arugula spread on a blue platter, topped with roasted tomato halves, cheese and olives

Arugula and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Elegant Arugula and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing is full of contrasting colors and vibrant flavors, making it just as pleasing to look at as it is to eat. Roma (plum) tomatoes roasted with a mixture of fresh herbs and olive oil are the star of this dish – and are bursting with tomato flavor…. Read more »

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Green Chile Southwest Breakfast Casserole

Light and airy like a soufflé, our Green Chile Breakfast Casserole is moist and cheesy, with just the right amount of spice. The absence of any bread helps to keep it light, and instead of separating eggs and whipping the whites, baking powder is added to help it rise. Puréed cottage cheese adds a creamy… Read more »

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Lime Blackberry Martini

Elegant, sophisticated and alluring, a Lime Blackberry Martini is the perfect specialty cocktail for your next special gathering. After all, there’s nothing like a crisp, cool vodka martini to kick off the cocktail hour. Add in fresh, tangy blackberry lime purée, replace the vermouth with a jigger of ginger liqueur, and it becomes both beautiful… Read more »

Cooked Beef Short Ribs sitting atop Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

Hearty and satisfying, Slow Cooker Short Ribs are an easy, elegant and deeply flavorful entrée that’s perfect for both everyday and entertaining. “Slow and low” is the perfect method for cooking beef short ribs to ensure they come out tender, and a slow cooker makes the process a snap. Just 15 minutes prep, then 4… Read more »

Three bowls of Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup with celery leaf garnish

Creamy Ginger Carrot Soup

Warm, inviting and velvety smooth, Creamy Ginger Carrot Soup is rich in flavor and light in texture. Sweet carrots, yellow onion, garlic and celery form the base in this luscious soup and are enhanced with the addition of fresh ginger and a touch of sherry. Underlying it all is a subtle smoky, earthy tone from… Read more »

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Tarragon Chicken Salad

Tarragon Chicken Salad is a unique twist on the iconic deli chicken salad, adding in complementary fresh ingredients as well as offering two elegant presentations to choose from. And you can prepare it the day before serving, making it perfect for a luncheon or casual busy day dinner. What’s in Tarragon Chicken Salad One of… Read more »

Close up of tomato salad garnished with red onion and parsley

Recipe for Tomato Salad

Fresh, ripe tomatoes are in season and overflowing at farmers’ markets and in home gardens, which means it’s time to make my scrumptious and easy recipe for Tomato Salad! While there are numerous recipes in cookbooks and online featuring fresh tomatoes, what sets this tomato salad recipe apart from the rest is my mom’s Cumin… Read more »

White plate holding one grilled ribeye steak, with a bite on a fork

Grilled Ribeye Steak Recipe

Fire up your grill and get ready to make our time-tested Grilled Ribeye Steak Recipe! If you’re intimidated by grilling steaks – or want to improve your grilling prowess – you’ve come to the right place. Over the years, my home gourmet mom perfected the “art of the grill” and identified the optimal mix of… Read more »

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Tuna Salad Niçoise Recipe

Tuna Salad Niçoise is an easy, elegant and impressive entrée that’s perfect for a refreshing lunch or light dinner, especially in spring and summer months. There are numerous takes on this iconic dish from southern France; my version includes tips and tricks to enhance each element, without overpowering or making the dish rich. While bursting… Read more »

Close up of glass bowl showing Strawberry Topping, with sliced cake in the background

Strawberry Topping

Four ingredient, no-cook Strawberry Topping is bursting with fresh, ripe berry flavor that easily dresses up most any dessert. Adding brightness and contrast (in color, flavor and texture), this vivid strawberry sauce is delightful ladled over ice cream, angel food cake, short cake, pound cake, even lemon bread. It’s amazing on waffles and pancakes, too!… 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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