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….

Bacon peanut brittle in shards, in a mug lined with parchment paper.

Bacon Peanut Brittle

An unexpected yet inspired concoction of sweet, salt, and smoke that’ll put your childhood recollections of brittle to shame.

2 hot turkey sandwiches, sliced in half on a tray with pieces of cranberry, avocado, and stuffing lying beside them.

Hot Turkey Sandwich

So crazily satisfying you may just find yourself making Thanksgiving dinner more than once a year.

Spiced cider with a cinnamon stick and orange zest, in a stemless wine glass.

Spiced Cider

This spiced cider, made with a blend of apple cider, bourbon, and warming spices is the perfect drink for a cold winter night.

A salted caramel tart on a white cake stand on a table

Salted Caramel Tart

A ridiculously creamy–and relatively simple–homemade caramel filling graces this properly flaky pastry. Salted butter–lots of it–lends this dessert just the right amount of indulgence.

A slice of sweet potato pie on a large metal plate with a napkin and a knife.

Sweet Potato Pie

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s what you’ll find in this magnificently spiced traditional Southern pie from baker extraordinaire, Cheryl Day.

Molasses Spice Cake with a third cut out, on a metal plate with a knife next to it.

Molasses Spice Cake

This molasses spice cake recipe is made with cinnamon, ginger, mustard, candied orange peel, and a sweet syrup glaze.

A chocolate pecan pie in a ceramic pie plate with one slice missing on a linen napkin.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pecans. Chocolate. Bourbon. Dunno about you, but that’s sufficient to make us forget all about that other traditional Thanksgiving dessert. Pumpkin who?

Dry brine turkey on a large white platter, garnished with fresh sage leaves.

Dry Brine Turkey

All the juicy, tender perks of brining. None of the fuss of finding a container large enough to contain a turkey and cramming it in your already overstuffed fridge.