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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 »

glass sherbet bowl filled with scoops of Peach Ice Cream

Peach Ice Cream

Fresh and creamy, Peach Ice Cream is the perfect cool treat on a warm summer day. Growing up, my brother Jim and I always looked forward to those summer days when mom would get out the ice cream maker and whip up something wonderful. One of our favorites was her Peach Ice Cream. She’d make… 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 »

Round baking dish with zucchini custard

Roasted Zucchini Custard

Roasted Zucchini Custard is an easy and flexible way to prepare zucchini, that can be a served as a light brunch/lunch entrée or as a side dish! OK, who doesn’t love zucchini? And with all the zucchini overflowing out of our vegetable gardens, at the farmer’s market, and even our favorite grocery stores this time… Read more »

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Mustard-Dill Sauce

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Mustard-Dill Sauce is a scrumptious, lighter version of traditional Eggs Benedict. Plus, the sauce is much easier to prepare than Hollandaise! Recently, I started poaching eggs instead of frying them, as I prefer the more delicate texture of a poached egg. One morning as I was debating how to serve… Read more »

Red and white pots de creme filled with Rum Pumpkin filling

Rum Pumpkin Pots de Crème

Rum Pumpkin Pots de Crème are basically a deconstructed pumpkin pie with crystallized ginger and rum added. They are fluffy and mousse-like, light and full of flavor. If you don’t have pots de crème, use wine glasses or ramekins. I collect pots de crème, and have for years. While I haven’t really counted them, I think there must… Read more »

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Lemon Rice

This is a creamy rice dish that is great to serve in the spring or summer and makes a wonderful accompaniment to a fish dish.  

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Finding the best Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

The other night I decided I wanted to make Sticky Toffee Pudding – one of my favorite desserts that I actually have never made. I was first introduced to this delicacy while living in Europe, and have been in love with it ever since. In Amsterdam (where I lived) the British retailer Marks and Spencer… Read more »

Mushroom and onion mixture in croustade on pewter platter

Mushroom Croustades

Mushroom Croustades are a one-bite, timeless, crowd-pleasing appetizer that can be made ahead – perfect for  entertaining! These Mushroom Croustades were a favorite of my mom, and they are now a favorite of mine, too! Finely chopped fresh mushrooms and onion are sautéed in butter, thickened with a bit of flour and seasoned with cream,… Read more »

Round green plate with White Chocolate Lime Tart with Strawberries on top

White Chocolate Lime Tart with Strawberries

Sweet and creamy with a bit of tang, this White Chocolate and Lime Tart with Strawberries is a show-stopping, scrumptious dessert! My mom Sally received this White Chocolate Lime Tart with Strawberries recipe from a friend in Vancouver. The tartness of the lime is balanced by the white chocolate’s sweetness, and together they form a… 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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