arugula spread on a blue platter, topped with roasted tomato halves, cheese and olives

Arugula and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Elegant Arugula and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing is full of contrasting colors and vibrant flavors, making it just as pleasing to look at as it is to eat. Roma (plum) tomatoes roasted with a mixture of fresh herbs and olive oil are the star of this dish – and are bursting with tomato flavor…. Read more »

close up of white dish showing individual cooked Asparagus Soufflé

Asparagus Soufflé

Light and airy Individual Asparagus Soufflés are incredibly easy to prepare – no beating or folding of egg whites, no bechamel sauce prep. Everything goes into the food processor (or blender), and presto! you have an elegant and impressive asparagus side dish that’s perfect for spring. Asparagus Side Dish Recipes I love asparagus, especially in… Read more »

collage of photos of favorite Thanksgiving leftovers recipes

What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers (20 Ideas)

October 31, 2021

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes Thanksgiving is coming up soon, which means it will be time for leftovers! I love Thanksgiving dinner, and I love these easy to prepare dishes featuring Thanksgiving leftovers just as much. Now you can keep enjoying the results of all your holiday cooking for days to come. Below you’ll find 20 easy… Read more »

collage of 8 Thanksgiving side dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

October 30, 2021

Thanksgiving Dinner Sides While the turkey has the lead role in Thanksgiving dinner, Holiday Side Dishes are the real stars of the meal. We all have our family favorites, but it’s also fun change things up a bit and try out creative, new recipes. [This post has been updated, adding 14 more recipes!] What is… Read more »

Three bowls of Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup with celery leaf garnish

Creamy Ginger Carrot Soup

Warm, inviting and velvety smooth, Creamy Ginger Carrot Soup is rich in flavor and light in texture. Sweet carrots, yellow onion, garlic and celery form the base in this luscious soup and are enhanced with the addition of fresh ginger and a touch of sherry. Underlying it all is a subtle smoky, earthy tone from… Read more »

Square plate showing a generous portion of Apple Walnut Salad with Stilton Cheese

Mixed Green Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Stilton Cheese

Crisp, juicy red apples are the star in this refreshing Mixed Green Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Stilton Cheese. They provide color, sweetness and crunch that pairs perfectly with the earthy toasted walnuts and hearty mixed greens. What really sets this salad apart is the delightful, tangy Walnut Vinaigrette dressing. It’s quick and easy to… Read more »

white bowl showing Vegetable Couscous, with Dill Vinaigrette on the side

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 »

Close up of two glasses showing individual portions of Easy Gazpacho Recipe

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 »

Bowl showing one serving of Pureed Green Pea Soup, with breadsticks in the background

Puréed Green Pea Soup

Puréed Green Pea Soup is bright, light and fresh – in fact, it tastes just like spring! Unusual and impressive, the combination of fresh or frozen green peas, butter lettuce (yes, lettuce!), onion, bouillon, cream, and a bit of butter is divine. Served warm, this creamy pea soup is the perfect starter for an elegant… Read more »

Light blue cake stand holding a Sticky Ginger Cake

Sticky Ginger Cake

Intensely flavorful and super moist, Sticky Ginger Cake isn’t your typical gingerbread – and it’s super easy to prepare, too. I love the warm, earthy flavor of ginger, and this scrumptious cake has it in spades, calling for both fresh and ground. Molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon and allspice provide even more intensity to the taste…. 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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