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 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 »

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 »

Stack of 3 Layered Oatmeal Chocolate Bars on a white plate, with a glass of milk

Layered Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

Mom’s Layered Oatmeal Chocolate Bars are gooey, chewy, rich deliciousness – and one of the most popular recipes in our cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®. My mom used to like to make bar cookies – like these Layered Oatmeal Chocolate Bars – because they are so quick to put together. No scooping, rolling or cutting! In… Read more »

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

Chilled Lemon Soufflés

Adding gelatin to these Chilled Lemon Soufflés allows them to be prepared ahead of time, so no last minute whipping and folding to create this refreshing and impressive dessert! There’s nothing like a cool, fresh lemon-y dessert to end a spring or summer meal. Various versions of these Chilled Lemon Soufflés have been around for… Read more »

Banana Raspberry Cake with Lemon Frosting

Another scrumptious and impressive Clayton family recipe, our Banana Raspberry Cake with Lemon Frosting is the perfect ending to a spring or summer dinner. This beautiful, delicious Banana Raspberry Cake with Lemon Frosting recipe comes from my cousin Barb’s daughter Mindy Newlin. Surprisingly easy to prepare, the buttermilk and bananas in the batter keep the… Read more »

white oval plate with halved pears stuffed with cranberries and walnuts, topped with cinnamon whipped cream

Pears with Cranberries, Nuts and Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Pears with Cranberries, Walnuts and Cinnamon Whipped Cream is a quick and easy, impressive and scrumptious way to end any special meal! One summer, I was invited to Vail, Colorado to teach a private cooking class for a woman who wanted to be able to prepare a few easy, elegant dinners for friends. She didn’t… Read more »

Blackberry Pear Crisp in a white oval dish with a scoop out of one corner

Blackberry Pear Crisp

This Blackberry Pear Crisp is comfort food at its best, and an excellent way to showcase fall’s delicious pears. I have always loved pears – that delicious, fresh, sweet but not too sweet flavor. I always get excited in August and September when the fresh crop starts showing up at the market. Even though pears… Read more »

Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cake on glass cake platter

Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Dense and decadent, Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cake uses unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolate in the batter, then is topped off with a super scrumptious bittersweet chocolate glaze. Every year during August and September I receive lots of requests for zucchini recipes. I’ve shared a few recently – one side dish (Roasted Zucchini Custard) and one vegetarian… Read more »

Individual upside down peach cake on a dessert plate

Individual Peach Upside-Down Spice Cakes

Uncomplicated to prepare (no food processor or electric mixer required!), beautiful on the plate, AND super delicious, these Individual Peach Upside-Down Spice Cakes are the perfect ending to both casual and elegant get-togethers.   We have such fabulous summertime peaches in Denver, that come from the orchards in Palisade, Colorado. They’re plump, juicy, colorful 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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