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7 DIY Projects for the Overachiever in All of Us

August 30, 2013

Convenience, as far as food is concerned, does not cater to the obsessed. It does not cater to those passionate about the process, those who are at their happiest digging their hands into a squishy ball of dough or spending hours scouring the internet and their bookshelves for their next project. 

While we're all for fast fixes -- quick weeknight dinners and convenient work lunches -- we're often happy to go the extra mile and make things at home rather than buy them at the store. If you feel the same way, here are seven edible projects to add to your to-do list.

English Muffins and Pickled Strawberry Jam from Christina Tosi

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Christina Tosi's English Muffins on Food52


Seven-Day Pickles from MrsWheelbarrow

Seven Day Pickles


Cinnamon Toast Crunch from Tieghan

Cinnamon Toast Crunch from Food52


Bagels from Kenzi Wilbur

Homemade Bagels from Food52


Buttermilk Ranch (In a Jar!) from Tara O'Brady

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from Food52


Kale Chips from Becky Rosenthal

Kale Chips from Food52


S'mores Ice Cream from dashandbella

S'mores Ice Cream on Food52

Photos by James Ransom (English muffins and pickles), Tieghan Gerard, Eric Moran, Tara O'Brady, Becky Rosenthal, and Phyllis Grant

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EatsMeetsWest April 14, 2014
If I may add some exciting DIYs to the list that seem eons better than a trip to the grocery store:
* Makeshift Buttermilk ~
* Butterscotch Sauce ~
* Homemade Almond Milk ~
* Sweet & Savoury Tomato Jam ~
Kristen M. August 30, 2013
Hi all, sorry about the broken links -- they should be fixed now! DIY away.
renee789 August 30, 2013
I'm afraid clicking on the photos or titles for the kale chips and English muffins is still not working. :(
Melissa C. August 30, 2013
as is the kale chip one. those were the only two i checked cause they were the ones i wanted :(
Megan C. August 30, 2013
The english muffin post does appear to be a jpeg only.
mrslarkin August 30, 2013
Megan is right. it's not working.
Melissa C. August 30, 2013
wait, no recipes, just jpgs?
Brette W. August 30, 2013
If you click through on the titles or on the photos, it will bring you to the respective posts!