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….

A white plate of pan-fried bananas with brandy that have been drizzle with coconut cream with a fork resting on either side.

Pan-Fried Bananas with Brandy

Boozy bananas are lavished with a cheater’s caramel sauce made with butter, brandy, and brown sugar in this outrageously simple riff on a Southern classic. No flambé required.

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  • 25 M
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A person dipping a piece of bread into a bowl of butternut squash soup.

Butternut Squash Soup

A most gratifying use for a gangly gourd, this silken butternut squash soup all but defines autumn.

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  • 3 H
  • 10
A breakfast sandwich with fried egg, kale, and ricotta sandwiched between two toasted English muffin halves.

Breakfast Sandwich

An unconventional riff on the ever-popular breakfast sandwich that’s healthier than most, easy as can be, and satisfying as all get out.

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Six homemade English muffins in tins on a baking sheet and four empty tins.

English Muffins

Far easier to make than you might imagine. And unspeakably more flavorful than anything you can find that’s store-bought.

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  • 3 H, 30 M
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Four portions of roasted beet and quinoa salad served in a radicchio leaves on a white marble board.

Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad

The epitome of what healthful food ought to be, this salad not only looks stunning but, more importantly, is just as stunning to the palate.

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  • 2 H
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A child eating a bowl of cooked pasta with red sauce.

Red Sauce ~ Sugo di Pomodoro

“Simple, quick, and delicious.” “Elegant.” “It sure as heck is good.” That’s what folks are saying about this easy weeknight supper.

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An omelet with chanterelles in a metal skillet with two chanterelle mushrooms lying beside the skillet.

Omelet with Chanterelles

Simple yet sophisticated in that way that only the French have with eggs. Lovely at any time of day. Preferably with a glass of white wine at your side.

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An apple rose tart, shaped to look like a rose with a scoop of ice cream beside it on a white plate.

Apple Rose Tarts

Stunning to behold. And actually remarkably simple to make. Allow us to introduce you to your latest dessert obsession.

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Nine chocolate coconut banana muffins in paper wrappers.

Banana Muffins

If something looks like banana bread and tastes like banana bread, chances are it’s banana bread. Unless it’s these cute little banana muffins riddled with chocolate.

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Maple glazed carrots with bourbon and parsnips on a black oval platter with a dish of salt beside it.

Maple Glazed Carrots with Bourbon

Sweet enough to entice the kid in you but boozy enough to appeal to the adult in you. (Apparently we like our vegetables the same way we like our cocktails.)

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  • 2
A high ball glass partially filled with an amber Sazerac cocktail without absinthe and an oversized ice cube.

Sazerac Cocktail Without Absinthe

All the flavor of the classic without any of the purported hallucinogenic properties. With apologies to Baudelaire, Hemingway, van Gogh, et al.

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  • 30 M
  • 2
A better brined roast chicken in a cast iron Dutch oven surrounded by potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and a halved head of garlic.

Best Brined Roast Chicken

This is, without any doubt, the BEST brined chicken recipe we’ve EVER tasted. Seriously. (And did we mention how quick and easy it is?!)

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  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 10
A bowl of chashu pork ramen, filled with braised pork, soba noodles, bean sprouts, peas, and bok choy, with a pair of chopsticks resting on top.

Chashu Pork Ramen

An oh-so-satisfying bowl of tender braised sweetly salty pork, soba noodles, and vegetables. Eminently slurpable.

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