"Dear SOS: I have found the best beer-baked mac 'n' cheese ever," wrote one Tucker Palmer to the newspaper. "It is served at the Rackhouse Pub in Denver. I tried to get it, but the owner said the cook is pretty protective with his recipes. So, if you have time, maybe you can work some of your magic on them."
The ploy worked, says Rackhouse owner Chris Rippe, but barely.
"Me and my chef, Jayson Reynolds, battled hard on this," he says. "He covets his culinary masterpieces and doesn't want to make it easy for other restaurant to copy what we are doing. But I sold him that right now, it's more important to get recognition."
As a result, Rippe sent the recipe to the Times, which cooked it in their test kitchen and decided it was good enough for a column. "We're pretty excited," Rippe says.