Seven Stellar New Year’s Cocktails

December 30, 2019

New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, so it’s time to recognize our successes from this past year, as well as set our goals for the next year. And, there’s no better way to celebrate than with our loved ones. Robert and I like to have a special cocktail as part of our festivities. And, it’s not… Read more »

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Fresh and Flavorful Spring Menu

Spring is here, and with spring comes fresh, flavorful – and colorful – ingredients. As the temperatures rise, the grass starts to turn green and the flowers bud, I start to crave lighter foods – salmon, asparagus, carrots, radishes, avocado, and sweet peas to name a few. Recently, I created a scrumptious new spring menu… Read more »

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Easter Dinner Menu Featuring Spring Vegetables

Spring is just around the corner, and what a better way to usher in the new season than with a delicious and elegant Easter Dinner Menu. I love Easter – the wonderful feeling of awakening I feel, as we move out of the cold and dark winter and into the freshness and lightness of Spring…. Read more »

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Oscar Party Grazing Menu and Recipes

America’s biggest movie event – the Academy Awards – is just around the corner! I love watching the awards, starting with the red carpet arrivals. It makes for several hours of TV viewing, and no one wants to miss a moment by breaking away to eat a meal. So, I came up with this grazing… Read more »

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Mardi Gras Inspired Dinner Menu

Next Tuesday is Mardi Gras – another excuse to celebrate! If you can’t make it to New Orleans for the parades and  all the various other celebrations, no worry – I have a scrumptious menu for you to host your own New Orleans-inspired dinner at home. And, many components can be made ahead, allowing you… Read more »

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Make Ahead Casual Holiday Dinner Menu

Robert and I love to entertain, especially during the holidays. While the Christmas season is super fun, it’s also super hectic – addressing work demands, decorating the house, present shopping, present wrapping, making Christmas candy, etc. I’ve also found that while I love pull out my sparkly, fun dresses and get all fancied up, it’s… Read more »

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Mix and Match Easter Menu

Easter is just two weeks away, so it’s time to start planning the day – collecting goodies for baskets, confirming timing for church services and, of course, scoping out the brunch menu! Growing up, holidays were a big deal in our family, pretty much because it was a time for our extended family to gather… Read more »

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Après Ski Dinner Menu

This hearty make ahead menu is the perfect combination of dishes to serve at the end of a fun-filled day of skiing or snowshoeing. After hitting the slopes all day, my friends and family are pretty tired, hungry and looking for warm and comforting food (and, of course, good wine!). The beauty of this satisfying… Read more »

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Tex-Mex Fondue

Tex-Mex Fondue is a Southwestern twist on the traditional cheese fondue dish – replacing the kirsch with tequila and adding cilantro and jalapeno peppers. Fondue was a family favorite growing up — cheese, beef and tempura style. It’s great fun for kids as it’s so active. Dad was always stealing everyone else’s food out of… Read more »

Casual Winter Gathering

Even though the holidays are over, Robert and I still want to invite friends and family over for a cosy winter meal. After spending many hours cooking during December, I don’t want to make it an ordeal – just something uncomplicated, that can be made ahead and served buffet style. This menu fits the bill… 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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