Plate of Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille and orzo

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille is an easy to prepare dish that combines sausage meatballs with the Mediterranean flavors of eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, tomato, onion, garlic and basil. My cousin Barb Keller, whom I refer to as the queen of the crockpot, was nice enough to share this delicious recipe for Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball… Read more »

White Bean and Chicken Chili in a blue bowl with a mug of beer

White Bean and Chicken Chili

White Bean and Chicken Chili is a fast alternative to traditional chilis – and is lower in calories and fat, too!   Traditional chili dishes can often take several hours to make. This lighter version takes no time at all and uses chicken and white beans instead of ground beef and kidney beans. For our… Read more »

White soup tureen filled with Tomato Basil Bisque

Tomato Basil Bisque

Tangy, tasty and terrific (according to Robert!), our Tomato Basil Bisque is both colorful and comforting.   Our local Safeway grocery store sells a delicious tomato bisque soup. The problem is that it’s heavy on salt and processed ingredients. I started searching around for a healthier version, to no avail. Time to create my own!… Read more »

Bowl of soup with tortelloni, sausage, zucchini and carrots.

Tortelloni Soup with Sausage, Carrots and Zucchini

To wrap up my fall posts featuring fresh zucchini, today I’m sharing this amazingly delicious, Italian-inspired Tortelloni Soup with Sausage, Carrots and Zucchini. The weather in Denver is finally starting to feel like fall, and that means it’s one of my favorite seasons – soup! My husband Robert and I both love soup for dinner,… Read more »

Overhead shot of mushroom, spinach, zucchini pie with sliced tomatoes on top

Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato and Zucchini Pie

Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato and Zucchini Pie is the perfect end-of-summer dish to prepare with the fresh bounty from your garden or your favorite farmer’s market. At the end of summer, I love creating flavorful and colorful dishes with all the fresh vegetables and herbs that are at their peak. Hence, the creation of this Mushroom,… Read more »

Ham, Cheese and Spinach Torte with piece in front

Ham, Cheese and Spinach Torte

Ham, Cheese and Spinach Torte is a colorful dish layered with lots of flavor, and is so versatile it can be served for lunch, brunch or dinner! The other day I was perusing recipes from my mom’s collection and discovered that there were two cards with the exact same dish – one in mom’s handwriting,… Read more »

sauteed shrimp and vegetables atop crispy corn tortillas

Shrimp Tostadas

In this recipe for Shrimp Tostadas, sautéed shrimp, mushrooms and onions are layered atop crispy corn tortillas, along with salsa-flavored cream cheese, fresh guacamole, shredded cheese and lettuce. A fresh, colorful and easy weeknight dinner! One time Robert and I were invited to a local benefit where corn tortillas were being made from scratch during… Read more »

Poached salmon garnished with lemon slice and dill, with a side of cucumber dill sauce

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Pretty Poached Salmon with a flavorful Cucumber-Dill Sauce – the perfect make ahead entrée for a spring (or summer!) luncheon or dinner party. I love serving salmon when entertaining – most of our friends and family like it, plus it’s very versatile, easy to prepare, and super delicious. I have several recipes (including this one)… Read more »

Scoop of crab and shrimp lasagna above dish

Seafood Lasagna

Seafood Lasagna – creamy, cheesy deliciousness that’s super easy to prepare with no-boil lasagna noodles. I love crab and shrimp, especially when paired with a cheese sauce. A seafood lasagna seemed like a great idea to me and mom when we were talking about what  kind of unusual lasagna recipe we wanted to include in… Read more »

Scrumptious eggplant and mushroom sauce atop pasta,

Quick Eggplant and Mushroom Pappardelle

A super easy pasta dish to prepare on a busy day, this Quick Eggplant and Mushroom Pappardelle from my husband Robert is a crowd-pleaser! My fabulous, smart, handsome, supportive husband, Robert also loves to cook. (Yes, he is pretty perfect!) Robert’s maternal grandparents came from Italy and he grew up enjoying big traditional Italian Sunday… 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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