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Easy Flaky Pie Crust

Who doesn’t like a delicious Flaky Pie Crust, especially one that’s easy to prepare? I love pie, probably even more than I love cake for dessert. I’ve spent numerous hours in my kitchen, experimenting with various ingredient combinations and methods to create the “perfect” pie crust. And for me, the perfect pie crust is one… Read more »

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Irish Cream Liqueur

Irish Cream Liqueur, most commonly known under the brand name Baileys, is my favorite after dinner drink to pair with dessert – or just drink as dessert! Two of my favorite flavors are chocolate and caramel, and my Irish Cream Liqueur recipe combines both tastes into a delicious drink. This rich, creamy beverage is super… Read more »

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Frozen Brandy Alexander Pie

Frozen Brandy Alexander Pie – a scrumptious, crowd pleasing dessert that is super easy to prepare ahead of time. My husband Robert and I love frozen Brandy Alexander drinks so much we served them at our wedding reception after dinner! In seeking new ways to use the flavors of our favorite drink, I created this… Read more »

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 »

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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 »

glasses filled with Berry Cream Parfaits

Berry Cream Parfaits

Berry Cream Parfaits are quick and easy to prepare with only 6 ingredients – and are super delicious! I remember loving parfait desserts as a kid. All those wonderful layers . . . they were so elegant and impressive to me – and oh, so pretty. Lovely to look at, delicious to eat! And I… 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 »

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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 »

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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