white platter showing Pesto Chicken and Vegetables with Pasta

Pesto Chicken and Pasta with Veggies

Aromatic and fresh, Pesto Chicken and Vegetables with Pasta will soon become another one of your favorite “go-to” recipes. Easy to prepare in under 25 minutes, this pesto chicken pasta recipe is extremely versatile. Switch out the vegetables to what’s in season. Use other hearty pasta that’s in your pantry. And, I provide three unique,… Read more »

White bowl filled with Pesto Genovese

Pesto Genovese (Homemade Basil Pesto)

You may already have several recipes for homemade pesto, but trust me, this Pesto Genovese is worth a try. It’s an award-winning family recipe direct from an Italian chef raised in Genoa, and relies on a unique preparation method to ensure it comes out scrumptious, vibrant and silky smooth! An aromatic, vibrant and fresh pasta… Read more »

Blue dish filled with Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole

Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole

Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole is comfort food at its best, and is super easy to prepare. Plus, it can be made ahead of time, and even frozen, too! Lately I’ve been craving comfort foods, and in particular a casserole that my mom used to make when I was young. Noodles, beef, tomato sauce, cheese… Read more »

Easy Marinara Sauce

This super flavorful Easy Marinara Sauce calls for only 6 ingredients and is the perfect homemade alternative to purchased pasta sauces! People often ask me where my inspiration comes from when creating new recipes. Often it comes out of necessity, which was the case with this Easy Marinara Sauce. Recipe inspiration One evening, Robert and… Read more »

Fish Piccata with Artichokes

Delicious, light and healthy, Easy Fish Piccata with Artichokes is quick enough for every day, elegant enough for entertaining. Mild fish filets (think cod or halibut) are sautéed, then served with a piccata-inspired sauce. To the standard piccata sauce base of lemon, butter and capers, I add chopped shallots, green onion, white wine, chicken broth… Read more »

Blue plate filled with Quick and Easy Cajun Shrimp Linguine

Quick and Easy Cajun Shrimp Linguine

With our Quick and Easy Cajun Shrimp Linguine, you can have a scrumptious and healthy dinner on the table in under 20 minutes. I love this Cajun Shrimp Linguine recipe for so many reasons. Not just because it’s quick and easy to prepare, or that it’s healthy (calling for skim milk instead of cream), or… Read more »

Narrow rectangular white platter filled with Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Mozzarella Sticks

Prosciutto Appetizers with Mozzarella and Basil

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks are a quick, easy, 3-ingredient appetizer that everyone loves! One evening when Robert and I were at our mountain home, we had an impromptu cocktail gathering with a few friends. I quickly went to my kitchen in search of something to serve, and pulled out some prosciutto and cheese to put… Read more »

bowl of Cannellini Dip with Truffle Oil on a board with pita chips

Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil

Woodsy, earthy truffle oil is the perfect complement to nutty and mild cannellini beans in this elegant, easy and impressive Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil. Years ago, my first trip to Italy took me to Rome and Umbria, together with my childhood best friend (and travel agent extraordinaire) Katey Hartwell. It just so happened… 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 »

Breaded chicken breast covered with marinara sauce and melted cheese, atop cooked spaghetti

Robert’s Easy Chicken Parmesan

Robert’s Easy Chicken Parmesan is a colorful, flavorful, from-your-pantry, perfect weeknight dinner! It’s mid-August, which means that fall is just around the corner. I don’t know exactly why, but my busy life seems to get even busier in the fall. More meetings, more book signings, more cooking classes, etc. I’m sure many of you feel… 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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