Do you know Matt Armendariz? You probably do. He’s the super creative and super talented force behind Matt Bites. He’s a fellow Texan. A fabulous photographer. And he just released his cookbook, On a Stick! It’s a fun book full of fun food by a fun guy. Skewered appetizers. Stuck entrees. Impaled desserts. (I should bust out the thesaurus.)
We got the chance to hang with Matt at Food Blog Camp down in Mexico this passed January. His photography session (and Adam’s styling session) were actually the reason we signed up. The baby-free unlimited margaritas, ceviche, and guacamole were just a bonus 🙂 Matt & Adam are great peoples – if you ever get a chance to spend 5 minutes in a room with them, go for it.
Put food on a stick and people smile. It brings memories of carnivals, county and state fairs, and if you’re a Houstonian: The Rodeo. Back in my pre-Foodie Bride days, I actually snagged a Best Dish with Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs: alternating skewered cubes of angel food cake & strawberries. People went nuts over it! Why? Because it was on a stick.
On a Stick! will be the funnest cookbook that you’ll own. You’ve got your classics, corn dogs and caramel apples, but the real genius is in the unique, creative twists on foods you don’t normally find on a stick: S’mores, Pizza, Cheesecake, Ravioli, Chicken & Waffles, Korean Style Barbecue, and Macaroni & Cheese.
Yes, he put macaroni & cheese on a stick. Fried macaroni & cheese.
Matt’s publisher, Quirk Books, provided us with a copy of On a Stick! to check out. We think that it’s such a fun book that you need a copy, too!
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Soy-Marinated Beef Skewers with Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- Juice and zest of 1/2 an orange
- 1 lb flank steak cut into 1/2 inch strips
- Small handful cilantro, chopped, for garnish
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
- Juice of 1 lime
- Whisk soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, and orange juice & zest in a medium bowl.
- Add steak, toss and refrigerate until ready to grill.
- Heat grill to medium-high.
- Grill 4-5 minutes on each side, until nicely browned.
- Stir lime juice, sour cream, and half the cilantro together.
- Serve skewers over steamed rice, garnished with remaining cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream.
Yields: 4 Servings
Estimated time: 20 minutes
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I love frozen bananas dipped in chocolate…on a stick of course!
I want a corn dog nao plz. D:<
it has got to be the super simple appetizer my mom makes – small cubes of fresh pineapple, cheddar cheese, and a cherry!
I don’t think it’s available in the US, but in Australia there’s an icecream called Golden Gaytime that tastes like toffee. I’ve grown up with it and love it to bits! I used to chew on the wooden popsticks when the icecream was done… probably why I needed braces…
definitely corn dogs
Pizza Factory/Fat Cats Bread Sticks…are they different than any other pizza joint’s breadstick or is just because they come on a stick?
Grilled chicken speedies.
I love Thai Chicken Satay! mmm
It’s a tie between grilled BBQ shrimp and chicken satay.
shrimp and veggies grilled! Yum!
Great marinade for flank steak. I love skewers of meat and vegetables during the summer months.
Now that it is summer-ish, B and I have been making a ton of stick foods! Last week, we made chicken kebabs marinated in soy-citrus and it was fab! Prob my favorite so far.
Then again, I haven’t tried these beef kebabs yet!
I love the cheese dogs from Hot Dog on a Stick — just like a corn dog, but filled with cheese instead of meat. And I also love me a good cake pop!
Appetizer antipasto kebabs
Cake pops! Cute and tasty.
Never had a cake pop, but I think that they would win! Right now, my fav stick food is chicken spiedies from the grill, yum!
Veggie kebabs on the grill with balsalmic glaze. Yummmm!
Veggie Corndogs! Although, I saw the picture of the smores from the book and can’t wait to make them!
I’m getting into the concept of salad on a stick right now–fruit kabobs, but also deconstructed BLTs, etc. Yum!
I can’t say that I’ve tried many items on a stick, but I am intrigued by the thought and would love to try the cookbook.
I love corndogs!
I love onions, mushrooms and tomatoes grilled together on a stick.
Corn dogs definitely! Although I’m pretty sure I could get into these beef kabobs too! 🙂
I want some mac and cheese on a stick!!!!
My favorite food on a stick would be ice cream especially covered with chocolate and crushed nuts! My daughter’s would be candy apple.
Veggies! A great grilled veggie kabob during the summer is the best!
I love, love, love the huge corndogs at the fair with some classic yellow mustard…delish!
