Blue casserole dish filled with Golden Potatoes

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 »

Scoop of Leek Gratin in spoon hovering over casserole dish

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 Parmesn-Cheddar cheese sauce. Yum!… Read more »

Square blue plate filled with Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad is a fun, fresh side dish that’s perfect for end-of-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 »

Foil packet filled with grilled new potatoes, seasoned with Parmesan Cheese, parsley and truffle zest.

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 »

Oval blue bowl filled with Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette is the quintessential scrumptious, colorful, make ahead side dish! Earthy wild rice is combined with tangy artichoke hearts, colorful peas, crunchy bell pepper, piquant green onions and juicy cherry tomatoes. This luscious mixture is then topped off with a sharp Parmesan Vinaigrette and toasted almonds. This Elegant Wild… Read more »

White bowl filled with Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing. Dressing is on the side

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing is the perfect side dish to serve at your next barbecue, or to take to a summer pot luck! A few years ago, Robert and I spent two weeks in Greece, and we both loved the food – especially the flavorful, colorful salads and the nutty, creamy hummus…. Read more »

glass bowl filled with Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews

Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews

Mom’s super scrumptious Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews can be prepared ahead with either fresh or frozen green peas – and is mayonnaise and gluten-free! It’s that time of year when I start to think about making creative side dish salads that pair well with grilled or BBQ dishes. One of my favorites… Read more »

White ceramiv bowl filled with Italian Popovers

Italian Popovers

Popovers are a light, flavorful and impressive side dish, but require using a special pan. Not these popovers! Mom’s delicious Italian Popovers can be baked in muffin tins. Another scrumptious recipe from mom’s files! Prosciutto, Fontina cheese and green onion are baked into puffy popovers — yum! Popovers can be a bit intimidating and typically… 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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