini bright and appealing.   As always, the quality of the ingredients is the key to this simple recipe…. Read more »

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Fast, 4-ingredient Cheesy Crab Dip

Fast, 4-ingredient Cheesy Crab Dip – a crowd-pleasing appetizer for sure! Robert and I both love lump crabmeat. He makes killer crab cakes, and I like to make our Seafood Lasagna (in my cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®) as well as various crab dips and canapés. This recipe is a favorite, because not only is it… Read more »

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Mexican Black Bean, Tomato and Corn Salsa

Mexican Black Bean, Tomato and Corn Salsa – a wonderfully fresh and scrumptious mix of  flavors that can be served as a dip or in one-bite servings.   I’m always looking for fun, new dishes to prepare that utilize local fresh produce. Here in Denver, at our summer farmers’ markets I find lots of juicy… Read more »

Pimiento Cheese Spread in a white bowl with celery sticks and crackers

Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread

Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread – another scrumptious, versatile recipe from Mom!   Mom loved pimiento cheese and made her Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread often, sometimes just for our family to enjoy. She never measured the ingredients, just mixed them to taste. This is my version of her “recipe”. I add cayenne pepper to give it… Read more »

Individual Prosciutto, Fig and Goat Cheese Tarts on a red serving platter

Prosciutto, Fig and Goat Cheese Tarts

Puff pastry squares are filled chopped prosciutto, fig spread and goat cheese, frozen and then baked until bubbly and puffy. A perfect two bite appetizer for your next gathering! For one of Robert’s birthdays, I created this easy, make-ahead recipe and it was a winner. The salty prosciutto and sweet fig spread pair beautifully —… Read more »

Feta Mousse

I am in love with the Feta Mousse appetizer at the local restaurant Charcoal here in Denver. The feta flavor is well balanced, and the consistency of the dish has just the right amount of creaminess. One night I was channeling my mother and did what she always used to do when she loved a… Read more »

Toasted Bagels with Egg Salad & Smoked Salmon

Robert loves egg salad and smoked salmon, so putting them together in an open-faced sandwich for his breakfast one Sunday morning was a no-brainer. Making egg salad is not an exact science; it depends on the size and freshness of your ingredients. My proportions are a good place to start; add more mustard for more… Read more »

Platter filled with Benedictine Cheese Canapes and wine in the background

Benedictine Cheese Canapés

Benedictine Cheese is a traditional cucumber and cream cheese spread that’s traditionally served on Derby Day. These Canapés are a two-bite, slightly spicy version of my family’s traditional Benedictine Cheese recipe.   My mom was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and as a result, Derby Day was a major holiday for our family growing up –… 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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