Ham, Cheese and Spinach Torte with piece in front

Ham, Cheese and Spinach Torte

Ham, Cheese and Spinach Torte is a colorful dish layered with lots of flavor, and is so versatile it can be served for lunch, brunch or dinner! The other day I was perusing recipes from my mom’s collection and discovered that there were two cards with the exact same dish – one in mom’s handwriting,… Read more »

Grilled chicken breasts topped with caramelized red onion

Grilled Chicken with Caramelized Red Onions

Light Lemon-Mustard Grilled Chicken pairs perfectly with deeply colored, richly flavored Caramelized Red Onions in this super delicious entrée.   I love this dish for so many reasons. First, it’s absolutely scrumptious! The chicken is so flavorful; the combination of Dijon mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and garlic is amazing. And the onions aren’t just… Read more »

Carafe of creamy arugula salad dressing

Creamy Arugula Salad Dressing Recipe

This Creamy Arugula Salad Dressing is a variation of a traditional green goddess dressing, adding baby arugula to the original recipe. Arugula Dressing Recipe I have always loved green goddess salad dressing – a delectable mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, green onion, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, anchovy, tarragon and sometimes chives. In my Arugula Salad… Read more »

Marinated and roasted leg of lamb

Lauded Asian-Inspired Marinade for Roasting Leg of Lamb

Slow Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb is an elegant, impressive entrée that’s actually super easy to prepare with my step-by-step instructions! Lamb is marinated in an Asian-inspired mixture of oil, soy sauce, sherry, ginger, mustard and garlic, then slow roasted. The resulting meat is tender, juicy and will have your tastebuds dancing with delight! Slow… Read more »

White bowl showing Spicy Southwestern Shrimp Appetizer

Spicy Southwestern Shrimp Recipe

Spicy Southwestern Shrimp Appetizer – a super easy and flavorful alternative to traditional shrimp cocktail for your next gathering! Marinated Shrimp Appetizer I love serving shrimp as an appetizer – because, who doesn’t like shrimp? Shrimp cocktail – chilled cooked shrimp served with a horseradish-spiked cocktail sauce on the side – is always a great,… Read more »

Chicken Artichoke Pasta with Capers

Angel Hair with Chicken and Artichoke-Caper Sauce is a light and healthy pasta dish that is chock-a-block full of Mediterranean flavors. Every bite is brightened with parsley and oregano, warmed by garlic and olive oil, spiked with briny capers and finished off with earthy artichokes. And, it’s easy enough for busy day dinner while elegant… Read more »

blue pie dish filled with Tourtiere

Tourtière – Meat and Potato Pie

Tourtière – sautéed pork, onions, turkey and mashed potatoes flavored with garlic, thyme, sage and spices are the flavorful filling in this delicious double-crust pie. Comfort food at its best! I was first introduced to the French Canadian dish Tourtière by my college roommate Cynthia Ballantyne, who grew up in Montreal, Quebec. It has been… Read more »

Light green platter filled with Green Chile Canapes

Green Chile Canapés

Green Chile Canapés – these 6-ingredient pretty little bites are the perfect, delicious start to any meal! My childhood best friend’s mother, Dorothy Hartwell, grew up in Michigan and moved to Colorado in the early ‘60’s. Here, she quickly grew to love Mexican food, especially dishes with green chiles. I’ve always referred to Dorothy as… Read more »

portions of 3 bruschetta topped with bean puree, on a blue plate

White Bean Bruschetta

Cannellini Bean Bruschetta are earthy, flavorful, easy to prepare and beautiful on the plate. Grilled (or broiled) slices of ciabatta bread are spread with a rustic purée of cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, then topped with chopped toasted walnuts and a drizzle of truffle oil. Yum! White Bean Bruschetta Recipe Cannellini are… Read more »

Italian-Sausage-Spinach-Orzo-Soup-recipe

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Orzo Soup

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Orzo Soup is quick and easy to prepare from items usually on hand (with limited chopping!) and loaded with flavor. Now that it’s Fall, it’s officially soup season. Yay! I love soups. My favorite way to warm up on a cold and rainy night is to curl up in front of… 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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