tuna, white bean, tomatoes and basil salad

Tuna, White Bean and Tomato Salad

Tuna, White Bean and Tomato Salad is a scrumptious, colorful dish that comes together quickly and is perfect for lunch or a light dinner! This tasty Tuna, White Bean and Tomato Salad can be prepared literally in around 15 minutes. There are many versions of this classic Italian dish that tosses tuna, white (cannellini) beans,… Read more »

Grilled peach halves and sliced Mozzarella cheese on top of baby arugula salad

Grilled Peach and Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Grilled Peach and Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Salad is a fresh and colorful side dish that’s perfect to serve on warm summer days! Peaches are starting to come into season. And, peaches grown right here in Colorado are the BEST – so juicy and flavorful. There’s a reason the Obama White House always ordered up peaches… Read more »

sauteed shrimp and vegetables atop crispy corn tortillas

Shrimp Tostadas

In this recipe for Shrimp Tostadas, sautéed shrimp, mushrooms and onions are layered atop crispy corn tortillas, along with salsa-flavored cream cheese, fresh guacamole, shredded cheese and lettuce. A fresh, colorful and easy weeknight dinner! One time Robert and I were invited to a local benefit where corn tortillas were being made from scratch during… Read more »

Grilled chicken breasts topped with caramelized red onion

Grilled Chicken with Caramelized Red Onions

Light Lemon-Mustard Grilled Chicken pairs perfectly with deeply colored, richly flavored Caramelized Red Onions in this super delicious entrée.   I love this dish for so many reasons. First, it’s absolutely scrumptious! The chicken is so flavorful; the combination of Dijon mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and garlic is amazing. And the onions aren’t just… Read more »

Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Crème

Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Crème are a cool, creamy, lemon-y dessert that’s perfect for sultry summer evenings! Smooth as velvet, this timeless make-ahead recipe from mom’s collection is another crowd pleaser. Mom took a basic cheesecake recipe, added layers of lemon flavor (zest and juice) and whipped evaporated milk, then froze it in a… Read more »

stir fry chicken, pea pods, almonds, green onion and rice arranged in a flat bowl

Healthy Chicken Stir Fry

Healthy Chicken Stir Fry uses a limited amount of oil to cook a fresh, flavorful and colorful mixture of chicken, pea pods, almonds and green onion. Growing up, my mom frequently made some version of stir-fried chicken for the family on busy weeknights. The stir-fry method fit mom’s style of cooking to a T –… Read more »

Poached salmon garnished with lemon slice and dill, with a side of cucumber dill sauce

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Pretty Poached Salmon with a flavorful Cucumber-Dill Sauce is the perfect make ahead entrée for a spring (or summer!) luncheon or dinner party. I love serving salmon when entertaining – most of our friends and family like it, plus it’s very versatile, easy to prepare, and super delicious. In fact, I have several recipes (including… Read more »

Shaved carrots, radishes, avocado, feta chees and lemon basil vinaigrette

Carrot, Radish and Sweet Pea Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Spring is here – time for colorful, flavorful salads like this Carrot, Radish and Sweet Pea Salad that is paired with a delicious Lemon Basil Vinaigrette. Ingredients coming into season in the spring are some of my favorites – especially carrots, radishes and sweet peas. Colorful, crunchy, and flavorful, they add depth and texture to… Read more »

Carafe of creamy arugula salad dressing

Arugula Salad Dressing

This Creamy Arugula Salad Dressing is a variation of a traditional green goddess dressing, adding baby arugula to the original recipe. I have always loved green goddess salad dressing – a delectable mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, green onion, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, anchovy, tarragon and sometimes chives. In my Arugula Salad Dressing, I amp… Read more »

Marinated and roasted leg of lamb

Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb

Marinated and Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb is an elegant, impressive entrée that’s actually super easy to prepare with my step-by-step instructions! My mom’s marinade for steak and lamb is pretty infamous among our friends and family. Once you’ve tried lamb marinated in her delicious Asian-inspired mixture of oil, soy sauce, sherry, ginger, mustard and… 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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