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 »

Clear glasses filled with Banana Mango Smoothies

Banana Mango Smoothie

Enjoy the fresh taste of summer all year ‘round with my tangy and smooth Banana Mango Smoothie! Quick and easy to prepare – and healthy, too. The other day, I was looking at a very ripe large mango and banana on my kitchen counter, wondering how I could quickly and easily use them up. Why… Read more »

White ramekin filled with Christmas Morning Eggs

Christmas Morning (Baked) Eggs

Christmas Morning Eggs are quick and easy to prepare – and oh, so scrumptious! I can’t recall a Christmas morning without them. The Clayton family has been eating these fabulous baked eggs on Christmas morning since my brother Jim and I were little kids. I always joke and say my mom invented this recipe to… Read more »

Turkey Mushroom Pie with a Spinach-Brown Rice Crust

This Turkey and Mushroom Pie is an easy to prepare, healthy and clever way to use up leftovers, including roast turkey (or chicken) and rice. One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Every year I challenge myself to create at least one new leftover recipe. You can peruse My Favorite 8 Thanksgiving… Read more »

Silver platter with slices of Roast Pork Loin with Fruit Conserves

Roast Pork Loin with Fruit Conserves

Succulent Roast Pork Loin with Fruit Conserves is an elegant entrée that works well all year around. And, both the roast and the conserves can easily be prepared completely ahead of time and served at room temperature! I love cooking both pork tenderloin and pork loin – yes, there is a difference! Pork tenderloin 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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