Perfect Pasta, Every Time

June 6, 2016

In my cooking classes, I am often asked for my secrets on how to cook pasta correctly – to ensure that it comes out flavorful, just al dente (not too chewy nor soft), not stuck together, and not slippery. So, here are my top 10 tips for cooking pasta perfectly, every time: Use enough water… Read more »

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Get to know your tomatoes

April 11, 2011

You say ‘to-may-to,’ I say’ to-mah-to’ – the root of our differences likely stem from the fact that there are more than 7,500 tomato varieties worldwide! About 130 million tons of tomatoes are produced annually every year. While China is the largest tomato producer, the United States and Turkey aren’t far behind. For just one… Read more »

Demystifying smoked salmon

March 25, 2011

Smoked salmon is a true delicacy. It’s flaky, smoky and a flexible main ingredient for a variety of dishes. Often, it is thinly sliced and served on bagels with cream cheese or on Melba toast with sliced red onion, lemon and capers. You might even find smoked salmon in patés, quiches, pasta sauces and even… Read more »

Making a quick job of rolling dough

February 4, 2011

As any baker knows, rolling dough can quickly become a sticky situation. Cookie dough can be especially difficult to work with because recipes often call for the dough to be rolled thin – which makes pick up and transfer of cut-out cookies tricky. Next time you’re rolling cookie dough, try this tip: Roll the dough… Read more »

Chicken thighs – a healthy alternative

January 18, 2011

We’ve all heard the dietary guidance – white meat is better for you and dark meat contains too much fat. Consequently, we tend to push our grocery carts past the thighs, drumsticks and wings in favor of the packaged chicken breasts. While it’s true that chicken thighs contain twice the fat of boneless, skinless breasts,… 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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