blue plate showing Shrimp Salad with Lime Herb Dressing; a serving spoon on the side

Best Shrimp Salad Recipe

Easy to prepare, this scrumptious make ahead Shrimp Salad with Lime-Herb Dressing is fresh, flavorful – and a bit spicy, too. Tender shrimp, spicy jalapeño, sweet red bell pepper and crisp shallots are tossed in a creamy fresh herb-lime dressing. It’s topped off with a surprise garnish of toasted panko breadcrumbs, paprika and fresh thyme…. Read more »

Baby Spinach Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

Looking for a light, easy to prepare starter or side dish salad? Then you’ve come to the right place! This Baby Spinach Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing is just what you need. Not only is it beautiful on the plate, it’s bright and fresh tasting, too. While many spinach salads call for bacon, this salad… Read more »

Turkey Spinach Enchiladas

Colorful and flavorful, Turkey Spinach Enchiladas are easy to prepare with readily available ingredients, making them perfect for busy night dinner. A longtime favorite recipe from my mom, these enchiladas are moist, cheese-y, satisfying, and not too heavy – with just the right amount of spice. Never made enchiladas before? Then you’re in the right… Read more »

martini glasses filled with Vodka Martini with a Twist

Vodka Martini with a Twist

With my husband Robert’s unique Vodka Martini recipe, you can surprise and wow your friends and family at your next gathering. He’s become known far and wide for his super popular dry martinis, which call for a special ingredient and no vermouth. They are easy to make – and you can even whip up a… Read more »

Glass bowl filled with Feta Mousse on black tray with grilled bread

Feta Mousse

Feta Mousse is a tangy, creamy, super flavorful appetizer that’s quick and easy to prepare. One evening a few years ago, while dining at Charcoal restaurant in Denver, I fell in love with their Feta Mousse appetizer. It’s no longer on the menu, but fortunately I have recreated my own version of this delectable dish…. Read more »

Blue plate filled with Quick and Easy Sauteed Asparagus

Quick and Easy Sautéed Asparagus

Quick and Easy Sautéed Asparagus is a fresh, healthy and delicious side dish that will quickly become one of your go-to recipes, especially on busy days. I can’t recall exactly how old I was when I started cooking. I know my mom gave me my first cookbook when I was around 6 or 7 years… Read more »

White footed soup bowl filled with Carrot Vichyssoise

Carrot Vichyssoise (Chilled Vegetable Soup)

Carrot Vichyssoise is a colorful and refreshingly smooth chilled soup that’s perfect to serve for lunch or dinner. This Carrot Vichyssoise recipe is another fabulous find from the Gordon Ranch recipe box. It’s my kind of recipe – easy to prepare with pantry ingredients. In fact, virtually all the recipes I’ve made from the Ranch… Read more »

white bowl filled with Southwestern Chicken Soup with Avocado-Cheese Garnish

Southwestern Chicken Soup with Avocado-Cheese Garnish

This Southwestern Chicken Soup has a slightly spicy, uber-flavorful broth combined with tender chicken, onion, peppers, garlic, lots of spices (cumin, chili powder, coriander), corn and a surprise ingredient – hominy! It’s finished with an Avocado-Cheese garnish that both adds color and ensures this scrumptious soup will satisfy any appetite. I love the flavors of… Read more »

Easy Marinara Sauce

This super flavorful Easy Marinara Sauce calls for only 6 ingredients and is the perfect homemade alternative to purchased pasta sauces! People often ask me where my inspiration comes from when creating new recipes. Often it comes out of necessity, which was the case with this Easy Marinara Sauce. Recipe inspiration One evening, Robert and… Read more »

Individual plate filled with Apple and Mixed Green Salad with Apple-Truffle Vinaigrette

Apple and Mixed Greens with Apple-Truffle Vinaigrette

Apple and Mixed Greens with Apple-Truffle Vinaigrette is an elegant, light and refreshing first course or side salad. And, it’s easy to prepare, too! I love fresh, crunchy, juicy apples, and think they are a great addition to salads. The first salad I created with apples was my Chopped Salad with Apple Feta and Pecans,… Read more »

Lee Clayton Roper

Welcome!

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!
Learn More