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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

Mom was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and as a result, Derby Day is a major holiday for our family! We partake in all the traditional Kentucky items including Corn Pudding, Country Ham, Derby Pie and, of course, our family’s special recipe for Mint Juleps (all these recipes are in our cookbook). This recipe for Benedictine… Read more »

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 »

Taco Salad Dip

A variation of the well-known Seven Layer Dip, this recipe has no refried beans and is a snap to put together. It was given to me several years ago, and continues to be a crowd pleaser today. Note: this dip tastes best if you let the cream cheese mixture sit about an hour or two before serving to… Read more »

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 Pate

Growing up in a Colorado household with three fly fishermen – Dad, my brother Jim and me – there was always an abundance of trout around (this was in the days before catch and release). Mom was always looking for interesting ways to fix it, and created this recipe – she even smoked the trout… Read more »


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


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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