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

Arugula Salad Dressing

This Creamy Arugula Salad Dressing is a variation of a traditional green goddess dressing, adding baby arugula to the original 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 Dressing, I amp… Read more »

Marinated and roasted leg of lamb

Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb

Marinated and Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb is an elegant, impressive entrée that’s actually super easy to prepare with my step-by-step instructions! My mom’s marinade for steak and lamb is pretty infamous among our friends and family. Once you’ve tried lamb marinated in her delicious Asian-inspired mixture of oil, soy sauce, sherry, ginger, mustard and… Read more »

Spicy-Southwestern-Shrimp-Hot-Appetizer-recipe

Spicy Southwestern Shrimp Appetizer

Spicy Southwestern Shrimp Appetizer – a super easy and flavorful alternative to traditional shrimp cocktail for your next gathering! 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, standard appetizer that… Read more »

Angel Hair with Chicken and Artichoke-Caper Sauce

Angel Hair with Chicken and Artichoke-Caper Sauce – a light and healthy pasta dish that is chock-a-block full of flavor! I love to layer flavors into a dish at various points, and this recipe for Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken and Artichoke-Caper Sauce does that in spades. First, garlic slivers are sautéed in olive oil… 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 »

Cannellini-bean-bruschetta-recipe

Cannellini Bean Bruschetta

Cannellini Bean Bruschetta – earthy, flavorful, easy to prepare and beautiful on the plate! I served these Cannellini Bean Bruschetta as a first course to some vegetarian friends of mine in Amsterdam, and they were a big hit. Deceptively simple, yet delicious! A four-ingredient purée of cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil is… 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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