arugula spread on a blue platter, topped with roasted tomato halves, cheese and olives

Arugula and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Elegant Arugula and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing is full of contrasting colors and vibrant flavors, making it just as pleasing to look at as it is to eat. Roma (plum) tomatoes roasted with a mixture of fresh herbs and olive oil are the star of this dish – and are bursting with tomato flavor…. Read more »

close up of white dish showing individual cooked Asparagus Soufflé

Asparagus Soufflé

Light and airy Individual Asparagus Soufflés are incredibly easy to prepare – no beating or folding of egg whites, no bechamel sauce prep. Everything goes into the food processor (or blender), and presto! you have an elegant and impressive asparagus side dish that’s perfect for spring. Asparagus Side Dish Recipes I love asparagus, especially in… Read more »

overhead showing slices of Parmesan Crusted Salmon with bowl of Herb Mayo

Parmesan Breaded Salmon Recipe with Herb Mayo

Charming, delightful and crowd-pleasing, Parmesan Breaded Salmon with Herb Mayonnaise will be the star of your next gathering. I’ve been serving this timeless recipe at my dinner parties for years. Not only is it fresh, enticing, and full of flavor while not overpowering, it’s also easy to prepare. All the prep work can be done… Read more »

collage of photos of favorite Thanksgiving leftovers recipes

What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers (20 Ideas)

October 31, 2021

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes Thanksgiving is coming up soon, which means it will be time for leftovers! I love Thanksgiving dinner, and I love these easy to prepare dishes featuring Thanksgiving leftovers just as much. Now you can keep enjoying the results of all your holiday cooking for days to come. Below you’ll find 20 easy… Read more »

collage of 8 Thanksgiving side dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

October 30, 2021

Thanksgiving Dinner Sides While the turkey has the lead role in Thanksgiving dinner, Holiday Side Dishes are the real stars of the meal. We all have our family favorites, but it’s also fun change things up a bit and try out creative, new recipes. [This post has been updated, adding 14 more recipes!] What is… Read more »

Square plate showing a generous portion of Apple Walnut Salad with Stilton Cheese

Mixed Green Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Stilton Cheese

Crisp, juicy red apples are the star in this refreshing Mixed Green Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Stilton Cheese. They provide color, sweetness and crunch that pairs perfectly with the earthy toasted walnuts and hearty mixed greens. What really sets this salad apart is the delightful, tangy Walnut Vinaigrette dressing. It’s quick and easy to… Read more »

Close up of tomato salad garnished with red onion and parsley

Recipe for Tomato Salad

Fresh, ripe tomatoes are in season and overflowing at farmers’ markets and in home gardens, which means it’s time to make my scrumptious and easy recipe for Tomato Salad! While there are numerous recipes in cookbooks and online featuring fresh tomatoes, what sets this tomato salad recipe apart from the rest is my mom’s Cumin… Read more »

Close up of glass bowl showing Strawberry Topping, with sliced cake in the background

Strawberry Topping

Four ingredient, no-cook Strawberry Topping is bursting with fresh, ripe berry flavor that easily dresses up most any dessert. Adding brightness and contrast (in color, flavor and texture), this vivid strawberry sauce is delightful ladled over ice cream, angel food cake, short cake, pound cake, even lemon bread. It’s amazing on waffles and pancakes, too!… Read more »

Blue bowl holding Nokedli

Hungarian Dumplings (Nokedli)

Hungarian Dumplings, also known in Hungary as Nokedli or Galuska, are the perfect side to serve with my Chicken Paprikash or other hearty stews. Easy to prepare with only 4 pantry ingredients, these divine little dumplings are rustic in appearance, but delicate in flavor. Nokedli dumplings are basically a small, lighter version of egg noodles!… Read more »

Narrow necked bottle filled with Cranberry Vinaigrette.

Cranberry Vinaigrette

Bold and beautiful Cranberry Vinaigrette is a quick, easy and festive way to brighten up most any holiday salad. It can be prepared with cranberry relish, chutney, sauce or even frozen cranberry cocktail! As you may have noticed, I love cranberries. Dried or fresh, in salads, bread, cookies or dessert, their bold, tangy flavor and… 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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