Oval blue bowl filled with Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette is the quintessential scrumptious, colorful, make ahead side dish! Earthy wild rice is combined with tangy artichoke hearts, colorful peas, crunchy bell pepper, piquant green onions and juicy cherry tomatoes. This luscious mixture is then topped off with a sharp Parmesan Vinaigrette and toasted almonds. This Elegant Wild… Read more »

glass bowl filled with Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews

Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews

Mom’s super scrumptious Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews can be prepared ahead with either fresh or frozen green peas – and is mayonnaise and gluten-free! It’s that time of year when I start to think about making creative side dish salads that pair well with grilled or BBQ dishes. One of my favorites… Read more »

White platter with two Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers and Lemon-Green Onion Sauce

Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers

These Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers are super moist and flavorful on their own, and are even more scrumptious with the addition of a Lemon-Green Onion Sauce! Grilling season is upon us, so I have burgers on the mind. While I love a traditional ground beef burger from time to time, I also like to experiment… Read more »

Round casserole of Sausage, Cheese and Hash Brown Strata

Sausage, Cheese and Hash Brown Strata

Easy enough for a casual weekend breakfast and elegant enough for an Easter brunch, this Sausage, Cheese and Hash Brown Strata will be your new go-to dish – and it’s gluten free! For the past few years, my husband Robert and I have invited a few friends to join us after church for an intimate… Read more »

bowl of Cannellini Dip with Truffle Oil on a board with pita chips

Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil

Woodsy, earthy truffle oil is the perfect complement to nutty and mild cannellini beans in this elegant, easy and impressive Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil. Years ago, my first trip to Italy took me to Rome and Umbria, together with my childhood best friend (and travel agent extraordinaire) Katey Hartwell. It just so happened… Read more »

two braised chicken thighs with olives and artichoke hearts in a shallow bowl

Braised Chicken with Olives and Artichokes

Tender braised chicken is accented with Mediterranean flavors in this mouth-watering Braised Chicken with Olives and Artichokes recipe. I love braised chicken – a traditional cooking method in which chicken pieces are browned and then simmered, covered, in liquid (usually wine and/or stock). The result is super moist, flavorful and colorful chicken. Browning the chicken… Read more »

White bowl with Healthy Broccoli Soup topped with Potato Croutons, red onion and Parmesan

Healthy Broccoli Soup with Potato Croutons

Healthy Broccoli Soup with Potato Croutons is the perfect light and flavorful dish to add to your repertoire of good-for-you recipes! Like many folks, in January my husband Robert and I try to get back to eating healthier. Other than during the holidays (when we give ourselves a break to indulge), we tend to eat… Read more »

White Bean and Chicken Chili in a blue bowl with a mug of beer

White Bean and Chicken Chili

White Bean and Chicken Chili is a fast alternative to traditional chilis – and is lower in calories and fat, too! Traditional chili dishes can often take several hours to make. This lighter version takes no time at all and uses chicken and white beans instead of ground beef and kidney beans. For our White… Read more »

Asian Shrimp and Brown Rice Salad

Flavored with pungent fresh ginger, soy sauce and dark sesame oil, Asian Shrimp and Brown Rice Salad is bursting with delicious flavors! One night, I decided to get a little creative when preparing dinner for Robert, and this Asian Shrimp and Brown Rice Salad was born. It was a busy day, so I was preparing… Read more »

Grilled Steak, Roasted Potato and Tomato Salad

My Grilled Steak, Roasted Potato and Tomato Salad is the perfect way to turn leftovers into a delicious, filling one dish meal! Inspiration struck one evening when I had some grilled steak and roasted potatoes leftover from a dinner party. I thought, why not create a salad? Since I love Tuna Salad Niçoise (recipe is… Read more »

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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