BLT Kebabs

What happens when you give one of the nicest, most creative people the chance to create and publish a cookbook? You get a book filled with delectable photos, wit and outrageous recipes. Have you heard about Matt Armendariz’s from Matt Bites new book On A Stick? There is something about eating food on sticks that swoons kids and adults. Matt goes way beyond the kebab or skewered stuff we have come to know. This book has a gamut of goodies including savories: Mac n’ Cheese, Fish n’ Chips and Chinese Meatballs. Also sweets: S’mores, Candy Apples and Donut Holes. Bring it.

On A Stick cookbook review on recipe blog


Matt was one of the first life changing bloggers I met shortly after I began my blog. The story goes something like this: Marla launches back in 2009 (right after learning the word blog.) She attends her first blog conference BlogHer Food in San Francisco. With eyes and ears peeled she watches Matt passionately talk about food photography, creativity and design. She enjoys the photography/food styling panel so much, raises her hand and admits to shooting food with her iPhone, publicly.

Healthy Bacon Lettuce Tomato kebab party skewers with lunch box

*thank goodness*

With trembling hands I introduced myself to Matt right after his presentation. I was greeted with a grin that could brighten anyones day. Since that very moment I have gotten to know Matt much better. I respect him as both a professional and a friend. We all had a blast this year at Food Blog Campin Mexico. I now thankfully shoot my food photos with a DSLR.

On A Stick! by Matt Armendariz cookbook review

*cool stuff*

Matt has photographed books before, but this is the first one he has authored. He works with his uber fabulous food stylist partner/husband Adam Pearson. Their collaboration can be seen on many projects both online and in print. Adam has super cool projects going on too including the fun & fresh CB2 blog. The images below are from the fun book launch party at Border Grillin LA.

Border Grill, Los Angeles. Lamb skewers.

*from carnivals to fancy cocktail parties*

Back to fun food on a stick….I came up with this recipe inspired by all the goodies in Matt’s book. From kitschy to high class, he has it all covered. He also shares fun dips in the book ’cause food on a stick is even better when you can dip it. Because I think you guys should own this book like now I am gonna purchase one for you. Cool? You can also grab one for yourself and all your friends at my Amazon store.

Healthy Bacon Lettuce Tomato kebab party skewers with lunch box


BLT Recipe Links


~ Marla Meridith

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130 thoughts on “BLT Kebabs

  1. Clever! I’d probably love it with a little ranch or blue cheese. I guess my favorite food on a stick would be a roasting marshmallow. Normally I’m not a fan of marshmallows, but it’s a simple comfort.

  2. One comment only for me as I *think* I have a review copy of the book on it’s way but just have to say that I cannot wait to do more events with Matt & Adam…and you! We have to firm up early winter 2012 travel plans…and figure out what fabulous locale they will be hosting photography “class” from and be there, or be square…haha!

    Marla, your evolution as a blogger, photographer, cook…just remarkable.

    I am so blessed to have you in my life 🙂 And to have been fortunate enough to attend an event with Matt and Adam too!

  3. My favorite foods on a stick has to be grilled veggies. They are so fun to make and eat, and are delicious and healthy!

  4. Those kebabs looks great! Can’t wait to take that to a bbq this summer =)

    My favorite food on a stick is probably a fruit kebab. It’s so refreshing and just a lot more fun to eat because it’s on a stick lol!

  5. This is such a creative recipe, and I really love the look of Matt’s new book! Wonderful job to both of you! Hmm… my favorite food on a stick would be chicken/pineapple/pepper kabobs… so fresh and delicious! Also, my husband and I went to the Carlsbad flower fields yesterday and had an amazing time. If not for your photos, I would have never known about it! Thanks for the wonderful posts, Marla. 🙂

  6. Oh yes, avocado would be amazing on this! When I make BLT’s, I always add avocado. I call them BLATs.

    My favorite food on a stick would probably be barbeque chicken kebobs. Yum!

  7. Oh I have had my eye on this book! The BLT kabob look amazing! I love BLTs. My favorite food on a stick is probably grilled veggies, especially mushrooms, onions, zucchini. Although, once I try the BLT on a stick I might change my answer 🙂

  8. I hardly ever eat food on a stick, and I should. I love dainty little hors d’oeuveres and your selection from the book has completely charmed me. I am much more interested in this cookbook from reading your post than from the corndogs on the front. 🙂 Thanks.

    1. Hi Livia….glad you like my mini BLT’s. Those are actually my recipe inspired by the idea of food on a stick. Matt has lots of healthy, not fried recipes too in there. Something to suit everyone 🙂

    1. Thanks Marci….quite the learning curve going from iPhone to BIG camera. Every day is a learning experience that’s for sure!

