10 Easy and Delicious Ways to Prepare Chicken

May 14, 2017

Chicken is quite possibly one of the most versatile ingredients we have on hand, but let’s face it – it’s easy to tire of the same-old chicken dishes that we prepare time and again. There’s no need to send the chicken to the back of the freezer. What you need is a new infusion of… 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 »

6 Easy Super Bowl Appetizers

January 23, 2017

The Super Bowl is just around the corner, so it’s time to decide what to cook – either for your own party or to bring to a pot luck. Alas, our beloved Denver Broncos won’t be participating this year, but Robert and I will still be watching the game! So, I thought I would share… Read more »


Tasty Twists on Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes

November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and now is the time I like to finalize my menu. That way, I can reduce stress and hassles on turkey day by creating a “game plan” of what I can prepare ahead of time, and possibly freeze. We all have our family favorites – those dishes that… 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 »

Recipes and Menus for Your Next BBQ

May is national BBQ month! Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, so what better time to gather friends and family together for a casual, fun dinner. Here are some of my favorite dishes to serve this time of year – a variety of main dishes as well as the perfect sides… Read more »

A Well-Seasoned Kitchen Remodel

January 25, 2016

What does a cookbook author, public speaker and cooking class instructor’s dream kitchen look like? Read on! After seven years of living with a kitchen that felt like it was being held together with bubble gum and duct tape, Robert and I decided to remodel our kitchen. Exciting! I got to plan my dream kitchen!… 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 »

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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