Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Crème

Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Crème are a cool, creamy, lemon-y dessert that’s perfect for sultry summer evenings! Smooth as velvet, this timeless make-ahead recipe from mom’s collection is another crowd pleaser. Mom took a basic cheesecake recipe, added layers of lemon flavor (zest and juice) and whipped evaporated milk, then froze it in a… Read more »

Pecan Cookie Cups with Rum-White Chocolate mousse and berries

Pecan Cookie Cups with White Chocolate-Rum Mousse

Delicate and elegant Pecan Cookie Cups are filled with scrumptious White Chocolate-Rum Mousse and topped with fresh berries – the perfect light and flavorful dish to end a spring or summer meal! These pecan cookie cups were a favorite at mom’s dinner parties. They are basically a molded Florentine cookie – lacy, crispy and light…. Read more »

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Easter Dinner Menu Featuring Spring Vegetables

Spring is just around the corner, and what a better way to usher in the new season than with a delicious and elegant Easter Dinner Menu. I love Easter – the wonderful feeling of awakening I feel, as we move out of the cold and dark winter and into the freshness and lightness of Spring…. Read more »

Mini Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on small plate with glass of milk

Mini Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chewy, spicy and delicious Mini Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – a perfect little bite of sweetness! I’ve always loved Oatmeal Raisin Cookies since I was a kid. Who doesn’t? Sorry mom, but my favorite oatmeal cookies were those we had while staying at the Gordon Ranch in Wyoming. From the age of two up until my… Read more »

Coeur à la Crème with Strawberry-Currant Sauce

Coeur à la Crème – a fancy French name for a make-ahead, no-bake, crustless – and gluten free! – cheesecake. Serve it with a quick and easy, deep red, fruity Strawberry-Currant Sauce. This recipe came from good friend Jeanne Saunders, who got it from her mom. Jeanne told me this dessert was often requested for… Read more »

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Easy Flaky Pie Crust

Who doesn’t like a delicious Flaky Pie Crust, especially one that’s easy to prepare? I love pie, probably even more than I love cake for dessert. I’ve spent numerous hours in my kitchen, experimenting with various ingredient combinations and methods to create the “perfect” pie crust. And for me, the perfect pie crust is one… Read more »

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Irish Cream Liqueur

Irish Cream Liqueur, most commonly known under the brand name Baileys, is my favorite after dinner drink to pair with dessert – or just drink as dessert! Two of my favorite flavors are chocolate and caramel, and my Irish Cream Liqueur recipe combines both tastes into a delicious drink. This rich, creamy beverage is super… Read more »

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Five Make Ahead Holiday Desserts

December 11, 2017

The holidays are upon us – which means we’re all decorating, shopping, wrapping – and cooking! Thinking about entertaining this season – maybe a special holiday dinner or New Year’s Eve celebration? If so, I have five scrumptious, elegant, make ahead desserts for you to pick from. From my selection of crowd-pleasing cakes, pies and… Read more »

Brandy-Alexander-Pie-recipe

Frozen Brandy Alexander Pie

Frozen Brandy Alexander Pie – a scrumptious, crowd pleasing dessert that is super easy to prepare ahead of time. My husband Robert and I love frozen Brandy Alexander drinks so much we served them at our wedding reception after dinner! In seeking new ways to use the flavors of our favorite drink, I created this… Read more »

Individual Butterscotch Pies

These small muffin-sized Individual Butterscotch Pies are adorable and, well, absolutely heavenly. I am in love with these Individual Butterscotch Pies! Why, you ask? Well, simply put – the crust is light and flaky (due to the addition of baking powder) and the filling rich and delicious. Many people don’t like to make mini pies… 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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