prosciutto-wrapped-stuffed-dates-recipe

Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Dates

This is an easy, unique and delicious addition to a cocktail buffet. The Prosciutto, dates and cheese pair perfectly with the balsamic dipping sauce.  

Mushroom and onion mixture in croustade on pewter platter

Mushroom Croustades

Mushroom Croustades are a one-bite, timeless, crowd-pleasing appetizer that can be made ahead – perfect for  entertaining! These Mushroom Croustades were a favorite of my mom, and they are now a favorite of mine, too! Finely chopped fresh mushrooms and onion are sautéed in butter, thickened with a bit of flour and seasoned with cream,… Read more »

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Lemon Bison Scaloppini

This recipe comes from our good friend, Anne Draper. She and her husband, John, raise buffalo and elk on their Colorado ranch. One evening on the ranch, after we spent the afternoon finding, counting and tagging baby elk, Anne served this delicious dish, and my husband Robert and I both loved it. I have since… Read more »

short ribs with spicy sauce on a plate

Spicy Short Ribs

These Spicy Short Ribs are super tender, having been slow roasted in a beer-based BBQ sauce.   I served these Spicy Short Ribs several years ago for Father’s Day, and everyone – especially my dad – loved them! Not too spicy, just full of flavor. These ribs are a delicious choice for any crowd, combining… Read more »

Round green plate with White Chocolate Lime Tart with Strawberries on top

White Chocolate Lime Tart with Strawberries

Sweet and creamy with a bit of tang, this White Chocolate and Lime Tart with Strawberries is a show-stopping, scrumptious dessert! My mom Sally received this White Chocolate Lime Tart with Strawberries recipe from a friend in Vancouver. The tartness of the lime is balanced by the white chocolate’s sweetness, and together they form a… Read more »

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 Custard Pie Recipe

Sweet, creamy custard is the perfect balance to tangy, flavorful rhubarb in this old-fashioned Rhubarb Custard Pie. Like all of my mom’s recipes, it’s easy to prepare, elegant, and super delicious! It’s been a family favorite for years, and soon will be for your family, too. My mom grew rhubarb in her garden just so… 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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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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