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.

Six salmon cakes on rectangular platters with bowls of avocado spread and chimichurri beside.

Salmon Cakes

Looking to elevate canned salmon beyond recognition? Maybe banish all recollections (nightmares?!) of Lenten Fridays from childhood? Here’s your answer.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
A small white bowl filled with homemade ketchup.

Homemade Ketchup

Our recipe for fabulous ketchup made at home. Oh yes, you can. And it’ll have a flavor unlike anything you can find at the store.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 39
Seven sourdough bagels topped with poppy seeds.

Sourdough Bagels

The pleasing smack of sourdough was seemingly made to be melded with the awesomely chewy denseness of bagels. And it’s SO much easier than you’d expect!

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  • 40 M
  • 10 H
  • 0
Pieces of bourbon buttermilk fried chicken on a metal background.

Bourbon Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Yes, bourbon-inflected fried chicken. It’s in the brine. And oh, baby, are you gonna wish you’d been doing this all your life.

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  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2 D, 4 H
  • 0
A baked hot buttered rum apple pie on a wooden board.

Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie

An unconventional approach to apple pie that happily involves booze and lotsa butter. Even more memorable than the classic.

  • (10)
  • 45 M
  • 4 H, 25 M
  • 34
Two homemade toaster tarts on a sheet of parchment drizzled with glaze.

Homemade Pop Tarts

Though we dearly loved Pop Tarts as kids, even then we thought the packaged pastries ought to be better. Flakier. Fruitier. Fresher. Just like these. And they’re quite simple to pull off.

  • (4)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 22
A skillet cheeseburger with arugula and a pile of fries on a white plate.

The Skillet Cheeseburger

There’s no scarcity of seductiveness in this Seattle-style redux of a classic cheeseburger. The secret’s in the super melty cambozola cheese and the slathering of bacon jam. (Bacon jam!)

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  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A person holding a platter of French potato salad above a wooden table.

French Potato Salad

This is not your mom’s potato salad recipe. It relies on tangy Dijon vinaigrette and soft-boiled eggs for dressing with runny yolks that spill into the salad to form an unparalleled richness.

  • (5)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 10