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.

A ceramic bowl filled with colcannon - an Irish dish of mashed potatoes, cabbage, kale and bacon.

Colcannon ~ Potatoes and Cabbage

There are countless versions of this classic. We’re partial to this recipe which gilds the potatoes and cabbage with kale and bacon and beer.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 2
A pottery bowl filled with tortilla soup, garnished with radish, cotija cheese, tortilla strips, and avocado.

Tortilla Soup

Easy. Effing awesome. That’s what we think of this Mexican classic, whether for everyday or entertaining.

  • (1)
  • 45 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 2
Sheets of homemade matzoh in a metal basket.

Homemade Matzoh

This recipe for thin, crisp matzoh couldn’t be simpler and, natch, tastes incomparable to the stuff you buy in a box.

  • (21)
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 105
A bowl of authentic Vietnamese pho with rice noodles, beef, lemon, basil, and scallions in it and a pair of chopsticks resting on top of the bowl.

Authentic Vietnamese Pho

Here’s how to make the exquisitely nuanced and awesomely slurpable Vietnamese beef and rice noodle soup known as pho.

  • (2)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H, 10 M
  • 22
Three bowls filled with spaghetti and mushroom bolognese, next to a large pot of mushroom bolognese, and a small dish of Parmesan cheese.

Mushroom Bolognese

Spag bol is comfort food but if you’d rather go veggie, this umami bomb is a superb alternative.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A bowl of Puerto Rican-style ropa vieja with rice and cilantro on a green mesh serving tray with a linen napkin beside it.

Puerto Rican-Style Ropa Vieja

Ropa vieja is a magic act of sorts. Slowly braised beef and a handful of ingredients become more sumptuous than the sum of its parts.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 2
Pieces of batter-fried chicken piled on a white platter.

Batter-Fried Chicken

Proof that it doesn’t take buttermilk or an insufferably long overnight brine to make insanely tender, crazily crisp, gosh darn perfect fried chicken.

  • (61)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 219
A maple pecan pie in a metal pie plate with one slice missing and forks, plates, and a bottle of rye whiskey beside the pie.

Maple Pecan Pie

Distinct from other pecan pies in one notable way, this recipe draws on robust maple syrup to usurp cloying corn syrup. You’re welcome.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 35 M
  • 4
Different shapes of homemade animal crackers lying on a chalkboard background.

Homemade Animal Crackers

Made from scratch with natural ingredients, these are gonna remake all your memories of stale, bland animal crackers in the circus box.

  • (2)
  • 40 M
  • 2 H
  • 6
Two oval dishes of lamb shank shepherd's pie with a spoon resting beside them.

Lamb Shank Shepherd’s Pie

This shepherd’s pie recipe is a touch untraditional, relying on tender braised lamb shank rather than the typical ground lamb. Call us rebels.

  • (1)
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 2