Honest Entertaining®

Honest Entertaining®

Tired of being Martha-ized? Feeling as if you're a failure unless you grind your own wheat, grow your own yeast,  raise your own beef? Expecting the impossible from yourself, all while cooking a sit-down dinner for 25? Well, relax! Take a deep breath. We've been there--and we ain't ever going back. Honest Entertaining is as much of a state of mind as a way to cook. And you'll find that state of mind reflected in our recipes and our series of programs including technique videos and podcasts. It's real food for real people for good times. It's knock-it-out-of-the-park dishes that are smart, easy, and let you be a cook, not a domestic god/goddess. You know they say about false idols....

Barbecue Pickles Recipe

Yep. Barbecue pickles. They’re essentially just store-bought dill slices doused with hot sauce, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Wait’ll you try them.

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North Carolina Vinegar Barbecue Sauce Recipe

A little tangy and not too sweet, this North Carolina style barbecue sauce is juuuuuuuuuust right.

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Smoked Pork Shoulder Recipe

Smoked pork shoulder isn’t so much a food as it is a glimpse of nirvana. This soulful version has a simple yet memorable rub and no fussy brine.

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Roast Chicken and Pan Gravy Recipe

We seriously cannot get enough of this easy roast chicken and pan gravy that’s got our heads spinning and everyone clamoring for more.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 8

Brown Betty Bakery Coconut Cake

Dubbed Company’s Comin’ Coconut Cake, this beauty of a pound cake will have you dreaming up excuses to invite guests for dinner—and dessert.

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  • 1 H, 20 M
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Chocolate Tart with Pine Nuts Recipe

We don’t know Italian, but we’re pretty certain this tart, with its molten filling and brownie crust, translates to “Damn good!”

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  • 40 M
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Asparagus Risotto Recipe

An easy, light, spring-inspired riff on traditional risotto that still manages to maintain all the rich, indulgent, creamy goodness of the Italian classic.

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Zucchini and Fennel Salad Recipe

A lovely, healthy, aesthetically pleasing side for when you want to impress with ease.

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Ancho Fish Tacos Recipe

Rubbed with spices and grilled rather than battered and fried, these fish tacos are so easy, so healthy, and so something we want to make again and again and again.

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Red Wine Poached Pears Recipe

A stunning—and stunningly simple—dessert made from booze and fruit and sugar and not a lot else.

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Dyed Easter Eggs Recipe

Ditch the fizzy artificially dyed tablets for something more natural. Like kitchen scraps.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 2

Glazed Ham Recipe

Plonk this brown sugar glazed ham on your holiday table and then simply step back, listen to the gasped oohs and aahs, accept all manner of accolades, and then watch it disappear.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 22

Passover Apple Cake Recipe

This Passover classic is so memorable you may just find yourself making it all year round. Talk about a godsend.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 8

Passover Brownies Recipe

The best kosher-for-Passover brownies we’ve ever had. Ever so slightly crumbly outside and splendiferously fudgy inside.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
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