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Layered Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

Mom’s Layered Oatmeal Chocolate Bars are gooey, chewy, rich deliciousness – and one of the most popular recipes in our cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®. My mom used to like to make bar cookies – like these Layered Oatmeal Chocolate Bars – because they are so quick to put together. No scooping, rolling or cutting! In… Read more »

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Irish Cream Liqueur

Irish Cream Liqueur, most commonly known under the brand name Baileys, is my favorite after dinner drink to pair with dessert – or just drink as dessert! Two of my favorite flavors are chocolate and caramel, and my Irish Cream Liqueur recipe combines both tastes into a delicious drink. This rich, creamy beverage is super… Read more »

Peppermint Ice Cream and Chocolate Squares

I love peppermint anything, especially when mixed with chocolate! This dessert was a favorite of my mom – a vanilla cookie crust, topped with a fluffy chocolate sauce and ice cream. Mom liked to make it with vanilla or coffee ice cream; I’m partial to peppermint ice cream, especially around the holidays when it’s more… Read more »

White Chocolate: Not really chocolate?

December 3, 2014

As it turns out, white chocolate shouldn’t really be called ‘chocolate’ at all! Interestingly, chocolate must contain chocolate liquor to receive the chocolate moniker. Good white chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids, vanilla and lecithin. Despite that, white chocolate likely got its name for the similar way that it’s made in relation to its… Read more »

Health benefits of chocolate

November 20, 2014

Have you had your flavonoids today? Once you know the benefits of what was once called Vitamin P, you’ll be asking yourself this daily! Derived from natural sources, flavonoids help protect plants by shielding them from environmental toxins and helping repair damage. Where does one find these flavonoids with antioxidant power? Chocolate! Flavanols are the… Read more »

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Dark Chocolate Sorbet

I created this dessert for a casual dinner party menu that needed to be completely dairy-free because one of our guests was lactose intolerant. It is a combination of the chocolate sorbet recipes from two great chefs whom I admire, Ina Garten (aka Barefoot Contessa) and David Lebovitz, with a few of my own touches… Read more »

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Dairy Free Dinner Menu

Recently my stepson Jake was in town for a visit. One evening, we invited his long time friend Sara over for dinner, and she is lactose intolerant. So, I needed to come up with a casual dinner menu that was completely dairy free. As it turns out, our cookbook was a great place to start…. Read more »

Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bars

Toffee has always been a favorite in the Clayton household. Mom was famous for her toffee candy (find the recipe in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®). She packaged it in pretty boxes and gave it to friends and family at Christmas. Such an anticipated gift, if mom ran behind schedule with the deliveries, her friends would call me, asking if they’d been… Read more »

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Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake

With all the articles and postings about Prince William’s choice of a Chocolate Biscuit Cake for his wedding reception last week, I became intrigued and wanted to learn more. I had never heard of this cake, and thought the name alone made it sound delicious – chocolate and cookies (the British biscuit is more like… Read more »

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Warm Chocolate Cake

This yummy dessert looks like a normal chocolate cake until you cut into it, when a warm chocolate sauce oozes out of the center. It is now a very popular dessert at a number of restaurants, but the original creator was the famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and this is supposed to be his original recipe…. 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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