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 slather of chocolate topped with chopped roasted peanuts on parchment

Classic English Toffee

Almonds and dark chocolate or peanuts and milk chocolate? Can’t go wrong either way with this classic Christmas candy.

  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
Two metal loaf pans filled with roasted garlic mashed potatoes with a masher resting in between them.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Not your everyday mashed potatoes, these are ridiculously rich and comforting thanks to butter, sour cream, Parmesan, roasted garlic, and caramelized onions. Leftovers freeze and reheat beautifully.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
A round white plate with six slices of eggnog pie and a dish of whipped cream

Eggnog Pie

Essentially a slightly tipsy cheesecake, this bourbon-enhanced eggnog pie is something we’re classifying as “holiday desserts for parties where people like to party.”

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
Two wrapped tamales on top of an open corn husk

Red Chile Pork Tamales

These red chile pork tamales are the real authentic Mexican deal. They taste like they were carefully crafted by the loveliest abuela imaginable. Here’s how to make them.

  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8 H, 30 M
  • 16
A chipped white bowl filled with Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo and a scoop of rice with a spoon resting in it.

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

“Your family will think you are AMAZING.” “A straightforward, real deal Cajun gumbo that everyone loved.” “Easy and affordable.” “A keeper!” That’s what folks are saying about this gumbo.

  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 4
A white bowl with carne assada--braised beef with carrots, potatoes, and Portuguese sausage, chouriço

Portuguese Carne Assada

A traditional Azorean dish that boasts meltingly tender oven-braised beef, potatoes, chouriço, and onions. It’s a rustic, homey, Sunday supper sorta dish from David’s VERY Portuguese mom.

  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 6 H, 30 M
  • 4
Two mushroom strudels on a silver tray, one cut in half, with a knife resting on top.

Mushroom Strudel

Crackly phyllo that’s crisp as autumn leaves give way to tender wild mushrooms in this simple, sumptuous savory strudel.

  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 5
Three pieces of grape focaccia on a wooden board.

Grape Focaccia

An autumn Tuscan tradition we learned from Italian winemakers that’s essentially flatbread baked with grapes that turn magnificently jammy and sweet and lovely.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
A square white baking dish filled with maple walnut squares that have been cut into 9 pieces with one missing and a knife resting in its place.

Maple Walnut Squares

“Intensely maple-y.” “Amazing.“ “Much easier than making pie.” “A recipe I’ll make again and again.” That’s what folks are saying about these spectacularly sweet and gooey maple walnut bars.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
Glass bowl filled with pecan pie bread pudding, caramel sauce, bourbon-vanilla ice cream on a marble table

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

This Southern melding of pie and pudding is obscenely, ridiculously rich. Oh, Lord, just take us now.

  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 5 H
  • 8
A pile of Cajun fried chicken pieces.

Cajun Fried Chicken

Bathed in buttermilk and spiced ever so slightly, this Cajun-style fried hen is memorably moist inside, superlatively crisp outside, and gosh darn perfect through and through.

  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 23
Four cupcakes with chocolate icing, topped with chocolate wizard hats.

Wizards’ Hats Cupcakes

These inspired Halloween wizards’ hats are a simple assembly job made from cupcakes, frosting, sugar cones, sprinkles, and candy. Inspired by Dumbledore. Loved by all.

  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 2