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 »

Oven Roasted Rainbow-Colored Carrots with Serving Pieces

Oven Roasted Carrots

Oven Roasted Carrots are a scrumptious, easy to prepare side dish that provides lots of color on the plate! 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 said that we eat… Read more »

Roasated Pumpkin with Apple Cashew Stuffing on a white platter

Pumpkin with Apple-Cashew Stuffing

So, is this Roasted Pumpkin with Apple-Cashew Stuffing not absolutely beautiful? And, it’s delicious and healthy, too! I love pumpkin anything – pie (recipe in my cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®), muffins (also in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®), Tart, etc. My new favorite pumpkin dish is the recipe I’m sharing with you today, Roasted Pumpkin with Apple-Cashew… Read more »

Broccoli with Bacon and Walnuts

Broccoli with Bacon and Walnuts – an easy, elegant, colorful side dish to accompany most any entrée. My husband Robert and I both love broccoli, and I’m always experimenting with new and different ways to prepare it. I think just about any food tastes great with bacon, so one night I came up with this… Read more »

Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam Casserole in a white baking dish

Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam Casserole

Super flavorful and delicious, Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam (or Sweet Potato) Casserole is easy to make ahead and freeze, making it a perfect Thanksgiving side dish! For some, Thanksgiving is about grand parades, football or even annual 5K morning runs. But, for the Clayton family – it’s always been about the favorite foods that… Read more »

roasted-root-vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables

I love Roasted Root Vegetables, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint – easy to prepare, great flavor and beautiful on the plate. I love roasted vegetables of any kind. In fact, in my first cookbook, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®, there is a page that provides directions on how to roast everything from asparagus to green beans to… Read more »

Siver cups filled with Veggie Fries in a napkin, with Lemon-Garlic Aioli on the side

Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli are a wonderful alternative to French fries. For these scrumptious Veggie Fries, large Portobello mushroom and zucchini wedges are dusted with flour, dipped in beaten egg,  coated with a mixture of Italian breadcrumbs and fresh Parmesan cheese, and then fried until crispy and golden brown. They pair beautifully with a… Read more »

Oval white dish filled with Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots is an easy and impressive side dish that pairs with most entrées and is perfect for buffets, potlucks or picnics. The deep, rich sweetness of caramelized shallots are the perfect match for roasted green beans tossed in a light sauce of olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard. The… Read more »

Copper skillet filled with Corn and Prosciutto Salad

Corn and Prosciutto Salad

A quick and easy way to prepare fresh corn – a Corn and Prosciutto Salad! One of my favorite foods in summer is fresh corn. Here in Colorado, we have wonderful corn from the town of Olathe — sweet, juicy and tender. This fast, delicious Corn and Prosciutto Salad recipe comes from good friend Kathy… 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 »

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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