Handheld Chicken Pot Pie Envelopes wrapped in paper napkins

Handheld Chicken Pot Pie Envelopes

Handheld Chicken Pot  Pie Envelopes – the perfect hearty nibble as part of an Academy Awards viewing menu! The Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, March 4th, and I’ve been thinking about fun foods to serve for awards viewing. I don’t know about you, but my friends and family are glued to the TV,… Read more »

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chicken Sausage, Quinoa and Peppers

A dish to enjoy the flavors of Fall – Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chicken Sausage, Quinoa and Peppers. I love the foods of Fall – apples, pumpkin, and squash to name a few. I am especially partial to squash – spaghetti, butternut, kabocha, acorn . . . pretty much all of them! Pretty acorn squash… Read more »

Seafood Phyllo Bundles with Creole Mustard Sauce

These make-ahead Seafood Phyllo Bundles with Creole Mustard Sauce are packed with flavor, scrumptious and impressive to serve. Shrimp and crab are seasoned with the “holy trinity of Cajun cooking” (onions, bell peppers and celery) and Old Bay, mixed together with cream cheese and then wrapped in a delicate phyllo pastry. As if that isn’t… Read more »

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Who doesn’t like chicken noodle soup, especially when tired or sick? I know it always makes me feel better, especially in early January when I am recovering from the hectic – but fun – holidays! While the direct health benefits of chicken noodle soup have yet to be confirmed in research studies, it does contain… Read more »

Oval white dish filled with Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots is an easy and impressive side dish that pairs with most entrées and is perfect for buffets, potlucks or picnics. The deep, rich sweetness of caramelized shallots are the perfect match for roasted green beans tossed in a light sauce of olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard. The… Read more »

Green platter filled with Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

I love these Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon – they are so fresh and full of flavor, and so easy to prepare! My mom often served stuffed tomatoes as part of a dinner party menu. When prepared properly, stuffed tomatoes are not only delicious they are also pretty on the plate, adding… Read more »

Shepards pie topped with mashed potatoes in a pewter baking dish

Shepard’s Pie

I created this Shepard’s Pie recipe one night when I was looking for something to do with leftover Mashed Potatoes with Parsley and Chives. It was a cold, snowy night in Denver, and comfort food seemed the perfect thing to warm us up! Robert loves this flavorful, hearty dish. I make it with a mixture… Read more »

Artichoke and Chicken Chowder

After a fun morning of snowshoeing in the beautiful Colorado mountains, our good friend Wendy Bergen treated us to a scrumptious lunch at her beautiful mountain cabin. We had worked up quite an appetite, after trekking several miles in the spring snow! Since Wendy doesn’t cook, she served a Chicken and Artichoke Soup she purchased… Read more »

Indian Mulligatawny Soup

I’m one of those unusual people who likes winter time in Colorado – I like to snuggle up with Robert next to a fire, enjoying a bowl of warm, delicious soup. This recipe is a particular favorite of ours – which is one of the reasons it ended up as the cover photo on our… Read more »

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Split Pea Soup with Country Ham

I love split pea soup with ham – it has a rich, deep, smoky flavor. The peas break down in the cooking process, resulting in a creamy consistency – but with some texture, since you don’t have to purée it in a blender to get that creaminess. One year I decided to make a batch… 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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