Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans is quick and easy to prepare, full of fall flavors including cranberry and cinnamon, and beautiful on the plate! Couscous is a wonderful alternative to rice or potatoes as a side dish. A coarse, ground pasta, couscous granules are made from crushed durum wheat. It takes only minutes to… Read more »

Square blue plate filled with Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad is a fun, fresh side dish that’s perfect for end-of-summer! I love August, because our gardens, farmer’s markets – even grocery stores – are overflowing with fresh, scrumptious produce. Juicy, vibrant red tomatoes are everywhere you turn. Bins are overflowing with large and small squash, both dark green (zucchini)… Read more »

White platters filled with Braised Baby BBQ Sauce

Braised Baby Back Ribs with Zesty BBQ Sauce

These Braised Baby Back Ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and the Zesty BBQ Sauce is amazingly delicious! A bit sharp, a bit sweet, a bit spicy – these ribs and sauce will make your taste buds sing! I love ribs – and I have my favorite short rib recipes (“Fall Off The Bone Short Ribs” in… Read more »

Wooden plate with sliced Sausage and Spinach Torte, alongside a wedge of cheese

Sausage and Spinach Torte

Sausage and Spinach Torte is sophisticated in flavor, tempting to look at, and the perfect main dish for a picnic, lunch or light dinner. Sausage and Spinach Torte is a basically a super flavorful meatloaf that’s served at room temperature. It was a favorite recipe of my mom. She loved serving it at picnics, Botanic… Read more »

Foil packet filled with grilled new potatoes, seasoned with Parmesan Cheese, parsley and truffle zest.

Grilled Potato Packets with Truffle Zest

Grilled Potato Packets with Truffle Zest are the perfect side dish for you next barbecue! I started cooking Grilled Potato Packets around 10 years ago, when Robert and I started traveling around the country in our airstream. When camping, I like to do most of the cooking on our grill. So, one evening when I… Read more »

white plate with Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breassts

Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breasts

These moist and tangy Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breasts are perfect summer fare, and are also easy to prepare! I include directions for just grilling the breasts, or initially cooking them in a sous vide and then finishing them on the grill. Either way, these chicken breasts are the bomb! The fresh flavor of these Grilled… Read more »

glass bowl filled with Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews

Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews

Mom’s super scrumptious Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews can be prepared ahead with either fresh or frozen green peas – and is mayonnaise and gluten-free! It’s that time of year when I start to think about making creative side dish salads that pair well with grilled or BBQ dishes. One of my favorites… Read more »

Blue platter with Sea Bass and Tomatoes in Lemon Butter Sauce

Sea Bass with Tomatoes in a Lemon-Butter Sauce

Effortless enough for everyday dinner and elegant enough for entertaining, colorful Sea Bass with Tomatoes in a Lemon-Butter Sauce will be your next go-to recipe. A popular food pairing is fish and lemon-butter. The lemon juice brightens the fish’s natural flavor while balancing its brininess, and the butter – well, everything tastes better with butter!… Read more »

White platter with two Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers and Lemon-Green Onion Sauce

Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers

These Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers are super moist and flavorful on their own, and are even more scrumptious with the addition of a Lemon-Green Onion Sauce! Grilling season is upon us, so I have burgers on the mind. While I love a traditional ground beef burger from time to time, I also like to experiment… Read more »

Plate of Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille and orzo

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille is an easy to prepare dish that combines sausage meatballs with the Mediterranean flavors of eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, tomato, onion, garlic and basil. My cousin Barb Keller, whom I refer to as the queen of the crockpot, was nice enough to share this delicious recipe for Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball… Read more »

Lee Clayton Roper

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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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