Creme Brulee Ice Cream


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Forget Haagen Dazs--with an extra day off this weekend, you'll have plenty of time to make your own ice cream. View recipe here .

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Beignets

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These New Orleans-style doughnuts need extra time to rise, but they're worth the wait. View recipe here .
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Easy Butter Dough

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Pie-making is also an ideal long-weekend activity. This crust can be frozen and saved for later so you'll always have some on hand, even when time is tight. View recipe here .
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Homemade Sunchoke Raviolis

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If you're more in the mood for something savory, try making your own raviolis. This recipe stuffs them with sunchokes--a challenging yet rewarding vegetable. View recipe here .
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The 24-Hour Cheeseburger

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Another main course option: a real cheeseburger, made from meat you grind yourself. You'll never want to go back to fast food burgers. View recipe here .
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Hand-Churned Butter

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The weekend also offers the chance to make foods that you can save for later and enjoy in the days and weeks to come. Churn some butter and you can enjoy its fresh creaminess long after the weekend is over. View recipe here .
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Tomato Confit

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With summer almost over, now is the time to store tomatoes to enjoy in the fall and winter months. One way to do it is to make tomato confit. View recipe here .
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Tomato Relish

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Another way to preserve tomatoes is by making tomato relish, which tastes like summer in a bottle--even long after the temperatures have dropped. View recipe here .
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Verbena Tea


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Another project you'll appreciate in the wintertime is making verbena tea leaves. A warm cup of verbena tea is welcome antidote to life's emergencies, small and large. View recipe here .

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Roasted Vegetable Stock

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Another priceless food to have on-hand throughout the fall and winter: vegetable stock. Make a batch and freeze for whenever you need it. View recipe here .
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Flavored Oils


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Infusing olive oil with herbs, lemon, or garlic is a simple way to make the everyday more interesting. Try making your own this weekend, and use right away, since these oils don't have a long shelf life. View recipe here .

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Sweet and Sour Green Almonds

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Pickling green almonds in a sweet-and-sour brine is a way to enjoy the nuts in a new way. View recipe here .
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