Light green platter filled with Green Chile Canapes

Green Chile Canapés

Green Chile Canapés – these 6-ingredient pretty little bites are the perfect, delicious start to any meal! My childhood best friend’s mother, Dorothy Hartwell, grew up in Michigan and moved to Colorado in the early ‘60’s. Here, she quickly grew to love Mexican food, especially dishes with green chiles. I’ve always referred to Dorothy as… Read more »

Broccoli with Bacon and Walnuts

Broccoli with Bacon and Walnuts – an easy, elegant, colorful side dish to accompany most any entrée. My husband Robert and I both love broccoli, and I’m always experimenting with new and different ways to prepare it. I think just about any food tastes great with bacon, so one night I came up with this… Read more »

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Cannellini Bean Bruschetta

Cannellini Bean Bruschetta – earthy, flavorful, easy to prepare and beautiful on the plate! I served these Cannellini Bean Bruschetta as a first course to some vegetarian friends of mine in Amsterdam, and they were a big hit. Deceptively simple, yet delicious! A four-ingredient purée of cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil is… Read more »

Individual Butterscotch Pies

These small muffin-sized Individual Butterscotch Pies are adorable and, well, absolutely heavenly. I am in love with these Individual Butterscotch Pies! Why, you ask? Well, simply put – the crust is light and flaky (due to the addition of baking powder) and the filling rich and delicious. Many people don’t like to make mini pies… Read more »

Italian-Sausage-Spinach-Orzo-Soup-recipe

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Orzo Soup

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Orzo Soup is quick and easy to prepare from items usually on hand (with limited chopping!) and loaded with flavor. Now that it’s Fall, it’s officially soup season. Yay! I love soups. My favorite way to warm up on a cold and rainy night is to curl up in front of… Read more »

green ruffled plate filled with Grandma Clayton's Sand Tarts

Grandma Clayton’s Sand Tarts

Grandma Clayton’s Sand Tarts – butter cookies filled with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. Yum! September 21st is National Pecan Cookie Day! My absolute favorite pecan cookies are my maternal grandmother’s Sand Tarts – scrumptious butter cookies filled with chopped pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. With only 6 ingredients, these tasty morsels are… Read more »

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Mexican Chicken, Black Beans and Rice

Mexican Chicken Black Beans and Rice is a quick and easy Southwestern-flavored casserole that takes minutes to prepare and is guaranteed to please all your friends and family! This dish takes all the flavors you find in many Mexican dishes – chicken, black beans, green chiles, corn, salsa, cilantro, cumin – and combines them together… Read more »

round white shallow bowl filled with Chicken, Artichoke Hearts, Quinoa and Brown Rice Salad

Chicken, Artichoke Hearts, Quinoa and Brown Rice Salad

Earthy, flavorful and colorful, Chicken, Artichoke Hearts, Quinoa and Brown Rice Salad is easy to prepare and oh, so delicious! I have to admit, I love quinoa. While most people think it’s a grain, it’s actually a seed! And they grow it right here in Colorado (among other places). It has a nutty flavor that… Read more »

Square plate with a stack of Cheesecake Squares cookies

Cheesecake Squares

These easy to prepare Cheesecake Squares are full of luscious flavors, calling for chopped pecans instead of graham cracker crumbs in the crust, and lemon juice and zest in the batter. Yum! Growing up, everyone loved my mom’s Cheesecake Squares cookies. Unfortunately, the recipe was lost somewhere during the process of compiling my first cookbook… Read more »

Chicken and Orzo Salad with Peanut Dressing

Chicken and Orzo Salad with Peanut Dressing – a quick and easy, super flavorful pasta salad. This chicken and orzo salad is super quick and super easy to prepare – and is super delicious, too! While the orzo is cooking, chop the roast chicken, green onions, cilantro and jalapeño pepper. Then, while the pasta 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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