Been completely crazy busy around here - it's competition season!! Though we've been madly fermenting and judging, I still found some time to do a little cooking. I whipped up this recipe for Mac 'n Cheese using Founders Porter last week. There was no porter in our house at the time, so I used the Maibock we have on tap and it worked great. Also, I ran out of panko so I used some crushed french fried onions for the topping instead - yes! (OK, they may be a little white-trashy, but french fried onions are my secret ingredient to a lot of things.) This was definitely not a cheap dish with all of that cheese, but it fed us for three nights and was pretty simple to make. Highly recommended!
We've always been into beer, and in September 2008 we took the plunge into homebrewing. This blog chronicles our education in the many aspects of the brewing process, reviews of the beers/breweries we sample, as well as miscellaneous beer tidbits.
Matt Mayes & Meg Rutledge live in Chicago's "West Bucktown" neighborhood with their two cats, Punky & Meadow. They are members of HOPS, serve on the board for the Chicago Beer Society, and Meg is a co-founder of the Association of Beer Vixens, a Chicago-area beer education and appreciation group for women. When not brewing and/or drinking beer, they've been known to work on their fixer-upper two-flat abode, host raucous backyard BBQ's, and play a little jazz.