Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Foie Gras Farm Visit
Foie Gras Farm Visit
Some of the SE'rs piled into a car last weekend to visit La Belle Farm in Ferndale, New York, a 43-acre farm that produces 130,000 ducks per year to make high-quality foie gras. They're one of only three foie gras producers in the United States. Before the tour started, we got all suited up in the appropriate attire: hair nets, surgical masks, wader boots, and blue onesies.
LaBelle Farm
LaBelle Farm
There she is!
Naked Dumpling
Naked Dumpling
It's photo shoot time! We stripped down the little Dumpers before stuffing him into costumes for the 12 Days of Dumpling series. (Three down, nine to go.) It's not everyday you get to see him sans collar and harness. Sheesh Dumpling, cover up!
The Best Croissant in NYC?
The Best Croissant in NYC?
This is what our croissant tasting looked like. Nubbins of each of the 16 contenders scattered across the table. The hands-down victor was the buttery, perfectly flaky croissant from Ceci-Cela. After the tasting, Kenji emailed us:

"I just calculated how much butter we ate during that croissant tasting. If you ate the whole piece of each of the croissants, you just ate about 8 1/2 tablespoons of butter (a little more than a stick). Cheers!"

So Much Cooler than Matches
So Much Cooler than Matches
Adam fired up our butane torch, which we keep lying around just in case (primarily for oatmeal-brûléeing needs) to light these muffins for Erin's birthday celebration.
Happy 4th Birthday!
Happy 4th Birthday!
I know, I look a little old for my age. Thank you Carey, for the board of muffins (who needs birthday cake when you can have a bunch of muffins?!) and Robyn for baking two dozen salty oatmeal raisin cookies. One of my absolute favorite things to come out of an oven. Salt + oat + butter = win. She got the recipe from the blog Habeas Brulee.