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.

Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Greek Yogurt

Homemade Greek yogurt that folks are calling the creamiest and most loveliest homemade yogurt ever. Sorta makes you want to see what the fuss is about, doesn’t it?

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 12 H
  • 0
Metal loaf pan filled with swirls of dark devil’s food cake chocolate ice cream on a marble slab

Devil’s Food Cake Chocolate Ice Cream

Sultry as a summer night. That’s what we thought when we experienced this seductively smooth, devilishly dark chocolate ice cream that’s almost naughtily intense.

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  • 30 M
  • 5 H
  • 0
Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam

Maybe what the world needs is a single currency. Like jars of this sweet, rich, intense bacon jam that makes everything better.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 92
A sliced jerk chicken breast on a round cutting board, with a man's hand holding a cleaver above it

Jerk Chicken

Cue the Red Stripe and the reggae, cuz this fast and easy flavor paste makes grilled jerk chicken that’s the real deal.

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  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 12
A chocolate zucchini cake glazed with chocolate icing on a green plate on a wooden table

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 2
Cold Fusion Fries

Easy French Fries

For those of us who dread cleaning up the kitchen, this innovative lazy man’s approach for homemade french fries is a godsend. It’s also darn good.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 4
A 16-layer red-eye devil's food cake--alternating layer of chocolate cake and chocolate frosting

Red Eye Devil’s Food Cake

This caffeinated incarnation of a classic chocolate cake comprises cocoa-y layers that take their jolt from a cup of joe and ample fudgy ganache that make everything, even chocolate cake, better.

  • 50 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 36
Two ricotta calzones with sausage and broccoli rabe, one cut in half, the other whole, on a wire rack

Calzones with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Sorta like a slice of pizza that’s folded in half to form a pocket, a calzone is a doughy bundle of indulgent loveliness. This one melds sausage, broccoli rabe, and ricotta cheese.

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  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 3 H
  • 0
A wooden bowl filled with golf-ball-size fried potato and chouriço balls on a wooden tray

Chouriço and Potato Balls

Portuguese tater tots. That’s how we think of this mashup of potatoes, chouriço, and onion that’s deep-fried until crisp and golden on the outside and impossibly airy yet rich on the inside.

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  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 12
Blue pot of chunks of pork, authentic carnitas, with a bay leaf and wooden spoon on top

Authentic Carnitas

This Mexican carnitas recipe is authentic braised and fried pork that’s fall-apart-tender pork goodness ready for tacos.

Whole roast chicken with browned lemon slices on the skin all on a cutting board

Whole Grilled Chicken

Just thought we ought to issue the disclaimer that this whole grilled chicken recipe will ruin roast chicken for you. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 6
Blueberry Tart

Blueberry Mascarpone Tart

Quite possibly the best mingling of blueberries, lemon, mascarpone cheese, and pastry to ever grace a dessert table. We swear it’s going to make you a legend among friends.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
Two smoked spareribs and a knife on a slab of stone

Smoked Spare Ribs

Authentic barbecue flavor in your own backyard. No smoker required. No smoking experience required, either, for that matter.

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  • 30 M
  • 6 H
  • 4