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 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
  • 20
A 16-layer red-eye devil's food cake--alternating layer of chocolate cake and chocolate frosting

Red Eye Devil’s Food Cake

A classic chocolate cake on caffeine, this impressive yet easy to assemble stack of chocolatey elegance takes its rounded chocolatey-ness from a cup of joe and its ample fudgy-ness fro ganache.

  • (4)
  • 50 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 36
White bowl of dark beef chili with chocolate on a black slab

Easy Cincinnati Chili

Regardless of whether you’re from Cincinnati or have ever experienced Cincinnati chili, you’ve gotta try this recipe. Trust us.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 19
Two slices of smoked prime rib on a wooden cutting board with a knife lying beside them.

Smoked Prime Rib

Infused with smoke as it cooks low and slow, this compelling centerpiece is, quite simply, the best and most unique prime rib we’ve ever tried. And worth standing at the smoker even during the dead of winter.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 3 H
  • 0
Two white plates of braised beef with carrots on top of mashed potatoes.

Braised Beef with Carrots

A sigh-worthy Sunday supper sorta meal that’s inspired by classic French technique yet relies on inexpensive everyday ingredients and takes not much more effort than a PBJ. (Well, a little more effort.)

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 3 H
  • 0
Two loaves of artisan bread and a jar of Campari citrus marmalade, with a slice of bread smeared with the marmalade on a wooden cutting board.

Campari Citrus Marmalade

A little sweeter (and a lot more vibrant) than traditional English marmalade thanks to the notable presence and complexity of the classic Italian apéritif. Here’s how to make it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 3 H
  • 5 H
  • 0
A two-handle bowl of seafood gumbo on a piece of wood.

Seafood Gumbo

Seafood gumbo loaded with shrimp, such as this classic Cajun recipe, screams for a cold beer and a lazy weekend afternoon dedicated to nothing but cooking.

  • (6)
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 5 H, 15 M
  • 58
A deep roasting pan filled with shredded lamb barbacoa.

Lamb Barbacoa

Thanks to the welcome heat of both mezcal and habanero, this lamb becomes incredibly flavorful as it’s slowly coaxed to knee-wobbling tenderness.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 10 H
  • 0
A bowl of duck soba with scallions on a wooden surface with a piece of duck being lifted out with chopsticks.

Duck Soba

An eminiently slurpable bowl of soul-satisfying goodness that combines hearty soba noodles and crisp-skinned duck breast in a perfectly seasoned broth. Understand why soba is so revered in some cultures.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 0
Five half-moon pastries, Jamaican beef turnovers, on a stone plate, three bottles of beer

Jamaican Beef Turnovers

Patties. Pasties. Turnovers. Whatever you insist on calling these savory hand pies is of little consequence. It’s the taste that talks to us. And oh, do they. With a Jamaican accent, no less.

  • (2)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 12
A browned loaf of homemade sandwich bread in a metal loaf tin.

Homemade Sandwich Bread

Okay, breadbaking virgins, here’s the loaf for you. Nothing tricky. Just flour, water, yeast, and salt. And an honest-to-goodness homemade taste.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 11 H, 30 M
  • 14
A loaf of pane bianco on a white wooden board.

Pane Bianco

Crunchy on the outside and soul-sighingly soft inside, this simple no-knead sourdough recipe from Jim Lahey turns out a classic Italian loaf that would pass muster at any trattoria.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 1 D, 11 H
  • 0
A jar of orange marmalade with a spoon resting on top and a few orange wedges beside it.

Orange Marmalade

Nothing beats perfectly sweet tart homemade orange marmalade. Tart and sweet and eminently giftable…if, that is, you can bear to part with any. (We can’t!)

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 8
A dark grey rectangular baking dish half filled with four cheese macaroni and cheese and a metal spoon lifting a scoop out.

Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. Witness this macaroni and cheese with fontina, Gorgonzola, pecorino, and Parm.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 1