sliced loaf of banana bread

Banana Bread

This is the best banana bread recipe we have found – the secret is the buttermilk that makes it very moist and flavorful. Did you know that you can freeze bananas? Yes, you can! If they are very ripe/dark brown and you don’t have time to make this banana bread, just throw the bananas in… Read more »

Rhubarb Pie on top of a red striped dish towel.

Rhubarb Pie

Mom’s Rhubarb Pie – no strawberries here, just scrumptious fresh rhubarb baked in a custard filling and topped with a pretty lattice crust.   Spring always makes me think of my mom Sally, with whom I wrote “A Well-Seasoned Kitchen,” because she grew rhubarb in her garden. The young shoots of rhubarb leaves signified the… Read more »

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Shrimp and Crab St. Jacques

Based loosely on the French dish Coquille St. Jacques, this recipe is easy enough for everyday and impressive enough for entertaining (especially if you put it in individual shell-shaped dishes). Like so many of our other dishes, all you need is a side salad, like Red Leaf Lettuce with Hot Bacon Dressing, and a good… Read more »

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Spinach Salad with Lemon-Pine Nut Dressing

When mom first gave me this recipe, my initial reaction was that it was too simple – was I ever wrong! This salad is simple and, as a result, it is the perfect complement to a more complex entrée. And, it is delicious!  

glass cake sand holding Jam Cake with Caramel Frosting

Jam Cake with Caramel Frosting

Jam Cake with Caramel Frosting is super moist, elegant and impressive cake that was my mom’s favorite dessert. Jam Cake is a traditional Kentucky dessert, dating back more than 100 years. It was my mom Sally’s favorite cake as a child – and she loved it throughout her life, especially on her birthday. Our family’s… Read more »

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New Orleans Hurricane Cocktails

Hurricanes were invented in New Orleans by bar owner Pat O’Brien during World War II when there was a limited supply of whiskey. In order to purchase a single case, liquor salesmen forced bar owners to purchase up to 50 cases of rum, which was plentiful. Looking for a way to use all his rum,… Read more »

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Cheddar Chutney Tarts

These tarts are small, but the size is perfect because they make rich and savory bites. Note that you will need to start ahead as the tarts require freezing before being baked.  

brownies-recipe

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

This recipe has been in several cookbooks, and the story goes that gossip columnist Liz Smith received the recipe from Katherine years ago. We are not sure if this is just cooking lore, but these chewy, chocolaty brownies are delicious! We have modified the directions somewhat to make them easier to follow.  

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Spicy Chicken Wings

We love this recipe for chicken wings as it is just the right amount of spice – not too hot, not too bland. We also like serving these wings with guacamole instead of blue cheese dressing, a trick we picked up at a neighborhood cocktail party. You could also serve them with Ranch salad dressing. As a main dish,… 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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