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 »

Blue plate with Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb, sliced, with Fresh Mint Sauce on the side

Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Sauce

Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb with Fresh Mint Sauce is an easy, elegant main dish that’s perfect for a spring or summer dinner. As a Colorado native, I grew up eating lots of grass-fed meat – including lamb. After all, Colorado is known as having the best, most flavorful lamb around! Nowadays, I love serving… Read more »

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Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini

Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini is a fresh, light, flavorful and unusual make ahead appetizer. This recipe for these delectable Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini came to me from good friend Missy Glauch. Peas, basil, mint, jalapeño pepper, ricotta cheese and olive oil are quickly blended together in a food processor or blender…. Read more »

Derby Day Mint Julep

For years, we’ve been in pursuit of the perfect Mint Julep to accompany our Kentucky Derby Day festivities, which are a big deal in the Clayton household as my mom was raised in Louisville. We think this recipe is just right – not too much bourbon, not too sweet and just enough mint. Give it… Read more »

Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers with yogurt-mint dressing

Tomato Cucumber Salad & Yogurt-Herb Dressing

My Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt-Herb Dressing is perfect for when gardens are overflowing with fresh tomatoes and herbs! One fall, my husband Robert and I had a divine two week vacation in southern France and northern Spain. A highlight of our trip was staying at the fabulous home of good friends, near Biarritz…. Read more »

Chilled-Green-Pea-Soup-recipe

Chilled Minted Pea Soup (and Picnic Menu)

Earlier this week, we were headed to the Denver Botanic Gardens for a concert. My favorite part of going to these concerts is the picnic! Unfortunately, this time I had very little time to prepare. I had some of our Sausage and Spinach Torte from A Well-Seasoned Kitchen in the freezer, so that could easily… Read more »

lamb-kabobs-eggplant-recipe

Lamb Kabobs, Eggplant & Mint-Yogurt Sauce

My good friend Mary Rolph Lamontagne recently began blogging about her cooking and food experiences in South Africa, where she and her husband moved in 2005 (you can find her blog at http://savourandsave.com/). Having trained at the Ritz-Escoffier culinary school in Paris, Mary is a fabulous cook and has started to create her own African-inspired dishes…. 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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