Peppermint Ice Cream and Chocolate Squares

I love peppermint anything, especially when mixed with chocolate! This dessert was a favorite of my mom – a vanilla cookie crust, topped with a fluffy chocolate sauce and ice cream. Mom liked to make it with vanilla or coffee ice cream; I’m partial to peppermint ice cream, especially around the holidays when it’s more… Read more »

martini glass filled with a Frozen Brandy Alexander

Frozen Brandy Alexander

Robert and I love Frozen Brandy Alexanders – it’s like dessert in a wine (or martini) glass! In fact, we like them so much that we served them in shot glasses at our wedding reception. They are an easy, make ahead drink/dessert that is made with readily available ingredients – perfect for a special celebration…. Read more »

Spinach Farfalle Bolognese

Mom’s Spinach Farfalle Bolognese is sophisticated comfort food at its best! When I was growing up, my Dad’s two sisters lived in Denver and their families all came to our house for Christmas Eve dinner. Every year Mom always made this scrumptious Spinach Farfalle Bolognese casserole. Why? Well, because (1) it’s a crowd pleaser, (2)… Read more »

Glass mug filled with a Snowblower Cocktail

Snowblower Cocktail

I found this recipe for a Snowblower Cocktail in one of mom’s kitchen files, which was surprising, since she wasn’t one for serving specialty cocktails. However, I’m so happy I found it, because it’s the perfect warm pick-me-up on a cold winter evening. Cranberry juice and apple cider are steeped in cinnamon and cloves, then… Read more »

White platter with Leftover Thanksgiving Stuffing and Gravy Eggs Benedict

Leftover Thanksgiving Stuffing and Gravy Eggs Benedict

Leftover Thanksgiving Stuffing and Gravy Eggs Benedict – a quick and easy, creative way to use up those holiday leftovers! There are a zillion recipes out there for using leftover Thanksgiving turkey, but few for leftover stuffing. I love stuffing and always seem to have some left after turkey day. So, one year I came… Read more »

Oval white dish filled with Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots is an easy and impressive side dish that pairs with most entrées and is perfect for buffets, potlucks or picnics. The deep, rich sweetness of caramelized shallots are the perfect match for roasted green beans tossed in a light sauce of olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard. The… Read more »

Banana Yogurt Pancakes

These Banana Yogurt Pancakes are scrumptious, easy to prepare – and healthy, too! Who doesn’t love pancakes? Believe it or not, they are really very quick and easy to prepare from scratch – in the same amount of time it takes to fry a couple of eggs! In this recipe, Greek yogurt, mashed bananas, sugar,… Read more »

Bundt Apple Cake on a glass cake stand with flowers

Apple Cake

Mom’s Apple Cake is moist, spicy, beautiful – oh, and delicious, too! My brother Jim and I always loved Mom’s Apple Cake as kids – and we both still love it today! The combination of tart apples with sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg is heavenly. Dark, rich, flavorful – and beautiful to present. I… Read more »

Copper skillet filled with Corn and Prosciutto Salad

Corn and Prosciutto Salad

A quick and easy way to prepare fresh corn – a Corn and Prosciutto Salad! One of my favorite foods in summer is fresh corn. Here in Colorado, we have wonderful corn from the town of Olathe — sweet, juicy and tender. This fast, delicious Corn and Prosciutto Salad recipe comes from good friend Kathy… Read more »

Green platter filled with Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

I love these Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon – they are so fresh and full of flavor, and so easy to prepare! My mom often served stuffed tomatoes as part of a dinner party menu. When prepared properly, stuffed tomatoes are not only delicious they are also pretty on the plate, adding… 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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