Mexican-Black-Bean-Tomato-Corn-Salsa-recipe

Mexican Black Bean, Tomato and Corn Salsa

Mexican Black Bean, Tomato and Corn Salsa – a wonderfully fresh and scrumptious mix of  flavors that can be served as a dip or in one-bite servings. I’m always looking for fun, new dishes to prepare that utilize local fresh produce. Here in Denver, at our summer farmers’ markets I find lots of juicy tomatoes,… Read more »

Large mason jars filled with Layered Salmon Salad With Avocado Dressing

Layered Salmon Salad with Avocado Dressing

Layered Salmon Salad with Avocado Dressing is an elegant, fresh and flexible dish that can be layered in a pretty glass bowl, or in large mason jars for a picnic. Warm summer evenings are the perfect time to serve a main dish salad for dinner, and since preparing Layered Salmon Salad with Avocado Dressing doesn’t… Read more »

Quick Shrimp Scampi Three Ways

Same ingredients, three different quick and easy ways to prepare super flavorful Shrimp Scampi! I have been eating some version of shrimp scampi since I was a little girl, and have always loved it. Not surprising, since I love most dishes with butter and garlic in them! When getting ready to share my recipe for… Read more »

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Mustard-Dill Sauce

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Mustard-Dill Sauce is a scrumptious, lighter version of traditional Eggs Benedict. Plus, the sauce is much easier to prepare than Hollandaise! Recently, I started poaching eggs instead of frying them, as I prefer the more delicate texture of a poached egg. One morning as I was debating how to serve… Read more »

Pavlova with Fresh Berries

Light and airy while still full of flavor, Pavlova with Fresh Berries is the perfect end to a spring or summer meal! My mom Sally was first introduced to Pavlova with Fresh Berries – named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova – by friends in Australia. Comprised of a sweet meringue base topped with flavored… Read more »

Baked fish on shredded lettuce topped with mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and parsley

Baked Fish on Lettuce

OK, I know it sounds strange – baking fish on lettuce? Really? I can promise you that it’s delicious! This recipe has been around for many years, yet I still have friends who ask for it when they come to dinner. Despite its simplicity, it’s very impressive looking, especially if you bake it in an… Read more »

Pimiento Cheese Spread in a white bowl with celery sticks and crackers

Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread

Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread – another scrumptious, versatile recipe from Mom! Mom loved pimiento cheese and made her Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread often, sometimes just for our family to enjoy. She never measured the ingredients, just mixed them to taste. This is my version of her “recipe”. I add cayenne pepper to give it a… Read more »

Shepards pie topped with mashed potatoes in a pewter baking dish

Shepard’s Pie

I created this Shepard’s Pie recipe one night when I was looking for something to do with leftover Mashed Potatoes with Parsley and Chives. It was a cold, snowy night in Denver, and comfort food seemed the perfect thing to warm us up! Robert loves this flavorful, hearty dish. I make it with a mixture… Read more »

white plate with Mom's Corned Beef and Cabbage

Mom’s Corned Beef & Cabbage

Mom’s Corned Beef and Cabbage is full of flavor, due to slow-and-low braising of the brisket in a flavorful broth, combined with a delicious glaze of mustard, brown sugar and cloves. Potatoes, carrots and cabbage are cooked in the meat broth, infusing them with onion, garlic, clove and corned beef flavors. St. Patrick’s Day is… Read more »

parchment paper filled with Roasted Fresh Tomatoes

Roasting Fresh Tomatoes

Delicious tomatoes in the dead of winter? Why, yes – roasting fresh ones is the key. Do you love fresh tomatoes in your salads, but are frustrated by the lack of flavor and bland color of out-of-season (or store-bought) tomatoes? Well, look no further! I have found that roasting Italian (or Roma or plum) tomatoes… Read more »

Lee Clayton Roper

Welcome!

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!
Learn More