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2 Cooking Projects To Make Time For This Weekend

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There is still snow on the ground in Maryland, and it looks like this weekend will bring even more snow! One of the best ways to spend a cold weekend indoors is cooking a comforting meal that you’ve always wanted to try. With the whole day open, it’s perfect for taking on a bigger cooking project that you haven’t had time to do during the week! Continue reading for a few cooking projects to try this weekend.

French Onion Soup

French onion soup is a delicious treat, but it takes time to make it correctly. A lot of the work can be done with your slow cooker, but with a total of 20 hours cook time, a winter weekend is the perfect time to try this recipe!

For six to eight servings, you will need:

  • 3 pounds yellow onions, peeled, sliced, and cut into quarter-moons

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 10 cups reduced-sodium beef broth

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese for serving

  • Toasted baguette for serving

Start by seasoning the onions in a slow cooker by stirring in the butter, oil, salt, and pepper. The next step involves waiting patiently as the onions need to cook on low for 12 hours or overnight. The next day, add the broth and vinegar, then cook on low for another six to eight hours. The time is up to you, but longer cooking will only intensify the flavors! When you’re ready to serve, taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Serve into oven-safe bowls, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the bowls onto a rimmed baking sheet, and top the soup with a slice of toast and a generous amount of shredded Gruyere cheese. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, then turn the oven to broil for the last 2-3 minutes. Let the soup cool for a few minutes, then enjoy your warm, cheesy French onion soup!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Making pulled pork is perfect for watching Sunday football, and making it in the slow cooker is easier than ever! Pulled pork should cook for about 8 hours in a slow cooker, but it may vary depending on how much meat you use and the heat intensity of your slow cooker, so it’s best to check the temperature of the pork- it is done when it reaches 190 degrees and shred easily.

For your pulled pork, you only need:

  • 4 lb boneless pork shoulder (or pork butt)

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Seasoning of your choice

Season the pork all over with the seasoning of your choice, as well as salt and pepper. Simply place it in the slow cooker and cook on low for about eight hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees. Remove the pork when done and set it on a board, let it cool for 20 minutes, then shred with a fork. Take the leftover liquid from and strain it to remove any solids, then add it to the shredded pork and toss well. Top off the meat with your favorite sauce, or eat as is!

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