White footed soup bowl filled with Carrot Vichyssoise

Carrot Vichyssoise (Chilled Vegetable Soup)

Carrot Vichyssoise is a colorful and refreshingly smooth chilled soup that’s perfect to serve for lunch or dinner. This Carrot Vichyssoise recipe is another fabulous find from the Gordon Ranch recipe box. It’s my kind of recipe – easy to prepare with pantry ingredients. In fact, virtually all the recipes I’ve made from the Ranch… Read more »

Sheet pan with chicken, carrots and potatoes with a mushroom sauce

Sheet Pan Chicken with Mushroom-Onion Sauce

Hearty Sheet Pan Chicken with Mushroom-Onion Sauce is a hearty, flavorful dish that will warm you up on a cold winter’s night! I enjoy making “sheet pan” recipes – those multiple ingredient dishes that are prepared all in one sheet pan (basically a rimmed cookie sheet). These recipes are definitely in my wheel house –… Read more »

Seasoned ground pork sauce atop zucchini noodles on a plate

Zucchini Noodles with Ground Pork Sauce

Even though last week I said I was posting my last zucchini recipe for this fall, I made my Zucchini Noodles with Ground Pork Sauce for dinner this week, and my husband Robert said I HAD to post it – he liked it that much! I love zucchini noodles. Not only are they are a… Read more »

Hot Chili Cheese Dip

Chili Cheese Dip

Hot Chili Cheese Dip – the perfect appetizer to serve for playoff game and Superbowl viewing! Robert and I love to watch sports on TV, especially football and basketball. We are in the throes of the NFL playoff games this week, and even though our team – the Denver Broncos – is out of the… Read more »

blue pie dish filled with Tourtiere

Tourtière – Meat and Potato Pie

Tourtière – sautéed pork, onions, turkey and mashed potatoes flavored with garlic, thyme, sage and spices are the flavorful filling in this delicious double-crust pie. Comfort food at its best! I was first introduced to the French Canadian dish Tourtière by my college roommate Cynthia Ballantyne, who grew up in Montreal, Quebec. It has been… Read more »

Southwestern-grilled-chicken-with-peppers-onions

Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Peppers and Onions

Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Peppers and Onions has all the flavors of fajitas in a healthier, more elegant dish. I love the flavors in Tex-Mex fajitas – grilled protein (meat, poultry or shrimp) combined with grilled onions and peppers and served with tortillas, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. One day I decided to create a… Read more »

Brown plate with a Seafood Phyllo Bundle broken in half

Seafood Phyllo Bundles with Creole Mustard Sauce

These make-ahead Seafood Phyllo Bundles with Creole Mustard Sauce are packed with flavor, scrumptious and impressive to serve. For these super yummy and beautiful Seafood Phyllo Bundles with Creole Mustard Sauce, shrimp and crab are seasoned with the “holy trinity of Cajun cooking” (onions, bell peppers and celery) and Old Bay, mixed together with cream… Read more »

Individual white bowls of Chilled Tomato Dill Soup

Chilled Tomato Dill Soup

Chilled  Tomato Dill Soup is the perfect dish to cool you off on a warm summer night, and can be packed in a thermos to serve as part of a picnic. This Chilled Tomato Dill Soup recipe is always a hit, especially on a hot summer night. It is bursting with the flavors of summer… Read more »

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

I wasn’t sure at first whether to put this recipe on the website or not, then I made it one more time for Robert, who said I was crazy not to post it.  Salisbury Steak is a classic dish that I remember eating as a kid, that is still just as delicious today.  And, it’s… Read more »

White soup bowl filled with Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy and super flavorful, Butternut Squash Soup is an impressive and scrumptious first course or lunch entrée. Sometimes the best recipes arise from kitchen-related disasters. My cousin Dave Berry is one of those natural cooks who can create delicious recipes from scratch. When following his original recipe for Butternut Squash Soup, I accidentally added too… 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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