Overhead shot of mushroom, spinach, zucchini pie with sliced tomatoes on top

Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato and Zucchini Pie

Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato and Zucchini Pie is the perfect end-of-summer dish to prepare with the fresh bounty from your garden or your favorite farmer’s market. At the end of summer, I love creating flavorful and colorful dishes with all the fresh vegetables and herbs that are at their peak. And, this Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato and… Read more »

Sautéed Brie with Green Onion

Sautéed Brie with Green Onion is a quick and easy, delicious appetizer that’s always a hit! Cheese seems to be a universal crow-pleasing appetizer. This quick and easy Sautéed Brie with Green Onion recipe was a favorite of my mom – in fact, it was one of her creations. It’s super delicious, and takes standard… Read more »

Individual upside down peach cake on a dessert plate

Individual Peach Upside-Down Spice Cakes

Uncomplicated to prepare (no food processor or electric mixer required!), beautiful on the plate, AND super delicious, these Individual Peach Upside-Down Spice Cakes are the perfect ending to both casual and elegant get-togethers.   We have such fabulous summertime peaches in Denver, that come from the orchards in Palisade, Colorado. They’re plump, juicy, colorful and… Read more »

Sliced toasted english muffin with orange marmalade

Sourdough English Muffins

These Sourdough English Muffins are surprisingly easy to prepare, and ever so much better than store bought! I have loved English muffins since I was a little girl. Mom used to serve them several different ways – she would toast them up with butter and her homemade jam for breakfast, or even broil them with… Read more »

Breaded chicken breast covered with marinara sauce and melted cheese, atop cooked spaghetti

Robert’s Easy Chicken Parmesan

Robert’s Easy Chicken Parmesan – a colorful, flavorful, from-your-pantry, perfect weeknight dinner! It’s mid-August, which means that fall is just around the corner. I don’t know exactly why, but my busy life seems to get even busier in the fall. More meetings, more book signings, more cooking classes, etc. I’m sure many of you feel… Read more »

Round baking dish with zucchini custard

Roasted Zucchini Custard

Roasted Zucchini Custard is an easy and flexible way to prepare zucchini, that can be a served as a light brunch/lunch entrée or as a side dish! OK, who doesn’t love zucchini? And with all the zucchini overflowing out of our vegetable gardens, at the farmer’s market, and even our favorite grocery stores this time… Read more »

roasted peaches, nectarines and plums over ice cream with candied walnuts

Roasted Peaches, Nectarines and Plums with Candied Walnuts

Roasting stone fruits like Peaches, Nectarines and Plums intensifies their fabulous flavors and creates a natural, juicy sauce for the fruit. Candied walnuts add a bit of sweet crunch! In August and September, farmer’s markets and grocery stores are overflowing with fresh stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums. I’m always looking for new ways… Read more »

Grilled cauliflower slices with a tangy Parmesan cheese sauce

Cauliflower with Parmesan Cheese Sauce

Grilled or broiled Cauliflower with Parmesan Cheese Sauce is a scrumptious, easy and impressive side dish! We recently returned from a super fun month on the road camping in our airstream trailer. So, lately I’ve been inspired to post recipes that I’ve created over the years while camping, where most of what I cook is… Read more »

spicy rubbed pork tenderloin, sliced and served on a platter

Spicy Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

This Spicy Rubbed Pork Tenderloin dish is quick and easy enough for an everyday dinner and also elegant enough for entertaining! I really love preparing pork tenderloin. It’s super delicious, extremely versatile and can be elegant in its presentation. This pork recipe is particularly easy and flavorful. Brown sugar brings out the sweetness of the… Read more »

Chilled cucumber leek vichyssoise soup garnished with sliced radishes

Cucumber Leek Vichyssoise

Fresh cucumbers and sweet, mellow leeks are the stars in this super savory, chilled Cucumber Leek Vichyssoise soup. Robert doesn’t like cucumbers on their own, but will eat them mixed in with other foods. I, on the other hand, love cucumbers, so accommodate him I often experiment, finding new ways to incorporate them into a… 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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