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….

Several jars of cilantro sauce and a few toasted bread rounds topped with the cilantro sauce on a wooden board.

Cilantro Sauce

Schmear this simple green sauce on anything and watch it disappear. And did we mention you can toss it together in minutes?

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Two metal loaf pans filled with roasted garlic mashed potatoes with a masher resting in between them.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Not your everyday mashed potatoes, these are ridiculously rich and comforting thanks to butter, sour cream, Parmesan, roasted garlic, and caramelized onions. Leftovers freeze and reheat beautifully.

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A round white plate with six slices of eggnog pie and a dish of whipped cream

Eggnog Pie

Essentially a slightly tipsy cheesecake, this bourbon-enhanced eggnog pie is something we’re classifying as “holiday desserts for parties where people like to party.”

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Five cranberry scones with two drizzled with white chocolate glaze on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.

Cranberry Scones

Got leftover cranberries? Then you’ve got the fixings for these incredible scones that are balance tart berries with creamy white chocolate and knee-wobblingly flaky pastry.

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A partially sliced sweet potato and cranberry strudel, topped with butter and pecans on a wooden board with a bowl of spiced creme fraiche.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Strudel

This strudel, filled with sweet potato, raisins, and cranberry, is a great lunch or side. Store-bought Phyllo makes the strudel a cinch to make.

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Wedges of roasted pumpkin on a rimmed baking sheet.

Roasted Pumpkin with Parmesan

Roasted winter squash with a little bling in the form of Parmigiano-Reggiano. So simple. So surprising. So satisfying.

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A cooked pork loin roast, tied and salted, set on a wire rack in a baking sheet

Pork Loin Roast

Just like what your grandma would put on the table for Sunday night supper. (Don’t you love how food instantly transports you across time and space?)

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Cranberry and orange relish in a white bowl on a baking sheet

Cranberry and Orange Relish

Doesn’t get much simpler than this make-ahead cranberry sauce. Simply simmer cranberries, sugar, and orange until you hear a “Pop!” Then slide it in the fridge. Your work is done.

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A spoonful of sweet potato soufflé topped with brown sugar and pecan topping resting in a white bowl.

Sweet Potato Soufflé

Not entirely unlike the marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole of your childhood, this “souffle” is ever so slightly more sophisticated with its pecan streusel.

  • 10 M
  • 2 H
  • 6
A white oval serving plate partly filled with pasta alla Norma with a spoon resting on the plate.

Pasta alla Norma

We’ve tasted a lot of pasta alla Norma recipes in our day, and we gotta say, after trying this one, we’re calling it quits on our search for the perfect recipe. Because this is it.

  • 25 M
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