Our lucky winner is Juli who says, ” I love chicken on a stick. Small pieces of chicken and potato and pickle sandwiched between and then deep fried. So bad, but so good.” Congrats Juli. We three cooks like the sound of your concoction!
What is it about food on a stick? Why do we love it so much? Photographer and food lover, Matt Armendariz set out to find the best food-on-a-stick, the known and unknown. Tough job, huh?
The result is an exceedingly Fun book (Fun with a capital F) called On a Stick!. Whether a poolside party, a holiday gathering, a casual get-together, or cooking with your kids, this book has the perfect bite on a stick for every occasion. From the classics like caramel apples and corn dogs to the clever, like spaghetti and meatballs and potato chips, there are over 80 ‘party-perfect’ recipes that just make you want to have a party just so you can wow people with these whimsical creations.
Not surprisingly, the book (photographed by Matt himself) is a visual party on paper. As I perused the pages, I loved the look of things like Chicken and Waffles and Chinese Meatballs, but I paused on the panzanella. I thought it was clever, but also, in the height of summer, I wanted to use tomatoes and basil. I threw these together quickly, served them to a troupe of hungry friends and they were gone in minutes. The sherry vinaigrette coupled with creamy mozzarella and the bright flavors of tomato and basil – it was simple, summer perfection. Everyone loved the panzanella, and they raved all the more simply because…it was on a stick.
So perhaps Matt is right. “Food on a stick just tastes better.” But one thing is certain: it’s more fun. This will be my new go-to party book for fun recipes and endless inspiration.
Yes, he’s my friend, so you could say I’m biased. But check out these other reviews. I mean, the LA Times don’t lie, folks. Nor does The Cooking Channel. Or the insanely popular website, Design Sponge.
We’re lucky enough to be giving away a signed copy of On a Stick! To enter, simply tell us: What is your favorite food on a stick?
Giveaway ends Sunday July 31 at 9:00 pm (EST). The winner will be announced on Monday.
Andrea Merrigan says
My favorite food on a stick is veggie kabobs on the grill. Not much for sweets or meat, so any veggies on a stick and I’m in heaven!
Definitely State Fair corndogs!
Chicken or steak kebobs, with onions, green peppers and tomatoes!
Ice Cream Bars!
Almost 60 years ago, as a teenager, I worked in a ice cream plant during the summer. When we made ice cream bars we would “double dip” some of the bars in the chocolate coating. We would then purchase them at the dairy store in front of the plant(unless somehow we sampled them before they made it there–quality control check you know–LOL). The regular customers really never got to taste our special treat. But I still remember them.
traditional italian spiedini 🙂
In this summer heat, its definetely fudgesicles!
Cindy Nolte says
Ice cream! Any kind! Followed closely by corn dogs!
Ice cream bars – specifically coffee ice cream with dark chocolate coating dipped in almonds and coconut – yum!
Michelle R says
Shrimp on a stick!
Corn dogs…Corn dogs…Corn dogs!!!
Cassie Sue says
I recently had some satay that rocked my world. But if I’m being totally honest… ice cream bars are my favorite!
Sherri Ingman says
I gotta go with the classic- a corn dog!
Saw your recipe in USA weekend The recipe was described as healthy…At 641 calories PER SERVING and all the fat,cholesterol and salt..I must disagree. If I make this I am subbing GREEK YOGURT and using another sugar. LUSCIOUS and HEALTHY can LIVE together..but NOT LIKE THIS!!!!!!!
Wendy T says
A Dove bar (dark chocolate) or fresh fruit!
Grilled steak kabobs with veggies.
Jean H. says
Ice cream bars!
That “Eaton Mess” dessert in this week’s USA Magazine does, indeed, sound luscious…but at 641 calories, 75 grams of carbs, and 37 grams of fat (of which 22g are saturated) per serving I’d hardly call it “healthy”… John
Veggie corn dogs, the real ones kind of gross me out, but love those veggie ones!