white oval plate with halved pears stuffed with cranberries and walnuts, topped with cinnamon whipped cream

Pears with Cranberries, Nuts and Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Pears with Cranberries, Walnuts and Cinnamon Whipped Cream is a quick and easy, impressive and scrumptious way to end any special meal!   One summer, I was invited to Vail, Colorado to teach a private cooking class for a woman who wanted to be able to prepare a few easy, elegant dinners for friends. She… Read more »

Blackberry Pear Crisp in a white oval dish with a scoop out of one corner

Blackberry Pear Crisp

This Blackberry Pear Crisp is comfort food at its best, and an excellent way to showcase fall’s delicious pears.   I have always loved pears – that delicious, fresh, sweet but not too sweet flavor. I always get excited in August and September when the fresh crop starts showing up at the market. Even though… Read more »

Pumpkin muffins, one broken half to show cream cheese filling

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

These seasonally inspired Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins are the perfect morning treat to celebrate fall! It’s fall, which means it’s pumpkin season – yay! I love the flavor of pumpkin – not just in pies, but also in other desserts like my Rum Pumpkin Tart and Pots de Crème, as well as in my Pumpkin… Read more »

Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cake on glass cake platter

Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Dense and decadent, Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cake uses unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolate in the batter, then is topped off with a super scrumptious bittersweet chocolate glaze. Every year during August and September I receive lots of requests for zucchini recipes. I’ve shared a few recently – one side dish (Roasted Zucchini Custard) and one vegetarian… Read more »

Individual upside down peach cake on a dessert plate

Individual Peach Upside-Down Spice Cakes

Uncomplicated to prepare (no food processor or electric mixer required!), beautiful on the plate, AND super delicious, these Individual Peach Upside-Down Spice Cakes are the perfect ending to both casual and elegant get-togethers.   We have such fabulous summertime peaches in Denver, that come from the orchards in Palisade, Colorado. They’re plump, juicy, colorful and… Read more »

roasted peaches, nectarines and plums over ice cream with candied walnuts

Roasted Peaches, Nectarines and Plums with Candied Walnuts

Roasting stone fruits like Peaches, Nectarines and Plums intensifies their fabulous flavors and creates a natural, juicy sauce for the fruit. Candied walnuts add a bit of sweet crunch! In August and September, farmer’s markets and grocery stores are overflowing with fresh stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums. I’m always looking for new ways… Read more »

Pecan Cookie Cups with Rum-White Chocolate mousse and berries

Pecan Cookie Cups with White Chocolate-Rum Mousse

Delicate and elegant Pecan Cookie Cups are filled with scrumptious White Chocolate-Rum Mousse and topped with fresh berries – the perfect light and flavorful dish to end a spring or summer meal! These pecan cookie cups were a favorite at mom’s dinner parties. They are basically a molded Florentine cookie – lacy, crispy and light…. Read more »

Banana Yogurt Pancakes

These Banana Yogurt Pancakes are scrumptious, easy to prepare – and healthy, too! Who doesn’t love pancakes? Believe it or not, they are really very quick and easy to prepare from scratch – in the same amount of time it takes to fry a couple of eggs! In this recipe, Greek yogurt, mashed bananas, sugar,… Read more »

Bundt Apple Cake on a glass cake stand with flowers

Apple Cake

Mom’s Apple Cake is moist, juicy, spicy and beautiful – oh, and delicious, too!   My brother Jim and I always loved this apple cake as kids. The combination of tart apples with sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg is heavenly. Dark, rich, flavorful – and beautiful to present. I like to make it in… Read more »

Rum Pumpkin Tart

One Thanksgiving, I decided to create a new pumpkin dessert. I started with the basic ingredients in our Fluffy Pumpkin Pie recipe (in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen® cookbook) and added crystallized ginger and rum. Initially, this recipe was a fun and delicious way to show off my pots de crème collection (see Rum Pumpkin Pots de Creme recipe). Then, a few weeks later… 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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