bowl of Cannellini Dip with Truffle Oil on a board with pita chips

Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil

Woodsy, earthy truffle oil is the perfect complement to nutty and mild cannellini beans in this elegant, easy and impressive Cannellini Bean Dip with Truffle Oil.   Years ago, my first trip to Italy took me to Rome and Umbria, together with my childhood best friend (and travel agent extraordinaire) Katey Hartwell. It just so… 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… Read more »

Baked Busy Night Lemon-Caper Salmon on half sheet pan

Busy Night Baked Lemon-Caper Salmon

For those days when your schedule is overloaded, Busy Night Baked Lemon-Caper Salmon can be on the table in less than 30 minutes from when you open the refrigerator! We all have those days (weeks!) where the thought of making dinner is overwhelming – those days that are so busy, you barely have time to… Read more »

bowl of cranberry and golden raisin relish

Cranberry and Golden Raisin Relish

Refreshing and colorful, this no-cook Cranberry and Golden Raisin Relish is the perfect complement to your Thanksgiving turkey, is super easy to prepare and can be made up to 2 weeks before Thanksgiving!   This Cranberry and Golden Raisin Relish recipe is from my Aunt Bobbie, who found it in one of her favorite cookbooks,… 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 »

cheesecake-bars-recipe

Cheesecake Squares

Cheesecake Squares – recipe from my gold medal-winning cookbook “A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®”! Growing up, everyone loved Mom’s Cheesecake Squares. Unfortunately, the recipe was lost somewhere during the process of compiling my first cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®. Both mom and I thought it was important to include the recipe in our book, so I set out… Read more »

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Roasted Salmon Steaks

Roasted Salmon Steaks – with a lemon-butter sauce. Easy and delicious!   Basting salmon with a lemon-butter sauce is a traditional way to serve this fish – it’s the first way I ever ate it as a child. I have vivid memories of a family vacation in Alaska, when I was fifteen years old, and… Read more »

Pecan Cookie Cup with a scoop of Lemon Almond Ice Cream with berries

Lemon Almond Ice Cream

Lemon Almond Ice Cream is just the right mix of sweet and tart. Calling for only 7 ingredients, it can be prepped for the freezer in around 10 minutes! Who doesn’t love ice cream? My dad was particularly fond of it. He got nervous if there was less than a gallon of some flavor of… Read more »

Spinach Salad with Lemon-Dijon Dressing

This recipe came from Gary Hardin, an excellent cook and even better friend I knew in Amsterdam. Sadly, we lost Gary a few years ago to cancer. He was a wonderful person, and a great support to me when I first moved overseas. He loved to entertain, and one evening when friends from Denver were… Read more »

Spicy Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce

Boned pork loin chops are dusted with a spicy rub of paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and three different ground peppers in these Spicy Pork Chops! They are served with a tangy, colorful, garlic-y Chimichurri Sauce alongside.   Chimichurri, a sauce from Argentina usually served with meat, is typically made with parsley, garlic,… 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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