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.

Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

Carefully concocted to rely on less sugar than the cloying milk chocolate cream pie of our childhood, this is a far more adult-friendly, yet still spectacularly satisfying, rendition of a classic.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 4
Best St. Louis Ribs

Best St. Louis Ribs

“These ribs are among the best I’ve had.” That’s what folks are saying about these ribs slathered with spice rub and smothered with barbecue sauce and smoked until knee-wobblingly tender.

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  • 25 M
  • 10 H
  • 6
Bluebarb Pie

Bluebarb Pie

Tart rhubarb collides with sweet blueberries to create some serious summer pie envy among strawberry rhubarb loyalists.

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  • 30 M
  • 3 H
  • 8
Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon

Cedar Plank–Grilled Salmon

Imagine, if you can, a technique that imbues salmon with a touch of smoke and ensures your pricey catch doesn’t stick to the grate. You’re welcome.

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  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 6
Blackberry Ice Cream

Blackberry Ice Cream

So exquisite it’s making folks say “This recipe is a 10.” and “Perfect.” and “Gloriously smooth.” and “Very rich.” and “The looks on my family’s faces said it all. Translation goes something like, ‘Oh my god, what is this?!'”

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  • 30 M
  • 1 M
  • 10
Carnitas Tacos

Carnitas Tacos

A little pile of tasty meat cushioned by a warm tortilla and electrified by a little salsa. Life is good.

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  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

The secret to these knee-wobblingly tender little lovelies? Roast ’em low and slow and then toss ’em on the grill for just a short spell. Which means you don’t have to constantly tend a smoker from dawn to dusk.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 18
French Toast with Earl Grey Syrup

French Toast with Earl Grey Syrup

We know what you’re thinking. “I better not try the Earl Grey syrup because my kids may turn up their nose at it.” Make it anyways.

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  • 25 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Milano Cookie

Milano Cookies

Forget Pepperidge Farm. Where’s the satisfaction in just ripping the bag open? Where’s the longing that comes with anticipation? Right here with these homemade Milanos.

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  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 4 H
  • 8
Sunday Berry Almond Pastries

Puff Pastry Turnovers

Say so long to sad, soggy, store-bought pastries. Hello, easy and irresistibly flaky pastries oozing with summer fruit awesomeness.

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  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Espresso Cheesecake

Espresso Cheesecake

“Luscious.” “Creamy.” “Incredibly delicious!” “Just the right amount of sweet.” That’s what folks are saying about this cheesecake.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 14
Young girl holding an two-layer iced berry cake filled with raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream

Iced Berry Cake

This hardly decorous dessert is likely to make a colossal mess that will haunt your kitchen for weeks. And it’s so worth it.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 9
Homemade Pastrami

Homemade Pastrami

Pastrami. We consider it the other corned beef. We also consider it darn easy to make it yourself.

  • 45 M
  • 5 D, 7 H
  • 65