close up of white plate showing two slices of Easy Turkey Meatloaf, with mashed potatos and broccoli

Easy Turkey Meatloaf

Nothing says comfort food like meatloaf, and Easy Turkey Meatloaf is a healthier version of this classic dish. Swapping out fatty ground beef for lean ground turkey and using egg whites instead of whole eggs results in a lighter, lower calorie meatloaf. Adding Southwestern seasonings – including chipotle peppers in adobo, cumin and cilantro –… Read more »

close up of two bowls filled with portions of Corn and Chicken Chowder

Corn and Chicken Chowder

Creamy, thick and chunky, Corn and Chicken Chowder is the ultimate comfort food. My healthier version of this classic dish is still full of flavor, but has less sodium, calories, fat – and Weight Watchers’ points. Plus, it’s super easy to prepare with pantry ingredients! I love soups, especially chowders, which by definition are both… Read more »

Blue bowl holding Nokedli

Hungarian Dumplings (Nokedli)

Hungarian Dumplings, also known in Hungary as Nokedli or Galuska, are the perfect side to serve with my Chicken Paprikash or other hearty stews. Easy to prepare with only 4 pantry ingredients, these divine little dumplings are rustic in appearance, but delicate in flavor. Nokedli dumplings are basically a small, lighter version of egg noodles!… Read more »

Close up of blue plate holding a portion of Chicken Paprikash

Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

Delectable Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is rustic comfort food at its best. Chicken pieces are stewed until fork-tender in a richly colored, ambrosial sauce of onion, tomatoes, spicy peppers, paprika and sour cream. I’ve included directions for cooking in an Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or on your stovetop. Plus, I’ve also shared tips and tricks I… Read more »

Shell shaped dish holding an individual serving of Shrimp and Crab Gratin

Shrimp and Crab Au Gratin

Shrimp and Crab Au Gratin is a luxuriant, elegant and impressive main dish that can be prepared ahead, making it ideal for a make ahead dinner. Delicate, sweet shrimp and lump crabmeat are baked with sliced mushrooms and artichoke hearts in a velvety smooth cheese sauce spiked with sherry and mustard. This scrumptious seafood au… Read more »

Light blue cake stand holding a Sticky Ginger Cake

Sticky Ginger Cake

Intensely flavorful and super moist, Sticky Ginger Cake isn’t your typical gingerbread – and it’s super easy to prepare, too. I love the warm, earthy flavor of ginger, and this scrumptious cake has it in spades, calling for both fresh and ground. Molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon and allspice provide even more intensity to the taste…. Read more »

Narrow necked bottle filled with Cranberry Vinaigrette.

Cranberry Vinaigrette

Bold and beautiful Cranberry Vinaigrette is a quick, easy and festive way to brighten up most any holiday salad. It can be prepared with cranberry relish, chutney, sauce or even frozen cranberry cocktail! As you may have noticed, I love cranberries. Dried or fresh, in salads, bread, cookies or dessert, their bold, tangy flavor and… Read more »

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 »

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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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