  9. Ooh this is SO fun – such a cute idea and so many possibilities for others. Would love to win the book 🙂 my favorite food on a stick would have to be … ice cream but otherwise I’d say kabobs or chicken skewers mmm. I’m happy with simple and delicious.

  10. Your BLT skewers are so cute. I love anything on a skewer, such fun to eat! Matt is an amazing photographer and I hope improve my photography using his tips.

  11. My favorite food on a stick is Malaysian Satay – chicken or beef skewers grilled over an open flame and served with homemade crunchy peanut sauce!

  12. Marla these are too cute! I love food on a stick. Something about it. My kids love food on a stick too so I know what I’ll be trying these soon. I need to go run out and get Matt’s book too. Love him!
    My favorite food on a stick is probably something boring…but with the temperatures rising here in Florida there is nothing like a popsicle! 🙂

    1. Heather popsicles are always a hit & the perfect treat on a stick – especially where you live. I am looking forward to making all kinds of pops as the weather heats up 🙂

  13. One of my fondest memories from my childhood was to attend the county fair and eat corndogs or cheese on a stick.

  14. Oh how perfect! These photos look awesome. I’ve heard of this book and it’s on my Amazon wishlist lol. I’m liking tomato and moz balls on a stick right now! Thank you so much for offering this giveaway.

    1. Lisa, that is such a great idea for a party appetizer. So simple & pretty too. In the book there is a recipe for Panzanella on a stick which is like what you are doing. There are gorgeous pieces of fresh basil wrapped around the mozzarella balls. OMG….

  15. Matt – is one of my favorite bloggers, photographer and I have my heart on that book. Food on a stick is something i can live by! I didn’t realise I was not subscribed to your blog – so just did! 🙂

    1. Hey Tricia! You are so right , even fresh fruit is better on a stick! A sweet dipping sauce is always a nice side. Matt has fruit skewers like that in his book too 🙂

  16. I’m supposed to getting this book to review imminently and YOUR review has made it so that I can barely wait! These kebabs look delicious….the perfect treat! And Matt’s other recipes sound so fun!

  17. Matt sounds like such a fun person — and what a great book, Marla! Food on a stick definitely appeals to all. And thanks so much for hosting this giveaway — my fav food on a stick is teriyaki beef! 🙂

  18. Cheese fondue! I suppose that’s more “food on a skewer,” but I do love some crisp veggies (broccoli, cherry tomato) dipped into melted cheese.

  19. beautiful pictures Marla~~~what lens do you use? 😛
    And I don’t know if you’ve tried korean cuisine, but I love “dduk-kotchee” (sounds so strange…) It’s rice cakes with sesame seeds and slathered in hot paste. Crispy outside, and gooey inside. have you tried it? have a beautiful day!

    1. Ellie, I use two lens. Canon 24-70mm 2.8 and a 50mm 1.4. In this post mostly my 24-70 🙂
      Love Korean cuisine, but I have not had the “dduk-kotchee” <—— love the name though! Sounds like such an interesting way to have rice. Thanks & I will look for it.

    1. Oh Dara, your will have LOADS of fun with this book!! I truly can’t wait to see the recipes you come up with, also your lovely photographs 🙂

    1. Heather, you would love this book! Chicken with peanut sauce is a favorite over here too. My kids love going for Thai food and having chicken satay with sweet peanut sauce. Our favorite place ever is called Siam in Telluride, CO.

    1. Charissa, you can bet on it that these BLT skewers will end up at may potlucks, BBQ’s and lunch boxes this summer! My kids thought they were so cool 🙂

  20. That looks like a great book. I will buy it if i dont win it. I love steak satay with peanut sauce and cake pops!

  21. I would agree that corndogs are my favorite! (and I live in MN where anything and everything get’s on a stick and deep fried at our state fair!)

  22. Hi Marla, thank you for the link to my BLT post. I remember you from the Blogher Food conference in SF a few years ago. Don’t think we had the chance to meet in person, but your enthusiasm was contagious even from afar! Hope all is well.

  23. I’m so glad I didn’t miss the chance to enter this giveaway. You started your blog in 2009?! Are you serious? It’s so professional I could have sworn you had started it much earlier. You will go far and beyond my friend, I just know it.

    As for Matt, he really is a lovely person.

    As for his book, I want it so bad!

    And my favorite food on a stick is corn dogs. I love corn dogs.

    1. Damaris, I always have a big grin when you pop in for a visit. I hope we all get to spend time together again at Food Blog Camp next year. I love your blog, your thoughts and YOU! Thanks for your uplifting inspirational words. They keep me moving on the “fast track” 😉 xo