Shell shaped dish holding an individual serving of Shrimp and Crab Gratin

Shrimp and Crab Au Gratin – Seafood Main Dish

What is Shrimp and Crabmeat Au Gratin? Shrimp and Crab Au Gratin is a luxuriant, elegant and impressive main dish that can be prepared earlier in the day (or up to one month ahead and frozen), making it ideal for a make ahead dinner. Delicate, sweet shrimp and lump crabmeat are baked with sliced mushrooms… Read more »

Light blue cake stand holding a Sticky Ginger Cake

Sticky Ginger Cake

Intensely flavorful and super moist, Sticky Ginger Cake isn’t your typical gingerbread – and it’s super easy to prepare, too. I love the warm, earthy flavor of ginger, and this scrumptious cake has it in spades, calling for both fresh and ground. Molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon and allspice provide even more intensity to the taste…. Read more »

Narrow necked bottle filled with Cranberry Vinaigrette.

Cranberry Vinaigrette

Bold and beautiful Cranberry Vinaigrette is a quick, easy and festive way to brighten up most any holiday salad. It can be prepared with cranberry relish, chutney, sauce or even frozen cranberry cocktail! As you may have noticed, I love cranberries. Dried or fresh, in salads, bread, cookies or dessert, their bold, tangy flavor and… Read more »

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette pouring out of a white pitcher

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Easy, elegant and full of flavors, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette is a favorite of mine to serve in fall and winter months. Crisp, fresh greens are topped with juicy, sweet pear slices, tangy goat cheese crumbles, crunchy candied walnuts and sweet-tart dried cranberries. It’s finished off with a few slices of… Read more »

three slices of Anise Bread on a red square plate; full loaf to the right

Anise Bread

Looking for a totally unique, scrumptious, savory bread to serve at your next gathering? Then this Anise Bread‘s for you. This distinctive bread is different than any you’ve ever had – unless, of course, you enjoyed it at my or my mom’s house! A crisp, brown crust flecked with sesame seeds surrounds a moist interior… Read more »

Blue bowl filled with Mushroom Pâté, with toasted baguette slices on the side

Make This Luxurious Mushroom Pâté for a Standout Appetizer

Earthy and savory, luxurious Mushroom Pâté will soon be part of your regular recipe rotation. Made with dense, meaty cremini mushrooms (baby portabella), it’s easy to prepare, too! And, this scrumptious vegetarian pâté is so full of deep umami flavors, even your meat-eating friends will love it. Mushroom Pate Recipe One night, I had guests… Read more »

clear glass filled with Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

A marriage of guacamole and salsa verde, Tomatillo Avocado Sauce is silky smooth in texture, tangy in flavor, with a bit of spice. It’s also quick and easy to prepare, with roasted jalapenos or green chiles. Serve it with grilled shrimp, fish, chicken or pork – or simply as a dip with tortilla chips. My… Read more »

cooked corn pudding in a glass dish, with a portion removed

Southern Corn Pudding

If you love corn, then my family’s Southern Corn Pudding recipe is definitely for you. Moist and fluffy, it’s perfection in every bite. And, it’s easy to prepare with fresh, available ingredients – no canned creamed corn or boxed cornbread mix here. Plus, our Corn Pudding recipe dates back generations, so it’s tried and true… Read more »

Blue plate showing Korean BBQ Beef over brown rice. plate is sitting on a napkin

Korean BBQ Beef Bulgogi Marinade

Easy to prepare, Korean BBQ Beef is the perfect choice for busy day dinner. My cousin Dave’s recipe is full of Asian flavors (think soy, sesame, ginger, garlic) that perfectly complement thinly sliced beef. And, no grill, wok or other special equipment needed – just a skillet or sauté pan and you’re good to go!… Read more »

white platter showing Pesto Chicken and Vegetables with Pasta

Pesto Chicken and Pasta with Veggies

Aromatic and fresh, Pesto Chicken and Vegetables with Pasta will soon become another one of your favorite “go-to” recipes. Easy to prepare in under 25 minutes, this pesto chicken pasta recipe is extremely versatile. Switch out the vegetables to what’s in season. Use other hearty pasta that’s in your pantry. And, I provide three unique,… 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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