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 »

collage of spring menu dishes

Fresh and Flavorful Spring Menu

Spring is here, and with spring comes fresh, flavorful – and colorful – ingredients. As the temperatures rise, the grass starts to turn green and the flowers bud, I start to crave lighter foods – salmon, asparagus, carrots, radishes, avocado, and sweet peas to name a few. Recently, I created a scrumptious new spring menu… Read more »

Shaved carrots, radishes, avocado, feta chees and lemon basil vinaigrette

Carrot, Radish and Sweet Pea Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Spring is here – time for colorful, flavorful salads like this Carrot, Radish and Sweet Pea Salad that is paired with a delicious Lemon Basil Vinaigrette. Ingredients coming into season in the spring are some of my favorites – especially carrots, radishes and sweet peas. Colorful, crunchy, and flavorful, they add depth and texture to… Read more »

white plate with Dorothy's Potato Salad next to BBQ Beef sandwich

Dorothy’s Potato Salad

Anyone can make potato salad, but few can master the recipe like Dorothy Hartwell did in Dorothy’s Potato Salad! It’s the perfect blend of flavors and textures – tangy, eggy and crunchy while a bit creamy. This potato salad recipe comes from Dorothy Hartwell, the mother of my childhood best friend Katey. Katey and I… 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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