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 for Prosciutto Fig Tarts and it was a winner. The method is the same as… Read more »

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Cilantro Mousse

Cilantro Mousse is an easy, elegant, slightly spicy appetizer that can be prepared up to 3 days ahead, making it perfect for entertaining. This delicious and unusual Cilantro Mousse recipe comes from a friend of my childhood friend Katey Hartwell, who lives part-time in Mexico. I  love any dish with cilantro, and as the name… Read more »

Warm Gathering with Friends

There is nothing better on a cold night to gather friends or family around the dining table to share a warm, comforting dinner. Mom’s Veal Stroganoff takes center stage in this menu, and it’s always a crowd pleaser! Serving it over a bed of fettuccini makes for a casual yet elegant presentation. I like to… Read more »

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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. Derby Appetizers 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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Country Ham Cheese Spread

Scrumptious Country Ham Cheese Spread is a bit salty, a bit creamy – and is quick and easy to prepare, with only 4 ingredients! Country ham is another traditional food from Kentucky adopted by our family.  My mom, who was born and raised in Kentucky, insisted it be served at every major holiday celebration. There… Read more »

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Layer Taco Salad Dip Recipe

A variation of the well-known Seven Layer Dip, this colorful, flavorful and slightly spicy Taco Salad Dip has no refried beans or meat, resulting in a lighter and refreshing dish. Plus, it’s a snap to put together! Cream Cheese Taco Dip My first job out of college was as a Media Planner for Campbell-Mithun advertising… Read more »

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Cheese Truffles!

Cheese Truffles are an easy and elegant way to turn the traditional cheese ball appetizer into two-bite canapés. I first made these cheese truffles for a cocktail party my husband Robert and I hosted a few months ago to bless our airstream. It was really an excuse for a party – and also a way… Read more »

Sally’s Smoked Trout Pâté

My mom Sally’s Smoked Trout Pâté adds just 4 readily available ingredients to smoked trout – and the resulting pâté is smooth, bright and fresh. I like to serve it packed in a pretty bowl, mounded on a plate, or as canapés (pictured). Growing up in a Colorado household with three fly fishermen – Dad,… Read more »

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Tomato Bruschetta Topping

It’s that time of year when our gardens and farmer’s markets start to be full of delicious fresh tomatoes, and we are all looking for new and different recipes to try (especially my friend Dona Johnson!). Last fall I decided to do something I hadn’t done in years – can! Canning really isn’t all that… Read more »

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BLT in a Cherry Tomato

What could be better – the ingredients in a BLT sandwich (minus the bread) in a bite size morsel! A wonderfully refreshing and delicious addition to any cocktail party menu.  

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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