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Mary-Linh Tran

Junior Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

Food has a special ability to bring people together and it can, like few other things, comfort and calm us in times of uncertainty—so it’s only natural that we turn to it now. As we adjust and move forward day by day, we wanted to put the call out to you, our global community, to share the recipes that have kept you going (even with a dwindling pantry). Upload them or share what you're cooking with us on Instagram using the hashtag #stayhomekeepcooking in your chef's note or post. Community is more important than ever, and we hope that we'll keep you inspired to cook and share with us.

Once upon a time not so long ago, my weekends were reserved for extensive culinary projects, recipes that boasted a labyrinth of steps and required a wealth of time I simply couldn’t squeeze into my work week. I’m talking bread recipes with multiple rising times, double- or even triple-tiered cakes, all-day stews, and a litany of DIY projects: homemade pasta, homemade pickles, homemade dips—you get the picture.

The onset of social distancing has, for me, stretched time into a strange endless weekend loop, spurring me to cook elaborate dishes any and just about every day—and I’m not alone. With so many of us now confined to our homes, more and more people are heading into the kitchen for comfort and pleasure. Whether it’s nursing your first sourdough starter, diving into the realm of cake decorating, or perfecting lamination for homemade puff pastry, it’s a perfect time to tackle the lengthy recipes you’ve had bookmarked for months.

To get you started, here’s a collection of recipes that may make you break a sweat, but they’ll also make your heart and stomach swell with joy once conquered and on the plate. If you need extra guidance or inspiration, take a look through our baking and homemade how-tos. Happy cooking!

Fig-walnut bread

Fig-walnut bread

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Pork and red wine ragu with pappardelle

Pork and red wine ragu with pappardelle

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Stuffed cabbage rolls with creamy tomato sauce

Stuffed cabbage rolls with creamy tomato sauce

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German sweet braided nut bread

German sweet braided nut bread

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Blood orange upside-down cake with thyme

Blood orange upside-down cake with thyme

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Balkan ćevapi with roasted vegetables

Balkan ćevapi with roasted vegetables

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Green pea falafel with lemon couscous and minty yogurt

Green pea falafel with lemon couscous and minty yogurt

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Steak and ale pie

Steak and ale pie

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Irish coffee macarons

Irish coffee macarons

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Chocolate chip-espresso icebox cake

Chocolate chip-espresso icebox cake

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DIY Twix

DIY Twix

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Chocolate cake with fluffy tahini frosting and salted caramel

Chocolate cake with fluffy tahini frosting and salted caramel

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Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup)

Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup)

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Spanakopita (Greek spinach pie)

Spanakopita (Greek spinach pie)

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Coq au Riesling

Coq au Riesling

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Jerk-style chicken with pineapple and coconut rice

Jerk-style chicken with pineapple and coconut rice

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Chocolate peanut butter icebox cake

Chocolate peanut butter icebox cake

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BBQ ribs with charred corn salad

BBQ ribs with charred corn salad

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Polpette di Zucchine (Fried Italian zucchini and mozzarella balls)

Polpette di Zucchine (Fried Italian zucchini and mozzarella balls)

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Homemade butternut squash ravioli

Homemade butternut squash ravioli

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Tartiflette (French potato, bacon, and cheese casserole)

Tartiflette (French potato, bacon, and cheese casserole)

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Ragoût de Boulettes (French Canadian meatball stew)

Ragoût de Boulettes (French Canadian meatball stew)

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Braised beef with creamy vinegar sauce

Braised beef with creamy vinegar sauce

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Salmon Wellington with oyster mushrooms

Salmon Wellington with oyster mushrooms

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Chocolate babka

Chocolate babka

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Tiramisu layer cake

Tiramisu layer cake

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Caramelized onion tarte tatin

Caramelized onion tarte tatin

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Basque burnt cheesecake

Basque burnt cheesecake

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Baked lasagna roll ups

Baked lasagna roll ups

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Chinese beef stew with canned tomatoes and potato

Chinese beef stew with canned tomatoes and potato

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