Definitely a Fletcher’s corny dog at the Texas state fair 🙂 But a close second place would be Greek chicken kabobs covered in Tzatziki. That I could eat almost every day.
Favorite food on a stick? Definitely PINCHOS. This is something they make very often in Puerto Rico, sort of like meat skewers with either chicken or pork. So yummy!
I love the standard kebab on a stick w/chicken onions and peppers. Although, I also love Jose Jalapeno on a stick from Jeff Dunham!
Probably a corn dog, smothered in ketchup. Or chocolate covered strawberries. On a stick.
I love chicken mesquite kabobs, with lots of peppers and onions grilled on one of our rare
Chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick!
I have to say a corn dog with yellow mustard! YUM! This cookbook sounds great…my 22 month old loves eating things off a stick!
Everything tastes better on a stick! My personal favorite is cheesecake (on-a-stick), but I’d eat it any way you can serve it!
I love popsicles–reminds me of being a kid!
Pork Chop on a stick at the county fair for sure!!
Mmmmm….I love corn dogs and I haven’t had one in ages! Definitely my favorite food on a stick. 🙂
My favorite is either cotton candy (does that even count as “food”?) or corn dogs. Being pregnant I haven’t had any!!
Guilty pleasure…corn dogs with lots of mustard.
I love serving food on a stick when entertaining and am always looking for new ideas! My current favorite is tortellini with a marinara dipping sauce!
Corn dogs! No question about it. I LOVE me a luscious corn dog with mustard (and sometimes ketchup).
Best corn dog EVER…Pronto Pups on the beach in Grand Haven, MI. I dream about them. Honestly.
I love veggies on a stick grilled…Red bell peppers and mushrooms are my favorite!
I love corn dogs with lots of yellow mustard, but haven’t had one in ages (so bad for you )
CORNDOG!!!! with mustard and ketchup 🙂
Corn dogs with mustard. Best stuck food ever!
My all time favorite are chicken kebabs on a bed of rice with a side salad and some Greek tzatziki to dip into.
Popsicles! Reminds of being a kid outside during the summer.
My favorite is deep fried cheese cubes on a skewer. Yum! Delicious!
What a fun cookbook! I love corn dogs! 🙂
A pluto pup! Like a corn dog but with a beer batter instead of a cornmeal sweet batter.
Sati Babi – it’s marinated pork that I can only get once a year at the big festival where I live. It’s AMAZING, and I look forward to it ll year!
Grilled french fries.
gyros on a stick! I had this at a local county fair a few years ago and haven’t found it since, but it was delicious! Perfect fair food (of course I did have to also carry the tzatziki for dipping, but these were soooooooooooooooooo good! I also visit Matt’s blog and missed my chance there, maybe I’ll get lucky with you! 😉
Popsicles…especially for summer time!! And end it with a cheesy joke printed on the stick. 🙂
anything on stick, perfect for summer party, easy clean up. yummy! happy!
Can’t go wrong with food on a stick…kebabs, corn dogs and popsicles!
Corndogs from Disneyland – nostalgic and delicious at the same time!
Mine would be fudgesicle!!
cake pops are my favorite!!
I love grilled chicken skewers with lime and cilantro… pair it will grilled corn and it’s the perfect summer meal!!
cake pops!!! I love them! I also have been making fruit kebabs quite frequently this month 🙂
Probably a corndog, mustard only!
I’m pretty sure Eric will pass out if I win this book. He has a blog crush on Matt, haha. 🙂
Since I can’t choose just one thing, I love coconut popsicles and steak kabobs.
Banana covered in chocolate with marshmallows stuck on!
I LOVE Caprese on a stick — tomato, mozzarella and basil leaves, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper!! World Market sells the BEST long toothpicks for it, too …
I’ll be fancy and say bagna cauda. Ha! But really I love me a good corndog too!
A slice of cheesecake on a stick, then dipped in dark chocolate.
Veggie “fries” on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair. Oh, yeah, you betcha…
Cheesecake on a Stick? Get in ma belleh now!
fruit salad on a stick 🙂
Do popsicles count? I love them!!
Soy-vey marinated Swordfish and Kielbasa skewers
Definitely caramel apples, although I’ll try just about anything they put on a stick at the Iowa State Fair!
When I lived in Wisconsin, they had fried mac and cheese on a stick. Amazingggg!
There are delicious BLT skewers at a restaurant near me. Those would have to be my favorite.
I love grilled veggies on a stick – simple with some olive oil and fresh herbs!
