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Dark Chocolate Sorbet

I created this dessert for a casual dinner party menu that needed to be completely dairy-free because one of our guests was lactose intolerant. It is a combination of the chocolate sorbet recipes from two great chefs whom I admire, Ina Garten (aka Barefoot Contessa) and David Lebovitz, with a few of my own touches… Read more »

Couscous Pizza with Sausage & Artichokes

The other night I had some leftover Ginger Couscous (recipe is in our cookbook) and decided it might be fun to make a pizza crust with it. I’ve seen rice crusts, and thought couscous just might work – and it did! You can put just about any topping on this crust, and you can make… Read more »

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Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto Recipe

Easy, elegant and impressive, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus is the perfect make ahead side dish you can pop in the oven 10 minutes before serving. While many recipes for asparagus bundles call for bacon, I prefer making them with prosciutto. I find that, when using bacon, by the time it’s cooked the asparagus is often overdone…. Read more »

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Tomato Cucumber Salad & Yogurt-Herb Dressing

My Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt-Herb Dressing is perfect for when gardens are overflowing with fresh tomatoes and herbs! One fall, my husband Robert and I had a divine two week vacation in southern France and northern Spain. A highlight of our trip was staying at the fabulous home of good friends, near Biarritz…. Read more »

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Salmon and Vegetables en Papillote

Salmon and Vegetables en Papillote is a scrumptious, impressive and easy way to serve moist fresh salmon filets! We love cooking fish en papillote, which simply means wrapping it in a parchment paper or foil package and then baking it. For this recipe, fresh salmon fillets are combined with a medley of julienne vegetables (carrots,… Read more »

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Breakfast Tostadas

I am always looking for new, creative breakfast ideas using eggs to make for my husband Robert, instead of the same ol’ scrambled eggs. Living in Colorado, with a father who grew up in Arizona, my palate tends to gravitate toward Mexican inspired dishes. One morning I created these tostadas, which come together in a… Read more »

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Curried Chicken Pasta Salad

What could be better on a hot summer day than a cool and refreshing summer salad of roasted chicken, pasta, apple and celery tossed with a delicious mango-curry sauce. Another timeless recipe out of my mom’s recipe box that never disappoints. It is one of our favorites to take to outdoor summer concerts at the… Read more »

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Dorothy’s Potato Salad

Anyone can make potato salad, but few can master the recipe like Dorothy Hartwell did in Dorothy’s Potato Salad! It’s the perfect blend of flavors and textures – tangy, eggy and crunchy while a bit creamy. This potato salad recipe comes from Dorothy Hartwell, the mother of my childhood best friend Katey. Katey and I… Read more »

Individual Plum Tarts

Individual Plum Tarts are a light and impressive dessert. Using only 8 ingredients – including frozen puff pastry – these rustic little galettes are surprisingly quick and easy to prepare! My husband Robert and I often venture to Mexico to spend time with my childhood friend Katey Hartwell. One evening while we were there, a neighbor… 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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