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 »

10 Easy Tips for Planning a Dinner Party Menu

Menu Planning for Hosting a Dinner Party People often tell me they think the most difficult part of entertaining is determining what to serve. Growing up in a household with dinner parties once a week – sometimes even more often! – I learned a lot from my mom, the consummate hostess. Over the years, I’ve… Read more »

Seating guests at a dinner party

Enjoying the company of others around the dinner table might be considered one of life’s delights. Though, inevitably, as your guests approach the table – someone will ask “Where shall we sit?” Having a plan ahead of time can smooth the evening, elicit engaging conversation and create a memorable affair. Here, I offer some guidelines… 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 »


Food adventures in Bordeaux, France

October 9, 2012

If you have read my last few blog posts – and/or the posts to my Facebook fan page – you will know that in September my husband Robert and I were in France and Spain on an incredible two week vacation, celebrating our seventh anniversary. We spent several days in the French Basque country with… Read more »


Cooking at home – in the south of France

October 8, 2012

While on our two week trip to the south of France and northern Spain last month, my husband Robert and I spent several days with my college friend Beth and her husband Marc at their wonderful home outside Castelner, in the Landes region – not far from the Spanish border, in French Basque country. While… Read more »


The flavors of Paris – four restaurant reviews

October 2, 2012

My husband Robert and I just returned from a fabulous two week vacation in France and Spain, celebrating our seventh wedding anniversary. What an incredible trip! Our trip began with two nights in Paris, then we ventured to the Landes area (or “department”) in the Southwest area of France to visit my college friend Beth… 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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