9 Meals to Make When Time *Isn’t* of the Essence

Here at Food52, we love to make things easy for you. We’re all about the one-pot meal, the kitchen hack that will cut your prep time in half, the sheet pan dinner that dirties just one dish. People lead busy lives and we’re committed to making sure you don’t have to sacrifice a hearty, home-cooked meal to a hectic schedule—we quite literally wrote a book on the subject.

But for all our talk of efficiency, we realize that every once in a while, a laborious kitchen project is in order. We’re talking an afternoon-long, grab a good book, simmer-for-four-hours kind of meal. As consuming as it may seem set aside the time and devote yourself to a recipe that doesn’t flaunt its pithiness, but rather a commitment to cooking at its slowest. It’s in these moments that the joys of being in the kitchen emerge.

Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu

Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach’s Pork Shoulder Ragu by Genius Recipes

Tying the Knot with Homemade Pretzels

Tying the Knot with Homemade Pretzels by Erin McDowell

Guinea Fowl with Chestnut Stuffing

Guinea Fowl with Chestnut Stuffing

by Emiko

Embossed Pasta: The Ultimate Edible Craft Project

Embossed Pasta: The Ultimate Edible Craft Project

by Emiko

Chicken Tamales with Salsa Verde

Chicken Tamales with Salsa Verde by Food52

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

by TasteFood

Homemade Paneer (Fresh Indian Cheese)

Homemade Paneer (Fresh Indian Cheese)

by A Brown Table

Pavo En Kol Indio

Pavo En Kol Indio by aargersi

Traditional French Cassoulet

Traditional French Cassoulet by Belle Année

What kind of laborious kitchen projects do you plan to tackle this weekend? Tell us about them in the comments.

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