Blue dish filled with Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole

Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole

Beef, Spinach and Noodle Casserole is comfort food at its best, and is super easy to prepare. Plus, it can be made ahead of time, and even frozen, too! Lately I’ve been craving comfort foods, and in particular a casserole that my mom used to make when I was young. Noodles, beef, tomato sauce, cheese… Read more »

white bowl filled with Southwestern Chicken Soup with Avocado-Cheese Garnish

Southwestern Chicken Soup with Avocado-Cheese Garnish

This Southwestern Chicken Soup has a slightly spicy, uber-flavorful broth combined with tender chicken, onion, peppers, garlic, lots of spices (cumin, chili powder, coriander), corn and a surprise ingredient – hominy! It’s finished with an Avocado-Cheese garnish that both adds color and ensures this scrumptious soup will satisfy any appetite. I love the flavors of… Read more »

Easy Marinara Sauce

This super flavorful Easy Marinara Sauce calls for only 6 ingredients and is the perfect homemade alternative to purchased pasta sauces! People often ask me where my inspiration comes from when creating new recipes. Often it comes out of necessity, which was the case with this Easy Marinara Sauce. Recipe inspiration One evening, Robert and… Read more »

Rolled Turkey Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Stuffing

Not sure you want to take on roasting a large turkey this Thanksgiving? Rolled Turkey Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Stuffing is for you. Not only is it the perfect alternative to traditional turkey and stuffing, it can be prepared ahead of time! My good friend Ella Spradley hosted a dinner party one evening and… Read more »

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans is quick and easy to prepare, full of fall flavors including cranberry and cinnamon, and beautiful on the plate! Couscous is a wonderful alternative to rice or potatoes as a side dish. A coarse, ground pasta, couscous granules are made from crushed durum wheat. It takes only minutes to… Read more »

White platters filled with Braised Baby BBQ Sauce

Braised Baby Back Ribs with Zesty BBQ Sauce

These Braised Baby Back Ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and the Zesty BBQ Sauce is amazingly delicious! A bit sharp, a bit sweet, a bit spicy – these ribs and sauce will make your taste buds sing! I love ribs – and I have my favorite short rib recipes (“Fall Off The Bone Short Ribs” in… Read more »

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 White… 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! After… 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 »

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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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