Blogger Spotlight: Foie Gras Hot Dog
March 30th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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We're highlighting local and regional bloggers we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured bloggers and blog:
Who: Julie Munroe and Ryan Schierling, of Foie Gras Hot Dog
Where: Austin, Texas
Twitter: @foiegrashotdog

Julie: "Why is this so difficult, to write about ourselves and Foie Gras Hot Dog?"

Ryan: "I don't know. Maybe we should do it up third-person dramatic-style using James Earl Jones' voice to make it more interesting...

'Ryan and Julie met during the machine wars of 2018 and traveled back in time...' or 'Ryan and Julie were once tied to a post on an isolated island in the Aegean Sea while Nazis opened the Ark of the Covenant...' or, maybe 'Ryan and Julie tried to cook their way through every recipe in 'The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery,' and while Arizona Dickerson's meatloaf variations were delicious, they couldn't bring themselves to eat raccoon despite a lucrative blog-to-movie deal about the whole thing.'"

Julie: "That says absolutely nothing about us at all."

Ryan: "Really? I think it speaks volumes."

Julie: "About how completely distractable and all over the map we are with our (food) interests?"

Ryan: "No, about how we'd rather appropriate things than talk about ourselves in the third person. But, we are certainly tangential, have a short attention span and are prone to curious culinary pursuits."

Julie: "Well, we never intended to start a food blog. We just wanted to make a cookbook/compendium that preserved our family recipes and our own creations or favorites, but one of us grew up in 'Beef! It's what's for dinner!' country, and the other was raised vegetarian - so getting started was like planning to fail. And anyway, once you get to the last page of a cookbook, it's over. Done. You have to make another one if you want to add anything."

Ryan: "Salvation by blog! We turned to the internet for easily addable/editable/deletable immortality!"

Julie: "And keyword search features! So what if people want to know what makes us tick? Or why they should read our blog or follow us on Twitter?"

Ryan: "Because we're genuinely hospitable, nourishing and nurturing - we just don't have the room in our wee suburban cabin to invite everyone over for dinner this year. But we would if we could."

Julie: "We don't live or eat extravagantly, but we seriously revel in the simple delights of new food, honest food, sometimes trashy food and the occasional fancy food (it's all relative, anyway). Foie Gras Hot Dog lets us run our gustatory gamut - highbrow to humble - and share it all with equal enthusiasm. We're crazy about each other, and we're crazy about food whether we make it or someone else makes it."

Ryan: "Unless it's bad. Then we're not so crazy about it."

Julie: "Okay, right, so how do we articulate Foie Gras Hot Dog?

Ryan: "'Let me 'splain. [Pause.] No, there is too much, let me sum up.'"

Julie: "The kitchen is church, and we go to church every day."

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Methandienone 5 mg

    I just book marked your blog on Digg and Stumble Upon. I enjoy reading your commentaries.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm |

    Hello! My name is Natasha (as in Rocky and Bullwinkle, minus the strong accent). I am the founder of a popular Russian/ Ukrainian food blog and hope you'll check it out: I have the ridiculous goal of making Russian cuisine famous and well loved by all – it will happen!

    April 9, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  3. jr food critic

    Hi, I saw on facebook/eatocracy I can put my blog here. I'm 11 years old and I love to cook,eat and blog about food. You can see how kids eat in Louisiana and my blog at

    Till next time,
    jr food critic

    April 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  4. Jill

    Julie: "The kitchen is church, and we go to church every day." CLASSIC! I love that!

    I am so glad I found this blog. I'm following you on Twitter now too – all thanks to "Cupcakes Take the Cake"!

    I'm an avid cupcake baker and pretty much obsessed with all things in cupcake liners and topped with sugary goodness. Check out my blog at

    I look forward to reading more inspiring foodie interviews!

    Stay Calm, Have a Cupcake

    April 1, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  5. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    "We are certainly tangential, have a short attention span and are prone to curious culinary pursuits." A much needed laugh on this Friday morning. :) [And they sound a bit like me on MY blog.]

    April 1, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  6. Hilary

    "Why should people follow us on twitter? " Um, I think the phrase Foie Gras Hot Dog says it all haha Great spotlight!

    March 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  7. Jade

    LOVE the Princess Bride reference!

    March 31, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  8. Coral9000

    I thought this was quirky and interesting and look forward to reading your stuff! Thanks!!!

    March 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  9. frank


    just, fail.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • Dan


      "fail. just, fail."

      What really fails are posts like these. Would you care to share what "fails" in this? Do you have the vocabulary beyond a 12 year old to do so?

      December 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
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