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 »

white bowl showing Vegetable Couscous, with Dill Vinaigrette on the side

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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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 »

Close up of two glasses showing individual portions of Easy Gazpacho Recipe

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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Lemon Pudding Cakes Recipe

Sweet, tangy and pillowy light, my grandmother Nama’s pretty little Lemon Pudding Cakes are a refreshing way to end any meal. They’re made with just one easy batter that magically forms into two layers when baked – moist lemon cake on top with creamy lemon pudding below, resulting in a dazzling amount of luscious lemony… 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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Lamb Curry Recipe

Rich in flavor while not heavy, this divine Lamb Curry Recipe has been a Clayton family favorite for years. Both savory and sweet, curry powder, marjoram, thyme, beef stock and red wine give the sauce a warm, deep and earthy flavor. Apple, green pepper, onion, coconut and raisins provide contrasting sweetness. And, fresh lemon juice… 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 »

Bowl showing one serving of Pureed Green Pea Soup, with breadsticks in the background

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 »

rectangular white platter filled with 5 Shrimp Curry Bites; dip in a bowl in the background

Shrimp Curry Bites

Scrumptious Shrimp Curry Bites are the perfect finger food appetizer to serve at your next gathering. These little bite-size wonders are easy to prepare ahead, elegant, colorful on the plate, and bursting with flavor! If that isn’t enough, they’re flexible, too, and can also be served more casually as a dip with crackers or celery,… 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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