Rack of Lamb with Nut Crust

Rack of Lamb with Nut Crust – an easy, elegant entrée. I love lamb, especially rack of lamb. It really is very easy to make and so impressive at a dinner party. The key is to make sure that the racks are “frenched” or “trimmed” – it will cook better, and look better. So, what… Read more »

White bowl filled with Spinach Farfalle Bolognese, sitting with a glass of red wine

Spinach Farfalle Bolognese

Mom’s Spinach Farfalle Bolognese is sophisticated comfort food at its best! When I was growing up, my Dad’s two sisters lived in Denver and their families all came to our house for Christmas Eve dinner. Every year Mom always made this scrumptious Spinach Farfalle Bolognese because (1) it’s a crowd pleaser, (2) she could make… Read more »

Shepards pie topped with mashed potatoes in a pewter baking dish

Shepard’s Pie

I created this Shepard’s Pie recipe one night when I was looking for something to do with leftover Mashed Potatoes with Parsley and Chives. It was a cold, snowy night in Denver, and comfort food seemed the perfect thing to warm us up! Robert loves this flavorful, hearty dish. I make it with a mixture… Read more »


Mom’s Corned Beef & Cabbage

Mom’s Corned Beef and Cabbage is full of flavor, derived mainly from the delicious glaze of mustard, brown sugar and cloves. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! While my family isn’t Irish, growing up, every March we were treated to Mom’s distinctive corned beef and cabbage. In her typical style, she took the… Read more »

Italian Meatloaf

Why is it that sometimes the best recipes are the result of creating a new dish only using ingredients you have on hand – and that you need to use up? The other night, Robert was hungry for hamburgers or meatloaf, so I opened the fridge and started pulling out various ingredients that I thought… Read more »


Cajun Meatloaf

This fabulous meatloaf recipe comes from chef, author, columnist and lifestyle blogger Sally Schneider. Her work focus is on improvising, being resourceful and thinking outside the box (you can find her blog at improvisedlife.com). To me, this dish illustrates of all those concepts—and it’s scrumptious too! I like to serve this meatloaf with our Golden Potatoes (in my cookbook Fresh… Read more »

Pork Tenderloin with Port, Balsamic and Cranberry Sauce

Juicy, tender pork tenderloin with a deep-colored port, balsamic and dried cranberry sauce – a versatile dish that it easy enough for everyday and sophisticated enough for entertaining. I like to serve this Pork Tenderloin with Port, Balsamic and Cranberry Sauce at dinner parties during the holidays with wild rice as an accompaniment – the… Read more »

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

I wasn’t sure at first whether to put this recipe on the website or not, then I made it one more time for Robert, who said I was crazy not to post it.  Salisbury Steak is a classic dish that I remember eating as a kid, that is still just as delicious today.  And, it’s… Read more »

Spicy Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce

Boned pork loin chops are dusted with a spicy rub of paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and three different ground peppers in these Spicy Pork Chops! They are served with a tangy, colorful, garlic-y Chimichurri Sauce alongside.   Chimichurri, a sauce from Argentina usually served with meat, is typically made with parsley, garlic,… Read more »

Kidwell Family Tacos

Cousin Jim Kidwell and his daughter Sarah are both fabulous cooks, and their tacos are the best you will ever eat, just ask our other cousins! Jim and Sarah like to use ground elk meat, but I’ve found this recipe is equally delicious with ground beef, bison or turkey (just omit the butter). They don’t really measure the ingredients, so the… 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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