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Rum Pumpkin Tart

Rum Pumpkin Tart is lighter, fluffier and more flavorful than a traditional pumpkin pie. The crust is comprised of gingersnap cookie crumbs, butter and rum. In addition to traditional pumpkin pie ingredients, the filling includes crystallized ginger – and more rum! One Thanksgiving, I decided to create a new pumpkin dessert that I could make in… 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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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 »

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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 »

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Lemon Ginger Blueberry Tart

This show-stopping Lemon Ginger Blueberry Tart starts with a gingersnap-rum crust that’s filled with a creamy, lemon-y mixture and topped with fresh blueberries. Yum!   I love ginger, and this tart really showcases it with gingersnap cookies in the crust and crystallized ginger in the filling. In creating this recipe, I also wanted lots of… Read more »

Individual Plum Tarts

Individual Plum Tarts are a light and impressive dessert. Using only 8 ingredients – including frozen puff pastry – these rustic little galettes are surprisingly quick and easy to prepare! My husband Robert and I often venture to Mexico to spend time with my childhood friend Katey Hartwell. One evening while we were there, a neighbor… Read more »

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Blueberry-Peach Custard Pie

In this scrumptious and colorful Blueberry Peach Custard Pie, fresh seasonal fruits are combined together with a tangy, creamy, yogurt-based custard for a perfect summer dessert! This delicious recipe came from my dear friend Catherine Petros, and appears in my cookbook “Fresh Tastes.” The book’s recipe testers loved how the tangy, creamy, buttery flavor of the… Read more »

Pie Party 2012 is today!

June 20, 2012

June 20th has been designated Pie Party 2012. Join in on the fun with other foodies and bloggers on the Facebook event page here. Post your favorite pie recipes and photos! Here are mine, one from each season (click on the photo to go to the recipe): Frozen Strawberry Pie Nothing tastes better during warm… Read more »

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Frozen Strawberry Pie

Nothing tastes better on a warm summer day than a cool, frozen dessert. Mom’s Frozen Strawberry Pie brings back fond childhood memories of summer days spent playing outside all day. I loved coming home to enjoy a piece of mom’s delicious pie, a refreshing treat to beat the heat. This pie is a great treat for warm weather dinner… 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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