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 »

Beautiful Hike Outside Portland, OR

June 29, 2016

While Robert and I were in Portland, Oregon visiting my stepson Adam, after consuming some scrumptious local ice cream (see my last post), he drove us about 30 minutes outside the city, up the Columbia River and into the beautiful Gorge for a hike to see the tallest waterfall in Oregon – Multnomah Falls. Along… Read more »


Exploring Portland, OR – food trucks & ice cream!

June 27, 2016

During our camping trip in the Pacific Northwest, Robert and I spent a few days in Portland, OR visiting with my stepson Adam, who recently moved there. One day, Adam toured us around to some of his favorite food haunts. First on the list was a food truck “pod” – a surface lot where a… Read more »

Amalfi Hike and Cooking Class Dinner

August 26, 2015

One of our favorite adventures while vacationing on the Amalfi coast was to go on a hike to a local organic farm where we were treated to a cooking class dinner. Our hotel, the Grand Hotel Convento, was on the side of a large hill, just on the outskirts of the town of Amalfi. Our… Read more »

Two Food Favorites on the Amalfi Coast (Italy)

July 6, 2015

When Robert and I visited the Amalfi coast in Italy, our guide Giocondo Cavellieri introduced us to two very special restaurants. The first one is actually a pastry shop: Pasticcerie Pansa Owned and managed by the  Pansa brothers (one is there in the morning, the other in the afternoon), this darling place is full of… Read more »


Traditional Rome Restaurants

June 30, 2015

When Robert and I were in Rome, we ate primarily at restaurants serving traditional Roman fare. Robert had never been to Italy, and wanted to experience classic foods and dishes. Our two favorites were Checcino dal 1887 and La Campana. Checchino dal 1887 This restaurant was recommended by my college friend, Italian food and wine… Read more »

Food Tour of Rome

June 26, 2015

While my husband Robert and I were in Rome on vacation, one evening our fabulous travel agent and best friend Katey Hartwell organized for us a “food tour” through the neighborhoods of Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto. Our darling guide Francesca met us at the Piazza Campio de Fiori, along with two other American couples… Read more »

Dinner in the Orangery at the Botanic Gardens

May 3, 2013

On Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m., the Denver Botanic Gardens hosted one of its “Gather” dinners, featuring a seasonally-inspired four course meal from Root Down & Linger‘s fabulous executive chef Daniel Asher. I am a huge fan of chef Asher, and was so happy to grab a photo together with him during the evening:… Read more »


Pintxos in San Sebastian, Spain

October 12, 2012

After our wonderful visit in Southwestern France with my college friend Beth Thrasher-Broidy and her husband Marc, Robert and I headed to the culinary hotbed of San Sebastian, Spain. Only around an hour’s drive south of Biarritz on the Bay of Biscay, it is very different from the towns we visited in Southwestern France –… Read more »

Incredible Lunch at La Ferme aux Grives

October 10, 2012

During our travels in the south of France while visiting my college friend Beth Thrasher-Broidy and her husband Marc, we stopped in the small town Eugenie-les-Bains for an incredible lunch at La Ferme aux Grives, one of the restaurants at the hotel Les Pres d’Eugenie. Not only was the meal one of the top three… Read more »

Lee Clayton Roper


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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