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….

Five half-moon pastries, Jamaican beef turnovers, on a stone plate, three bottles of beer

Jamaican Beef Turnovers

Patties. Pasties. Turnovers. Whatever you insist on calling these savory hand pies is of little consequence. It’s the taste that talks to us. And oh, do they. With a Jamaican accent, no less.

  • (2)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 12
A crock of beer cheese with a knife resting on top, and a mug of beer and piece of pretzel bun on the side.

Beer Cheese

A boozy cousin to pimento cheese, this beer cheese is essential entertaining fare during football season. And, actually, outside football season.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 4 H, 25 M
  • 2
A panko crusted pork tenderloin with rosemary being sliced on a wooden cutting board.

Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin With Rosemary

The sort of simple dish that looks (and tastes!) like you spent all day preparing it but, in reality, requires only a handful of pantry ingredients and is completely doable on a weeknight.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
A rimmed baking sheet filled with peppery chicken wings

Peppery Chicken Wings

The intensity of the classic buffalo wing is tempered here, usurped by a deliciously, defiantly untraditional blend of beguiling spices.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 9
Three glasses of Champagne cocktail with a Champagne cork an a plate of sugar cubes beside the drinks.

Champagne Cocktail

The quintessential something to sip at an elegant soirée, a large party, or just because it’s a random Tuesday night.

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  • 4
Prosecco being added to a Prosecco and Aperol cocktail, with two partially filled glasses behind it.

Prosecco and Aperol Cocktail

Bitter. Sweet. Floral. Herbal. Citrusy. Elegant. Classic. Fizzy. Magical in all ways. That’s what folks are saying about this lovely little cocktail. Cin cin.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 12
A red Dutch oven filled with beer-braised chicken with root vegetables on a wooden surface.

Beer Braised Chicken

Chicken is coaxed to incredible taste and tenderness in this stew of sorts made healthful with root vegetables. Simple to make. Complex in taste. Unforgettable all around.

  • (5)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 25
A cut satsuma orange cake in a round baking sheet

Clementine Cake

Looks like upside-down cake. Tastes like upside-down cake. Yet this sticky citrusy dessert couldn’t be more right-side up.

  • (12)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 66
An espresso cake drizzled with glaze on a wire rack that is set on a pice of parchment to catch any glaze drips.

Espresso Cake

This simple yet spectacular riff on coffee cake—there’s actually coffee in the cake—is rich and robust and rousing in that way only espresso can be.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 45
A perfectly roasted beef tenderloin with Madeira sauce on the side ion a copper pot

Beef Tenderloin with Madeira Sauce

This eminently reliable, no-fuss recipe doesn’t ambush you with carving trickery. It’s just a simple, supple roast beef tenderloin napped with a slightly boozy but goof-proof sauce.

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 9
A layer of parmesan twists on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Parmesan Twists

There’s lots to love about these crowd-pleasing twists. How they look. How they taste. How they come together with ease. (Need we go on…?)

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  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A dish of classic Hollandaise sauce on a white plate with a whisk resting on the dish.

Classic Hollandaise Sauce

Some things are so simple as to seem almost plain—until you taste them. Hollandaise is one such perfectly simple staple.

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  • 15 M
  • 20 M
  • 8