Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

CRUNCH.
CRUNCH.

SEHQ transformed into an ice creamery this week in preparation for summer recipe posts. Max had to sample his homemade King Cone. (Check back next week for the recipe so you can sample one, too.)

Research.
Research.

A little worse for wear, but the original is still pretty delicious.

Stinky cheese, stinky cheese, what are they feeding you?
Stinky cheese, stinky cheese, what are they feeding you?

This Winnimere cheese from the Cellars at Jasper Hill was by far the most potent of the washed rind cheeses we photographed this week.

Bye, Carrie!
Bye, Carrie!

Carrie Vasios Mullins, who started as an SE intern and edited our Sweets site for over 3 years, is leaving our editorial crew to begin her career as a novelist. We are so excited to see what she writes, but so sad to lose her! Here's the card we sent to her in San Francisco, featuring all her favorite sugary things.

[Photo: Carrie V. Mullins]

Baby visit!
Baby visit!

One of our contributors stopped by with this guy (his name is Theo.) Look at those eyes!

Jim and Theo
Jim and Theo

Jim wanted to get in some baby holding practice since his wife is due any day now!

Kenji and the plains.
Kenji and the plains.

Kenji looks out over the great salt plains of Western Utah on the last leg of his trip. Take a good look, this’ll be the last time you see him with a full head of hair. It’s all coming off before he and his wife set off on Monday for a 10 week backpacking trip through Southeast Asia!

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

<em>RAWWWRRRRRRRR!</em>
RAWWWRRRRRRRR!

Hambone observes the desserts of Utah. It makes him feel like a dinosaur.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Yuba in her element.
Yuba in her element.

I am the queen of The Rockies, thinks Yuba. These are the kinds of thoughts that make her extra-snarly.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

The pups.
The pups.

Yuba and Hambone relax under the table at the Cozy Inn, one of the finest (and oldest!) slider joints in the country.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Pixel Wants Steak.
Pixel Wants Steak.

Pixel lost her mind when Erin made Kenji's Butter-Basted Pan-Seared Thick-Cut Steak (with chimichurri on top) for dinner. Her reaction was like opening a can of tuna, times 10.