White dish filled with Country Ham Cheese Spread

Country Ham Cheese Spread

Scrumptious Country Ham Cheese Spread is a bit salty, a bit creamy – and is quick and easy to prepare, with only 4 ingredients! Country ham is another traditional food from Kentucky adopted by our family.  My mom, who was born and raised in Kentucky, insisted it be served at every major holiday celebration. There… Read more »

White bowl filled with Taco Salad Dip

Taco Salad Dip

A variation of the well-known Seven Layer Dip, this Taco Salad Dip has no refried beans or meat and is a snap to put together! My first job out of college was as a Media Planner for Campbell-Mithun advertising in Minneapolis, MN. For a year I lived with two co-workers, one of whom gave me… Read more »

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Cheese Grits Soufflé

A Kentucky native, my mother Sally loved grits. What good Southerner doesn’t? My favorite grits recipes include some variety of cheese as a key ingredient. My cousin Beth Kidwell’s daughter Sarah created this delicious Cheese Grits Soufflé. Lighter than traditional cheese grits, it’s still full of flavor — and pretty enough to serve at a… Read more »

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Cheese Truffles!

Cheese Truffles are an easy and elegant way to turn the traditional cheese ball appetizer into two-bite canapés. I first made these cheese truffles for a cocktail party my husband Robert and I hosted a few months ago to bless our airstream. It was really an excuse for a party – and also a way… Read more »

Sally’s Smoked Trout Paté

My mom Sally’s Smoked Trout Paté adds just 4 readily available ingredients to smoked trout – and the resulting paté is smooth, bright and fresh. I like to serve it packed in a pretty bowl, mounded on a plate, or as canapés (pictured). Growing up in a Colorado household with three fly fishermen – Dad,… Read more »

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Zucchini Soup with Turkey and Cheddar Panini

Robert and I love enjoying a warm bowl of soup alongside a delicious sandwich for a casual Sunday supper. I particularly love this Zucchini Soup because it is actually healthy (low in fat and carbs), a snap to put together – and, best of all, scrumptious! We enjoy it together with a Turkey, Chutney and… Read more »

Tomato and Prosciutto Salad

A great recipe for using up the rest of those delicious tomatoes from your garden! I love fresh tomatoes, and am always looking for new ways to serve them. This easy recipe has a wonderful combination of flavors. I think it looks the prettiest if you use a combination of different color tomatoes.  

Blueberry and Peach custard pie with fresh peaches and blueberries on the side

Blueberry-Peach Custard Pie

In this scrumptious and colorful Blueberry Peach Custard Pie, fresh seasonal fruits are combined together with a tangy, creamy, yogurt-based custard for a perfect summer dessert! This delicious recipe came from my dear friend Catherine Petros, and appears in my cookbook “Fresh Tastes.” The book’s recipe testers loved how the tangy, creamy, buttery flavor of the… Read more »

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Tomato Bruschetta Topping

It’s that time of year when our gardens and farmer’s markets start to be full of delicious fresh tomatoes, and we are all looking for new and different recipes to try (especially my friend Dona Johnson!). Last fall I decided to do something I hadn’t done in years – can! Canning really isn’t all that… 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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