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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 »

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4 Tips for Making Perfect Mashed Potatoes

November 11, 2019

Mashed potatoes are one of those dishes that are easy to prepare, but can be difficult to do well. So, I thought I would share my top tips on making creamy, smooth and flavorful mashed potatoes: Use Yukon Gold potatoes. They produce the creamier texture I prefer. For a fluffier texture, use a mix of … Read more »

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Cooking on National TV!

February 19, 2018

Cooking on National TV: A behind-the-scenes look at my appearance on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family“ Last week I had an amazing experience – my first national TV appearance! I was a guest on Hallmark Channel  show Home & Family. I thought I would share a bit of my experience with you all. First, my… Read more »

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Easy Flaky Pie Crust

Who doesn’t like a delicious Flaky Pie Crust, especially one that’s easy to prepare? I love pie, probably even more than I love cake for dessert. I’ve spent numerous hours in my kitchen, experimenting with various ingredient combinations and methods to create the “perfect” pie crust. And for me, the perfect pie crust is one… Read more »

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Fresh corn for a crowd

August 12, 2017

There’s nothing like a fresh ear of corn during the summer. It’s the perfect complement to any BBQ, and everyone loves it, even kids! My go-to preparations for fresh corn are boiling, grilling or sautéing. However, I have never been able to serve fresh corn to a crowd. Even my largest stock pot will hold… Read more »

14 tips on making fresh, flavorful salads

July 7, 2017

I often get requests to share my tips on making fresh and flavorful salads – in fact, my recommendations were featured in an article on salad making in the Colorado Springs Gazette. I have 14 tips to share that ensure you will have delicious, beautiful salads every time! My tips are divided into four sections:… Read more »

The Saga of the Sourdough Starter

March 30, 2017

How we lost – and found – my grandmother’s sourdough starter In honor of National Sourdough Day on April 1st, I thought it was the perfect time to share a fun story about my family’s sourdough starter, and how we lost it – and then found it again. One October, I received a frantic email… Read more »

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Making a Souffle Collar

February 21, 2017

What is a Souffle? A soufflé is a baked, puffy, flavored egg dish. Traditionally, a soufflé starts with a roux (melted butter and flour), liquid (often milk), egg yolks and flavoring (e.g., grated cheese, chopped or puréed vegetables, flaked fish, etc.). Beaten egg whites are then folded into this base, and the whole thing is… Read more »

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Tips on Buying and Storing Fresh Fish

February 8, 2017

In my cooking classes, I am often asked for advice on handling fish. So, I thought I would share here my 10 tips on buying and storing fresh fish: 1. Pick the right market. Choose a fish market with knowledgeable sales people and high turnover. Makes your job a lot easier if they know what… Read more »

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How to Poach an Egg

November 23, 2016

I love poached eggs, but was always frustrated when they didn’t come out nicely shaped – I didn’t like the trailing pieces or rough edges on the whites. After experimenting with around a half dozen different tips on making “the perfect” poached egg, I created an approach that consistently works for me, and isn’t difficult…. 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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