White platter with Caramel Cheesecake Apples

Caramel Cheesecake Apples

Caramel Cheesecake Apples combine together two of my favorite sweet treats – caramel apples and cheesecake – into one scrumptious dessert. Easy enough for every day, elegant enough for entertaining! Years ago, I was given a recipe for apples that were stuffed with a cheesecake mixture and then baked. They were delicious and I made… Read more »

white plate with a slice of Crustless Southwestern Chicken Pie

Crustless Southwestern Chicken Pie

Super quick and easy to prepare, Crustless Southwestern Chicken Pie is perfect for busy day dinner. Oh, and it’s super delicious, too! It’s Fall, and I don’t know about you, but my schedule gets even busier this time of year. So, now is when I lean toward dishes that can be assembled quickly, with minimal… Read more »

Robert’s Perfect Manhattan

Robert’s Perfect Manhattan cocktail is smoky and full-bodied, but isn’t as sweet as most – he uses rye instead of bourbon! To celebrate our anniversary one year, Robert and I visited the Palace Arms restaurant at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. Opting to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in their beautiful lobby, Robert noticed… Read more »

Copper gratin dish filled with Butternut Squash Gratin

Butternut Squash Gratin

Cooked squash is layered with sharp and flavorful Gruyere cheese, toasted baguette slices and a leek-white wine mixture in this scrumptious Butternut Squash Gratin. I especially love preparing it on a fall evening when the air turns crisp and cool. It’s almost fall, which means we’re coming into butternut squash season. Yay! I love butternut… Read more »

glass sherbet bowl filled with scoops of Peach Ice Cream

Peach Ice Cream

Fresh and creamy, Peach Ice Cream is the perfect cool treat on a warm summer day. Growing up, my brother Jim and I always looked forward to those summer days when mom would get out the ice cream maker and whip up something wonderful. One of our favorites was her Peach Ice Cream. She’d make… Read more »

Rowes of Curried Chicken Bites

Curried Chicken Bites

Curried Chicken Bites pack a super-flavorful mixture of both sweet (mango chutney) and savory (chicken, onions, almonds) flavors into bright red cherry tomatoes. the result is a scrumptious two-bite appetizer that’s sure to please! Okay, so I love cooking with curry, as did my mom. If you own either of my cookbooks (A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®… Read more »

Light blue cups filled with Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce is a scrumptious, colorful, vegetarian alternative to eggs benedict, and is perfect for a special breakfast or brunch! This recipe for Baked Eggs in Tomatoes came from good friend and fabulous cook Lou Raders. She created it when she was hosting a baby shower for her… Read more »

Square blue plate filled with Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad is a fun, fresh side dish that’s perfect for end-of-summer! I love August, because our gardens, farmer’s markets – even grocery stores – are overflowing with fresh, scrumptious produce. Juicy, vibrant red tomatoes are everywhere you turn. Bins are overflowing with large and small squash, both dark green (zucchini)… Read more »

White platters filled with Braised Baby BBQ Sauce

Braised Baby Back Ribs with Zesty BBQ Sauce

These Braised Baby Back Ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and the Zesty BBQ Sauce is amazingly delicious! A bit sharp, a bit sweet, a bit spicy – these ribs and sauce will make your taste buds sing! I love ribs – and I have my favorite short rib recipes (“Fall Off The Bone Short Ribs” in… Read more »

White plate filled with Chicken,Blueberry and Mango Salad

Chicken, Blueberry and Mango Salad

Chicken, Blueberry and Mango Salad with Mango Vinaigrette just tastes like summer, and is a light and refreshing dish to enjoy on warm evenings! Chicken, Blueberry and Mango Salad was a late addition to my cookbook Fresh Tastes. During the time when I was finalizing the recipes to be included, my good friend Tamara O’Brien… 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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