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 cake stand with four spirals of pumpernickel bread, salmon mousse, and smoked salmon

Salmon Mousse Pinwheels

Salmon mousse pinwheels are an elegant way to kick off a tea, cocktail party, or dinner. The pinwheels can be made ahead and sliced just before serving.

  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A wooden cutting board topped with a rack of smoked pork ribs, some cut into individual ribs, and a cleaver lying beside them.

Smoked Pork Ribs

Our newest favorite reason to fire up the smoker. No lie.

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Pimm's Cup cocktail in a class with ice, slice of cucumber, on a flowered tray

Pimm’s Cup

The iconic summer cocktail. Gin. Lemonade. Ginger ale. Citrus. Cucumber. Mint. Yes, please.

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  • 2
A s'mores cake on a white cake stand topped with toasted marshmallows and graham crumbs.

S’mores Cake

A campfire classic elevated to dinner party status. And we’re not just talking appearance.

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A pear and raspberry pandowdy in a green bowl with a pastry top, wooden spoon inside

Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy

A cousin to crumble and crisp and cobbler, a pandowdy is simply another spectacular fork-to-pie-hole delivery system for fruit, sugar, and spice buried beneath buttery biscuits.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 2
Red Singapore Sling with gin, cherry brandy, Benedictine, and triple sec in a tall glass with a cheery and pineapple skewer

Singapore Sling

It doesn’t get much more retro or groovy than this turn-of-the-century cocktail. Gin, cherry brandy, sweet and sour fruit juices, and club soda make for an easy, not-too-intoxicating sipper.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
A white plate filled with tomato and feta salad with small bowls of freshly ground pepper, and olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the side.

Tomato and Feta Salad

A cleverly engineered salad made with everyday ingredients in a slightly unconventional fashion. No PhD required.

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  • 30 M
  • 45 M
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Two slabs of bone-in smoked beef ribs.

Smoked Beef Ribs

Indulge your primal human instinct to throw some meat down on fire. [Insert caveman roar of satisfaction here.]

  • 30 M
  • 8 H
  • 2
A white serving bowl filled with sauteed spinach and bread crumbs.

Sautéed Spinach with Bread Crumbs

That frugal Italian trick of adding buttery bread crumbs to just about anything to make it more enticing works its considerable charms here. Swoon.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
Several blueberries and cream cupcakes topped with whipped cream and fresh blueberries.

Blueberry Cupcakes

Swoops and swirls of ethereally airy whipped cream lend these cupcakes a more adult air. In a playing grown-ups sorta way.

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