Overhead view of small glass dishes filled with baked Lemon Pudding Cups

Magic Lemon Pudding Cakes

Sweet, tangy and pillowy light, my grandmother Nama’s pretty little Lemon Pudding Cakes are a refreshing way to end any meal. They’re made with just one easy batter that magically forms into two layers when baked – moist lemon cake on top with creamy lemon pudding below, resulting in a dazzling amount of luscious lemony… Read more »

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

Make This Luxurious Mushroom Pâté for a Standout Appetizer

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. Mushroom Pate Recipe One night, I had guests… Read more »

Mini Cheddar Dill Scones

Whether you are a pro at making scones or this is your first time, my super easy Mini Cheddar-Dill Scones recipe is for you. When filled with slices of smoked salmon, these moist and buttery scones make a unique, impressive two-bite appetizer. And, my step-by-step instructions ensure these scrumptious scones come out perfect, every time!… Read more »

Fish Piccata with Artichokes

Delicious, light and healthy, Easy Fish Piccata with Artichokes is quick enough for every day, elegant enough for entertaining. Mild fish filets (think cod or halibut) are sautéed, then served with a piccata-inspired sauce. To the standard piccata sauce base of lemon, butter and capers, I add chopped shallots, green onion, white wine, chicken broth… 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 »

White platter with two Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers and Lemon-Green Onion Sauce

Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers

These Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers are super moist and flavorful on their own, and are even more scrumptious with the addition of a Lemon-Green Onion Sauce! Grilling season is upon us, so I have burgers on the mind. While I love a traditional ground beef burger from time to time, I also like to experiment… Read more »

Champagne coupe glasses filled with Chilled Lemon Souffles, topped with blackberries and blueberries

Chilled Lemon Soufflés

Adding gelatin to these Chilled Lemon Soufflés allows them to be prepared ahead of time, so no last minute whipping and folding to create this refreshing and impressive dessert! There’s nothing like a cool, fresh lemon-y dessert to end a spring or summer meal. Various versions of these Chilled Lemon Soufflés have been around for… 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 »

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 »

Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Crème

Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Crème are a cool, creamy, lemon-y dessert that’s perfect for sultry summer evenings! Smooth as velvet, this timeless make-ahead recipe from mom’s collection is another crowd pleaser. Mom took a basic cheesecake recipe, added layers of lemon flavor (zest and juice) and whipped evaporated milk, then froze it in a… 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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