Blue bowl filled with Mushroom Pâté, with toasted baguette slices on the side

Mushroom Pâté

Earthy and savory, luxurious Mushroom Pâté will soon be part of your regular recipe rotation. Made with dense, meaty cremini mushrooms (baby portabella), it’s easy to prepare, too! And, this scrumptious vegetarian pâté is so full of deep umami flavors, even your meat-eating friends will love it. One night, I had guests coming in from… Read more »

Turkey Spinach Enchiladas

Colorful and flavorful, Turkey Spinach Enchiladas are easy to prepare with readily available ingredients, making them perfect for busy night dinner. A longtime favorite recipe from my mom, these enchiladas are moist, cheese-y, satisfying, and not too heavy – with just the right amount of spice. Never made enchiladas before? Then you’re in the right… Read more »

Blue dish filled with Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole

Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole

Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole is comfort food at its best, and is super easy to prepare. Plus, it can be made ahead of time, and even frozen, too! Lately I’ve been craving comfort foods, and in particular a casserole that my mom used to make when I was young. Noodles, beef, tomato sauce, cheese… Read more »

Red and white bowl filled with Liptauer Cheese Spread

Liptauer Cheese Spread

Liptauer Cheese Spread is creamy, cheesy, smoky, tangy and pungent – all at the same time! I first discovered amazingly delicious Liptauer Cheese at an Austrian “Heuriger” back when I spent the fall semester of my junior year studying at the Institute for European Studies (IES) in Vienna, Austria. Shortly after we all arrived in… Read more »

White platter with Caramel Cheesecake Apples

Caramel Cheesecake Apples

Caramel Cheesecake Apples combine together two of my favorite sweet treats – caramel apples and cheesecake – into one scrumptious dessert. Easy enough for every day, elegant enough for entertaining! Years ago, I was given a recipe for apples that were stuffed with a cheesecake mixture and then baked. They were delicious and I made… Read more »

Rowes of Curried Chicken Bites

Curried Chicken Bites

Curried Chicken Bites pack a super-flavorful mixture of both sweet (mango chutney) and savory (chicken, onions, almonds) flavors into bright red cherry tomatoes. the result is a scrumptious two-bite appetizer that’s sure to please! Okay, so I love cooking with curry, as did my mom. If you own either of my cookbooks (A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®… Read more »

Blue bowl filled with Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip, sitting on a white platter with tortilla chips

Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip

Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip is a creamy, slightly spicy appetizer – that’s also quick and easy to prepare! I love artichokes, and have since I was a little girl. I have several artichoke dip recipes in my files, and this one is a favorite. Artichoke hearts are combined with jalapeno pepper for a bit… Read more »

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip with tortilla chips on a blue plate

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip

Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip takes the iconic hors d’oeuvre and amps it up with spicy cream cheese, olives, peppers, onions and Mozzarella cheese. There are lots of theories as to the origin of the infamous hors d’oeuvre Shrimp Cocktail. Some say it was invented in Boston in the 1940s; others say it dates back closer… 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 »

Onion Parmesan Toasts on white platter

Onion Parmesan Toasts

Onion Parmesan Toasts are the perfect, from-your-pantry/refrigerator appetizer to serve at your next gathering! These little one-bite appetizers are the perfect starter for almost any dinner. Super easy to prepare, they use ingredients that you are likely to have on hand – cream cheese, butter, mayonnaise, green onions, Parmesan cheese, Tabasco sauce and Melba round… 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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