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:
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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