white plate with Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breassts

Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breasts

These moist and tangy Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breasts are perfect summer fare, and are also easy to prepare! I include directions for just grilling the breasts, or initially cooking them in a sous vide and then finishing them on the grill. Either way, these chicken breasts are the bomb!   The fresh flavor of these… 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… Read more »

Blue platter with Sea Bass and Tomatoes in Lemon Butter Sauce

Sea Bass with Tomatoes in a Lemon-Butter Sauce

Effortless enough for everyday dinner and elegant enough for entertaining, colorful Sea Bass with Tomatoes and Lemon-Butter Sauce will be your next go-to recipe.   A popular food pairing is fish and lemon-butter. The lemon juice brightens the fish’s natural flavor while balancing its brininess, and the butter – well, everything tastes better with butter!… Read more »

Champagne coupe glasses filled with Chilled Lemon Souffles, topped with blackberries and blueberries

Chilled Lemon Soufflés

Adding gelatin to these Chilled Lemon Soufflés allows them to be prepared ahead of time, so no last minute whipping and folding to create this refreshing and impressive dessert!   There’s nothing like a cool, fresh lemon-y dessert to end a spring or summer meal. Various versions of these Chilled Lemon Soufflés have been around… Read more »

Blue plate with Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb, sliced, with Fresh Mint Sauce on the side

Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Sauce

Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb with Fresh Mint Sauce is an easy, elegant main dish that’s perfect for a spring or summer dinner.   As a Colorado native, I grew up eating lots of grass-fed meat – including lamb. After all, Colorado is known as having the best, most flavorful lamb around! Nowadays, I love… 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… Read more »

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip with tortilla chips on a blue plate

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip takes the iconic hors d’oeuvre and amps it up with spicy cream cheese, olives, peppers, onions and Mozzarella cheese.   There are lots of theories as to the origin of the infamous hors d’oeuvre Shrimp Cocktail. Some say it was invented in Boston in the 1940s; others say it dates back… Read more »

Plate of Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille and orzo

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille is an easy to prepare dish that combines sausage meatballs with the Mediterranean flavors of eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, tomato, onion, garlic and basil.   My cousin Barb Keller, whom I refer to as the queen of the crockpot, was nice enough to share this delicious recipe for Slow Cooker Mediterranean… 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… 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… 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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