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Chopped Salad with Apples, Pecans and Feta Cheese

Fall is in the air – time for apples! I’m always looking for new ways to use them, especially raw because I love the juicy crunch they provide to a dish. That’s why I came up with this quick and easy recipe for Chopped Salad with Apple, Pecans and Feta Cheese. I have to admit,… Read more »

round white shallow bowl filled with Chicken, Artichoke Hearts, Quinoa and Brown Rice Salad

Chicken, Artichoke Hearts, Quinoa and Brown Rice Salad

Earthy, flavorful and colorful, Chicken, Artichoke Hearts, Quinoa and Brown Rice Salad is easy to prepare and oh, so delicious! I have to admit, I love quinoa. While most people think it’s a grain, it’s actually a seed! And they grow it right here in Colorado (among other places). It has a nutty flavor that… Read more »

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Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini

Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini is a fresh, light, flavorful and unusual make ahead appetizer. This recipe for these delectable Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini came to me from good friend Missy Glauch. Peas, basil, mint, jalapeño pepper, ricotta cheese and olive oil are quickly blended together in a food processor or blender…. Read more »

Crab and Shrimp Salad with Curry-Chutney Dressing

Crab and Shrimp Salad with Curry-Chutney Dressing is refreshing, light and super flavorful! This Crab and Shrimp Salad is a winner — according to my husband Robert and several of our friends! My friend Diane Reeder thought it would be fun for the two of us to cook together, so one summer evening, she invited… Read more »

Square plate with a stack of Cheesecake Squares cookies

Cheesecake Squares

These easy to prepare Cheesecake Squares are full of luscious flavors, calling for chopped pecans instead of graham cracker crumbs in the crust, and lemon juice and zest in the batter. Yum! Growing up, everyone loved my mom’s Cheesecake Squares cookies. Unfortunately, the recipe was lost somewhere during the process of compiling my first cookbook… Read more »

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Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Peppers and Onions

Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Peppers and Onions has all the flavors of fajitas in a healthier, more elegant dish. I love the flavors in Tex-Mex fajitas – grilled protein (meat, poultry or shrimp) combined with grilled onions and peppers and served with tortillas, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. One day I decided to create a… Read more »

Siver cups filled with Veggie Fries in a napkin, with Lemon-Garlic Aioli on the side

Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli are a wonderful alternative to French fries. Veggie Fries – large Portobello mushroom and zucchini wedges are dusted with flour, dipped in beaten egg,  coated with a mixture of Italian breadcrumbs and fresh Parmesan cheese, and then fried until crispy and golden brown. They pair beautifully with a lemon and… Read more »

Chicken and Orzo Salad with Peanut Dressing

Chicken and Orzo Salad with Peanut Dressing – a quick and easy, super flavorful pasta salad. This chicken and orzo salad is super quick and super easy to prepare – and is super delicious, too! While the orzo is cooking, chop the roast chicken, green onions, cilantro and jalapeño pepper. Then, while the pasta is… Read more »

Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini

Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini – these little bites are colorful, beautiful and super easy to prepare. Festive red tomatoes and toasted pine nuts top vibrant green pesto, making these Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini bright and appealing. As always, the quality of the ingredients is the key to this simple recipe. When… Read more »

rack-of-lamb-with-nut-crust-recipe

Rack of Lamb with Nut Crust

Rack of Lamb with Nut Crust – an easy, elegant entrée. I love lamb, especially rack of lamb. It really is very easy to make and so impressive at a dinner party. The key is to make sure that the racks are “frenched” or “trimmed” – it will cook better, and look better. So, what… 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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