Plate of Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille and orzo

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille is an easy to prepare dish that combines sausage meatballs with the Mediterranean flavors of eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, tomato, onion, garlic and basil.   My cousin Barb Keller, whom I refer to as the queen of the crockpot, was nice enough to share this delicious recipe for Slow Cooker Mediterranean… Read more »

bowl of Cannellini Dip with Truffle Oil on a board with pita chips

Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil

Woodsy, earthy truffle oil is the perfect complement to nutty and mild cannellini beans in this elegant, easy and impressive Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil.   Years ago, my first trip to Italy took me to Rome and Umbria, together with my childhood best friend (and travel agent extraordinaire) Katey Hartwell. It just so… Read more »

two braised chicken thighs with olives and artichoke hearts in a shallow bowl

Braised Chicken with Olives and Artichokes

Tender braised chicken is accented with Mediterranean flavors in this mouth-watering Braised Chicken with Olives and Artichokes recipe.   I love braised chicken – a traditional cooking method in which chicken pieces are browned and then simmered, covered, in liquid (usually wine and/or stock). The result is super moist, flavorful and colorful chicken. Browning the… Read more »

White ceramiv bowl filled with Italian Popovers

Italian Popovers

Popovers are a light, flavorful and impressive side dish, but require using a special pan. Not these popovers! Mom’s delicious Italian Popovers can be baked in muffin tins.   Another scrumptious recipe from mom’s files! Prosciutto, Fontina cheese and green onion are baked into puffy popovers — yum! Popovers can be a bit intimidating and… Read more »

Mini Meatloaves Wrapped In Prosciutto, one sliced, on a white platter

Mini Meatloaves Wrapped in Prosciutto

Mini Meatloaves Wrapped in Prosciutto are impressive little bundles of warmth and deliciousness – tender and moist on the inside, golden on the outside. What says “cozy family dinner” better than meatloaf and mashed potatoes? It warms us up from the inside out. I have several favorite meatloaf recipes – like my Cajun Meatloaf –… Read more »

Swordfish fillet topped with lemon slices, lemon zest and chopped rosemary in a parhment paper packge.

Lemon-Rosemary Swordfish en Papillote

Lemon-Rosemary Swordfish en Papillote is a scrumptious, fresh and impressive entrée that’s also good for you!   I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Hawaii with my husband Robert. We were originally supposed to go last January, to celebrate my BIG birthday (those ones that end in 0), but Robert ended up having shoulder… Read more »

white oval plate with halved pears stuffed with cranberries and walnuts, topped with cinnamon whipped cream

Pears with Cranberries, Nuts and Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Pears with Cranberries, Walnuts and Cinnamon Whipped Cream is a quick and easy, impressive and scrumptious way to end any special meal!   One summer, I was invited to Vail, Colorado to teach a private cooking class for a woman who wanted to be able to prepare a few easy, elegant dinners for friends. She… Read more »

White bowl with Healthy Broccoli Soup topped with Potato Croutons, red onion and Parmesan

Healthy Broccoli Soup with Potato Croutons

Healthy Broccoli Soup with Potato Croutons is the perfect light and flavorful dish to add to your repertoire of good-for-you recipes! Like many folks, in January my husband Robert and I try to get back to eating healthier. Other than during the holidays (when we give ourselves a break to indulge), we tend to eat… Read more »

Sheet pan with chicken, carrots and potatoes with a mushroom sauce

Sheet Pan Chicken with Mushroom-Onion Sauce

Hearty Sheet Pan Chicken with Mushroom-Onion Sauce is a hearty, flavorful dish that will warm you up on a cold winter’s night! I enjoy making “sheet pan” recipes – those multiple ingredient dishes that are prepared all in one sheet pan (basically a rimmed cookie sheet). These recipes are definitely in my wheel house –… Read more »

White Bean and Chicken Chili in a blue bowl with a mug of beer

White Bean and Chicken Chili

White Bean and Chicken Chili is a fast alternative to traditional chilis – and is lower in calories and fat, too!   Traditional chili dishes can often take several hours to make. This lighter version takes no time at all and uses chicken and white beans instead of ground beef and kidney beans. For our… 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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