overhead shot of Rum Pumpkin Tart with a slice on the side

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 »

white dish of Roasted Carrot Souffle, with a spoon scooping out a portion

Roasted Carrot Soufflé

Scrumptious Roasted Carrot Soufflé is full of buttery carrot flavor, with just the right amount of sweetness. It’s easy to prepare, too – just blend and bake! No beating or folding of egg whites required.  Easy Carrot Soufflé Recipe Robert loves carrots and I’m always looking for new and creative ways to serve them. A… Read more »

White platter with Caramel Cheesecake Apples

Caramel Cheesecake Apples

Caramel Cheesecake Apples combine together two of my favorite sweet treats – caramel apples and cheesecake – into one scrumptious dessert. Easy enough for every day, elegant enough for entertaining! Years ago, I was given a recipe for apples that were stuffed with a cheesecake mixture and then baked. They were delicious and I made… Read more »

white plate with a slice of Crustless Southwestern Chicken Pie

Crustless Southwestern Chicken Pie

Super quick and easy to prepare with pantry ingredients, Crustless Southwestern Chicken Pie is perfect for busy day dinner. Oh, and it’s super delicious, too! It’s Fall, and I don’t know about you, but my schedule gets even busier this time of year. So, now is when I lean toward dishes that can be assembled… Read more »

Robert’s Perfect Manhattan

Robert’s Perfect Manhattan cocktail is smoky and full-bodied, but isn’t as sweet as most – he uses rye instead of bourbon! To celebrate our anniversary one year, Robert and I visited the Palace Arms restaurant at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. Opting to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in their beautiful lobby, Robert noticed… Read more »

glass sherbet bowl filled with scoops of Peach Ice Cream

Peach Ice Cream

Fresh and creamy, Peach Ice Cream is the perfect cool treat on a warm summer day. Growing up, my brother Jim and I always looked forward to those summer days when mom would get out the ice cream maker and whip up something wonderful. One of our favorites was her Peach Ice Cream. She’d make… Read more »

Rowes of Curried Chicken Bites

Curried Chicken Bites

Curried Chicken Bites pack a super-flavorful mixture of both sweet (mango chutney) and savory (chicken, onions, almonds) flavors into bright red cherry tomatoes. the result is a scrumptious two-bite appetizer that’s sure to please! Okay, so I love cooking with curry, as did my mom. If you own either of my cookbooks (A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®… Read more »

blue bowl holding grilled corn and zucchini salad with tomatoes

Grilled Corn Salad Recipe with Zucchini and Tomato

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad is a fun, tantalizing side dish that’s perfect for summer when fresh produce is plentiful. A bit sweet, a bit smoky, the grilling process amplifies all the delicious flavors in these wonderful vegetables. Step by step grilling instructions included! Corn Zucchini Tomato Salad I love August, because our gardens,… Read more »

White platters filled with Braised Baby BBQ Sauce

Braised Baby Back Ribs with Zesty BBQ Sauce

These Braised Baby Back Ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and the Zesty BBQ Sauce is amazingly delicious! A bit sharp, a bit sweet, a bit spicy – these ribs and sauce will make your taste buds sing! I love ribs – and I have my favorite short rib recipes (“Fall Off The Bone Short Ribs” in… Read more »

White plate filled with Chicken,Blueberry and Mango Salad

Chicken Blueberry Salad Recipe with Mango Salad Dressing

Chicken, Blueberry and Mango Salad with Mango Vinaigrette just tastes like summer, and is a light and refreshing dish to enjoy on warm evenings! Chicken Salad with Blueberries and Mango Dressing Chicken, Blueberry and Mango Salad was a late addition to my cookbook Fresh Tastes. During the time when I was finalizing the recipes to… 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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