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….

Stack of 10 chocolate chip cookies, each topped with sea salt on an aqua piece of wood

Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay, these cookies may not contain literally a thousand layers, but they’re sufficiently flaky to make us stop counting. As one of our recipe testers exclaimed, “This is a very special cookie.”

A bowl filled with seven-layer dip with a spoon resting inside and a plate with tortilla chips, dip, and a lime wedge on the side.

Seven Layer Dip

Seriously the best seven layer dip we’ve ever had. Swear. And it comes together in minutes without any heat. Summer supper, anyone?

Slices of tar heel pie on individual white plates, each topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tar Heel Pie ~ Brownie Pie

Known in some parts as tar heel pie, this ridiculously rich chocolate brownie pie filling is impossibly fudgy, so much so it’s simply too gooey to consume out of hand

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A cardboard food container filled with barbecue beans surrounded by ribs, pickles, and shredded meat.

Barbecue Beans

Made from scratch yet quick and easy, these beans just may alter the way you think about barbecue beans forever.

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A glass of ruby sangria with a skewer of fruit suspended over the glass on a floral serving tray.

Ruby Sangria

The official Spanish summer sipper. And, for those who don’t care for sodden, wimpy, mushy fruit in their cocktail, we include a nifty little party trick.

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A bowl filled with Southern potato salad with a wooden spoon ad a scoop of salad on the side.

Southern Potato Salad

Because there weren’t enough tempting potato salads in the world, The South came up with its own rendition. And yes, it calls for Duke’s. And a whole lotta other tempting things.

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Four carrot hot dogs filled with assorted garnishes.

Carrot Hot Dog

The taste of this life-changing carrot hot dog is going to upend everything you thought you knew about being vegan. We exaggerate not.

A spoonful of black coffee ice cream on the tip of a silver spoon.

Black Coffee Ice Cream

Know how every once in a while you taste something that’s so insanely satiating that a single spoonful pretty much satisfies? Nah, neither do we. Pass this ice cream, please.

A serving of roasted banana ice cream in a scalloped bowl with a spoon on the side.

Roasted Banana Ice Cream

Quite possibly the best banana recipe ever, this home-churned ice cream jumbles caramelized bananas and bittersweet chocolate with all the usual ingredients.

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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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