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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Asparagus Soufflé

Light and airy Individual Asparagus Soufflés are incredibly easy to prepare – no beating or folding of egg whites, no bechamel sauce prep. Everything goes into the food processor (or blender), and presto! you have an elegant and impressive asparagus side dish that’s perfect for spring. Asparagus Side Dish Recipes I love asparagus, especially in… 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 »

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Mixed Green Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Stilton Cheese

Crisp, juicy red apples are the star in this refreshing Mixed Green Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Stilton Cheese. They provide color, sweetness and crunch that pairs perfectly with the earthy toasted walnuts and hearty mixed greens. What really sets this salad apart is the delightful, tangy Walnut Vinaigrette dressing. It’s quick and easy to… Read more »

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Vegetable Couscous Recipe

Looking for a fresh, healthy and fabulous side dish? Well, you’ve come to the right place! This Vegetable Couscous is full of vibrant flavors and textures. Earthy couscous is toasted to bring out its nutty flavor, then tossed together with fresh spinach, peas, mushrooms, onions, jicama and mozzarella. It’s all topped off with a bright… Read more »

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Easy Recipe for Gazpacho

This Easy Recipe for Gazpacho is fresh, vibrant and tastes like summer! A tomato-based, chilled soup traditionally accented with a blend of fresh vegetables and vinegar, Gazpacho is the perfect starter for an alfresco summer dinner. And, this particular Gazpacho recipe is tried and true, having been passed down to my good friend Jeanne Saunders… Read more »

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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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Vegetarian Pot Pie Recipe

Both cozy and satisfying, delectable Vegetarian Pot Pie celebrates the fresh produce of spring – asparagus, peas, carrots, leeks and baby spinach. Easy to prepare with frozen puff pastry, this healthier version of the classic pot pie switches out the cream for coconut milk and reduces the butter to a mere tablespoon, while still offering… Read more »

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Puréed Green Pea Soup

Puréed Green Pea Soup is bright, light and fresh – in fact, it tastes just like spring! Unusual and impressive, the combination of fresh or frozen green peas, butter lettuce (yes, lettuce!), onion, bouillon, cream, and a bit of butter is divine. Served warm, this creamy pea soup is the perfect starter for an elegant… 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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