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In the Test Kitchen -- and Welcome Back Merrill

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It was a happy day in the Test Kitchen yesterday as the FOOD52 team welcomed Merrill back into our Tuesday routines of chopping, stirring, and mixing. As you can see above, she's thrilled too! But like a true professional, she quickly got down to business as she and Amanda tackled the Your Best Celery finalists.

For our associate editor (and intrepid Instagrammer) Kristy, it was a day for spring cleaning. She found this pair of adorable pastel pots while going through Amanda's kitchen, and later in the day she rolled up her sleeves and bravely faced the oldest jars and condiments in Amanda's fridge. It wasn't pretty, but she emerged victorious.

Meanwhile, Kristen mixes up another Genius recipe. (Check back on Friday to learn which one!) Our photographer James Ransom works magic with the pale light of spring as he shoots away, and we thought this tidy, tiny bowl of cracked egg shells was too cute not to photograph ourselves.

It was a day full of funny and delicious moments -- like when Addie stopped by the kitchen to show off her manicure or when some squares of chopped chocolate suddenly...disappeared...from the cutting board.

Welcome back Merrill! And til next Tuesday, when we'll yet again turn our camera phones' eyes to the fun that goes on in our Test Kitchen.

Tags: in the kitchen, instagram, lemons, A&M, chocolate, genius

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

Welcome back Merrill! Great to see you again on F52!


over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

It's so good to see you back, and all smiles, Merrill!


over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hey Merrill--welcome back! And give a big kiss to that little sweetie of yours from all her honorary "aunties!"


over 3 years ago Brianne Du Clos

Welcome back, Merrill! I'm glad to hear baby Clara is doing well.


over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

You're all very kind. Clara is happy and healthy and gets bigger every day!


over 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Welcome back Merrill! You look wonderful. So good to see you back in the kitchen. Hope that baby Clara is letting you get some sleep. I made your Irish Brown Soda Bread ( last night for breakfast this morning -- delicious!


over 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Welcome back Merrill. You look well. Take care, and hope the young 'un's good. And adoring father too!


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Yippee! We've missed you, Merrill! How's baby Clara doing?


over 3 years ago EmilyC

Welcome back Merrill! You look great -- you have that new mommy glow! Hope you're managing to get some rest.


over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks, guys! Its great to be back.


over 3 years ago PistachioDoughnut

Yay! Welcome back ! I hope we will have the pleasure of watching some videos of you too cooking together!


over 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Welcome back Merreill! Nice to see your smiles.


over 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Welcome back Merrill! We've missed you!