Mini Meatloaves Wrapped In Prosciutto, one sliced, on a white platter

Mini Meatloaves Wrapped in Prosciutto

Mini Meatloaves Wrapped in Prosciutto are impressive little bundles of warmth and deliciousness – tender and moist on the inside, golden on the outside. What says “cozy family dinner” better than meatloaf and mashed potatoes? It warms us up from the inside out. I have several favorite meatloaf recipes – like my Cajun Meatloaf –… 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 »

lemon ginger bourbon cocktail over ice in a glass, garnished with a lemon slice

Lemon Ginger Whiskey Cocktail

Lemon Ginger Whiskey Cocktail is an elegant, flavorful drink to serve as the “featured cocktail” at your next gathering. Bourbon Lemon Cocktail with Ginger My mom loved bourbon – it was her alcohol of choice in the fall and winter (she drank vodka during the other seasons). I’m more of a vodka girl, but I… Read more »

artichoke, sundried tomato and feta triangles on platter

Artichoke, Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Appetizer

A quick and easy, crowd-pleasing dish that can be prepared two different ways, this Artichoke, Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Appetizer is the perfect addition to your next party menu! Since I was a little girl, I have loved artichokes. In fact, I love them just about any way they can be prepared – steamed, broiled,… Read more »

Two slices of Cranberry Nut Bread with butter

Cranberry Nut Bread

Chock-a-block full of fresh cranberries and walnuts, this scrumptious and colorful Cranberry Nut Bread is the perfect companion to a cup of coffee or tea. Every year at Christmas, our good friend Jeanne Saunders gives us a loaf of her amazing Cranberry Nut Bread. I look forward to it every year! I finally broke down… 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 »

Bowl of soup with tortelloni, sausage, zucchini and carrots.

Tortelloni Soup with Sausage, Carrots and Zucchini

To wrap up my fall posts featuring fresh zucchini, today I’m sharing this amazingly delicious, Italian-inspired Tortelloni Soup with Sausage, Carrots and Zucchini. The weather in Denver is finally starting to feel like fall, and that means it’s one of my favorite seasons – soup! My husband Robert and I both love soup for dinner,… 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 »

Sautéed Brie with Green Onion

Sautéed Brie with Green Onion is a quick and easy, delicious appetizer that’s always a hit! Cheese seems to be a universal crow-pleasing appetizer. This quick and easy Sautéed Brie with Green Onion recipe was a favorite of my mom – in fact, it was one of her creations. It’s super delicious, and takes standard… 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 oozing… 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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