Watch Cooking Channel

Adventures in State Fair Eating, or The Making of On a Stick!

On a Stick by Matt Armendariz

I should have listened a bit more closely to the stern warnings of almost every person I know who has written a book.

“It’s more work than you think it can be.”

“You’ll gain 10 pounds.”

“You’ll miss your regular life.”

OK, alright, I admit that these are mostly from one end of the author spectrum but they still ring true: Writing and photographing a cookbook is a challenge and takes dedication and hard work.

It’s also a hell of a lot of fun!

Now that my book, On A Stick!, has been out a little over a month, I can almost sit back and let out a sigh of relief. What started in Spring 2010 is now on bookshelves all over the country, displayed just in time for summer cooking. And yes, I’m proud that it’s done and am delighted by the fun people are finding in its pages because it’s true: Food on a stick has that built-in fun factor!

But just how much do people love food on a stick? Visit any state fair and you’ll find out. Which is exactly what we did when we began the planning and research process.

Corn Dog State Fair

I think this photo sums up the deep-fried, county fair goodness. Sausages, cheese and traditional wieners get stuck, battered and fried. And for the sake of research, I ate just about everything I could get my hands on. Nothing was too strange, too greasy, too out there to try. Of course not everything made its way into the book, but I had the best time trying.

Pork Chop State Fair

Yes, those are porkchops on a stick. When you’re walking around the grounds of a State Fair the stick thing really comes in handy. And they were delicious, as plain as they look.

Fair Collage

Here’s an assortment of fair foods. Yes, I ate them all. And the hot dog wrapped in spiral cut potatoes? Genius. And sadly not something I adapted for my book as I just couldn’t figure out how to put those things together. It’s probably better left alone.

Corn Dog Mural

Far be it for me to tell you how much people really do love things on sticks. Just look at this vinyl mural that wrapped the entrance to the craft corner of the fair: A field of corn dogs. And corn dogs in a basket! I am totally down for this kind of harvest. I am!

After visiting as many state fairs as we could find before our deadlines we headed back to the studio to begin the process of cooking and photographing the recipes. But before you can begin production you need to procure sticks because, well, what’s a stick book without lots of sticks? I’m happy to share with you that my other half is an intrepid shopper. If it’s for sale, he’ll find it. And find it he did, just look at all the various sticks we found:

Stick Gallery on Table

Writing a cookbook about food on a stick wasn’t just about finding a bamboo skewer and calling it a day. There are many different types of sticks and each of them have their unique cooking properties. Skinny, thick, flat, round, stainless steel, branches – there are indeed many options!

Adam with Donut Holes

Here’s my food stylist extraordinaire, Adam Pearson, putting some last-minute touches on donut holes on a stick.

Matt Adam Prepare Shot

Here I am arranging some very small beautiful little bowls for a chapter on dips, sauces and marinades. Adam advises on placement.

On a Stick! Cover Shoot

Here’s an outtake of a cover idea. Needless to say it wasn’t selected, but please be assured the corndogs did not go to waste.

Fair Collage

I think I need a few corndogs now to celebrate!

What to get a taste of On A Stick!? Browse through a collection of recipes from the book, including Margarita Jell-O Shots, Chicken and Waffles, Molotes and more.

Recipes from On a Stick!

For more fun and festive recipes, pick up a copy of Matt Armendariz’s book, On a Stick!.

More posts from Matt:

Find Matt at mattbites.com.

Tags:

Comments (3223)

  1. Gavin Risner posted 02/16/2013

    amazingly useful…

    We wil take full advantage of experienced in which, internationally at the moment around, gaming system may be the most not sometime back launched development through kids within the age. Occasionally perhaps it’s never possible that will help you pul…

  2. what causes diabetes posted 02/17/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  3. earn money online posted 02/17/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to messing around on the internet and found…

  4. domowa posted 02/17/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are few of the websites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  5. tuesday posted 02/17/2013

    Only two comments..? How can that be?! Absolutely loved your blog and fully intend to link it everywhere I go. The closest I've come to foods on sticks (other than fudgesicles, etc.) are the Vienna, Austrian Christmas market stall donuts-on-a-stick. Corn Dogs just never look all that appetising to me but chocolate-covered bananas, and especially the potato-crisps-on-a-stick look fascinating.

    Many thanks!

  6. credibility to your blog post and readers…

    would understand that it is a well researched article.adding statistical figures in the form of tables, diagrams or charts will also give it an authentic look. where this is not possible, you could always use relevant examples to support to your…

  7. Supplements posted 02/17/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]I came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  8. kaca film jakarta posted 02/17/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll see the link to some blogs that we think you could see[...]……

  9. iPad bingo posted 02/17/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  10. zadowolenie gwaratnowane posted 02/18/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  11. Mohammad Carrico posted 02/18/2013

    ideal space online website…

    Several in reality fantastic data, Gladiola Our spouse in addition to i observed these kinds of. “A poem is generally never undertaken, simply overlooked. ” due to John Valery….

  12. 770.00 image posted 02/18/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  13. Boston Web Design posted 02/18/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  14. privacy view mobile posted 02/18/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The info mentioned in the article are useful [...]……

  15. posicionamiento web madrid posted 02/19/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw a writer writing about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  16. Easy Weight Loss posted 02/19/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  17. posicionamiento web posted 02/19/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  18. Susan Lim Sirgery posted 02/19/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  19. seo company posted 02/19/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  20. find apartments posted 02/19/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and accurate information but here I noted…

  21. great deals on rentals posted 02/19/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  22. Power Rangers posted 02/19/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  23. Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  24. Video Marketing Singapore posted 02/19/2013

    Superb website…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  25. major posted 02/19/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  26. eco web hosting posted 02/19/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  27. Click here posted 02/20/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  28. Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  29. buy YouTube comments posted 02/20/2013

    [...]check below, are some absolutely unrelated sites to ours, even so, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

    [...]one of our guests recently encouraged the following website[...]…

  30. Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  31. affordable packaging posted 02/20/2013

    [...]we came across a cool site that you just may well love. Take a search in case you want[...]…

    [...]please visit the web pages we adhere to, such as this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]…

  32. debt solutions posted 02/20/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  33. credit card consolidation posted 02/20/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  34. making a budget posted 02/20/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]……

  35. debt help australia posted 02/20/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  36. penny stock picks posted 02/20/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  37. medical marketing posted 02/20/2013

    [...]that could be the finish of this article. Right here you will come across some internet sites that we feel you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]…

    [...]Every once in a while we opt for blogs that we study. Listed beneath would be the most recent internet sites that we pick out [...]…

  38. lindenwoods richmond west posted 02/21/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  39. occurs first after posted 02/21/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]beneath you’ll see the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  40. Mark Twain posted 02/21/2013

    Mark Twain…

    [...]Here is a good Weblog You may Uncover Fascinating that we Encourage You[...]…

  41. payroll services posted 02/21/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was browsing today I noticed a great article about…

  42. web designer york posted 02/21/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  43. Easy Nikola Tesla Secret posted 02/21/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  44. Betting posted 02/22/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  45. monthly posted 02/22/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a interesting Blog You could Find useful that we Encourage You to visit[...]……

  46. package posted 02/22/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]I came across a cool website that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  47. city highway mpg posted 02/22/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some of them worthed to try[...]……

  48. printing services dubai posted 02/22/2013

    printing services dubai…

    [...]The information mentioned in the post are several of the ideal out there [...]…

  49. Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  50. gap teeth posted 02/23/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c