In the first days in a relationship, a girl welcomes a guy with "hey handsome". Would be "hey honey" an appropriate response?
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The feminine equivalent to (usually, facetious) "Hey, handsome!" is...
Pretty or beautiful are the most common words.
Handsome can be used for women, but is somewhat old-fashioned.
There is a Hank Williams song in which he says the following:
While these sentences may confuse you with their idiom concerning food, and in answer to your question, the way Hank Williams addresses his girlfriend is still used today: good looking, or good lookin'. It means simply you are looking good (i.e., attractive, pretty, lovely, pulchritudinous, beautiful, easy-to-look-at, easy on the eyes, appealing, and so on). In everyday speech you could also say, "Hey, beautiful!" but not "Hey, pulchritudinous" or "Hey, pretty (or lovely, or easy-to-look-at or appealing)" .
As for the cooking metaphor, Williams is saying simply "What's going on? What are you doing now? Let's do it together and create something pleasurable. "