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Time-Consuming Recipes You Now Have Time For

If social distancing and self-quarantine are taking their toll, fill up your newfound free time by perfecting all those labor-intensive recipes you kept putting off!
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With the world going under quarantine, we're all going to be spending a lot more time at home. But don't despair. Experimenting with delicious dishes in your own kitchen not only helps counteract boredom, but also leaves you with yummy food to keep you company. Tackle these time-consuming recipes that you always had an excuse not to try and get ready to be wowed by the results!


Few things are better than the smell of fresh bread baking away in your oven. While it takes some time (and muscle), the results are totally worth it. These recipes will keep your kitchen stocked with home-baked goodies to eat for any meal of the day!

Loafing Around


Fraudulently Easy Sourdough

Lady and Pups

Use a sharp and tangy yogurt for the “sourdough” effect. If your store-bought yogurt isn't tangy enough, let it sit in your fridge for a few days as the bacterias will grow and make it thicker and more tart.

Parisian Vacation


Easy Homemade Baguettes

Compelled to Cook

Glorious, chewy, crusty bread is at your fingertips with these Easy Homemade Baguettes.

I Bagel to Differ


Montreal Bagels

My Second Breakfast

Each bagel is hand-rolled, boiled in honey water, and cooked in a wood-fired oven that was designed to both cook and flavor the bread. What comes out of this process is a chewy, slightly sweet bagel that is incomparable to any other bagel being made today.


This culinary technique is not one every home chef thinks to master, but pickled goods both taste amazing and have a much longer shelf life, making them perfect for putting together while under quarantine. Here are a few of our favorites!

Healthy Helping


Homemade Kimchi

StreetSmart Kitchen

Kimchi is a Korean dish composed of spicy pickled cabbage. It is delicious and extremely healthy, helping your digestive system stay clean, decreasing blood pressure, and even keeping your teeth intact!

What's the Dill?


Homemade Refrigerator Dill Pickles

A Hint of Rosemary

No need for special canning equipment with this one. A couple of glass quart-size jars will do the trick right in your refrigerator. After 24 hours, you have crispy, delicious Dill Pickles.

In a Pickle


Easy Pickled Red Cabbage

Live Eat Learn

We're breaking down the basics of how to add delicious and tangy crunch to your life with this guide to Easy Pickled Red Cabbage!


Dishes that involve marinating or slow cooking can seem like a chore, but the more time your meat has to soak in all those delicious flavors, the better the final product will taste. Fill your home with amazing smells for hours, then get ready to dig into these hearty, comforting carnivore creations to keep you going through your extended stay at home.

A Match Made in Heaven


Grilled and Maple-Brined Pork Chops

Greg and Gabrielle Denton

The maple flavor pairs perfectly with the pork and thyme here, and its savory sweetness also helps the chops caramelize as they cook on the grill.

Get in My Belly


Crispy Roasted Pork Belly

Wok & Skillet

This very popular Cantonese dish is often served with rice, but can also be enjoyed by itself. The skin on the roasted pork belly is super crispy and crunchy, while the meat is very tender and oh-so-flavorful.

Sweet and Spicy


Sweet and Sticky Chinese BBQ Pork (aka Char Siu)

Pups with Chopsticks

If you love sweet and sticky char siu, give this recipe a go! Korean pepper flakes add an extra kick, because sweet and spicy go hand in hand!

Beefing Up


Braised Short Rib Beef Stroganoff

Snowflakes & Coffeecakes

This deeply flavorful short rib rendition takes a classic dish to the gourmet level--meltingly tender, beefy, velvety, and rich. The meat is slow-braised with red wine, sherry, fresh rosemary, thyme, mushrooms, bacon, crème fraiche, and truffle oil.

This is How We Stew It


Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Stew

A Hint of Rosemary

This hearty slow-cooking stew freezes well and reheats beautifully.

Don't Be a Jerk


DIY Beef Jerky

Food Guru

The tug-of-war battle between your mouth and a piece of Beef Jerky can be tough. The commercial brands tend to be overly salty, dry, tough, unhealthy, leathery, and heavily preserved for a long shelf life, so it is well worth the effort to make your own jerky by hand.

Pizza and Pasta

Pasta and pizza dough are delicious staples that we all have on hand in our freezers or pantries, but have you ever tried making your own? You'll feel like a true Italian chef when you whip up these amazing homemade basics.

All the Pastabilities


Homemade Pasta

Homemade and Wholesome

You never knew homemade pasta could be so easy. A couple of eggs, flour, and your time is all that is required.

Flavors of Italy


Homemade Gnocchi

Vincenzo's Plate

Homemade Gnocchi is a favorite for so many pasta lovers, and when handmade by Nonna it is even more irresistible! Learn how to make gnocchi from scratch, Calabrese style, with Nonna Maria teaching you how to keep things light and fluffy.

Rolling in the Dough


Homemade Pizza Dough

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

This recipe doesn't need many ingredients--it's as basic of a pizza dough as it gets!

Get cooking!

In stressful times, cooking (and eating) can be just the outlet you need. So get ready to spend some quality time in the kitchen and take comfort in these treats, a true labor of love.

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