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.

Blue pot of chunks of pork, authentic carnitas, with a bay leaf and wooden spoon on top

Authentic Carnitas

This Mexican carnitas recipe is authentic braised and fried pork that’s fall-apart-tender pork goodness ready for tacos.

Whole roast chicken with browned lemon slices on the skin all on a cutting board

Whole Grilled Chicken

Just thought we ought to issue the disclaimer that this whole grilled chicken recipe will ruin roast chicken for you. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 4
Blueberry Tart

Blueberry Mascarpone Tart

Quite possibly the best mingling of blueberries, lemon, mascarpone cheese, and pastry to ever grace a dessert table. We swear it’s going to make you a legend among friends.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
Two smoked spareribs and a knife on a slab of stone

Smoked Spare Ribs

Authentic barbecue flavor in your own backyard. No smoker required. No smoking experience required, either, for that matter.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 6 H
  • 4
Parchment paper with long lines of yellow homemade sprinkles, plus bowls of green, blue, and pink sprinkles

Homemade Sprinkles

No artificial colors. No icky preservatives. Just a lotta charmingly shaped sprinkles in exactly the shades you desire.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 0
Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

All natural. No artificial colors or flavors. Family friendly. Adult approved. And as delicious as any mint chip ice cream we’ve ever tasted.

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  • 20 M
  • 4 H
  • 0
Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

Hot enough to make you holler. That’s how they like their fried chicken in Nashville. Who are we to argue?

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  • 40 M
  • 55 M
  • 20
Two beer can chickens sitting on cans of beer in aluminum tray, a tray of smolder wood chips nearby

Beer Can Chicken

A whole hen plunked unceremoniously on a can and cooked on the grill or in the oven. A tailgating classic that’s simple and perfect—even when you’re not tailgating.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 2
Easy Rhubarb Jam

Easy Rhubarb Jam

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

  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 81
Chorizo Eggs Benedict

Chorizo Eggs Benedict

Chorizo eggs Benedict. It’s essentially eggs and Hollandaise and chorizo and it tastes like a superlative Spanish homage to a breakfast classic.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 4
White oval dish with four chicken drumsticks, chopped green tomatillos, cilantro, onion, sliced chiles

Braised Chicken with Tomatillos

Slightly tart and eminently easy, this tomatillo sauce makes ample so you can stash some in the fridge for later. Cook once, eat twice.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 11
Three light and fluffy pancakes on a griddle

Light and Fluffy Pancakes

Ethereally light and slightly sweet, these pancakes are exceptionally satisfying. Just like the pancakes of your breakfast dreams.

  • 25 M
  • 35 M
  • 19
Cake stand with 7 frosted coconut cupcakes, four unfrosted cupcakes on the table, a bowl of frosting

Coconut Cupcakes

Think of these coconut cupcakes as sweet little snowballs in the middle of summer. Kids can’t resist them, and that includes the kid in you.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0