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These 15 Recipes Are Not Fast or Easy, But They’re Worth It

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“I spent forever on this recipe. It was so hard. I loved it!”

…said no one ever.

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That's because we praise speed, efficiency, and ease, but guess what: As a scout leader has certainly said somewhere, taking on challenges grows hair on your chin. You don’t get a badge in Boy Scouts if you don’t do anything, right?

These 15 recipes are kind of pains in the butts—they might take a little while to make, or to shop for, and you might not get them right the first time. But we think they’re worth the effort, worth the time in the kitchen, worth the potential headache.

No pain, no gain, people! Here are 15 projects worth taking on:

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Lapsang Souchong Cured King Salmon with Ginger Lime Cream Cheese
Lapsang Souchong Cured King Salmon with Ginger Lime Cream Cheese
Beef Flautas
Beef Flautas
Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, and Nutmeg Crème Fraîche

Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, a... by Genius Recipes

Torrisi's Turkey

Torrisi's Turkey by Genius Recipes

You CAN Make Beef Jerky at Home (& Without Any Fancy Equipment)
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You CAN Make Beef Jerky at Home (& Without Any Fancy Equipment)
Brown Butter Butternut Rolls
Brown Butter Butternut Rolls
Shrimp Soup Dumplings

Shrimp Soup Dumplings by Kenny Lao

Savory Potato & Onion Knishes

Savory Potato & Onion Knishes by Asha Loupy

Late-Harvest Carrot Rolls
Late-Harvest Carrot Rolls
Ponche (Mexican Punch)

Ponche (Mexican Punch) by Food52

Zhajiang Noodles with Eggplant

Zhajiang Noodles with Eggplant by Madame Huang

S'mores Ice Cream
S'mores Ice Cream
Rose Levy Beranbaum's Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte by Genius Recipes

Individual Baked Alaskas

Individual Baked Alaskas by Yossy Arefi

How to Make Your Own Mochi Ice Cream (& Spare Yourself from Trader Joe's)
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How to Make Your Own Mochi Ice Cream (& Spare Yourself from Trader Joe's)

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