Shaved carrots, radishes, avocado, feta chees and lemon basil vinaigrette

Carrot, Radish and Sweet Pea Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Spring is here – time for colorful, flavorful salads like this Carrot, Radish and Sweet Pea Salad that is paired with a delicious Lemon Basil Vinaigrette. Ingredients coming into season in the spring are some of my favorites – especially carrots, radishes and sweet peas. Colorful, crunchy, and flavorful, they add depth and texture to… Read more »

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Chopped Salad with Apples, Pecans and Feta Cheese

Fall is in the air – time for apples! I’m always looking for new ways to use them, especially raw because I love the juicy crunch they provide to a dish. That’s why I came up with this quick and easy recipe for Chopped Salad with Apple, Pecans and Feta Cheese. I have to admit,… Read more »

Roasted buttrnut squash and mushroom spinach salad in a glass bowl

Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushroom Spinach Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushroom Spinach Salad is a delicious,  and healthy fall or winter dish. This delicious and healthy fall or winter salad comprised of roasted butternut squash and mushrooms atop baby spinach and flavored with goat cheese and candied walnuts is excellent served with soup, roast chicken or pork. If you have friends… Read more »

Green platter filled with Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

I love these Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon – they are so fresh and full of flavor, and so easy to prepare! My mom often served stuffed tomatoes as part of a dinner party menu. When prepared properly, stuffed tomatoes are not only delicious they are also pretty on the plate, adding… Read more »

parchment paper filled with Roasted Fresh Tomatoes

Roasting Fresh Tomatoes

Delicious tomatoes in the dead of winter? Why, yes – roasting fresh ones is the key. Do you love fresh tomatoes in your salads, but are frustrated by the lack of flavor and bland color of out-of-season (or store-bought) tomatoes? Well, look no further! I have found that roasting Italian (or Roma or plum) tomatoes… Read more »

Sliced tomato peach salad on a white plate

Tomato Peach Salad with Lime Dressing

Tomato Peach Salad with Lime Dressing is overflowing with color and flavor! So quick and easy to prepare, too. My good friend Dona Johnson has a garden overflowing with tomatoes and asked for some delicious recipes. This Tomato Peach Salad with Lime Dressing a favorite of mine, and it comes from another good friend Kathy… Read more »

Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers with yogurt-mint dressing

Tomato Cucumber Salad & Yogurt-Herb Dressing

My Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt-Herb Dressing is perfect for when gardens are overflowing with fresh tomatoes and herbs! One fall, my husband Robert and I had a divine two week vacation in southern France and northern Spain. A highlight of our trip was staying at the fabulous home of good friends, near Biarritz…. Read more »

white plate with Dorothy's Potato Salad next to BBQ Beef sandwich

Dorothy’s Potato Salad

Anyone can make potato salad, but few can master the recipe like Dorothy Hartwell did in Dorothy’s Potato Salad! It’s the perfect blend of flavors and textures – tangy, eggy and crunchy while a bit creamy. This potato salad recipe comes from Dorothy Hartwell, the mother of my childhood best friend Katey. Katey and I… Read more »

Tomato and Prosciutto Salad

A great recipe for using up the rest of those delicious tomatoes from your garden! I love fresh tomatoes, and am always looking for new ways to serve them. This easy recipe has a wonderful combination of flavors. I think it looks the prettiest if you use a combination of different color tomatoes.  

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Zucchini and Yellow Squash Salad

After reading several different blog posts for recipes with squash “ribbons”, I decided to try my hand at making my own for Robert one night, and he loved them. I have tried slicing the squash with a mandolin, a sharp knife, and a vegetable peeler – and the peeler wins. The slices are long and… 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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