I love the chickem teriyaki on a stick at chinese restaurants! yummy 🙂
Beautiful photo (once again). I, like you, love a good ol’ fashion corn dog w/ mustard. Nothing beats it. Also, I love the fabric (napkin, placemat, whatever it is) in your photo. So pretty.
Candy Floss! I think it’s the pure magic of how it goes into the big pot as sugar and comes out as the most beautiful, fluffy, sticky cloud – delicious! 🙂 x
Chicken satays or corn dogs 🙂
I concur, the best “on a stick” is a good ol’ fashioned corn dog!
I love love love mac n cheese on a stick. Yummo!
kabobs- my new favorite is chicken, orange chunks, and red onion!
MAc and cheese on stick? YES please
I love ice cream bars. A very traditional food on a stick, but awesome! Although, mac and cheese on a stick sounds amazing 🙂
Corny dog from the state fair of Texas!!!
Corn dogs are hard to beat…. but I will say the pancake covered sausage ones might just be better….
Gotta go with a corn dog too!
frozen bananas dipped in chocolate, or chicken satay.
Corn dogs are delish, but perhaps the most decadent thing I’ve ever had on a stick (at a state fair, of course) was frozen cheesecake dipped in chocolate.
Favorite food on a stick…I can’t decide! Does fondue count 🙂 If not I would go for some kind of protein – chicken satay or shrimp kabobs!
Porkchops on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair
I do love me some corndogs. mmmm….or kabobs…there are so many great things on a stick. 🙂
corn dog, but I like mine with ketchup – this girl isn’t a fan of mustard.
Corn dogs – hands down!
Great giveaway! I’m so torn between two foods on a stick. The first one would be the cheese dogs from Hot Dog on a Stick. You know, the place at the mall where they have to wear the really bad hats? My send favorite food on a stick would be a state fair item–peanut-butter filled pretzels used as skewers for chocolate-covered marshmallows. So yummy!
Corn dogs rock!
i agree. corndog with plain old mustard. yummy!!
I can’t get enough of Chinese Beef Satay!
Definitely corn dogs!
My grandmother’s shish-kabobs-a mixture of ground lamb and ground beef molded to the stick!
corn dogs and chocolate cake balls on a stick!
I think it’s really great that foods on a stick can be translated to so many cultures. Satay Chicken. Corn Dogs. Souvlaki. I love it all! Great blog, great give away!
Hand dipped corn doggies! Mmmmmmm or if I’m at the state fair, a deep fried snickers. I know, heart attack on a stick!!!
Handel pops from Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream out of Youngstown Ohio – a scoop of the #1 ice cream according to National Geographic inside tons of dark chocolate on a stick. Yum!
I love to thread fresh pineapple chunks on a skewer and cook on the grill. So good and so easy.
Thanks for the chance to win this awesome cookbook!
Frozen Banana dipped in chocolate covered in chopped walnuts!
Shrimp and veggie kabobs!
Cake pops! I recently ate a lego head cake pop, it was the most delicious thing ever!
My favorite food-on-a-stick has to be chocolate covered ice cream bars! My least favorite has to be salad-on-a-stick. A couple of years ago, my favorite ice cream stand at the Iowa State Fair was replaced by one of those salad-on-a-stick stands. I was devastated!
Definitely frozen bananas from a little town in Guatemala!
Hands down, the best food on a stick I have ever eaten would be the Greek kabobs served at my hometown’s annual county fair. I always, ALWAYS, had to get at least one (but usually 2… or 3) each day that I visited the fairgrounds. I don’t know if they used lamb or beef or whatever; all I know is that it tasted like little chunks of salty, seasoned goodness!
I love me some Fudgesicles and paletas (Latin fruit popsicles – soooo good!).
I’m with you….corn dog with lots of yellow mustard! Yum.
It is so hot in Guam. That I would definitely have to say frozen banana dipped in chocolate. It is tasty and refreshing!
Stuffed jalapeños on a stick for me!
I had an appetizer of a caprese salad on a stick. Mozzarella ball, tomato and basil. So good and easy to eat.
Garlic shrimp shishkabob!!!!! Yum!!!!
I really love corn dogs
Cotton candy would have to be my favorite food on a stick by far! With a second place award going to ice cream/popsicles…
I’d have to say beef kabobs!
Scotch eggs – yes, they are served on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair. Yum!
That book sounds so fun! I would have to say my favorite food on a stick is a fresh fruit Popsicle. Yummy!
Awesome giveaway. Too cool!!
