Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

"Pig? For me?"
Looks like Hambone wants in on Kenji's suckling pig action. As would the rest of the Serious Eats office.

[Photograph: Kenji Lopez-Alt]

"Porchetta? For me?"
He wants porchetta too, of course.

[Photograph: Kenji Lopez-Alt]

And now we feast
And now we feast
Kenji brought his deep-fried, sous-vide porchetta to the office for everyone to try. Yup, we love him.

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Sugar cookie tasting
Sugar cookie tasting
What's the best brand of sugar cookie mix? Our "Mixed Review" columnist Lucy Baker brought in cookies made from five different mixes for us to taste. Results coming soon!

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Philly donut delivery
Philly donut delivery
Ed went to Philly for the day and came back with fried chicken and doughnuts from Federal Donuts. "This is my contribution to the cookie swap." —Ed. (Next thought: why haven't we organized a donut swap yet?)
Deck the halls
Deck the halls
Interns Paige Brocious, Christine Chung, and Zoe Bain decorated the office with Christmas lights and tinsel to prepare for our cookie swap party.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Cookie buffet
Cookie buffet
There were nearly 40 kinds of cookies at our cookie swap. We might need a bigger table next year.
Tiny humans
Tiny humans
New to this year's cookie swap: babies and toddlers (not for swapping)! Here's friend-of-SE David Jacobs and his son Lev, along with SE general manager Alaina Browne's son Malcolm.
Malcolm's close-up
Malcolm's close-up
Not sure if you want a baby? LOOK AT THIS FACE. Sure, you want a baby.
Hambone's safe spot
Hambone's safe spot
This is one of the saddest-looking photos of Hambone we've ever seen. He had fun at the party, but his droopy face erased all evidence of happiness.
And again
And again
Sadbone.
Finally, we can use all that excess cereal
Finally, we can use all that excess cereal
We ended our Friday night with a gingerbread (or graham cracker, rather) house-making session.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]