Silver platter with slices of Roast Pork Loin with Fruit Conserves

Roast Pork Loin with Fruit Conserves

Succulent Roast Pork Loin with Fruit Conserves is an elegant entrée that works well all year around. And, both the roast and the conserves can easily be prepared completely ahead of time and served at room temperature! I love cooking both pork tenderloin and pork loin – yes, there is a difference! Pork tenderloin is… Read more »

Rolled Turkey Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Stuffing

Not sure you want to take on roasting a large turkey this Thanksgiving? Rolled Turkey Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Stuffing is for you. Not only is it the perfect alternative to traditional turkey and stuffing, it can be prepared ahead of time! My good friend Ella Spradley hosted a dinner party one evening and… Read more »

Golden Potatoes (Twice Baked Potato Casserole)

Golden Potatoes – a.k.a. Twice Baked Potato Casserole – is an easy to prepare, crowd-pleasing side dish that can be made ahead of time! This recipe for Golden Potatoes, from family friend (and excellent cook) Charlene Clinton, features all the ingredients in twice-baked potatoes, but with a much easier preparation. Peeled and baked potatoes are… Read more »

White plate with Cinnamon Apple Waffles

Cinnamon Apple Waffles

What two flavors taste like fall more than cinnamon and apples? Scrumptious Cinnamon Apple Waffles are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. My husband Robert is the waffle maker in our household. In fact, he brought his waffle iron into the marriage! While his waffles are always delicious, he uses store… Read more »

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans is quick and easy to prepare, full of fall flavors including cranberry and cinnamon, and beautiful on the plate! Couscous is a wonderful alternative to rice or potatoes as a side dish. A coarse, ground pasta, couscous granules are made from crushed durum wheat. It takes only minutes to… Read more »

white plate with a portion of Convent Pie

Convent Pie (Cheese Soufflé with Pasta)

Light and airy, Convent Pie is basically a scrumptious cheese soufflé with pasta inside! As my friends and family can tell you, I LOVE cheese. It’s definitely one of my four main food groups! And, to me there’s nothing better than cheese soufflé. Light, airy, super cheese-y. My husband Robert’s Italian, so he loves just… Read more »

overhead shot of Rum Pumpkin Tart with a slice on the side

Rum Pumpkin Tart

Rum Pumpkin Tart is lighter, fluffier and more flavorful than a traditional pumpkin pie. The crust is comprised of gingersnap cookie crumbs, butter and rum. In addition to traditional pumpkin pie ingredients, the filling includes crystallized ginger – and more rum! One Thanksgiving, I decided to create a new pumpkin dessert that I could make in… Read more »

Roasted Carrot Soufflé

Scrumptious Roasted Carrot Soufflé is full of buttery carrot flavor, with just the right amount of sweetness. It’s easy to prepare, too – just blend and bake! No beating or folding of egg whites required. Robert loves carrots and I’m always looking for new and creative ways to serve them. A few months ago, our… Read more »

Scoop of Leek Gratin in spoon hovering over casserole dish

Leek Gratin

Leek Gratin – easy to prepare, full of flavor, and great year round on special days, from Easter to Thanksgiving! I love this Leek Gratin recipe, which is straight from mom’s recipe box. What’s not to love – it’s comprised of hard boiled eggs, leeks sautéed in butter and a creamy Parmesan-Cheddar cheese sauce. Yum!… Read more »

Red and white bowl filled with Liptauer Cheese Spread

Liptauer Cheese Spread

Liptauer Cheese Spread is creamy, cheesy, smoky, tangy and pungent – all at the same time! I first discovered amazingly delicious Liptauer Cheese at an Austrian “Heuriger” back when I spent the fall semester of my junior year studying at the Institute for European Studies (IES) in Vienna, Austria. Shortly after we all arrived in… 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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