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 »

Silver platter with slices of Roast Pork Loin with Fruit Conserves

Roast Pork Loin with Fruit Conserves

Succulent Roast Pork Loin with Fruit Conserves is an elegant entrée that works well all year around. And, both the roast and the conserves can easily be prepared completely ahead of time and served at room temperature! I love cooking both pork tenderloin and pork loin – yes, there is a difference! Pork tenderloin is… Read more »

Rolled Turkey Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Stuffing

Not sure you want to take on roasting a large turkey this Thanksgiving? Rolled Turkey Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Stuffing is for you. Not only is it the perfect alternative to traditional turkey and stuffing, it can be prepared ahead of time! My good friend Ella Spradley hosted a dinner party one evening and… Read more »

Fish shaped blue platter with Halibut with Celery Root Purée and Tomato Garnish.

Halibut with Celery Root Purée and Tomato Garnish

No, that’s not mashed potatoes sitting under this scrumptious Halibut and Tomato Garnish – it’s Celery Root Purée! I love cooking halibut because it’s such a mild and flaky fish. It’s also super flexible and can be prepared numerous ways. This Halibut with Celery Root Purée and Tomato Garnish was adapted from a recipe that… Read more »

Blue platter with Sea Bass and Tomatoes in Lemon Butter Sauce

Sea Bass Fish with Tomatoes in a Lemon-Butter Sauce

Effortless enough for everyday dinner and elegant enough for entertaining, colorful Sea Bass with Tomatoes in a Lemon-Butter Sauce will be your next go-to recipe. Sea Bass Fish Recipe A popular food pairing is fish and lemon-butter. The lemon juice brightens the fish’s natural flavor while balancing its brininess, and the butter – well, everything… Read more »

Blue plate with Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb, sliced, with Fresh Mint Sauce on the side

Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Sauce

Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb with Fresh Mint Sauce is an easy, elegant main dish that’s perfect for a spring or summer dinner. As a Colorado native, I grew up eating lots of grass-fed meat – including lamb. After all, Colorado is known as having the best, most flavorful lamb around! Nowadays, I love serving… Read more »

Round baking dish with zucchini custard

Roasted Zucchini Custard

Roasted Zucchini Custard is an easy and flexible way to prepare zucchini, that can be a served as a light brunch/lunch entrée or as a side dish! OK, who doesn’t love zucchini? And with all the zucchini overflowing out of our vegetable gardens, at the farmer’s market, and even our favorite grocery stores this time… Read more »

roasted peaches, nectarines and plums over ice cream with candied walnuts

Roasted Peaches, Nectarines and Plums with Candied Walnuts

Roasting stone fruits like Peaches, Nectarines and Plums intensifies their fabulous flavors and creates a natural, juicy sauce for the fruit. Candied walnuts add a bit of sweet crunch! In August and September, farmer’s markets and grocery stores are overflowing with fresh stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums. I’m always looking for new ways… Read more »

Oven Roasted Rainbow-Colored Carrots with Serving Pieces

Roasted Whole Carrots

Roasted Whole Carrots are a scrumptious, easy to prepare side dish that provides lots of color on the plate! Oven Roasted Rainbow Carrots Often when I’m creating a menu, one challenge is finding a side dish that adds color to the plate – especially a bright color, like red or orange. After all, Mom always… Read more »

Marinated and roasted leg of lamb

Lauded Asian-Inspired Marinade for Roasting Leg of Lamb

Slow Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb is an elegant, impressive entrée that’s actually super easy to prepare with my step-by-step instructions! Lamb is marinated in an Asian-inspired mixture of oil, soy sauce, sherry, ginger, mustard and garlic, then slow roasted. The resulting meat is tender, juicy and will have your tastebuds dancing with delight! Slow… Read more »

Lee Clayton Roper

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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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