Light green platter filled with Green Chile Canapes

Green Chile Canapés

Green Chile Canapés – these 6-ingredient pretty little bites are the perfect, delicious start to any meal! My childhood best friend’s mother, Dorothy Hartwell, grew up in Michigan and moved to Colorado in the early ‘60’s. Here, she quickly grew to love Mexican food, especially dishes with green chiles. I’ve always referred to Dorothy as… Read more »

portions of 3 bruschetta topped with bean puree, on a blue plate

White Bean Bruschetta

Cannellini Bean Bruschetta are earthy, flavorful, easy to prepare and beautiful on the plate. Grilled (or broiled) slices of ciabatta bread are spread with a rustic purée of cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, then topped with chopped toasted walnuts and a drizzle of truffle oil. Yum! White Bean Bruschetta Recipe Cannellini are… Read more »

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Perfect Sidecar Drink Recipe

Sidecar Cocktails are both delicious and deceptively easy to prepare, calling for only three ingredients. There are a few tricks to preparing them properly, which come from my good friends Deborah Shaw and Joan Perlow – and I’m sharing them with you now! What is a Sidecar Drink? A Sidecar is a classic cocktail that… Read more »

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Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini

Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini is a fresh, light, flavorful and unusual make ahead 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…. Read more »

Siver cups filled with Veggie Fries in a napkin, with Lemon-Garlic Aioli on the side

Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli are a wonderful alternative to French fries. For these scrumptious Veggie Fries, large Portobello mushroom and zucchini wedges are dusted with flour, dipped in beaten egg,  coated with a mixture of Italian breadcrumbs and fresh Parmesan cheese, and then fried until crispy and golden brown. They pair beautifully with a… 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. When… Read more »

6 Easy Super Bowl Appetizers

January 23, 2017

The Super Bowl is just around the corner, so it’s time to decide what to cook – either for your own party or to bring to a pot luck. Alas, our beloved Denver Broncos won’t be participating this year, but Robert and I will still be watching the game! So, I thought I would share… Read more »

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Fast, 4-ingredient Cheesy Crab Dip

Fast, 4-ingredient Cheesy Crab Dip is 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 (also in my cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®) as well as various crab dips and canapés. We both especially love Crab Dip. I have several… 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 tomatoes,… 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 a… 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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