white plate with a portion of Convent Pie

Convent Pie (Cheese Soufflé with Pasta)

Light and airy, Convent Pie is basically a scrumptious cheese soufflé with pasta inside! As my friends and family can tell you, I LOVE cheese. It’s definitely one of my four main food groups! And, to me there’s nothing better than cheese soufflé. Light, airy, super cheese-y. My husband Robert’s Italian, so he loves just… Read more »

Scoop of Leek Gratin in spoon hovering over casserole dish

Leek Gratin

Leek Gratin – easy to prepare, full of flavor, and great year round on special days, from Easter to Thanksgiving! I love this Leek Gratin recipe, which is straight from mom’s recipe box. What’s not to love – it’s comprised of hard boiled eggs, leeks sautéed in butter and a creamy Parmesn-Cheddar cheese sauce. Yum!… Read more »

Wooden plate with sliced Sausage and Spinach Torte, alongside a wedge of cheese

Sausage and Spinach Torte

Sausage and Spinach Torte is sophisticated in flavor, tempting to look at, and the perfect main dish for a picnic, lunch or light dinner. Sausage and Spinach Torte is a basically a super flavorful meatloaf that’s served at room temperature. It was a favorite recipe of my mom. She loved serving it at picnics, Botanic… Read more »

Grilled Tarragon Chicken with Pasta, Pecans and Spring Greens

Grilled Tarragon Chicken with Pasta, Pecans and Spring Greens is a scrumptious one-dish salad that’s full of delicious flavors – and perfect for warm summer evenings! OK, so this recipe’s name is a mouthful (and I didn’t even include the Pecan-Tarragon Pesto Dressing in the name!) which is consistent with the salad itself, as it’s… Read more »

Foil packet filled with grilled new potatoes, seasoned with Parmesan Cheese, parsley and truffle zest.

Grilled Potato Packets with Truffle Zest

Grilled Potato Packets with Truffle Zest are the perfect side dish for you next barbecue! I started cooking Grilled Potato Packets around 10 years ago, when Robert and I started traveling around the country in our airstream. When camping, I like to do most of the cooking on our grill. So, one evening when I… Read more »

Blue bowl filled with Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip, sitting on a white platter with tortilla chips

Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip

Artichoke, Jalapeno and Cheese Dip is a creamy, slightly spicy appetizer – that’s also quick and easy to prepare! I love artichokes, and have since I was a little girl. I have several artichoke dip recipes in my files, and this one is a favorite. Artichoke hearts are combined with jalapeno pepper for a bit… Read more »

Oval blue bowl filled with Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette is the quintessential scrumptious, colorful, make ahead side dish! Earthy wild rice is combined with tangy artichoke hearts, colorful peas, crunchy bell pepper, piquant green onions and juicy cherry tomatoes. This luscious mixture is then topped off with a sharp Parmesan Vinaigrette and toasted almonds. This Elegant Wild… Read more »

Breaded chicken breast covered with marinara sauce and melted cheese, atop cooked spaghetti

Robert’s Easy Chicken Parmesan

Robert’s Easy Chicken Parmesan – a colorful, flavorful, from-your-pantry, perfect weeknight dinner! It’s mid-August, which means that fall is just around the corner. I don’t know exactly why, but my busy life seems to get even busier in the fall. More meetings, more book signings, more cooking classes, etc. I’m sure many of you feel… Read more »

Grilled cauliflower slices with a tangy Parmesan cheese sauce

Cauliflower with Parmesan Cheese Sauce

Grilled or broiled Cauliflower with Parmesan Cheese Sauce is a scrumptious, easy and impressive side dish! We recently returned from a super fun month on the road camping in our airstream trailer. So, lately I’ve been inspired to post recipes that I’ve created over the years while camping, where most of what I cook is… Read more »

Onion Parmesan Toasts on white platter

Onion Parmesan Toasts

Onion Parmesan Toasts are the perfect, from-your-pantry/refrigerator appetizer to serve at your next gathering! These little one-bite appetizers are the perfect starter for almost any dinner. Super easy to prepare, they use ingredients that you are likely to have on hand – cream cheese, butter, mayonnaise, green onions, Parmesan cheese, Tabasco sauce and Melba round… 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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