Salmon filet with lemon caper sauce on top and on the side

Baked Lemon Caper Salmon

For those days when your schedule is overloaded, Busy Night Baked Lemon-Caper Salmon can be on the table in less than 30 minutes from when you open the refrigerator! Salmon with Lemon and Capers We all have those days (weeks!) where the thought of making dinner is overwhelming – those days that are so busy,… Read more »

Oven Roasted Rainbow-Colored Carrots with Serving Pieces

Roasted Whole Carrots

Roasted Whole Carrots are a scrumptious, easy to prepare side dish that provides lots of color on the plate! Oven Roasted Rainbow Carrots Often when I’m creating a menu, one challenge is finding a side dish that adds color to the plate – especially a bright color, like red or orange. After all, Mom always… Read more »

portions of 3 bruschetta topped with bean puree, on a blue plate

White Bean Bruschetta

Cannellini Bean Bruschetta are earthy, flavorful, easy to prepare and beautiful on the plate. Grilled (or broiled) slices of ciabatta bread are spread with a rustic purée of cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, then topped with chopped toasted walnuts and a drizzle of truffle oil. Yum! White Bean Bruschetta Recipe Cannellini are… Read more »

Siver cups filled with Veggie Fries in a napkin, with Lemon-Garlic Aioli on the side

Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli are a wonderful alternative to French fries. For these scrumptious Veggie Fries, large Portobello mushroom and zucchini wedges are dusted with flour, dipped in beaten egg,  coated with a mixture of Italian breadcrumbs and fresh Parmesan cheese, and then fried until crispy and golden brown. They pair beautifully with a… Read more »

Mashed Potatoes with Parsley and Chives

Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? Everyone has their favorite way to prepare them, and Mashed Potatoes with Parsley and Chives is mine. They’re easy to prepare, with only 5 ingredients! Chive and Parsley Potatoes Recipe I love mashed potatoes. Interestingly enough, when growing up my mom rarely made them. She told me she didn’t really… Read more »

overhead of 4 Spicy Pork Chops in a cast iron skillet

Chimichurri Pork Chops with Spicy Pork Chop Rub

In this tantalizing dish of contrasting flavors, Spicy Pork Chops are seasoned with a sweet-spicy rub featuring brown sugar and three ground peppers (cayenne, white and black). The heat of the pork chops is then balanced by the coolness of a refreshing, citrusy Argentine Chimichurri Sauce. Chimichurri Pork Pork chops are one of my favorite… Read more »

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Spinach Basil Pesto Recipe

This recipe is my all time favorite pesto. It is adapted from the wonderful author and syndicated columnist Diane Rossen Worthington’s recipe in her cookbook, A Taste of Summer. It is delicious on pasta, in our Smoked Salmon Chopped Salad, on pizza, and in a goat cheese torte.  

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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