tuna, white bean, tomatoes and basil salad

Tuna, White Bean and Tomato Salad

Tuna, White Bean and Tomato Salad is a scrumptious, colorful dish that comes together quickly and is perfect for lunch or a light dinner! This tasty Tuna, White Bean and Tomato Salad can be prepared literally in around 15 minutes. There are many versions of this classic Italian dish that tosses tuna, white (cannellini) beans,… Read more »

Ham, Cheese and Spinach Torte with piece in front

Ham, Cheese and Spinach Torte

Ham, Cheese and Spinach Torte is a colorful dish layered with lots of flavor, and is so versatile it can be served for lunch, brunch or dinner! The other day I was perusing recipes from my mom’s collection and discovered that there were two cards with the exact same dish – one in mom’s handwriting,… Read more »

Grilled peach halves and sliced Mozzarella cheese on top of baby arugula salad

Grilled Peach and Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Grilled Peach and Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Salad is a fresh and colorful side dish that’s perfect to serve on warm summer days! Peaches are starting to come into season. And, peaches grown right here in Colorado are the BEST – so juicy and flavorful. There’s a reason the Obama White House always ordered up peaches… Read more »

Blueberry Cake on a cake stand with a slice of cake

Blueberry Delight Cake with Crumb Topping

This Blueberry Delight Cake with Crumb Topping definitely lives up to its delightful name! It’s chock-a-block full of fresh juicy blueberries that are nestled in a super moist and flavorful cake batter. My mom would have loved this recipe, because it’s right up her alley – easy to prepare with readily available ingredients, beautiful to… Read more »

Onion Parmesan Toasts on white platter

Onion Parmesan Toasts

Onion Parmesan Toasts are the perfect, from-your-pantry/refrigerator appetizer to serve at your next gathering! These little one-bite appetizers are the perfect starter for almost any dinner. Super easy to prepare, they use ingredients that you are likely to have on hand – cream cheese, butter, mayonnaise, green onions, Parmesan cheese, Tabasco sauce and Melba round… Read more »

sauteed shrimp and vegetables atop crispy corn tortillas

Shrimp Tostadas

In this recipe for Shrimp Tostadas, sautéed shrimp, mushrooms and onions are layered atop crispy corn tortillas, along with salsa-flavored cream cheese, fresh guacamole, shredded cheese and lettuce. A fresh, colorful and easy weeknight dinner! One time Robert and I were invited to a local benefit where corn tortillas were being made from scratch during… Read more »

Grilled chicken breasts topped with caramelized red onion

Grilled Chicken with Caramelized Red Onions

Light Lemon-Mustard Grilled Chicken pairs perfectly with deeply colored, richly flavored Caramelized Red Onions in this super delicious entrée.   I love this dish for so many reasons. First, it’s absolutely scrumptious! The chicken is so flavorful; the combination of Dijon mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and garlic is amazing. And the onions aren’t just… Read more »

Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Crème

Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Crème are a cool, creamy, lemon-y dessert that’s perfect for sultry summer evenings! Smooth as velvet, this timeless make-ahead recipe from mom’s collection is another crowd pleaser. Mom took a basic cheesecake recipe, added layers of lemon flavor (zest and juice) and whipped evaporated milk, then froze it in a… Read more »

stir fry chicken, pea pods, almonds, green onion and rice arranged in a flat bowl

Healthy Chicken Stir Fry

Healthy Chicken Stir Fry uses a limited amount of oil to cook a fresh, flavorful and colorful mixture of chicken, pea pods, almonds and green onion. Growing up, my mom frequently made some version of stir-fried chicken for the family on busy weeknights. The stir-fry method fit mom’s style of cooking to a T –… Read more »

Poached salmon garnished with lemon slice and dill, with a side of cucumber dill sauce

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Pretty Poached Salmon with a flavorful Cucumber-Dill Sauce is the perfect make ahead entrée for a spring (or summer!) luncheon or dinner party. I love serving salmon when entertaining – most of our friends and family like it, plus it’s very versatile, easy to prepare, and super delicious. In fact, I have several recipes (including… 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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