Oval platter filled with Spiced Bacon Twists

Spiced Bacon Twists

These addictively delicious Spiced Bacon Twists are chewy, crunchy and both sweet and savory. Salty, smoky bacon is dredged in a sweet and spicy brown sugar mixture and then baked until crispy. The resulting bacon has the most wonderful caramel taste, with a bit of zing. I love, love these Spiced Bacon Twists. Super easy… Read more »

white bowl filled with Southwestern Chicken Soup with Avocado-Cheese Garnish

Southwestern Chicken Soup with Avocado-Cheese Garnish

This Southwestern Chicken Soup has a slightly spicy, uber-flavorful broth combined with tender chicken, onion, peppers, garlic, lots of spices (cumin, chili powder, coriander), corn and a surprise ingredient – hominy! It’s finished with an Avocado-Cheese garnish that both adds color and ensures this scrumptious soup will satisfy any appetite. I love the flavors of… Read more »

Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing

Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing is creamy, nutty, tangy, versatile – and super delicious! This Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing was inspired by a trip to Greece with my husband Robert. We both loved the Greek food so much that I came home and soon started playing around with creating various Greek-inspired dishes. This scrumptious Lemon Basil Tahini Dressing… Read more »

Easy Marinara Sauce

This super flavorful Easy Marinara Sauce calls for only 6 ingredients and is the perfect homemade alternative to purchased pasta sauces! People often ask me where my inspiration comes from when creating new recipes. Often it comes out of necessity, which was the case with this Easy Marinara Sauce. Recipe inspiration One evening, Robert and… Read more »

Easy Fish Piccata with Artichokes

Delicious, light and healthy, Easy Fish Piccata with Artichokes is quick enough for every day, elegant enough for entertaining! I love chicken piccata – a classic Italian dish of sautéed chicken breasts with a super yummy lemon, butter and caper sauce. I also really like lemon-butter sauce with fish – like in my mom’s amazing… Read more »

Individual plate filled with Apple and Mixed Green Salad with Apple-Truffle Vinaigrette

Apple and Mixed Greens with Apple-Truffle Vinaigrette

Apple and Mixed Greens with Apple-Truffle Vinaigrette is an elegant, light and refreshing first course or side salad. And, it’s easy to prepare, too! I love fresh, crunchy, juicy apples, and think they are a great addition to salads. The first salad I created with apples was my Chopped Salad with Apple Feta and Pecans,… Read more »

Clear glasses filled with Banana Mango Smoothies

Banana Mango Smoothie

Enjoy the fresh taste of summer all year ‘round with my tangy and smooth Banana Mango Smoothie! Quick and easy to prepare – and healthy, too. The other day, I was looking at a very ripe large mango and banana on my kitchen counter, wondering how I could quickly and easily use them up. Why… Read more »

White ramekin filled with Christmas Morning Eggs

Christmas Morning (Baked) Eggs

Christmas Morning Eggs are quick and easy to prepare – and oh, so scrumptious! I can’t recall a Christmas morning without them. The Clayton family has been eating these fabulous baked eggs on Christmas morning since my brother Jim and I were little kids. I always joke and say my mom invented this recipe to… Read more »

Golden Potatoes (Twice Baked Potato Casserole)

Golden Potatoes – a.k.a. Twice Baked Potato Casserole – is an easy to prepare, crowd-pleasing side dish that can be made ahead of time! This recipe for Golden Potatoes, from family friend (and excellent cook) Charlene Clinton, features all the ingredients in twice-baked potatoes, but with a much easier preparation. Peeled and baked potatoes are… Read more »

Roasted Carrot Soufflé

Scrumptious Roasted Carrot Soufflé is full of buttery carrot flavor, with just the right amount of sweetness. It’s easy to prepare, too – just blend and bake! No beating or folding of egg whites required. Robert loves carrots and I’m always looking for new and creative ways to serve them. A few months ago, our… 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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