Blue bowl filled with Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip, sitting on a white platter with tortilla chips

Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip

Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip is a creamy, slightly spicy appetizer – that’s also quick and easy to prepare! I love artichokes, and have since I was a little girl. I have several artichoke dip recipes in my files, and this one is a favorite. Artichoke hearts are combined with jalapeno pepper for a bit… Read more »

Fish shaped blue platter with Halibut with Celery Root Purée and Tomato Garnish.

Halibut with Celery Root Purée and Tomato Garnish

No, that’s not mashed potatoes sitting under this scrumptious Halibut and Tomato Garnish – it’s Celery Root Purée! I love cooking halibut because it’s such a mild and flaky fish. It’s also super flexible and can be prepared numerous ways. This Halibut with Celery Root Purée and Tomato Garnish was adapted from a recipe that… Read more »

Oval blue bowl filled with Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Wild Rice Salad Recipe with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette is the quintessential scrumptious, colorful, make ahead side dish! Earthy wild rice is combined with tangy artichoke hearts, colorful peas, crunchy bell pepper, piquant green onions and juicy cherry tomatoes. This luscious mixture is then topped off with a sharp Parmesan Vinaigrette and toasted almonds. Wild Rice Salad with… 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 »

White bowl filled with Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing. Dressing is on the side

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing is the perfect side dish to serve at your next barbecue, or to take to a summer pot luck! A few years ago, Robert and I spent two weeks in Greece, and we both loved the food – especially the flavorful, colorful salads and the nutty, creamy hummus…. Read more »

white plate with Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breassts

Sous Vide Grilled Chicken with Rosemary Dijon Marinade

These moist and tangy Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breasts are perfect summer fare, and are also easy to prepare! I include directions for just grilling the breasts, or initially cooking them in a sous vide and then finishing them on the grill. Either way, these chicken breasts are the bomb! Chicken Sous Vide before Grilling Dijon… Read more »

Blue platter with Sea Bass and Tomatoes in Lemon Butter Sauce

Sea Bass Fish with Tomatoes in a Lemon-Butter Sauce

Effortless enough for everyday dinner and elegant enough for entertaining, colorful Sea Bass with Tomatoes in a Lemon-Butter Sauce will be your next go-to recipe. Sea Bass Fish Recipe A popular food pairing is fish and lemon-butter. The lemon juice brightens the fish’s natural flavor while balancing its brininess, and the butter – well, everything… Read more »

White platter with two Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers and Lemon-Green Onion Sauce

Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers

These Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers are super moist and flavorful on their own, and are even more scrumptious with the addition of a Lemon-Green Onion Sauce! Grilling season is upon us, so I have burgers on the mind. While I love a traditional ground beef burger from time to time, I also like to experiment… Read more »

Champagne coupe glasses filled with Chilled Lemon Souffles, topped with blackberries and blueberries

Cold Lemon Souffle

Cold Lemon Soufflé is an impressive and refreshing make ahead dessert. Yes – a soufflé can be made in advance by adding gelatin! That means no last minute whipping and folding before guests arrive. Why This Cold Lemon Soufflé Recipe is a Keeper There’s nothing like a cool, fresh lemon-y dessert to end a spring… Read more »

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip with tortilla chips on a blue plate

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip takes the iconic hors d’oeuvre and amps it up with spicy cream cheese, olives, peppers, onions and Mozzarella cheese. There are lots of theories as to the origin of the infamous hors d’oeuvre Shrimp Cocktail. Some say it was invented in Boston in the 1940s; others say it dates back closer… 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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