three slices of Anise Bread on a red square plate; full loaf to the right

Anise Bread

Looking for a totally unique, scrumptious, savory bread to serve at your next gathering? Then this Anise Bread‘s for you. This distinctive bread is different than any you’ve ever had – unless, of course, you enjoyed it at my or my mom’s house! A crisp, brown crust flecked with sesame seeds surrounds a moist interior… Read more »

Mini Cheddar Dill Scones

Whether you are a pro at making scones or this is your first time, my super easy Mini Cheddar-Dill Scones recipe is for you. When filled with slices of smoked salmon, these moist and buttery scones make a unique, impressive two-bite appetizer. And, my step-by-step instructions ensure these scrumptious scones come out perfect, every time!… Read more »

Herb Quick Bread

Savory and scrumptious Herb Quick Bread is easy to prepare – no yeast or electric mixer required! Just two mixing bowls, one loaf pan, a couple of whisks and a spoon along with pantry staples is all you’ll need. Herb Quick Bread is another family favorite straight out of my mom’s recipe box. Not only… Read more »

White cake stand holding Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls

Overnight Caramel Rolls with Frozen Bread Dough (AKA Monkey Bread)

Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls are easy to prepare, oo-ey, goo-ey, cinnamon-y bites of moist deliciousness! They’ve been an annual Christmas tradition in my family for years – they’re that easy and good. What is Monkey Bread? These Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls, also often called Monkey Bread, are full of caramel and cinnamon flavor. I love… Read more »

White ceramiv bowl filled with Italian Popovers

Italian Popovers

Popovers are a light, flavorful and impressive side dish, but require using a special pan. Not these popovers! Mom’s delicious Italian Popovers can be baked in muffin tins. Another scrumptious recipe from mom’s files! Prosciutto, Fontina cheese and green onion are baked into puffy popovers — yum! Popovers can be a bit intimidating and typically… Read more »

Two slices of Cranberry Nut Bread with butter

Cranberry Nut Bread

Chock-a-block full of fresh cranberries and walnuts, this scrumptious and colorful Cranberry Nut Bread is the perfect companion to a cup of coffee or tea. Every year at Christmas, our good friend Jeanne Saunders gives us a loaf of her amazing Cranberry Nut Bread. I look forward to it every year! I finally broke down… Read more »

Pumpkin muffins, one broken half to show cream cheese filling

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

These seasonally inspired Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins are the perfect morning treat to celebrate fall! It’s fall, which means it’s pumpkin season – yay! I love the flavor of pumpkin – not just in pies, but also in other desserts like my Rum Pumpkin Tart and Pots de Crème, as well as in my Pumpkin… Read more »

Sliced toasted english muffin with orange marmalade

Sourdough Starter English Muffins

These Sourdough English Muffins are surprisingly easy to prepare, and ever so much better than store-bought! I have loved English muffins since I was a little girl. Mom used to serve them several different ways – she would toast them up with butter and her homemade jam for breakfast, or even broil them with butter… Read more »

Blueberry Cake on a cake stand with a slice of cake

Blueberry Delight Cake with Crumb Topping

This Blueberry Delight Cake with Crumb Topping definitely lives up to its delightful name! It’s chock-a-block full of fresh juicy blueberries that are nestled in a super moist and flavorful cake batter. My mom would have loved this recipe, because it’s right up her alley – easy to prepare with readily available ingredients, beautiful to… Read more »

The Saga of the Sourdough Starter

March 30, 2017

How we lost – and found – my grandmother’s sourdough starter In honor of National Sourdough Day on April 1st, I thought it was the perfect time to share a fun story about my family’s sourdough starter, and how we lost it – and then found it again. One October, I received a frantic email… 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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