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.
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 Family Fresh Cooking 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.
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.
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.
*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.
- Your favorite bread, remove crust and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I like Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread)
- nitrate free Bacon, cook according to package directions
- Butter or Red Leaf Lettuce
- Cherry Tomatoes, cleaned and sliced in half
- Homemade Mayonnaise (of course you can use jarred, but the DIY version is so good)
- You will also need 6 inch skewers aka: sticks
- Green Goddess Dressing
- Caesar Dressing
- Ranch Dressing
- Sour Cream
- Cook bacon according to package directions. Let it cool and blot with paper towels. Lightly toast bread and cover with a thin layer of mayo. Trim into 1/2 inch pieces with a serrated knife. Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces. Tear off some lettuce. Layer the bacon, lettuce , tomatoes, and bread cubes on a stick.
- This simple recipe makes as many as you need it to. Purchase ingredients accordingly. This recipe is more a method than anything else. Have fun with it!
- Use turkey, beef, pork of vegetarian bacon. In these kebabs I used beef.
- Cubes of creamy avocado would be a great addition to these too.
- You can enjoy this with gluten free or any bread you wish.