Thursday, March 26, 2009

You Name It, And Somebody's Probably Put It On a Stick

March 28 is Something on a Stick Day. Seriously. And it seems there's lots of folks out there who especially enjoy their culinary delights presented via stick. As professes: 

"...all food tastes better when it's stick-mounted..."

(It seems the site never quite took off, despite the grand plans described therein, but it's still a great quote, don't you think?) Aaaanyway, in honor of the day, I surfed around some more for a sample of what's out there.

If you're a Do-It-Yourself'er, The Food Network has you covered, with Food on a Stick, an episode from George Duran's Ham on the Street. The online article has links to recipes to make your own food on a stick: Edible Vegetable Skewers, Carmel Apple Pie on a stick, Corn Dog Variations (including Gherkins, baby corn, shrimp, mushrooms, apple slices, pineapple chunks, and hard-boiled eggs). There's even a recipe link for Gnocchi con Polpette di Manzo - and yes, that's on a stick, too.

If you'd rather have someone else serve up the goods, visit the Iowa State Fair, which boasts more than 40 varieties of food on a stick on their website - on its own special page, even: Food On-A-Stick

And if you just want to window-shop, then here's a video that's just what you need. It brings you on a virtual tour of the culinary delights of the Minnesota State Fair, whose vendors serve (at the time this video was shot) 59 different varieties of food on a stick, spanning the range of healthy to not so healthy. (Really. There's at least one healthy one in the bunch.) But don't just take my word for it:

One last note: the Minnesota State Fair is held annually over Labor Day weekend, so if you think you'd like try any of these culinary delights for yourself, you might wanna mark your calendars...and don't forget to pack your stretchy pants.


  1. The corollary to Everything is Better on a Stick rule is Everything is Better Deep Fried.

  2. I bet you've been to the Chip Shop, then, Kathi? They deep fry some interesting things there - really good from what I hear.

  3. Nope, I don't know the Chip Shop, but my mom grew up in the South, so pretty much everything was deep fried! Her fried chicken was legendary, and she made a special treat occasionally that I loved, which was a deep fried chocolate pie--actually it was some kind of turnover, filled with cocoa, sugar, and butter. Eek!

  4. Oh I am soooo homesick for the MN State Fair. That is one of the things I miss the most. My family has a bench at the fair with our names on it, that's how much we love that place. lol

    The baking and sewing competitions we enter every year....

    The all-you-can-drink milk stand that was my absolutel favorite thing to do when I was a kid...

    The milkshakes in the dairy building...

    *sniffle* There is no place like, where did I put those ruby slippers again??


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