24 Cooking Projects for a Stormy Afternoon

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The clouds are rolling in, the sky is darkening, and it looks like this afternoon is going to be all about staying inside. I hope you made it to the grocery store because nothing is better than an afternoon in the kitchen during a summer storm. Whether you finally make that multi-step pasta dish or freeze all those vegetables from your CSA, take advantage of the time in the AC to tackle some of the bigger projects on your summer to-do list.

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Get Prepped: Freeze or Pickle

Since you’re stuck inside, why not be more of an ant than grasshopper and put away as much of the summer’s bounty as possible? The easiest method is freezing since it’s quick and requires no special equipment. If you’re ready to upgrade to something more involved, try your hand at pickling or canning. You’ve got the time.

Produce to Freeze

Produce to Pickle

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Make an Elaborate Dinner

Handmade pasta could be done on a weeknight, but it’s the cleanup that usually puts me off from making it. When I’m stuck inside on a stormy day, I don’t think twice about the flour going everywhere. But don’t stop at pasta — there are other elaborate meals to add to the mix. A classic steak dinner comes to mind as well.

The Homemade Pasta Feast

A Very Nice Steak Dinner

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Cook an Impressive Dessert

Super-impressive layer cakes aren’t so much difficult as they are time-consuming. After all, you’re making everything from scratch.

Pretty Cakes That Require Your Attention

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