Asian Shrimp and Brown Rice Salad

Flavored with pungent fresh ginger, soy sauce and dark sesame oil, Asian Shrimp and Brown Rice Salad is bursting with delicious flavors! One night, I decided to get a little creative when preparing dinner for Robert, and this Asian Shrimp and Brown Rice Salad was born. It was a busy day, so I was preparing… Read more »

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Curried Cauliflower Soup with Bacon-Cashew Gremolata

Curried Cauliflower Soup – fresh cauliflower sautéed with onion and spices, finished in chicken stock, then puréed with a bit of milk – and topped with a colorful, crunchy mixture of bacon, cashews, cilantro and lemon zest. Scrumptious – and beautiful, too! As you can tell from many of the recipes in my cookbooks and… Read more »

Chicken and Orzo Salad with Peanut Dressing

Chicken and Orzo Salad with Peanut Dressing – a quick and easy, super flavorful pasta salad. This chicken and orzo salad is super quick and super easy to prepare – and is super delicious, too! While the orzo is cooking, chop the roast chicken, green onions, cilantro and jalapeño pepper. Then, while the pasta is… Read more »

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Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro Pesto is a spicy Southwestern twist on traditional Italian pesto sauce – calling for cilantro, Jalapeno pepper, nuts, garlic, onion and lime juice. As with so many of my recipes, this Cilantro Pesto was born out of a desire to use up an ingredient leftover from making another dish.  I had purchased way more… Read more »

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Cilantro Mousse

Cilantro Mousse is an easy, elegant, slightly spicy appetizer that can be prepared up to 3 days ahead, making it perfect for entertaining. This delicious and unusual Cilantro Mousse recipe comes from a friend of my childhood friend Katey Hartwell, who lives part-time in Mexico. I  love any dish with cilantro, and as the name… Read more »

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Tomato Peach Salad with Lime Dressing

Tomato Peach Salad with Lime Dressing is overflowing with color and flavor! So quick and easy to prepare, too. My good friend Dona Johnson has a garden overflowing with tomatoes and asked for some delicious recipes. This Tomato Peach Salad with Lime Dressing a favorite of mine, and it comes from another good friend Kathy… Read more »

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Tomato-Mango Salsa

In this Grilled Shrimp Tacos recipe, shelled shrimp is marinated in a piquant, spicy Chipotle-Lime sauce, grilled and then served with a delectable and colorful Tomato-Mango Salsa. I found a mango salsa recipe in my mom’s files after she passed away. Recognizing the handwriting on the recipe card as my cousin Beth Kidwell’s, I knew… Read more »

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Award Winning Chili

Award-Winning Chili – a hearty, unusual and scrumptious chili that’s flavored with green chiles, cilantro and fennel! Given how cold and snowy it is in most of the U.S. today, I thought I’d share this delicious chili recipe. A fellow who purchased my cookbook at a holiday show told me his chili recipe had won… 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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