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Puréed Green Pea Soup

Puréed Green Pea Soup is bright, light and fresh – in fact, it tastes just like spring! Unusual and impressive, the combination of fresh or frozen green peas, butter lettuce (yes, lettuce!), onion, bouillon, cream, and a bit of butter is divine. Served warm, this creamy pea soup is the perfect starter for an elegant… Read more »

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Hungarian Dumplings (Nokedli)

Hungarian Dumplings, also known in Hungary as Nokedli or Galuska, are the perfect side to serve with my Chicken Paprikash or other hearty stews. Easy to prepare with only 4 pantry ingredients, these divine little dumplings are rustic in appearance, but delicate in flavor. Nokedli dumplings are basically a small, lighter version of egg noodles!… Read more »

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Hungarian Chicken Paprikash with Dumplings

Delectable Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is rustic comfort food at its best. Chicken pieces are stewed until fork-tender in a richly colored, ambrosial sauce of onion, tomatoes, spicy peppers, paprika and sour cream. I’ve included directions for cooking in an Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or on your stovetop. Plus, I’ve also shared tips and tricks I… Read more »

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette pouring out of a white pitcher

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Easy, elegant and full of flavors, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette is a favorite of mine to serve in fall and winter months. Crisp, fresh greens are topped with juicy, sweet pear slices, tangy goat cheese crumbles, crunchy candied walnuts and sweet-tart dried cranberries. It’s finished off with a few slices of… Read more »

white platter showing Pesto Chicken and Vegetables with Pasta

Pesto Chicken and Pasta with Veggies

Aromatic and fresh, Pesto Chicken and Vegetables with Pasta will soon become another one of your favorite “go-to” recipes. Easy to prepare in under 25 minutes, this pesto chicken pasta recipe is extremely versatile. Switch out the vegetables to what’s in season. Use other hearty pasta that’s in your pantry. And, I provide three unique,… Read more »

White bowl filled with Pesto Genovese

Pesto Genovese (Homemade Basil Pesto)

You may already have several recipes for homemade pesto, but trust me, this Pesto Genovese is worth a try. It’s an award-winning family recipe direct from an Italian chef raised in Genoa, and relies on a unique preparation method to ensure it comes out scrumptious, vibrant and silky smooth! An aromatic, vibrant and fresh pasta… Read more »

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Butterscotch Pudding Filled Peaches

Rich in flavor and fresh tasting, Butterscotch Pudding Filled Peaches are a unique and elegant peach dessert that requires no baking. Butterscotch pudding is prepared on the stove top, spooned into sweet, ripe peach halves and then refrigerated until set. Whipped cream and crushed gingersnap cookies top it all off. How easy is that? I… Read more »

blue plate showing Shrimp Salad with Lime Herb Dressing; a serving spoon on the side

Best Shrimp Salad Recipe

Easy to prepare, this scrumptious make ahead Shrimp Salad with Lime-Herb Dressing is fresh, flavorful – and a bit spicy, too. Tender shrimp, spicy jalapeño, sweet red bell pepper and crisp shallots are tossed in a creamy fresh herb-lime dressing. It’s topped off with a surprise garnish of toasted panko breadcrumbs, paprika and fresh thyme…. Read more »

Glass bowl filled with Feta Mousse on black tray with grilled bread

Feta Mousse

Feta Mousse is a tangy, creamy, super flavorful appetizer that’s quick and easy to prepare. One evening a few years ago, while dining at Charcoal restaurant in Denver, I fell in love with their Feta Mousse appetizer. It’s no longer on the menu, but fortunately I have recreated my own version of this delectable dish…. Read more »

Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing

Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing is creamy, nutty, tangy, versatile – and super delicious! This Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing was inspired by a trip to Greece with my husband Robert. We both loved the Greek food so much that I came home and soon started playing around with creating various Greek-inspired dishes. This scrumptious Lemon Basil Tahini Dressing… 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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