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Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato Pie is a popular summer dish that pays homage to sweet, flavorful, vine-ripened tomatoes. Our version updates this iconic dish, adding in more flavor-enhancing ingredients and modifying the preparation method to ensure those juicy fresh tomatoes don’t make the pie soggy! What’s in This Southern Tomato Pie? Our version of this scrumptious dish… Read more »

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Best Broccoli Salad Recipe

I have to say, this Broccoli Salad Recipe is the best I’ve ever made. An updated twist on a traditional recipe, it’s creamy, light and refreshing. No mayonnaise, bacon or Cheddar cheese here! My version features a tangy, lemon-y Caesar Dressing that complements the broccoli flavors perfectly. Surprise and delight your friends and family at… Read more »

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Quick and Easy Sautéed Asparagus

Quick and Easy Sautéed Asparagus is a fresh, healthy and delicious side dish that will quickly become one of your go-to recipes, especially on busy days. I can’t recall exactly how old I was when I started cooking. I know my mom gave me my first cookbook when I was around 6 or 7 years… Read more »

Herb Quick Bread

Savory and scrumptious Herb Quick Bread is easy to prepare – no yeast or electric mixer required! Just two mixing bowls, one loaf pan, a couple of whisks and a spoon along with pantry staples is all you’ll need. Herb Quick Bread is another family favorite straight out of my mom’s recipe box. Not only… Read more »

Golden Potatoes (Twice Baked Potato Casserole)

Golden Potatoes – a.k.a. Twice Baked Potato Casserole – is an easy to prepare, crowd-pleasing side dish that can be made ahead of time! This recipe for Golden Potatoes, from family friend (and excellent cook) Charlene Clinton, features all the ingredients in twice-baked potatoes, but with a much easier preparation. Peeled and baked potatoes are… Read more »

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans is quick and easy to prepare, full of fall flavors including cranberry and cinnamon, and beautiful on the plate! Couscous is a wonderful alternative to rice or potatoes as a side dish. A coarse, ground pasta, couscous granules are made from crushed durum wheat. It takes only minutes to… Read more »

Roasted Carrot Soufflé

Scrumptious Roasted Carrot Soufflé is full of buttery carrot flavor, with just the right amount of sweetness. It’s easy to prepare, too – just blend and bake! No beating or folding of egg whites required. Robert loves carrots and I’m always looking for new and creative ways to serve them. A few months ago, our… Read more »

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Leek Gratin

Leek Gratin – easy to prepare, full of flavor, and great year round on special days, from Easter to Thanksgiving! I love this Leek Gratin recipe, which is straight from mom’s recipe box. What’s not to love – it’s comprised of hard boiled eggs, leeks sautéed in butter and a creamy Parmesan-Cheddar cheese sauce. Yum!… Read more »

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Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad is a fun, fresh side dish that’s perfect for summer! I love August, because our gardens, farmer’s markets – even grocery stores – are overflowing with fresh, scrumptious produce. Juicy, vibrant red tomatoes are everywhere you turn. Bins are overflowing with large and small squash, both dark green (zucchini)… Read more »

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Grilled Potato Packets with Truffle Zest

Grilled Potato Packets with Truffle Zest are the perfect side dish for you next barbecue! I started cooking Grilled Potato Packets around 10 years ago, when Robert and I started traveling around the country in our airstream. When camping, I like to do most of the cooking on our grill. So, one evening when I… 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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