Elegant Summer Picnic

July 10, 2016

Who doesn’t love a picnic? Eating outside, enjoying a beautiful spread of scrumptious dishes, and often listening to a live concert is the best way to celebrate summer. In Denver, there are several venues that host outdoor concerts – the Denver Botanic Gardens, Hudson Gardens, and City Park to name a few. My husband Robert… Read more »

Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bars

June 6, 2013

Toffee has always been a favorite in the Clayton household. Mom was famous for her toffee candy (find the recipe in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®). She packaged it in pretty boxes and gave it to friends and family at Christmas. Such an anticipated gift, if mom ran behind schedule with the deliveries, her friends would call me, asking if they’d been… Read more »

Smoked Salmo Eggs Benedict with mustard-dill sauce and coffee

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Mustard-Dill Sauce

May 15, 2013

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Mustard- Dill Sauce is a pretty, scrumptious, lighter version of traditional eggs benedict. Recently, I started poaching eggs instead of frying them, as I prefer the more delicate texture of a poached egg. One morning as I was debating how to serve Robert his poached egg, I decided to create a version of… Read more »

Taco Salad Dip

January 11, 2013

A variation of the well-known Seven Layer Dip, this recipe has no refried beans and is a snap to put together. It was given to me several years ago, and continues to be a crowd pleaser today. Note: this dip tastes best if you let the cream cheese mixture sit about an hour or two before serving to… Read more »

Blueberry-Peach Custard Pie

August 27, 2012

This delicious recipe came from my dear friend Catherine Petros. Recipe testers loved how the tangy, creamy, buttery flavor complemented the texture of the fruit and custard. Many people fear the challenge of pie making, but this one is especially easy – and rewarding. *Note that the pie takes around 7 to 10 minutes longer to cook… Read more »


A delicious Champagne Cocktail

December 28, 2011

Who needs an excuse to enjoy bubbles? A great alternative to the traditional mimosa, this recipe perfectly complements brunch, special occasion, and of course, New Year’s Eve celebrations.  


Spicy Chicken Wings

November 24, 2009

We love this recipe for chicken wings as it is just the right amount of spice – not too hot, not too bland. We also like serving these wings with guacamole instead of blue cheese dressing, a trick we picked up at a neighborhood cocktail party. You could also serve them with Ranch salad dressing. As a main dish,… Read more »

Lee Clayton Roper


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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