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Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish-Mustard Sauce

Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish-Mustard Sauce – an easy to prepare, make ahead, elegant and versatile main dish. There is nothing more versatile – or more elegant – than beef tenderloin for a dinner party. It’s also very easy to prepare. You just have to purchase good quality beef and have an accurate meat… 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 »

Green platter filled with Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

I love these Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon – they are so fresh and full of flavor, and so easy to prepare! My mom often served stuffed tomatoes as part of a dinner party menu. When prepared properly, stuffed tomatoes are not only delicious they are also pretty on the plate, adding… Read more »

Baked fish on shredded lettuce topped with mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and parsley

Baked Fish on Lettuce

OK, I know it sounds strange – baking fish on lettuce? Really? I can promise you that it’s delicious! This recipe has been around for many years, yet I still have friends who ask for it when they come to dinner. Despite its simplicity, it’s very impressive looking, especially if you bake it in an… Read more »

Pimiento Cheese Spread in a white bowl with celery sticks and crackers

Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread

Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread – another scrumptious, versatile recipe from Mom! Mom loved pimiento cheese and made her Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread often, sometimes just for our family to enjoy. She never measured the ingredients, just mixed them to taste. This is my version of her “recipe”. I add cayenne pepper to give it a… Read more »

glass stand holding Cilantro Mousse ring filled with flowers

Cilantro Mousse

Cilantro Mousse is an easy, elegant, slightly spicy appetizer that can be prepared up to 3 days ahead, making it perfect for entertaining. This delicious and unusual Cilantro Mousse recipe comes from a friend of my childhood friend Katey Hartwell, who lives part-time in Mexico. I  love any dish with cilantro, and as the name… Read more »

white plate with Dorothy's Potato Salad next to BBQ Beef sandwich

Dorothy’s Potato Salad

Anyone can make potato salad, but few can master the recipe like Dorothy Hartwell did in Dorothy’s Potato Salad! It’s the perfect blend of flavors and textures – tangy, eggy and crunchy while a bit creamy. This potato salad recipe comes from Dorothy Hartwell, the mother of my childhood best friend Katey. Katey and I… Read more »

White dish filled with Country Ham Cheese Spread

Country Ham Cheese Spread

Scrumptious Country Ham Cheese Spread is a bit salty, a bit creamy – and is quick and easy to prepare, with only 4 ingredients! Country ham is another traditional food from Kentucky adopted by our family.  My mom, who was born and raised in Kentucky, insisted it be served at every major holiday celebration. There… Read more »

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BLT in a Cherry Tomato

What could be better – the ingredients in a BLT sandwich (minus the bread) in a bite size morsel! A wonderfully refreshing and delicious addition to any cocktail party menu.  

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Kentucky Cheese Torte

Having friends over to watch the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl? This scrumptious cheese torte recipe, from mom’s home state of Kentucky, can be made up to one month ahead and frozen, allowing for stress-free entertaining.  

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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