Mother’s Day Menu

To nurture your mom on Mother’s Day, prepare this elegant yet easy-to-prepare menu that was one of my mom’s favorites. From the Camembert Sauté, to the Salmon with Crumb Topping main course, to the last bite of the Fast Fruit Cobbler, your mom will feel special, appreciated and wow-ed! (And, you’ll have the satisfaction of… Read more »


Savor Summer’s End With a Perfect Picnic

Whether you seek a simple backyard affair or plan to daytrip into the back country, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen has you covered. This menu includes completely portable picnic that’s ideal for a hearty lunch or light dinner, and features all make-ahead dishes that are quick to prepare and easy to pack. My Mom Sally loved treating… Read more »

Fresh Flavors Infuse a Spring Dinner Menu

Whether you’re gathering friends for Easter or hosting a quiet evening with friends, you can easily plan a simply delicious meal that allows you to enjoy the meal and your company. I often hear that planning a cohesive menu can be one of the more complicated aspects of entertaining. With this menu – you’ll find… Read more »

Intimate Winter Gathering

If you’re feeling more frazzled than festive during the holiday season, consider hosting an intimate dinner party with close friends or family. After all – it’s the company of loved ones that gives reason for the season. A make-ahead menu keeps things easy and holiday decorations create immediate ambiance. This menu also makes for a… Read more »

Wine and appetizer tour of the Mediterranean

Appetizers are always a hit with any crowd. They’re small, pretty and oh-so-fun to eat! What’s better than having a couple of appetizers before dinner? Making an entire dinner of appetizers! With this menu we’re taking hors d’oeuvres to a new level by creating a Mediterranean tour of regionally-inspired small bites paired with wines from France, Italy and Spain…. Read more »

Father’s Day Feast

In many households Dad may be King of the Grill, but on Father’s Day he can take a break from tending the coals but still enjoy a bold and delicious BBQ. Dad deserves a day to put his feet up, relax and take in a meal fit for a king. To show Dad how much… Read more »

Easy Easter Entertaining

  For many, Easter brunch is the beginning of Spring entertaining. Try this no-fuss menu that perfect for the holiday or any Spring brunch which features make-ahead dishes that are delicious and satisfying. The Sausage and Mushroom Strata sets the stage and the fruit salad, banana bread and lemon bread are perfect complements. Round out… Read more »

Academy Awards Viewing Party

It’s all about glitz, glamour and fabulous parties! The Academy Awards is America’s biggest movie event of the year. As Hollywood A-listers turn out for the Oscar event, you can hold a viewing party of your own that rivals those of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck! Whether you’re hosting an intimate evening with family or rolling… Read more »

Mardi Gras Menu

  Mardi Gras Menu Mardi Gras is New Orleans’ premiere party! It’s irresistibly fun, vibrant and sassy. While you might not be able to head South to catch beads or take in the extravaganza of the parades and balls, you can create your own Mardi Gras at home with this festive menu. Be sure to… Read more »


New Year’s Eve Celebration

New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection and resolutions. And, there’s no better way to gather friends and family to celebrate the times ahead than with an easy, delicious meal. This New Year’s Eve menu is perfect for an evening celebration at home with loved ones. Cheddar Chutney Tarts Hearts of Palm Dip Pork… 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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