Blueberry and Peach custard pie with fresh peaches and blueberries on the side

Blueberry-Peach Custard Pie

In this scrumptious and colorful Blueberry Peach Custard Pie, fresh seasonal fruits are combined together with a tangy, creamy, yogurt-based custard for a perfect summer dessert! This delicious recipe came from my dear friend Catherine Petros, and appears in my cookbook “Fresh Tastes.” The book’s recipe testers loved how the tangy, creamy, buttery flavor of the… Read more »

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Kiwi Sorbet

I started making this delectable dessert for summer dinner parties around 20 years ago, and my guests still love it today. Several friends have asked for the recipe, and some have requested that I include directions for how to freeze the sorbet without an ice cream maker, so those instructions are provided below. Enjoy!  

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Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake

With all the articles and postings about Prince William’s choice of a Chocolate Biscuit Cake for his wedding reception last week, I became intrigued and wanted to learn more. I had never heard of this cake, and thought the name alone made it sound delicious – chocolate and cookies (the British biscuit is more like… Read more »

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Finding the best Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

The other night I decided I wanted to make Sticky Toffee Pudding – one of my favorite desserts that I actually have never made. I was first introduced to this delicacy while living in Europe, and have been in love with it ever since. In Amsterdam (where I lived) the British retailer Marks and Spencer… Read more »

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Warm Chocolate Cake

This yummy dessert looks like a normal chocolate cake until you cut into it, when a warm chocolate sauce oozes out of the center. It is now a very popular dessert at a number of restaurants, but the original creator was the famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and this is supposed to be his original recipe…. Read more »

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White Chocolate & Lime Tart with Strawberries

My mom Sally received this recipe from a friend in Vancouver. The tartness of the lime is balanced by the white chocolate’s sweetness, and together they form a wonderful base for the strawberries. Make sure to make this dish when strawberries are in season and full of flavor. It’s delicious served after one of our salmon dishes or Uncle… Read more »

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Rhubarb Pie

Mom’s Rhubarb Pie – no strawberries here, just scrumptious rhubarb baked in a custard filing and topped with a pretty lattice crust. Spring always makes me think of my mom Sally, with whom I wrote “A Well-Seasoned Kitchen,” because she grew rhubarb in her garden. The young shoots of rhubarb leaves signified the start of… Read more »

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Jam Cake with Caramel Frosting

This is a traditional Kentucky dessert, dating back more than 100 years. It was my mom Sally Clayton’s favorite cake as a child – and she loved it throughout her life, especially on her birthday. You’ll find that this is a very tasty, moist, elegant and impressive cake. When you make it – get ready… Read more »

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Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

This recipe has been in several cookbooks, and the story goes that gossip columnist Liz Smith received the recipe from Katherine years ago. We are not sure if this is just cooking lore, but these chewy, chocolaty brownies are delicious! We have modified the directions somewhat to make them easier to follow.  

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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