Scoop of Leek Gratin in spoon hovering over casserole dish

Leek Gratin

Leek Gratin – easy to prepare, full of flavor, and great year round on special days, from Easter to Thanksgiving! I love this Leek Gratin recipe, which is straight from mom’s recipe box. What’s not to love – it’s comprised of hard boiled eggs, leeks sautéed in butter and a creamy Parmesan-Cheddar cheese sauce. Yum!… Read more »

Mexican Baked Chicken

Quick and easy to prepare, Mexican Baked Chicken is a festive and fun one-dish meal, that’s perfect for busy night dinner. Your family will love the combination of breaded baked chicken, salsa, Cheddar cheese and sour cream atop lettuce, tomato and avocado. My dad was raised in Tucson, Arizona and my mom went to University… Read more »

Scoop of crab and shrimp lasagna above dish

Seafood Lasagna

Seafood Lasagna – creamy, cheesy deliciousness that’s super easy to prepare with no-boil lasagna noodles. I love crab and shrimp, especially when paired with a cheese sauce. So, a seafood lasagna seemed like a great idea to me and mom when we were talking about what  kind of unusual lasagna recipe we wanted to include… Read more »

Blue baking dish with Cheesy Baked Eggs with Leftover Stuffing

Cheesy Baked Eggs with Leftover Stuffing

Cheesy Baked Eggs with Leftover Stuffing – a quick and super easy way to use up some of those Thanksgiving leftovers! One of the best aspects of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey casserole – even turkey surprise! But in the past few years I have also had fun creating recipes with… Read more »

Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam Casserole in a white baking dish

Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam Casserole

Super flavorful and delicious, Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam (or Sweet Potato) Casserole is easy to make ahead and freeze, making it a perfect Thanksgiving side dish! For some, Thanksgiving is about grand parades, football or even annual 5K morning runs. But, for the Clayton family – it’s always been about the favorite foods that… Read more »

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chicken Sausage, Quinoa and Peppers

A scrumptious 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… Read more »

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Mexican Chicken, Black Beans and Rice

Mexican Chicken Black Beans and Rice is a quick and easy Southwestern-flavored casserole that takes minutes to prepare and is guaranteed to please all your friends and family! This dish takes all the flavors you find in many Mexican dishes – chicken, black beans, green chiles, corn, salsa, cilantro, cumin – and combines them together… Read more »

Pimiento Cheese Spread in a white bowl with celery sticks and crackers

Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread

Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread – another scrumptious, versatile recipe from Mom! Mom loved pimiento cheese and made her Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread often, sometimes just for our family to enjoy. She never measured the ingredients, just mixed them to taste. This is my version of her “recipe”. I add cayenne pepper to give it a… Read more »

white plate with Chicken Enchiladas Suizas

Chicken Enchiladas Suizas

Chicken Enchiladas Suizas is a creamy, slightly spicy dish that was one of my mom’s favorites to serve at casual dinner parties. I love Mexican food – tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tostadas, etc. – as did my mom. These Chicken Enchiladas  Suizas were one of her favorites to serve at casual dinner parties or family get… Read more »

platter with Kidwell Family Tacos

Kidwell Family Tacos

Kidwell Family Tacos are easy to prepare, and customizable to your tastes. You can use ground beef, bison, turkey – even ground elk! Or go vegetarian, and make them with chopped zucchini and carrots. Cousin Jim Kidwell and his daughter Sarah are both fabulous cooks, and their Kidwell Family Tacos are the best you will… 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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