Corn dogs!! Gotta love them!! 🙂 I love the idea of this book, it looks so fun! If I don’t win it, I’m buying it!! <3
Kabobs of all sorts…fruit, veggie, meat. Yummy!
strawberry shortcake, on a stick? sounds amazing! how does one get the whipped cream to stay on a stick tho? I suppose you could just eat the whipped cream out of the can, but i prefer homemade. i digress…chicken on a stick, like you find at a Chinese buffet, is probably my favorite food on a stick.
Grape popsicles. My kids don’t like the grape ones so we all win hahaha
My favorite food on a stick has gotta be corn dogs! I get to have it once a year at the state fair, love em!
I love Thai Chicken Skewers.
Cake pops!! Yummmmm! 🙂
I just got this book to review and I can’t stop flipping through it and drooling! Those beef kebabs look TO DIE FOR.
I love corn dogs on a stick with that awesome cornmeal batter and a hint of ketchup. Oh boy, time for lunch now!!!
Souvlaki with LOTS of tzatziki sauce on the side..yummm!!
homemade strawberry and pineapple popsicles on a hot, summer day! 🙂
Any combination of meat and veggies that has been bbq’d. Everything tastes better once it’s been cooked over fire 🙂
Corn dogs are definitely my favorite food on a stick too!
Marshmallows, and rice krispy treats and cold grapes on a stick – dipped in a dark chocolate mixed with any kind of alcohol…
Your kabobs look yummy 🙂
I have to agree with you- the corn dog is my favorite!! I just bought hot dogs to make them this week!
The first picture has me-beef on a stick-and the cilantro cream gotta try it, probably this weekend
Toss up is between sweet and savory – either cake pops or chicken satay. Mmm…
Souvlaki! I love Greek food.
I love a good hand dipped corndog from Canton First Monday! With mustard too!
Corn dogs, with cheesecake on a stick for dessert.
Probably those Haagen Dazs bars with almonds. Mmmm…
hand dipped ice cream bar from balboa island.
any grilled veggies!
Mmm, definetly a corn dog with mustard!
chicken satay w/ peanut sauce and fudgecicles for fun
I’m definitely with you on the classic corndog, but only if it’s fresh from the frier (so basically, at the state fair). My boyfriend takes them one step further by favoring the “breakfast sausage dipped in pancake batter and deep fried” variation.
I haven’t eaten much food on a stick, so I guess that’s why I need this book! 😉
After seeing that picture of those corn dogs, I can’t even think straight. I just want a corn dog. So, I’m going to say corn dog!
Any kind of popsicle on a hot summer day!
I haven’t tried them yet but I think cake pops would be awesome!
Looks divine…I’m thinking a curry version with coconut rice would be good as well 🙂
mmmm…veggie and chicken/beef kabobs 🙂
Grilled Cheese on a stick = love on a stick!
Greek Kebabs- or really any middle eastern Kebab. Delish!
I love a classic lamb kebob. It’s traditional, juicy, and always more fun to eat off a stick : ) especially when you are in the Mediterranean
pretty much any kind of meat on a stick.
I love a fresh fried pronto pup-smearing mustard on the end and taking the first bite is my favorite!
A roasted marshmallow!
it’s a tie between corn dogs and skinny cows. geez. best of both worlds. let me go run on the treadmill now.
I love kebabs grilled with meat, bell peppers, and pineapple.
I love love corn dogs, but ice cream on a stick is the bomb too!
ahhh!!!! i love corny dogs!!! even though I’m from Dallas and the state fair’s corny dogs are delish, i’ve recently moved to houston and FINALLY got to experience the houston rodeo. Of course I had to get the corny dog there and I can’t believe I’m saying this but it was BETTER than the ones at the texas state fair. Best corn dog of my life!
any grilled veggie! delish!
Oh I love Malaysian satay be it beef, mutton or chicken and it must be accompanied by the delicious satay sauce, cucumber slices, raw onion wedges and plenty of compressed rice cakes to mop up the sauce. I always stuff my face whenever I return home for a visit.
Grilled mochi balls with teriyaki sauce!
marinated steak kebabs with veggies and mushroom inbetween. yum!
or fruit salad on a stick
Steak kabobs with onion, tomato and mushrooms!
This cookbook looks fabulous as does your skewers! I’m with you my favorite thing on a stck is a corndog with tons of ketchup & a little mustard!
I’m going to have to go with roasted marshmallows- they’re so classic! 🙂
Grilled shrimp and veggies!
Oh my, this looks absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to try it.
