Bundt Apple Cake on a glass cake stand with flowers

Apple Cake

Mom’s Apple Cake is moist, juicy, spicy and beautiful – oh, and delicious, too!   My brother Jim and I always loved this apple cake as kids. The combination of tart apples with sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg is heavenly. Dark, rich, flavorful – and beautiful to present. I like to make it in… 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 »

Heart-shaped almond raspberry cookies

Almond Raspberry Cookies

These Almond Raspberry Cookies are elegant, pretty, delicious – and make a perfect gift for someone special in your life. I created these Almond Raspberry Cookies several years ago as gifts to provide single friends on Valentine’s Day (I was also single at the time). Then I started making them for my mom on Valentines’… Read more »

Unbaked pie crust shell with rolling pin

Easy Flaky Pie Crust

Who doesn’t like a delicious, flaky pie crust? It seems like there are as many recipes for pie crusts as there are for pie fillings! One Thanksgiving, we were invited to spend the holiday with our good friends Jeanne and Dick Saunders at their home in Scottsdale. For Thanksgiving dessert, another house guest, Carol Todd,… 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… Read more »

Gingersnap crusted tart filled with creamy lemony filing and topped with blueberries

Lemon Ginger Blueberry Tart

This show-stopping Lemon Ginger Blueberry Tart starts with a gingersnap-rum crust that’s filled with a creamy, lemon-y mixture and topped with fresh blueberries. Yum!   I love ginger, and this tart really showcases it with gingersnap cookies in the crust and crystallized ginger in the filling. In creating this recipe, I also wanted lots of… Read more »


Individual Blueberry Cakes

Individual Blueberry Cakes – the perfect quick and easy dessert for a busy weeknight. These Individual Blueberry Cakes are a great last-minute dessert you can pull together in less than 15 minutes (prep time) on those nights you have unexpected guests – or just want to treat yourself! They call for only 7 ingredients that… Read more »

Brandied Sweet Potato Soufflé

Get ready for another showstopper out of mom’s files. I serve this on Thanksgiving as a side dish, but it also makes a wonderful dessert too. There’s no sugar needed in this recipe. The flavor of the sweet potatoes is enhanced by roasting, then adding in brandy, milk, butter, nutmeg and a bit of lemon… Read more »

Rum Pumpkin Tart

One Thanksgiving, I decided to create a new pumpkin dessert. I started with the basic ingredients in our Fluffy Pumpkin Pie recipe (in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen® cookbook) and added crystallized ginger and rum. Initially, this recipe was a fun and delicious way to show off my pots de crème collection (see Rum Pumpkin Pots de Creme recipe). Then, a few weeks later… Read more »

Rum Pumpkin Pots de Crème

I collect pots de crème, and have for years. While I haven’t really counted them, I think there must 50 or more in our china closet. This recipe, a deconstructed pumpkin pie with crystallized ginger and rum, is a fun and delicious way to show off the collection. If you don’t have pots de crème, use wine glasses or ramekins. I also… Read more »

Lee Clayton Roper


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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