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Vegetable Couscous Recipe

Looking for a fresh, healthy and fabulous side dish? Well, you’ve come to the right place! This Vegetable Couscous is full of vibrant flavors and textures. Earthy couscous is toasted to bring out its nutty flavor, then tossed together with fresh spinach, peas, mushrooms, onions, jicama and mozzarella. It’s all topped off with a bright… Read more »

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Tarragon Chicken Salad

Tarragon Chicken Salad is a unique twist on the iconic deli chicken salad, adding in complementary fresh ingredients as well as offering two elegant presentations to choose from. And you can prepare it the day before serving, making it perfect for a luncheon or casual busy day dinner. What’s in Tarragon Chicken Salad One of… Read more »

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Recipe for Tomato Salad

Fresh, ripe tomatoes are in season and overflowing at farmers’ markets and in home gardens, which means it’s time to make my scrumptious and easy recipe for Tomato Salad! While there are numerous recipes in cookbooks and online featuring fresh tomatoes, what sets this tomato salad recipe apart from the rest is my mom’s Cumin… Read more »

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Grilled Ribeye Steak Recipe

Fire up your grill and get ready to make our time-tested Grilled Ribeye Steak Recipe! If you’re intimidated by grilling steaks – or want to improve your grilling prowess – you’ve come to the right place. Over the years, my home gourmet mom perfected the “art of the grill” and identified the optimal mix of… Read more »

Close up of two glasses showing individual portions of Easy Gazpacho Recipe

Easy Recipe for Gazpacho

This Easy Recipe for Gazpacho is fresh, vibrant and tastes like summer! A tomato-based, chilled soup traditionally accented with a blend of fresh vegetables and vinegar, Gazpacho is the perfect starter for an alfresco summer dinner. And, this particular Gazpacho recipe is tried and true, having been passed down to my good friend Jeanne Saunders… Read more »

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Lemon Pudding Cakes Recipe

Sweet, tangy and pillowy light, my grandmother Nama’s pretty little Lemon Pudding Cakes are a refreshing way to end any meal. They’re made with just one easy batter that magically forms into two layers when baked – moist lemon cake on top with creamy lemon pudding below, resulting in a dazzling amount of luscious lemony… Read more »

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Tuna Salad Niçoise Recipe

Tuna Salad Niçoise is an easy, elegant and impressive entrée that’s perfect for a refreshing lunch or light dinner, especially in spring and summer months. There are numerous takes on this iconic dish from southern France; my version includes tips and tricks to enhance each element, without overpowering or making the dish rich. While bursting… Read more »

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Strawberry Topping

Four ingredient, no-cook Strawberry Topping is bursting with fresh, ripe berry flavor that easily dresses up most any dessert. Adding brightness and contrast (in color, flavor and texture), this vivid strawberry sauce is delightful ladled over ice cream, angel food cake, short cake, pound cake, even lemon bread. It’s amazing on waffles and pancakes, too!… Read more »

A single serving of Pistachio Crusted Fish, sitting on a light green plate that's on a cutting board.

Pistachio Crusted Fish

Flavorful, moist and flaky, Pistachio Crusted Fish comes together quickly – less than 20 minutes, beginning to end! Brown sugar and chopped pistachios combine to form a luscious crunchy topping, dill adds a warm, slightly grassy tone, and lemon juice provides tangy added moisture. Altogether, this delectable, no-breadcrumb topping provides the ideal texture and flavor… Read more »

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Lamb Curry Recipe

Rich in flavor while not heavy, this divine Lamb Curry Recipe has been a Clayton family favorite for years. Both savory and sweet, curry powder, marjoram, thyme, beef stock and red wine give the sauce a warm, deep and earthy flavor. Apple, green pepper, onion, coconut and raisins provide contrasting sweetness. And, fresh lemon juice… 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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