Toffee-Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These Toffee-Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are a variation on the traditional Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies my mom made when I was growing up. They are chewy, chocolatey and caramel-y deliciousness! The family cookie jar Growing up, the cookie jar in our kitchen was always, and I mean always, full of delicious cookies. Most often,… Read more »

Glass bowl filled with Feta Mousse on black tray with grilled bread

Feta Mousse

Feta Mousse is a tangy, creamy, super flavorful appetizer that’s quick and easy to prepare. One evening a few years ago, while dining at Charcoal restaurant in Denver, I fell in love with their Feta Mousse appetizer. It’s no longer on the menu, but fortunately I have recreated my own version of this delectable dish…. Read more »

Blue plate filled with Quick and Easy Sauteed Asparagus

Quick and Easy Sautéed Asparagus

Quick and Easy Sautéed Asparagus is a fresh, healthy and delicious side dish that will quickly become one of your go-to recipes, especially on busy days. I can’t recall exactly how old I was when I started cooking. I know my mom gave me my first cookbook when I was around 6 or 7 years… Read more »

Blue dish filled with Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole

Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole

Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole is comfort food at its best, and is super easy to prepare. Plus, it can be made ahead of time, and even frozen, too! Lately I’ve been craving comfort foods, and in particular a casserole that my mom used to make when I was young. Noodles, beef, tomato sauce, cheese… Read more »

Herb Quick Bread

Savory and scrumptious Herb Quick Bread is easy to prepare – no yeast or electric mixer required! Just two mixing bowls, one loaf pan, a couple of whisks and a spoon along with pantry staples is all you’ll need. Herb Quick Bread is another family favorite straight out of my mom’s recipe box. Not only… Read more »

White footed soup bowl filled with Carrot Vichyssoise

Carrot Vichyssoise (Chilled Vegetable Soup)

Carrot Vichyssoise is a colorful and refreshingly smooth chilled soup that’s perfect to serve for lunch or dinner. This Carrot Vichyssoise recipe is another fabulous find from the Gordon Ranch recipe box. It’s my kind of recipe – easy to prepare with pantry ingredients. In fact, virtually all the recipes I’ve made from the Ranch… Read more »

Oval platter filled with Spiced Bacon Twists

Spiced Bacon Twists

These addictively delicious Spiced Bacon Twists are chewy, crunchy and both sweet and savory. Salty, smoky bacon is dredged in a sweet and spicy brown sugar mixture and then baked until crispy. The resulting bacon has the most wonderful caramel taste, with a bit of zing. I love, love these Spiced Bacon Twists. Super easy… Read more »

white bowl filled with Southwestern Chicken Soup with Avocado-Cheese Garnish

Southwestern Chicken Soup with Avocado-Cheese Garnish

This Southwestern Chicken Soup has a slightly spicy, uber-flavorful broth combined with tender chicken, onion, peppers, garlic, lots of spices (cumin, chili powder, coriander), corn and a surprise ingredient – hominy! It’s finished with an Avocado-Cheese garnish that both adds color and ensures this scrumptious soup will satisfy any appetite. I love the flavors of… Read more »

Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing

Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing is creamy, nutty, tangy, versatile – and super delicious! This Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing was inspired by a trip to Greece with my husband Robert. We both loved the Greek food so much that I came home and soon started playing around with creating various Greek-inspired dishes. This scrumptious Lemon Basil Tahini Dressing… Read more »

Square white plate with Toasted Bagel with Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon

Toasted Bagels with Egg Salad & Smoked Salmon

Tasty and colorful Toasted Bagels with Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon are my husband Robert’s favorite breakfast! Robert loves egg salad and smoked salmon, so combining the two in an open-faced sandwich for his breakfast one morning was a no-brainer. For the egg salad, I start with hard boiling eggs in my Instant Pot –… 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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