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 »

Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner

Forgot to book a table for Valentine’s Day? Or just want to have an intimate dinner at home? This romantic, make ahead menu is just what you need for date night at home. Start your celebration with a sparkly champagne cocktail, followed by a scrumptious dinner of Halibut with Celery Root Purée, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus… Read more »

Make Ahead Mother’s Day Lunch Menu

I used to love spoiling my mom on Mother’s Day. After going to church, she would ask me, my brother Jim and our Dad to help her in the garden – cleaning and prepping for spring planting. (Due to the risk of late season snow storms, we don’t typically plant annuals in Denver until after… Read more »

Kentucky Derby Dinner Menu

“And, they’re off!” Those words begin one of the most exciting events in all of sports.  On Saturday May 2nd, the Kentucky Derby will celebrate its 141st ‘run for the roses.’  While a horse race is at the heart of the spectacle, there are many intriguing aspects of the Derby experience. For the Clayton family,… Read more »


Elegant Easter Dinner

I love entertaining on Easter. It’s the beginning of Spring, allowing for bright, vibrant colors on dining room tables and also in menus. No one will believe that this elegant menu was so easy for you to prepare – especially since, like so many of our recipes, the majority of these dishes can be done… Read more »

A French Fete

Julia Child taught us all to love French food. I remember watching her TV show with my mom when I was a kid. Mom would take notes and follow along in one of her Julia cookbooks. Mom loved Julia’s recipes, and often turned to them when entertaining. Over the years, mom found that sometimes she… Read more »

Dinner With Your Valentine

Not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day? Why not opt for an intimate dinner at home this year. I have the perfect menu for you, the majority of which can be made ahead of time, so you can relax and enjoy the evening with your spouse or significant other. I’ve even included a “make-ahead… Read more »

Warm Gathering with Friends

There is nothing better on a cold night to gather friends or family around the dining table to share a warm, comforting dinner. Mom’s Veal Stroganoff takes center stage in this menu, and it’s always a crowd pleaser! Serving it over a bed of fettuccini makes for a casual yet elegant presentation. I like to… Read more »

Clayton Family Christmas Breakfast

For as long as I can remember, Christmas morning breakfast has been the same. Mom started serving us this egg dish – dubbed by me and my brother Jim as Christmas Morning Eggs, when we were kids. I think she created this dish to get me, who at the time wasn’t a lover of breakfast,… Read more »


Dairy Free Dinner Menu

Recently my stepson Jake was in town for a visit. One evening, we invited his long time friend Sara over for dinner, and she is lactose intolerant. So, I needed to come up with a casual dinner menu that was completely dairy free. As it turns out, our cookbook was a great place to start…. 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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