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Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil

Woodsy, earthy truffle oil is the perfect complement to nutty and mild cannellini beans in this elegant, easy and impressive Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil.   Years ago, my first trip to Italy took me to Rome and Umbria, together with my childhood best friend (and travel agent extraordinaire) Katey Hartwell. It just so… Read more »

Toasted Bagels with Egg Salad & Smoked Salmon

Robert loves egg salad and smoked salmon, so putting them together in an open-faced sandwich for his breakfast one Sunday morning was a no-brainer. Making egg salad is not an exact science; it depends on the size and freshness of your ingredients. My proportions are a good place to start; add more mustard for more… Read more »

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Benedictine Cheese Canapés

Benedictine Cheese is a traditional cucumber and cream cheese spread that’s traditionally served on Derby Day. These Canapés are a two-bite, slightly spicy version of my family’s traditional Benedictine Cheese recipe.   My mom was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and as a result, Derby Day was a major holiday for our family growing up –… Read more »

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Country Ham Cheese Spread

Mom’s favorite way to use up leftover country ham was in a spread with cream cheese – just two ingredients, that’s it! While her simple method is delicious, I decided to jazz it up a bit by adding a whopping two more ingredients – a bit of mayonnaise and some chopped fresh chives. Instead of… Read more »

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Taco Salad Dip

A variation of the well-known Seven Layer Dip, this Taco Salad Dip has no refried beans or meat and is a snap to put together!   My first job out of college was as a Media Planner for Campbell-Mithun advertising in Minneapolis, MN. For a year I lived with two co-workers, one of whom gave… Read more »

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Cheese Truffles!

Cheese Truffles are an easy and elegant way to turn the traditional cheese ball appetizer into two-bite canapés. I first made these cheese truffles for a cocktail party my husband Robert and I hosted a few months ago to bless our airstream. It was really an excuse for a party – and also a way… Read more »

Sally’s Smoked Trout Paté

My mom Sally’s Smoked Trout Paté adds just 4 readily available ingredients to smoked trout – and the resulting paté is smooth, bright and fresh. I like to serve it packed in a pretty bowl, mounded on a plate, or as canapés (pictured).   Growing up in a Colorado household with three fly fishermen –… Read more »

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Tomato Bruschetta Topping

It’s that time of year when our gardens and farmer’s markets start to be full of delicious fresh tomatoes, and we are all looking for new and different recipes to try (especially my friend Dona Johnson!). Last fall I decided to do something I hadn’t done in years – can! Canning really isn’t all that… 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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