White plate with Cinnamon Apple Waffles

Cinnamon Apple Waffles

What two flavors taste like fall more than cinnamon and apples? Scrumptious Cinnamon Apple Waffles are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. My husband Robert is the waffle maker in our household. In fact, he brought his waffle iron into the marriage! While his waffles are always delicious, he uses store… Read more »

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans is quick and easy to prepare, full of fall flavors including cranberry and cinnamon, and beautiful on the plate! Couscous is a wonderful alternative to rice or potatoes as a side dish. A coarse, ground pasta, couscous granules are made from crushed durum wheat. It takes only minutes to… Read more »

overhead shot of Rum Pumpkin Tart with a slice on the side

Rum Pumpkin Tart

Rum Pumpkin Tart is lighter, fluffier and more flavorful than a traditional pumpkin pie. The crust is comprised of gingersnap cookie crumbs, butter and rum. In addition to traditional pumpkin pie ingredients, the filling includes crystallized ginger – and more rum! One Thanksgiving, I decided to create a new pumpkin dessert that I could make in… Read more »

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 didn’t… 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 pears… 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 »

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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