Weekend Projects®

This is where things get fun. These are recipes that take a day or two to make, whether because of resting or marinating requirements, a few more steps, or just plain ole extra time because, well, they just taste better that way. These are great recipes to make with the family and to introduce kids into the kitchen.

Three pretzel rolls on a piece of parchment.

Pretzel Rolls

You’re gonna be astounded at just how easy pretzel rolls are to make at home. And yes, they taste like the real authentic German deal.

  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 8
A black bowl filled with curried pork ramen, jammy egg, bok choy, sliced radish, and basil.

Curried Pork Ramen

A truly slurp-worthy and Instagram-able bowl of noodles that’ll satiate any ramen craving.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 9 H, 25 M
  • 0
A pot of raspberry jam with framboise being added to it.

Raspberry Jam With Framboise

No, making homemade jam doesn’t need to be a big production. Not with the right recipe, anyways. This small batch raspberry preserves shows you how simple it can be.

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  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 6
A loaf of cinnamon raisin swirl bread cut in half so the swirl is visible.

Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

And you thought those perfect swirls of cinnamon raisin awesomeness were something you could only get in store-bought loaf. This recipe dispels that myth.

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  • 45 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 4
Homemade Thin Mints

Homemade Thin Mints

Tired of waiting and waiting and waiting for your boxes of Girl Scout Thin Mints to arrive? Not with this trusty recipe.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 14
Smoked Pork Butt

Smoked Pork Shoulder

This smoked pork shoulder with its simple and soulful dry rub and foolproof instructions mean no more standing in line ever again for takeout ‘cue. Here’s how to make it at home.

  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 22 H
  • 13
Easy Rhubarb Jam

Easy Rhubarb Jam

Pink preserves were never so pretty—or so easy—as this foolproof old-fashioned recipe that relies on just four ingredients and an occasional stir. No prior canning experience required.

  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 87
Four whole Texas smoked chickens on a baking sheet with grilling fork on the side

Texas Smoked Chicken

Juicy, tender, and subtly spiced, this Texas smoked chicken is as good as barbecue gets with its intriguing four-ingredient spice rub that beautifully melds heat with sweet and a traditional low-and-slow spell in the smoker.

  • 25 M
  • 4 H, 5 M
  • 4
A plate and tray of flaky croissant

How To Make Croissants

When you open the oven to these obscenely buttery, flaky croissants, you’ll be relieved you didn’t settle for what’s at the grocery-store freezer case. Trust us.

  • 45 M
  • 3 H
  • 60
Many prepared potato gnocchi on a floured kitchen towel, with a mound of gnocchi dough in the background

Potato Gnocchi

Four ingredients. Ridiculously easy. Wonderfully inexpensive. And, quite frankly, the best gnocchi we’ve ever had.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
A china plate with three slices of beef braised in red wine and sprinkled with parsley, and three roasted potatoes

Red Wine Braised Beef

There’s something magical that happens when you toss a cheap cut of beef in a pot with some wine and vegetables and walk away for a while. Alchemy of the most ethereal sort.

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  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 0
A man cutting a loaf of milk rye bread on a wooden board

Milk Rye Bread

A pleasingly subtle rye flavor. A subtle sweetness. A dough that’s exceptionally easy to handle. And that whole-grain goodness thing. Just a few of the many things this rye bread has going for it.

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  • 30 M
  • 12 H, 30 M
  • 2
A bowl filled with Sichuan tofu noodles and a pair of chopsticks resting beside

Mapo Tofu Ramen

An easy and comforting mash-up of Chinese mapo tofu and Japanese ramen in a mouth-tingling sauce with plenty of chiles.

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  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 2