Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Remember That Time We Made A Cake Train?
Remember That Time We Made A Cake Train?
Ed had a dream: to make a train of buche de noel cakes. So we made it happen. Here are all the cars lined up before getting snaked together.
Birthday Bagel Breakfast
Birthday Bagel Breakfast
Happy birthday to Ben, our ad operations administrator! We celebrated with bagels, lox, and cream cheese.
Hambone, Meet Clinton
Hambone, Meet Clinton
We tried to get Hambone on camera during our weekly editorial meeting so he could meet Chicago editor Nick's dog, Clinton.
There, There, Hambone
There, There, Hambone
Yup, that's Hambone and Papa Kenji.
The King Lords Over His Domain
The King Lords Over His Domain
Hambone often chillaxes like this in front of Kenji's desk.
Yuba Stretch
Yuba Stretch
Yuba is a champion stretcher.
Serious Eats Pizza Happy Hour
Serious Eats Pizza Happy Hour
Our new friends Sam and Jill, hanging out with Carey, Kenji, and Ed.
Sheep's Milk Ice Cream Tasting
Sheep's Milk Ice Cream Tasting
We got a shipment of sheep's milk ice creams from Negranti Dairy out in central California. "Mmmm, tastes sheepy." Some flavors were sheepier than others. All of them were quite tasty.
Cookie Swap
Cookie Swap
On Monday we held our fourth annual holiday cookie swap, a.k.a, COOKIE BUFFET!
Cookies!
Cookies!
Just a fraction of the nearly 50 kinds of cookies from our Cookie Swap party.
Cookie Eaters
Cookie Eaters
A Satisfied Eater
A Satisfied Eater
Tam's son Alec seems to be really into his cookie.
Malcolm!
Malcolm!
Malcolm makes everyone smile!
"Come baaaack!"
...Except for Hambone, maybe, who was spotted running away from Malcolm.
"Cookie? For Me?"
Hold on, Alec, you're already holding a cookie.
Aw, Yuba
Aw, Yuba
Just roaming around all bug-eyed.
The Dogs and Their Parents
The Dogs and Their Parents
Kenji rubs Hambone as Yuba curls up in Adri's arms.
 Green Things!
Green Things!
After our cookie swap we need something less fatty for lunch, so we made a big mess of Chinese greens. We're thinking of starting a new column: A Choy a Day.
Feelin' Cozy?
Feelin' Cozy?
Yuba is back in her favorite hiding spot.
Want Some Steak?
Want Some Steak?
Kenji's been testing out a few techniques for aging steaks at home, a kitchen experiment that Hambone and Yuba seem particularly fascinated with. (P.S. don't hold your breath, none of the techniques have worked so far.)

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Holiday Party at Melody Lanes
Holiday Party at Melody Lanes
We've held a few office parties at bowling alleys before, but never at Melody Lanes in Sunset Park. We knew we were in the right place when we saw CHI-CHI cocktails on their drinks menu. (Unfortunately, Chichi wasn't with us.)
Less Happy Ed
Less Happy Ed
Aaand that's what happens when Ed doesn't knock down all the pins.
Fried Matter Platter
Fried Matter Platter
So many other lanes were ordering this huge mixed platter of fried ravioli, mozzarella sticks, chicken wings and drumsticks, and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets—we couldn't pass it up. We polished it off disturbingly quickly.
Oh My, There's More
Oh My, There's More
And then for some reason we also ordered jalapeño poppers, sweet potato fries, and regular fries with a little tub of cheese sauce to dip 'em in.
Ow
Ow
Kenji bit into his fresh-from-the-fryer jalapeño popper too quickly. Result: intense mouth pain, and maybe a few tears.