Broccoli with Bacon and Walnuts

Broccoli with Bacon and Walnuts – an easy, elegant, colorful side dish to accompany most any entrée. My husband Robert and I both love broccoli, and I’m always experimenting with new and different ways to prepare it. I think just about any food tastes great with bacon, so one night I came up with this… Read more »

Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam Casserole in a white baking dish

Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam Casserole

Super flavorful and delicious, Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam (or Sweet Potato) Casserole is easy to make ahead and freeze, making it a perfect Thanksgiving side dish! For some, Thanksgiving is about grand parades, football or even annual 5K morning runs. But, for the Clayton family – it’s always been about the favorite foods that… Read more »

Cannellini-bean-bruschetta-recipe

Cannellini Bean Bruschetta

Cannellini Bean Bruschetta – earthy, flavorful, easy to prepare and beautiful on the plate! I served these Cannellini Bean Bruschetta as a first course to some vegetarian friends of mine in Amsterdam, and they were a big hit. Deceptively simple, yet delicious! A four-ingredient purée of cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil is… Read more »

Perfect-sidecar-cocktail-recipe

Perfect Sidecar Cocktail

Sidecar Cocktails are both delicious and deceptively easy to prepare, calling for only three ingredients. There are a few tricks to preparing them properly, which come from my good friends Deborah Shaw and Joan Perlow – and I’m sharing them with you now! A Sidecar is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 1920s,… Read more »

roasted-root-vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables

I love Roasted Root Vegetables, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint – easy to prepare, great flavor and beautiful on the plate. I love roasted vegetables of any kind. In fact, in my first cookbook, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®, there is a page that provides directions on how to roast everything from asparagus to green beans to… Read more »

parmesan-mustard-sauce-recipe

Parmesan-Mustard Sauce

Two of my favorite ingredients are combined together in this flavorful Parmesan-Mustard Sauce.   I think that both dijon mustard and Parmesan cheese are the perfect complement to almost any vegetable. So, one night when I wanted to jazz up my Roasted Root Vegetables a bit, I created this sauce. A delicious combination of thickened… Read more »

stuffed-acorn-squash-with chicken-sausage-recipe

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chicken Sausage, Quinoa and Peppers

A scrumptious dish to enjoy the flavors of Fall – Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chicken Sausage, Quinoa and Peppers. I love the foods of Fall – apples, pumpkin, and squash to name a few. I am especially partial to squash – spaghetti, butternut, kabocha, acorn . . . pretty much all of them! Pretty acorn… Read more »

Individual Butterscotch Pies

These small muffin-sized Individual Butterscotch Pies are adorable and, well, absolutely heavenly. I am in love with these Individual Butterscotch Pies! Why, you ask? Well, simply put – the crust is light and flaky (due to the addition of baking powder) and the filling rich and delicious. Many people don’t like to make mini pies… Read more »

Italian-Sausage-Spinach-Orzo-Soup-recipe

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Orzo Soup

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Orzo Soup is quick and easy to prepare from items usually on hand (with limited chopping!) and loaded with flavor. Now that it’s Fall, it’s officially soup season. Yay! I love soups. My favorite way to warm up on a cold and rainy night is to curl up in front of… Read more »

green ruffled plate filled with Grandma Clayton's Sand Tarts

Grandma Clayton’s Sand Tarts

Grandma Clayton’s Sand Tarts – butter cookies filled with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. Yum! September 21st is National Pecan Cookie Day! My absolute favorite pecan cookies are my maternal grandmother’s Sand Tarts – scrumptious butter cookies filled with chopped pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. With only 6 ingredients, these tasty morsels are… 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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