Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

BEEFIES!!!
BEEFIES!!!

This is Kenji's "I AM EXCITED FOR BEEF!" face after receiving a large package of porterhouse steaks from Pat LaFrieda.

Work It, Kenji
Work It, Kenji

Time for the beef tower glamor shot.

Buffalo Chicken Waffle Canvas
Buffalo Chicken Waffle Canvas

The innards of Daniel's Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Waffles. It's Pollock-esque.

Plating the Waffle
Plating the Waffle
Hot Dog Message
Hot Dog Message

In preparation for a New York City vs. Chicago hot dog taste test, we ordered hot dogs from Vienna Beef. Their package included a special message. :)

Daniel, Ready to Waffle
Daniel, Ready to Waffle

Daniel looks like a proud papa...who's about to turn his puff pastry coil baby into a waffle.

And Smoosh!
And Smoosh!
Puff Pastry Taste Test
Puff Pastry Taste Test

Leandra, Daniel, and Miki dig in during our puff pastry taste test.

Cookies and Crackers by Carla Hall
Cookies and Crackers by Carla Hall

We were happy to receive a package of Carla Hall's line of tiny cookies and crackers. They taste great, and the size makes 'em way too easy to snack on.

[Insert Yelps of Pain]
[Insert Yelps of Pain]

Kenji didn't wait for the pizza to cool down before shoving it in his face. He paid the price. ...And yet he continued eating, pairing each bite of pizza with a moan and/or ow.

Pasta Saucing Taste Test
Pasta Saucing Taste Test

Today we tested pasta sauced three ways. From front to back: pasta that's drained and topped on the plate with sauce and cheese (the worst way), pasta that's finished cooking in its own sauce with some pasta water (the best way), and pasta that's tossed with sauce off the heat without cooking water (the not great way).

What Is Puffle?
What Is Puffle?

Myriads's comment that a puff pastry waffle should be called a puffle inspired me to draw puffles. Or something.

Cricket + Ramps
Cricket + Ramps

"What is a ramp?"

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Cricket + Ramps
Cricket + Ramps

"Whatever a ramp is, Cricket must play with it. She eventually bit it, and got upset, and ran away making funny noises."

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Pixel Time
Pixel Time

Here's Erin Jackson's Pixel on her new thermal blanket. Lookin' comfy!

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Swimming Hole Time for Yuba
Swimming Hole Time for Yuba

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Relaxation Time
Relaxation Time

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]