Buffalo Grilled Cheese with Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce - There is not too much to do here, seeing as though as its core, it's just a grilled cheese sandwich. We can get the players all assembled before we begin. Sliced Italian bread, slices of spicy buffalo cheddar, crumbled blue cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing and pickles.
Get a griddle up to a medium heat and melt a couple of tablespoons of butter. Place a slice of bread down and top with a couple slices of the buffalo cheddar and a handful of crumbled blue cheese.
After a couple of minutes, the bottom of the bread should start to brown and the cheese to melt. Add another slice of bread on top, flip and repeat until the other side is browned and the cheese is thoroughly melted.
Remove from the griddle, slice in half and serve with a side of ranch dressing that's been mixed with a few shots of Franks as well as some homemade pickles. This sandwich looked liked a grilled cheese, but one bite had us in buffalo wing bliss.
Lake Effect Brewing Houblonee - This marks our third bomber from the outstanding Lake Effect Brewing on Chicago's north side. Houblonee is definitely the most adventurous of the three with it being a Wild Wheat IPA that is brewed with some more unique hops. The result is a beer that pours a cloudy orange with a frothy head similar to fresh-apple cider. The aroma is sweet and crisp with some spicy Belgian yeast qualities. The first sips reveal a slightly acidic and sweet champagne flavor that is quickly followed by fruity hops. Some spicy black pepper notes on the back end round things out nicely creating an addictive beer that goes down super smooth. The beer worked extremely well with the spicy, salty grilled cheese.
The Shrine "Waiting for the War" - Hot on the heels of 2014's "Bless Off", California's The Shrine is right back at it with this maxi-single "Waiting for the War" with two new tracks that will be featured on their upcoming 2015 release. What better disc to spin for a meal this quick. The disc starts off with the title track and it comes out blaring with a "Live Wire" riff combined with a Pepper Kennan-snarl straight from "In The Arms of God"-era CoC. "Rare Breed" has a heavy, psychedelic early Monster Magnet vibe to it. As spaced out as it gets, the song slams like there is no tomorrow. The third and final track is an instrumental version of the title track solidifying the fact that good music doesn't always need lyrics when it rocks this hard. We refer to maxi-singles as "teasers" for a reason, after playing this one on repeat for a couple of days, we are counting the days for the full length to come out.