Wooden plate with sliced Sausage and Spinach Torte, alongside a wedge of cheese

Sausage and Spinach Torte

Sausage and Spinach Torte is sophisticated in flavor, tempting to look at, and the perfect main dish for a picnic, lunch or light dinner. Sausage and Spinach Torte is a basically a super flavorful meatloaf that’s served at room temperature. It was a favorite recipe of my mom. She loved serving it at picnics, Botanic… Read more »

Grilled Tarragon Chicken with Pasta, Pecans and Spring Greens

Grilled Tarragon Chicken with Pasta, Pecans and Spring Greens is a scrumptious one-dish salad that’s full of delicious flavors – and perfect for warm summer evenings! OK, so this recipe’s name is a mouthful (and I didn’t even include the Pecan-Tarragon Pesto Dressing in the name!) which is consistent with the salad itself, as it’s… 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 »

Blue bowl filled with Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip, sitting on a white platter with tortilla chips

Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip

Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip is a creamy, slightly spicy appetizer – that’s also quick and easy to prepare! I love artichokes, and have since I was a little girl. I have several artichoke dip recipes in my files, and this one is a favorite. Artichoke hearts are combined with jalapeno pepper for a bit… Read more »

Fish shaped blue platter with Halibut with Celery Root Purée and Tomato Garnish.

Halibut with Celery Root Purée and Tomato Garnish

No, that’s not mashed potatoes sitting under this scrumptious Halibut and Tomato Garnish – it’s Celery Root Purée! I love cooking halibut because it’s such a mild and flaky fish. It’s also super flexible and can be prepared numerous ways. This Halibut with Celery Root Purée and Tomato Garnish was adapted from a recipe that… 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… Read more »

Narrow rectangular white platter filled with Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Mozzarella Sticks

Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Mozzarella Sticks

Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Mozzarella Sticks are a quick, easy, 3-ingredient appetizer that everyone loves!   One evening when Robert and I were at our mountain home, we had an impromptu cocktail gathering with a few friends. I quickly went to my kitchen in search of something to serve, and pulled out some prosciutto and cheese to… 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… Read more »

white plate with Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breassts

Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breasts

These moist and tangy Grilled Rosemary-Dijon Chicken Breasts are perfect summer fare, and are also easy to prepare! I include directions for just grilling the breasts, or initially cooking them in a sous vide and then finishing them on the grill. Either way, these chicken breasts are the bomb!   The fresh flavor of these… 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 »

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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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