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Ham and Cheese Biscuits with Green Mayo

Crowd-pleasing Ham and Cheese Biscuits are a variation of a traditional Southern recipe, adding in sliced cheese and Green Mayo. Savory ham and cheese slices are nestled inside of buttery, tangy buttermilk biscuits; a dollop of fresh, bright herb-flavored mayo is added to finish. Mouth-wateringly good, these biscuit sandwiches are a perfect addition to any… Read more »

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Vegetable Couscous Recipe

Looking for a fresh, healthy and fabulous side dish? Well, you’ve come to the right place! This Vegetable Couscous is full of vibrant flavors and textures. Earthy couscous is toasted to bring out its nutty flavor, then tossed together with fresh spinach, peas, mushrooms, onions, jicama and mozzarella. It’s all topped off with a bright… Read more »

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Tarragon Chicken Salad

Tarragon Chicken Salad is a unique twist on the iconic deli chicken salad, adding in complementary fresh ingredients as well as offering two elegant presentations to choose from. And you can prepare it the day before serving, making it perfect for a luncheon or casual busy day dinner. What’s in Tarragon Chicken Salad One of… Read more »

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Recipe for Tomato Salad

Fresh, ripe tomatoes are in season and overflowing at farmers’ markets and in home gardens, which means it’s time to make my scrumptious and easy recipe for Tomato Salad! While there are numerous recipes in cookbooks and online featuring fresh tomatoes, what sets this tomato salad recipe apart from the rest is my mom’s Cumin… Read more »

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Easy Recipe for Gazpacho

This Easy Recipe for Gazpacho is fresh, vibrant and tastes like summer! A tomato-based, chilled soup traditionally accented with a blend of fresh vegetables and vinegar, Gazpacho is the perfect starter for an alfresco summer dinner. And, this particular Gazpacho recipe is tried and true, having been passed down to my good friend Jeanne Saunders… Read more »

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Magic Lemon Pudding Cakes

Sweet, tangy and pillowy light, my grandmother Nama’s pretty little Lemon Pudding Cakes are a refreshing way to end any meal. They’re made with just one easy batter that magically forms into two layers when baked – moist lemon cake on top with creamy lemon pudding below, resulting in a dazzling amount of luscious lemony… Read more »

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Strawberry Topping

Four ingredient, no-cook Strawberry Topping is bursting with fresh, ripe berry flavor that easily dresses up most any dessert. Adding brightness and contrast (in color, flavor and texture), this vivid strawberry sauce is delightful ladled over ice cream, angel food cake, short cake, pound cake, even lemon bread. It’s amazing on waffles and pancakes, too!… Read more »

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Anise Bread

Looking for a totally unique, scrumptious, savory bread to serve at your next gathering? Then this Anise Bread‘s for you. This distinctive bread is different than any you’ve ever had – unless, of course, you enjoyed it at my or my mom’s house! A crisp, brown crust flecked with sesame seeds surrounds a moist interior… Read more »

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Make This Luxurious Mushroom Pâté for a Standout Appetizer

Earthy and savory, luxurious Mushroom Pâté will soon be part of your regular recipe rotation. Made with dense, meaty cremini mushrooms (baby portabella), it’s easy to prepare, too! And, this scrumptious vegetarian pâté is so full of deep umami flavors, even your meat-eating friends will love it. Mushroom Pate Recipe One night, I had guests… Read more »

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Pesto Genovese (Homemade Basil Pesto)

You may already have several recipes for homemade pesto, but trust me, this Pesto Genovese is worth a try. It’s an award-winning family recipe direct from an Italian chef raised in Genoa, and relies on a unique preparation method to ensure it comes out scrumptious, vibrant and silky smooth! An aromatic, vibrant and fresh pasta… 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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