arugula spread on a blue platter, topped with roasted tomato halves, cheese and olives

Arugula and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Elegant Arugula and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing is full of contrasting colors and vibrant flavors, making it just as pleasing to look at as it is to eat. Roma (plum) tomatoes roasted with a mixture of fresh herbs and olive oil are the star of this dish – and are bursting with tomato flavor…. Read more »

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Green Chile Southwest Breakfast Casserole

Light and airy like a soufflé, our Green Chile Breakfast Casserole is moist and cheesy, with just the right amount of spice. The absence of any bread helps to keep it light, and instead of separating eggs and whipping the whites, baking powder is added to help it rise. Puréed cottage cheese adds a creamy… Read more »

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Asparagus Soufflé

Light and airy Individual Asparagus Soufflés are incredibly easy to prepare – no beating or folding of egg whites, no bechamel sauce prep. Everything goes into the food processor (or blender), and presto! you have an elegant and impressive asparagus side dish that’s perfect for spring. Asparagus Side Dish Recipes I love asparagus, especially in… Read more »

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Parmesan Breaded Salmon Recipe with Herb Mayo

Charming, delightful and crowd-pleasing, Parmesan Breaded Salmon with Herb Mayonnaise will be the star of your next gathering. I’ve been serving this timeless recipe at my dinner parties for years. Not only is it fresh, enticing, and full of flavor while not overpowering, it’s also easy to prepare. All the prep work can be done… Read more »

Cooked Beef Short Ribs sitting atop Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

Hearty and satisfying, Slow Cooker Short Ribs are an easy, elegant and deeply flavorful entrée that’s perfect for both everyday and entertaining. “Slow and low” is the perfect method for cooking beef short ribs to ensure they come out tender, and a slow cooker makes the process a snap. Just 15 minutes prep, then 4… Read more »

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Tarragon Chicken Salad

Tarragon Chicken Salad is a unique twist on the iconic deli chicken salad, adding in complementary fresh ingredients as well as offering two elegant presentations to choose from. And you can prepare it the day before serving, making it perfect for a luncheon or casual busy day dinner. What’s in Tarragon Chicken Salad One of… Read more »

Close up of tomato salad garnished with red onion and parsley

Recipe for Tomato Salad

Fresh, ripe tomatoes are in season and overflowing at farmers’ markets and in home gardens, which means it’s time to make my scrumptious and easy recipe for Tomato Salad! While there are numerous recipes in cookbooks and online featuring fresh tomatoes, what sets this tomato salad recipe apart from the rest is my mom’s Cumin… Read more »

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Grilled Ribeye Steak Recipe

Fire up your grill and get ready to make our time-tested Grilled Ribeye Steak Recipe! If you’re intimidated by grilling steaks – or want to improve your grilling prowess – you’ve come to the right place. Over the years, my home gourmet mom perfected the “art of the grill” and identified the optimal mix of… Read more »

Close up of two glasses showing individual portions of Easy Gazpacho Recipe

Easy Recipe for Gazpacho

This Easy Recipe for Gazpacho is fresh, vibrant and tastes like summer! A tomato-based, chilled soup traditionally accented with a blend of fresh vegetables and vinegar, Gazpacho is the perfect starter for an alfresco summer dinner. And, this particular Gazpacho recipe is tried and true, having been passed down to my good friend Jeanne Saunders… Read more »

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Magic Lemon Pudding Cakes

Sweet, tangy and pillowy light, my grandmother Nama’s pretty little Lemon Pudding Cakes are a refreshing way to end any meal. They’re made with just one easy batter that magically forms into two layers when baked – moist lemon cake on top with creamy lemon pudding below, resulting in a dazzling amount of luscious lemony… Read more »

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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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