Slideshow: Best Moments in Serious Eats Land This Year

Ice cream delivery
Ice cream delivery
22 pints of Jeni's ice cream!!! Yes, it was a very, very good day. More on the tasting here.
Palermo Twins Eating Cereal
Palermo Twins Eating Cereal
"Twins sharing cereal out of the same bowl" sounds like it could be a Tumblr blog.
Chasing his tail
Chasing his tail
Hambone likes to do this thing where he runs around in place while biting his own tail. Yes, it amuses us greatly.
Oreo tasting
Oreo tasting
We received a huge package containing every American variety of Oreo. And so we tasted all of them. Yup, what a life.
Okay, that's enough
Okay, that's enough
That's what a stack of 50 Double Stuf fillings looks like.
Jam break
Jam break
Our friend Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix stopped by our office to hang out with Ed. Here they are taking a jam break courtesy of Ayer's Creek Farm in Oregon. (The jam is fantastic.)
Oh, Hambone in a Cone
Oh, Hambone in a Cone
Remember when Hambone was Hamcone earlier this year? Don't worry, the cone won't stay on forever, Hammie.
Attacking the float
Attacking the float
This is how we make our interns bond at Serious Eats.
Maria in the SE kitchen
Maria in the SE kitchen
Sandwich and cake columnist María del Mar Sacasa stopped by to shoot some how-to dessert videos.
NEW DOG ALERT: Brady!
NEW DOG ALERT: Brady!
Our brains turned to mush the day our ad sales director Jennifer Weinberg brought this fluffy dude in.
Gone fishin'
Gone fishin'
Kenji and Meredith went out fishing for stripers on Boston Harbor this summer. Here the Slice queen fights her first catch of the day.

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Wall of Awesome
Wall of Awesome
In response to Robyn's tweet about America's Test Kitchen's Wall of Awesome, SE reader Didi Paterno whipped up a Serious Eats Wall of Awesome! Thanks, Didi!
Ed and a Cuban dog
Ed and a Cuban dog
Ed took a week off to travel to Havana with his wife Vicky for their 30th wedding anniversary. They did some humanitarian work and spent their off hours meeting interesting characters at every turn, including this dog.

[Photograph: Vicky Bijur]

Special cereal delivery
Special cereal delivery
Our cereal fanatic Leandra may have let out a few squeals of happiness when she opened a special surprise package from our gluten-free columnist Elizabeth Barbone: RICE KRISPIES TREATS CEREAL! Summer interns Sam and Gracie got in on the action.
Giant bowl of oatmeal
Giant bowl of oatmeal
This giant bowl of oatmeal turned into 18 sweet and savory oatmeal variations.
Thoughtful Malcolm
Thoughtful Malcolm
Here's Serious Eats general manager Alaina's son Malcolm having deep thoughts about his bagel.
Spam Wellington
Spam Wellington
It's Spam like you've never seen before. We hope. To use up the leftovers from our Spam taste test, Kenji made loads of dishes containing Spam, such as this Spam Wellington, a Spam loaf topped and bottomed with duxelles, further topped with foie gras pâté, then wrapped in puff pastry.
Daddy Kuban and Baby Margot Ming Lui Kuban
Daddy Kuban and Baby Margot Ming Lui Kuban
On July 24, former Serious Eats managing editor/Slice founder Adam Kuban and his wife Claire Lui welcomed a new, adorable addition to their family: Margot Ming Lui Kuban! Welcome to the world, Baby Slice!

[Photograph: Courtesy of Adam Kuban]

View from the Seaplane!
View from the Seaplane!
We got an up close look at the Verrazano Bridge.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Biscuit Leftovers
Biscuit Leftovers
We had a lot of stale biscuits after our biscuit tasting. The biscuits weren't happy about it.
Watermelon emotions
Watermelon emotions
Where most see watermelon rinds, Robyn sees "something that needs a face."
Surprise! Lobster Roll Lunch from Will!
Surprise! Lobster Roll Lunch from Will!
Our former intern Will Gibney came by after spending a couple summer months in Maine to make us fresh lobster rolls! "This lobster was still in a net yesterday."
A special visit from Alton Brown
A special visit from Alton Brown
Alton Brown stopped by our office the day after the James Beard Awards for an interview and video shoot. Here, our videographer Jessica is filming Kenji and Alton as they cook chicken.
Nice Cheese
Nice Cheese
Max tests the limits of Rubirosa's mozzarella while eating Rubirosa's pizza at the Feast of San Gennaro.
A Few Scoops.. or 30
A Few Scoops.. or 30
Editors Erin and Maggie went to Oregon to eat many delicious things, including some stops along the coast. One stop they had to make: the Tillamook Factory, famous for cheese and also ice cream. They may have embarked on a mission to taste every single flavor.

[Photograph: Erin Zimmer]

Erin and her Pink Banana Squash
Erin and her Pink Banana Squash
Ever heard of a pink banana squash? Neither had Erin before visiting the PSU farmers' market in Portland. Here she is cradling her new friend. More snapshots from the market here.

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

Korean Snack-time!
Korean Snack-time!
In case we weren't already sure that our contributor Chris Hansen was awesome (but we were), he came in this week with armfuls of snacks he brought back from South Korea. DON'T EVER LEAVE US, CHRIS!
Mac and Cheese Taste Test
Mac and Cheese Taste Test
Kenji helped Max do a quick blind taste test between some of the brands. ...Kenji really got into it.
Leandra and The Cookie
Leandra and The Cookie
We ate some cookies from Macaron Parlour...really good cookies. This is Leandra's "Oh my god that cookie was so good" face.
Sexious Eats?
Sexious Eats?
We understand. It's really easy to confuse "serious" for "sexious."
Lard Bread Tasting
Lard Bread Tasting
Our bread columnist Andrew Coe gets deep into the sniffing portion of the test. See our results from the lard bread tasting here.
Special Delivery from Cakespy
Special Delivery from Cakespy
Jessie Oleson, aka Cakespy, sent us some of her adorable greeting cards and framed artwork out of the blue! Robyn went a little crazy with glee...which means she's earned the right to hang the art right over her computer.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Kenji Uses the Force
Kenji Uses the Force
Kenji can control the immersion blender with his mind. TRUTH. ...Or the cheese sauce is really thick, whatevs.
Dhorst's No Longer Secret Dipping Sauce
Dhorst's No Longer Secret Dipping Sauce
We receive a lot of packages at the office, but they're not usually as tasty as Diana Horst's (no longer) Secret Dipping Sauce. She mailed us a few jars to enjoy. Thanks, dhorst!
Yuba, Pillowed
Yuba, Pillowed
She did this to herself, we swear.

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Kalustyans for Lunch
Kalustyans for Lunch
We're on a mission to try every sandwich filling at the cafe above Kalustyan's, so here's lunch: about 18 mezze and some amazing hot sauce.
Cherpumple Stacking
Cherpumple Stacking
Behold the Cherpumple (more on this craziness here). From top to bottom: chicken pie baked in turkey/duck meatloaf, green bean casserole pie baked in sage sausage stuffing, and sweet potato pie baked in jalapeño corn bread (with cranberry sauce in between each layer).
Village Voice Web Award
Village Voice Web Award
Ed proudly holds up the Village Voice Web Award we won for Best Food Blog. Thanks to the Village Voice and our readers for making this happen!
Cookies!
Cookies!
Just a fraction of the nearly 50 kinds of cookies from our Cookie Swap party.