I am a huge food on a stick fan. Every year we go to a festival in Eearl Park Indiana and I get a chicken shish ka bob on a pita with grilled tomatoes, peppers and onions and cucumber sauce. It is amazing!!!
i love shripms on a stick..
anything on a stick is good! However, I’d probably have to say a corn dog is the fave pic! I can’t wait to see the book and I will definitely try the marinated beef kebabs!
Favorite thing on a stick…gotta be roasted marshmallows!
I agree with corndogs!
I’ve gotta ago with roasted marshmallows……….looking forward to that this weekend!
Marinated beef kebabs with lots of vegetables, fruit kebabs – or anything else on a stick, including ice cream! (Not too crazy about corn dogs, though.)
I love a good carnival corndog too…mmmmmmmm!!!
Wow just LOOK at all the Corn dog aficionado’s on here! Many of us are guilty of sneaking to the local Sonic and wallowing in the pleasure a a fresh hot corn dog. Now if I could just learn to make them taste the same at home….
In the mean time I think I’ll just hafta give these Beef Ka-Bobs a whirl. Thanks for sharing!!
I wish that tonight I could have Beef Satay or Lamb Shashlik.
Here’s my favorite: pork satay with peanut sauce and a link to the recipe!
my favorite food on a stick is caramel apples 🙂
You have a wonderful blog here..really glad I found it
Maple brown sugar bacon on a stick!!! Can’t go wrong with BACON
I just spent a week learning how to make iced (fancy iced) cookies – on a stick, and not on a stick… just from looking at websites, YouTube and videos/tutorials on websites. So, this week, my favorite “on a stick” food item is cookies. I don’t eat them, but I know a lot of other people who do! Now that I have a storehouse of sticks, maybe I could learn to make other things from this book. I’d love to win it!
Any and all of the above, but lamb souvlaki with tzatziki for savory and cotton candy for pure melt in your mouth sweetness. Can’t wait to see the book!!
I love a good corn dog every now and again like a lot of you, but I gotta go with the chocolate covered frozen banana
I love kabobs! Fruit kabobs, chicken kabobs, veggie kabobs, shrimp kabobs, I could go on..
Corn dogs!!!! YUM 🙂
I love corn dogs with yellow mustard! By far the my most guilty pleasure!
Hmmm…. kebabs of any type, definitively. But I would love to try macaroni and cheese on a stick 🙂
Our county fair had zucchini weenies. I was so curious I had to try one. They take a zucchini, hollow out the inside just enough to fit a hot dog (on a stick), then they put it into the corn batter and deep fry it. They serve it with either ketchup, mustard or ranch. I can’t wait for this summer’s fair so I can run to the booth and have my favorite thing on a stick!
Do popsicles count? I am SO addicted to strawberry bars.
Or…give me a good ole corn dog any day!!
Anything on a stick is just so much better, and your recipe is fantastic!!
Deep fried Twinkies of course!
steak on a stick! or strawberry & brownie kabobs!
Caramel apples, plain or rolled in a topping!
CORNDOGS 🙂 Just love ’em!
If I dont win this recipe book, I am definitely buying it!
There is a lot of things I like on a stick. They are so easy to cook and my kids love them. But I would say that Yakitori would be my favorite!!! It is Japanese food which is just chicken marinaded in sauce and then brush with more sauce. So yummy!!!
Hmm I think since I am craving chocolate at the moment I will say cake pops!
I’m not picky. I will eat most things on a stick.
I’ve gotta go with the classic corn dog (extra points if it’s from a county fair) with lots and lots of mustard.
Without a doubt shrimp corndogs!!! Puts together two of my favorite foods:)
I’d have to stick with the good ole’ candy apple! It’s the best part of fair season!
Cake Pops! I love making them and eating them!
grilled shrimps or corn dogs
It has to be salad on a stick! The cute factor is way up there!
I love chocolate Carmel apples! by far my favorite on a stick food
hmm, a toss up, BBQ shrimp on a skewer for dinner than a Drk Choc covered Vanilla Ice cream bar for dessert or maybe a gourmet choco covered carmel apple.
My favorite food on a stick is grilled veggies! I just can’t get enough 🙂
Marshmallows… to make s’mores!!!
I am so embarrassed to admit this, but it would have to be a corn dog. Do you see how much I need this book?
Filipino hot dogs and marshmallow on a stick! We would have it during parties when I was younger in the Philippines. Sounds like a weird combination but I loved it! It was delicious!
nothing can beat the classic corn dog with catsup!!!! i want some! haha 🙂
corn dog with ketchup* haha sorry for the wrong word 😛