White cake stand holding Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls

Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls

Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls are easy to prepare, oo-ey, goo-ey, cinnamon-y bites of moist deliciousness! They’ve been an annual Christmas tradition in my family for years – they’re that easy and good. These Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls, also often called Monkey Bread, are full of caramel and cinnamon flavor. I love the deep, richness of… 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 plate filled with Chicken,Blueberry and Mango Salad

Chicken, Blueberry and Mango Salad

Chicken, Blueberry and Mango Salad with Mango Vinaigrette just tastes like summer, and is a light and refreshing dish to enjoy on warm evenings! Chicken, Blueberry and Mango Salad was a late addition to my cookbook Fresh Tastes. During the time when I was finalizing the recipes to be included, my good friend Tamara O’Brien… 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 »

Blackberry Pear Crisp in a white oval dish with a scoop out of one corner

Blackberry Pear Crisp

This Blackberry Pear Crisp is comfort food at its best, and an excellent way to showcase fall’s delicious pears. I have always loved pears – that delicious, fresh, sweet but not too sweet flavor. I always get excited in August and September when the fresh crop starts showing up at the market. Even though pears… Read more »

Pecan Cookie Cups with Rum-White Chocolate mousse and berries

Pecan Cookie Cups with White Chocolate-Rum Mousse

Delicate and elegant Pecan Cookie Cups are filled with scrumptious White Chocolate-Rum Mousse and topped with fresh berries – the perfect light and flavorful dish to end a spring or summer meal! These pecan cookie cups were a favorite at mom’s dinner parties. They are basically a molded Florentine cookie – lacy, crispy and light…. Read more »

green ruffled plate filled with Grandma Clayton's Sand Tarts

Grandma Clayton’s Sand Tarts

Grandma Clayton’s Sand Tarts – butter cookies filled with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. Yum! September 21st is National Pecan Cookie Day! My absolute favorite pecan cookies are my maternal grandmother’s Sand Tarts – scrumptious butter cookies filled with chopped pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. With only 6 ingredients, these tasty morsels are… Read more »

chopped-salad-apples-feta-pecans-recipe

Chopped Salad with Apples, Pecans and Feta Cheese

Fall is in the air – time for apples! I’m always looking for new ways to use them, especially raw because I love the juicy crunch they provide to a dish. That’s why I came up with this quick and easy recipe for Chopped Salad with Apple, Pecans and Feta Cheese. I have to admit,… Read more »

Square plate with a stack of Cheesecake Squares cookies

Cheesecake Squares

These easy to prepare Cheesecake Squares are full of luscious flavors, calling for chopped pecans instead of graham cracker crumbs in the crust, and lemon juice and zest in the batter. Yum! Growing up, everyone loved my mom’s Cheesecake Squares cookies. Unfortunately, the recipe was lost somewhere during the process of compiling my first cookbook… Read more »

Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bars

Toffee has always been a favorite in the Clayton household. Mom was famous for her toffee candy (find the recipe in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®). She packaged it in pretty boxes and gave it to friends and family at Christmas. Such an anticipated gift, if mom ran behind schedule with the deliveries, her friends would call me, asking if they’d been… 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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