Blue plate filled with Quick and Easy Cajun Shrimp Linguine

Quick and Easy Cajun Shrimp Linguine

With our Quick and Easy Cajun Shrimp Linguine, you can have a scrumptious and healthy dinner on the table in under 20 minutes. I love this Cajun Shrimp Linguine recipe for so many reasons. Not just because it’s quick and easy to prepare, or that it’s healthy (calling for skim milk instead of cream), or… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Spinach Farfalle Bolognese

Mom’s Spinach Farfalle Bolognese is sophisticated comfort food at its best! When I was growing up, my Dad’s two sisters lived in Denver and their families all came to our house for Christmas Eve dinner. Every year Mom always made this scrumptious Spinach Farfalle Bolognese casserole. Why? Well, because (1) it’s a crowd pleaser, (2)… Read more »

Perfect Pasta, Every Time

June 6, 2016

In my cooking classes, I am often asked for my secrets on how to cook pasta correctly – to ensure that it comes out flavorful, just al dente (not too chewy nor soft), not stuck together, and not slippery. So, here are my top 10 tips: Use enough water – in the correct size (i.e.,… Read more »

Quick Shrimp Scampi Three Ways

Same ingredients, three different quick and easy ways to prepare super flavorful Shrimp Scampi! I have been eating some version of shrimp scampi since I was a little girl, and have always loved it. Not surprising, since I love most dishes with butter and garlic in them! When getting ready to share my recipe for… Read more »

Amalfi Hike and Cooking Class Dinner

August 26, 2015

One of our favorite adventures while vacationing on the Amalfi coast was to go on a hike to a local organic farm where we were treated to a cooking class dinner. Our hotel, the Grand Hotel Convento, was on the side of a large hill, just on the outskirts of the town of Amalfi. Our… Read more »

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Traditional Rome Restaurants

June 30, 2015

When Robert and I were in Rome, we ate primarily at restaurants serving traditional Roman fare. Robert had never been to Italy, and wanted to experience classic foods and dishes. Our two favorites were Checcino dal 1887 and La Campana. Checchino dal 1887 This restaurant was recommended by my college friend, Italian food and wine… Read more »

Food Tour of Rome

June 26, 2015

While my husband Robert and I were in Rome on vacation, one evening our fabulous travel agent and best friend Katey Hartwell organized for us a “food tour” through the neighborhoods of Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto. Our darling guide Francesca met us at the Piazza Campio de Fiori, along with two other American couples… 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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