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.

5 unwrapped squares of apple cider caramels beside a pile of wrapped caramels.

Apple Cider Caramels

The 8th wonder of the world? These insanely satiating caramels are made simply with apple cider, sugar, and spice.

2 rectangular plates with scoops of dark chocolate gelato, one on a scoop and one in a cone, surrounded by squares of dark chocolate and a bowl of cocoa.

Dark Chocolate Gelato

Sweet, but not too sweet, and chocolatey (extra chocolatey, actually) gelato is smooth, silky, and rich. This sweet treat is for real chocolate lovers.

A wooden table with a pitcher and a green plate holding a chocolate bundt cake drizzled in chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Reason number #456 to love summer? This luxuriously decadent yet relatively, marginally, healthful chocolate zucchini cake. Seriously.

A large Dutch oven full of shrimp, mussels, red peppers, peas, lemon slices, parsley, bay leaves, and onion with a serving spoon.

Paella

Paella, the classic Spanish dish, is given the full treatment here. You don’t need a paella pan to make this paella recipe, either. A Dutch oven will do.

A metal sheet pan, covered with spread out tomato paste.

Homemade Tomato Paste

Never again tussle with that teensy tin can that always contains too much or too little paste for your recipe. Not with this mellow, caramelized homemade conserva.