two braised chicken thighs with olives and artichoke hearts in a shallow bowl

Braised Chicken with Olives and Artichokes

Tender braised chicken is accented with Mediterranean flavors in this mouth-watering Braised Chicken with Olives and Artichokes recipe.   I love braised chicken – a traditional cooking method in which chicken pieces are browned and then simmered, covered, in liquid (usually wine and/or stock). The result is super moist, flavorful and colorful chicken. Browning the… Read more »

roasted peaches, nectarines and plums over ice cream with candied walnuts

Roasted Peaches, Nectarines and Plums with Candied Walnuts

Roasting stone fruits like Peaches, Nectarines and Plums intensifies their fabulous flavors and creates a natural, juicy sauce for the fruit. Candied walnuts add a bit of sweet crunch! In August and September, farmer’s markets and grocery stores are overflowing with fresh stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums. I’m always looking for new ways… Read more »

Poached salmon garnished with lemon slice and dill, with a side of cucumber dill sauce

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Pretty Poached Salmon with a flavorful Cucumber-Dill Sauce – the perfect make ahead entrée for a spring (or summer!) luncheon or dinner party. I love serving salmon when entertaining – most of our friends and family like it, plus it’s very versatile, easy to prepare, and super delicious. I have several recipes (including this one)… Read more »

Italian-Sausage-Spinach-Orzo-Soup-recipe

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Orzo Soup

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Orzo Soup – yum! Now that it’s Fall, it’s officially soup season. Yay! I love soups. My favorite way to warm up on a cold and rainy night is to curl up in front of a cozy fire with my husband Robert and a steamy bowl of flavorful soup. This mouthwatering… Read more »

tex-mex-fondue-recipe

Tex-Mex Fondue

Tex-Mex Fondue – mom’s recipe that is a Southwestern twist on the traditional cheese fondue dish – replacing the kirsch with tequila and adding cilantro and jalapeno peppers. Fondue was a family favorite growing up — cheese, beef and tempura style. It’s great fun for kids as it’s so active. Dad was always stealing everyone… Read more »

shrimp scampi cooking in a large black skillet

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 »

Mushroom and onion mixture in croustade on pewter platter

Mushroom Croustades

Mushroom Croustades are a one-bite, timeless, crowd-pleasing appetizer that can be made ahead – perfect for  entertaining! These Mushroom Croustades were a favorite of my mom, and they are now a favorite of mine, too! Finely chopped fresh mushrooms and onion are sautéed in butter, thickened with a bit of flour and seasoned with cream,… Read more »

Crab-shrimp-st-jacques-recipe

Shrimp and Crab St. Jacques

Based loosely on the French dish Coquille St. Jacques, this recipe is easy enough for everyday and impressive enough for entertaining (especially if you put it in individual shell-shaped dishes). Like so many of our other dishes, all you need is a side salad, like Red Leaf Lettuce with Hot Bacon Dressing, and a good… Read more »

Lee Clayton Roper

Welcome!

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!
Learn More

Access more recipes in Lee's award-winning book, Fresh Tastes!

[cart_button show_items="true" empty_cart_text="Cart: " items_in_cart_text="Cart: " ]