white plate with a portion of Convent Pie

Convent Pie (Cheese Soufflé with Pasta)

Light and airy, Convent Pie is basically a scrumptious cheese soufflé with pasta inside! As my friends and family can tell you, I LOVE cheese. It’s definitely one of my four main food groups! And, to me there’s nothing better than cheese soufflé. Light, airy, super cheese-y. My husband Robert’s Italian, so he loves just… Read more »

overhead shot of Rum Pumpkin Tart with a slice on the side

Rum Pumpkin Tart

Rum Pumpkin Tart is lighter, fluffier and more flavorful than a traditional pumpkin pie. The crust is comprised of gingersnap cookie crumbs, butter and rum. In addition to traditional pumpkin pie ingredients, the filling includes crystallized ginger – and more rum! One Thanksgiving, I decided to create a new pumpkin dessert that I could make in… 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 »

Red and white bowl filled with Liptauer Cheese Spread

Liptauer Cheese Spread

Liptauer Cheese Spread is creamy, cheesy, smoky, tangy and pungent – all at the same time! I first discovered amazingly delicious Liptauer Cheese at an Austrian “Heuriger” back when I spent the fall semester of my junior year studying at the Institute for European Studies (IES) in Vienna, Austria. Shortly after we all arrived in… Read more »

White platter with Caramel Cheesecake Apples

Caramel Cheesecake Apples

Caramel Cheesecake Apples combine together two of my favorite sweet treats – caramel apples and cheesecake – into one scrumptious dessert. Easy enough for every day, elegant enough for entertaining! Years ago, I was given a recipe for apples that were stuffed with a cheesecake mixture and then baked. They were delicious and I made… Read more »

white plate with a slice of Crustless Southwestern Chicken Pie

Crustless Southwestern Chicken Pie

Super quick and easy to prepare, Crustless Southwestern Chicken Pie is perfect for busy day dinner. Oh, and it’s super delicious, too! It’s Fall, and I don’t know about you, but my schedule gets even busier this time of year. So, now is when I lean toward dishes that can be assembled quickly, with minimal… Read more »

Robert’s Perfect Manhattan

Robert’s Perfect Manhattan cocktail is smoky and full-bodied, but isn’t as sweet as most – he uses rye instead of bourbon! To celebrate our anniversary one year, Robert and I visited the Palace Arms restaurant at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. Opting to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in their beautiful lobby, Robert noticed… Read more »

Copper gratin dish filled with Butternut Squash Gratin

Butternut Squash Gratin

Cooked squash is layered with sharp and flavorful Gruyere cheese, toasted baguette slices and a leek-white wine mixture in this scrumptious Butternut Squash Gratin. I especially love preparing it on a fall evening when the air turns crisp and cool. It’s almost fall, which means we’re coming into butternut squash season. Yay! I love butternut… Read more »

glass sherbet bowl filled with scoops of Peach Ice Cream

Peach Ice Cream

Fresh and creamy, Peach Ice Cream is the perfect cool treat on a warm summer day. Growing up, my brother Jim and I always looked forward to those summer days when mom would get out the ice cream maker and whip up something wonderful. One of our favorites was her Peach Ice Cream. She’d make… 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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