Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette pouring out of a white pitcher

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Easy, elegant and full of flavors, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette is a favorite of mine to serve in fall and winter months. Crisp, fresh greens are topped with juicy, sweet pear slices, tangy goat cheese crumbles, crunchy candied walnuts and sweet-tart dried cranberries. It’s finished off with a few slices of… Read more »

three slices of Anise Bread on a red square plate; full loaf to the right

Anise Bread

Looking for a totally unique, scrumptious, savory bread to serve at your next gathering? Then this Anise Bread‘s for you. This distinctive bread is different than any you’ve ever had – unless, of course, you enjoyed it at my or my mom’s house! A crisp, brown crust flecked with sesame seeds surrounds a moist interior… Read more »

Blue bowl filled with Mushroom Pâté, with toasted baguette slices on the side

Mushroom Pâté

Earthy and savory, luxurious Mushroom Pâté will soon be part of your regular recipe rotation. Made with dense, meaty cremini mushrooms (baby portabella), it’s easy to prepare, too! And, this scrumptious vegetarian pâté is so full of deep umami flavors, even your meat-eating friends will love it. One night, I had guests coming in from… Read more »

clear glass filled with Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

A marriage of guacamole and salsa verde, Tomatillo Avocado Sauce is silky smooth in texture, tangy in flavor, with a bit of spice. It’s also quick and easy to prepare, with roasted jalapenos or green chiles. Serve it with grilled shrimp, fish, chicken or pork – or simply as a dip with tortilla chips. My… Read more »

single serving of Corn Pudding with remainder of dish in the background

Southern Corn Pudding

If you love corn, then my family’s Southern Corn Pudding recipe is definitely for you. Moist and fluffy with a golden brown and slightly crispy top, it’s perfection in every bite. And, it’s easy to prepare with fresh, available ingredients – no canned creamed corn or boxed cornbread mix here. Plus, our Corn Pudding recipe… Read more »

Blue plate showing Korean BBQ Beef over brown rice. plate is sitting on a napkin

Korean BBQ Beef

Easy to prepare, Korean BBQ Beef is the perfect choice for busy day dinner. My cousin Dave’s recipe is full of Asian flavors (think soy, sesame, ginger, garlic) that perfectly complement thinly sliced beef. And, no grill, wok or other special equipment needed – just a skillet or sauté pan and you’re good to go!… Read more »

white platter showing Pesto Chicken and Vegetables with Pasta

Pesto Chicken with Pasta

Aromatic and fresh, Pesto Chicken and Vegetables with Pasta will soon become another one of your favorite “go-to” recipes. Easy to prepare in under 25 minutes, this pesto chicken pasta recipe is extremely versatile. Switch out the vegetables to what’s in season. Use whatever size and shape pasta is in your pantry. And, I provide… Read more »

White bowl filled with Pesto Genovese

Pesto Genovese (Homemade Basil Pesto)

You may already have several recipes for homemade pesto, but trust me, this Pesto Genovese is worth a try. It’s an award-winning family recipe direct from an Italian chef raised in Genoa, and relies on a unique preparation method to ensure it comes out scrumptious, vibrant and silky smooth! An aromatic, vibrant and fresh pasta… Read more »

Mini Cheddar Dill Scones

Whether you are a pro at making scones or this is your first time, my super easy Mini Cheddar-Dill Scones recipe is for you. When filled with slices of smoked salmon, these moist and buttery scones make a unique, impressive two-bite appetizer. And, my step-by-step instructions ensure these scrumptious scones come out perfect, every time!… Read more »

white place showing a slice of Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato Pie is a popular summer dish that pays homage to sweet, flavorful, vine-ripened tomatoes. Our version updates this iconic dish, adding in more flavor-enhancing ingredients and modifying the preparation method to ensure those juicy fresh tomatoes don’t make the pie soggy! What’s in This Southern Tomato Pie? Our version of this scrumptious dish… 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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