Individual Butterscotch Pies

These small muffin-sized Individual Butterscotch Pies are adorable and, well, absolutely heavenly. I am in love with these Individual Butterscotch Pies! Why, you ask? Well, simply put – the crust is light and flaky (due to the addition of baking powder) and the filling rich and delicious. Many people don’t like to make mini pies… Read more »

green ruffled plate filled with Grandma Clayton's Sand Tarts

Grandma Clayton’s Sand Tarts

Grandma Clayton’s Sand Tarts – butter cookies filled with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. Yum! September 21st is National Pecan Cookie Day! My absolute favorite pecan cookies are my maternal grandmother’s Sand Tarts – scrumptious butter cookies filled with chopped pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. With only 6 ingredients, these tasty morsels are… Read more »

Square plate with a stack of Cheesecake Squares cookies

Cheesecake Squares

These easy to prepare Cheesecake Squares are full of luscious flavors, calling for chopped pecans instead of graham cracker crumbs in the crust, and lemon juice and zest in the batter. Yum! Growing up, everyone loved my mom’s Cheesecake Squares cookies. Unfortunately, the recipe was lost somewhere during the process of compiling my first cookbook… Read more »

Berry-cream-parfaits-recipe

Berry Cream Parfaits

I love these Berry Cream Parfaits because they are super delicious, super quick & easy to prepare, and super impressive. They take only 10 minutes to put together! Simply blend cream cheese, crème fraiche (or sour cream), lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Then layer the cheese mixture with fresh berries in a fun glass and,… Read more »

Peppermint Ice Cream and Chocolate Squares

I love peppermint anything, especially when mixed with chocolate! This dessert was a favorite of my mom – a vanilla cookie crust, topped with a fluffy chocolate sauce and ice cream. Mom liked to make it with vanilla or coffee ice cream; I’m partial to peppermint ice cream, especially around the holidays when it’s more… Read more »

martini glass filled with a Frozen Brandy Alexander

Frozen Brandy Alexander

Robert and I love Frozen Brandy Alexanders – it’s like dessert in a wine (or martini) glass! In fact, we like them so much that we served them in shot glasses at our wedding reception. They are an easy, make ahead drink/dessert that is made with readily available ingredients – perfect for a special celebration…. Read more »

Bundt Apple Cake on a glass cake stand with flowers

Apple Cake

Mom’s Apple Cake is moist, spicy, beautiful – oh, and delicious, too! My brother Jim and I always loved Mom’s Apple Cake as kids – and we both still love it today! The combination of tart apples with sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg is heavenly. Dark, rich, flavorful – and beautiful to present. I… Read more »

Pavlova topped with whipped cream and fresh berries

Pavlova with Fresh Berries

Light and airy while still full of flavor, Pavlova with Fresh Berries is the perfect end to a spring or summer meal! My mom Sally was first introduced to Pavlova with Fresh Berries – named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova – by friends in Australia. Comprised of a sweet meringue base topped with flavored… Read more »

Almond Raspberry Cookies

These Almond Raspberry Cookies are elegant, pretty, delicious – and the perfect gift for someone special in your life! Almond Raspberry Cookies are scrumptious bites of love! Raspberry jam is sandwiched between two cinnamon and almond-flavored cookies, that are then dusted with powdered sugar. I’ve included step by step instructions, including how to easily cut… Read more »

Pecan Cookie Cup with a scoop of Lemon Almond Ice Cream with berries

Lemon Almond Ice Cream

Lemon Almond Ice Cream is just the right mix of sweet and tart. Calling for only 7 ingredients, it can be prepped for the freezer in around 10 minutes! Who doesn’t love ice cream? My dad was particularly fond of it. He got nervous if there was less than a gallon of some flavor of… 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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