Gallery: 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.

Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Waffle Achieved!
Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Waffle Achieved!

Is Daniel pleased? Surprised? Horrified? All of the above?

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.

Pat it Down
Pat it Down
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.

Random Pizza
Random Pizza

Random pepperoni pizza made by Kenji is one of the best afternoon snacks.

[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 + Pork Chop
Cricket + Pork Chop

The latest cuteness from Dennis Lee and Cricket:

"Cricket does not like pork chops. Dennis likes pork chops."

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

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]

Hambone!
Hambone!

Here are some snapshots from Kenji's recent trip to upstate New York. ...Well, just the dog-related snapshots, of course. Yay, Hambone!

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Swimming Hole Time for Yuba
Swimming Hole Time for Yuba

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Relaxation Time
Relaxation Time

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]