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40 Edible Ideas for Making the Most of a Rainy Memorial Day

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Rained out picnics? Rescheduled pool parties?

Burgers and watermelon slices may be best served with sunshine, but now's your chance to squirrel away indoors and embark on the cooking and baking projects you've put off for a "rainy day." Well, today's that (rainy) day!

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We hope you're staying warm, dry, and safe—and here are some suggestions for redirecting your pent up energy:

Layer Cakes

As Hillel the Elder asked, "If not now, when?"

Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake
Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake
Crêpe Cake

Crêpe Cake by Yossy Arefi

Naturally-Dyed Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Naturally-Dyed Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting by Yossy Arefi

Chocolate Mousse Cake
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Olia Hercules' Napoleon Cake
Olia Hercules' Napoleon Cake
Coconut Layer Cake

Coconut Layer Cake by Yossy Arefi

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake by Yossy Arefi

Yeasty Breads

For once in your life, you've got the time for the yeast to rise! And while you wait, why not tune into a great podcast?

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Nan-e Barbari (Persian Flatbread)
Nan-e Barbari (Persian Flatbread)
Coconut Custard Babka

Coconut Custard Babka by Miss Hangrypants

Rhubarb Swirl Bread

Rhubarb Swirl Bread by Erin McDowell

Kindred's Milk Bread
Kindred's Milk Bread
Georgian Khachapuri Filled with Ramps, Green Onions, Herbs, and Cheese

Georgian Khachapuri Filled with Ramps, Green Onions, Herb... by Kukla

Savory Potato & Onion Knishes

Savory Potato & Onion Knishes by Asha Loupy

Chocolate-Almond Giant Cinnamon Bun Cake
Chocolate-Almond Giant Cinnamon Bun Cake
How to Make a Huge, Loopy, Party-Sized Pretzel
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How to Make a Huge, Loopy, Party-Sized Pretzel

All Those Projects You Said You'd Start "Tomorrow"

You CAN Make Sausage—Even in a Mini-Fridge
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You CAN Make Sausage—Even in a Mini-Fridge
The Beginner's Guide to Making Impossibly Creamy Yogurt
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The Beginner's Guide to Making Impossibly Creamy Yogurt
My Adventures in Brewing Kombucha (& How You Can Do It, Too)

My Adventures in Brewing Kombucha (& How You Can Do It, Too) by Sarah Jampel

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How to Make Shrubs (aka Drinking Vinegars) Without a Recipe

How to Make Shrubs (aka Drinking Vinegars) Without a Recipe by Caroline Lange

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Sam Fromartz' Sourdough Starter
Sam Fromartz' Sourdough Starter
Irish Farmhouse Ricotta
Irish Farmhouse Ricotta

Sauces, Condiments, Mix-Ins & Syrups

Stock your fridge with the drizzles and dips that you'll be glad to store on the door of your fridge enlivening weeknight meals (and pieces of fried toast).

Homemade Sriracha
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Homemade Sriracha
Quick Hot Pickled Peppers
Quick Hot Pickled Peppers
Torrisi's Spicy Sauce

Torrisi's Spicy Sauce by Genius Recipes

The Silver Palate's Green Sauce

The Silver Palate's Green Sauce by Genius Recipes

Homemade Mascarpone Cheese
Homemade Mascarpone Cheese
Homemade Gluten-Free Peanut Sauce

Homemade Gluten-Free Peanut Sauce by PhoebeLapine

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How to Make Homemade Curry Paste

How to Make Homemade Curry Paste by petitbleu

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Bryant Terry's Mustard Green Harissa
Bryant Terry's Mustard Green Harissa
How Do I Love Thee Muhammara?
How Do I Love Thee Muhammara?
How to Make Sweetened Condensed Milk at Home

How to Make Sweetened Condensed Milk at Home by stephanie le

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How to Make Dairy-Free Chocolate Syrup at Home

How to Make Dairy-Free Chocolate Syrup at Home by Cara Eisenpress

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Rhubarb Cardamom Syrup
Rhubarb Cardamom Syrup
How to Make and Use Scented and Spicy Sugars

How to Make and Use Scented and Spicy Sugars by Alice Medrich

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How to Make Infused Whipped Cream, Two Ways

How to Make Infused Whipped Cream, Two Ways by Alice Medrich

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Meal Planning

And while you're stuck inside, make lemonade out of lemons—and a whole week's worth of meals out of the contents of your kitchen...

The Greens Recipe to Feed You All Week
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The Greens Recipe to Feed You All Week
How to Make a Week of Meals with Marcella's Genius Tomato Sauce
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How to Make a Week of Meals with Marcella's Genius Tomato Sauce
How to Turn Pot Roast into a Month's Worth of Sunday Dinners (& Then Some)
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How to Turn Pot Roast into a Month's Worth of Sunday Dinners (& Then Some)
The Asparagus Recipe That Will Feed You All Week
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The Asparagus Recipe That Will Feed You All Week
The Herby Condiment to Wake Up Your Week's Meals
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The Herby Condiment to Wake Up Your Week's Meals

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