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 »

Individual plate filled with Apple and Mixed Green Salad with Apple-Truffle Vinaigrette

Apple and Mixed Greens with Apple-Truffle Vinaigrette

Apple and Mixed Greens with Apple-Truffle Vinaigrette is an elegant, light and refreshing first course or side salad. And, it’s easy to prepare, too! I love fresh, crunchy, juicy apples, and think they are a great addition to salads. The first salad I created with apples was my Chopped Salad with Apple Feta and Pecans,… Read more »

4 Tips for Making Perfect Mashed Potatoes

November 11, 2019

Mashed potatoes are one of those dishes that are easy to prepare, but can be difficult to do well. So, I thought I would share my top tips on making creamy, smooth and flavorful mashed potatoes: Use Yukon Gold potatoes. They produce the creamier texture I prefer. For a fluffier texture, use a mix of … Read more »

Golden Potatoes (Twice Baked Potato Casserole)

Golden Potatoes – a.k.a. Twice Baked Potato Casserole – is an easy to prepare, crowd-pleasing side dish that can be made ahead of time! This recipe for Golden Potatoes, from family friend (and excellent cook) Charlene Clinton, features all the ingredients in twice-baked potatoes, but with a much easier preparation. Peeled and baked potatoes are… Read more »

White bowl with Healthy Broccoli Soup topped with Potato Croutons, red onion and Parmesan

Healthy Broccoli Soup with Potato Croutons

Healthy Broccoli Soup with Potato Croutons is the perfect light and flavorful dish to add to your repertoire of good-for-you recipes! Like many folks, in January my husband Robert and I try to get back to eating healthier. Other than during the holidays (when we give ourselves a break to indulge), we tend to eat… 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 »

Chilled cucumber leek vichyssoise soup garnished with sliced radishes

Cucumber Leek Vichyssoise

Fresh cucumbers and sweet, mellow leeks are the stars in this super savory, chilled Cucumber Leek Vichyssoise soup. Robert doesn’t like cucumbers on their own, but will eat them mixed in with other foods. I, on the other hand, love cucumbers, so accommodate him I often experiment, finding new ways to incorporate them into a… Read more »

Shepards pie topped with mashed potatoes in a pewter baking dish

Shepard’s Pie

I created this Shepard’s Pie recipe one night when I was looking for something to do with leftover Mashed Potatoes with Parsley and Chives. It was a cold, snowy night in Denver, and comfort food seemed the perfect thing to warm us up! Robert loves this flavorful, hearty dish. I make it with a mixture… Read more »

white plate with Mom's Corned Beef and Cabbage

Mom’s Corned Beef & Cabbage

Mom’s Corned Beef and Cabbage is full of flavor, due to slow-and-low braising of the brisket in a flavorful broth, combined with a delicious glaze of mustard, brown sugar and cloves. Potatoes, carrots and cabbage are cooked in the meat broth, infusing them with onion, garlic, clove and corned beef flavors. St. Patrick’s Day is… 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! I love mashed potatoes. Interestingly enough, when growing up my mom rarely made them. She told me she didn’t really like the texture! I like… 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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