June 14, 2011

On a Stick! - Fun Recipes for Everyone (cookbook review)

It's no secret that I love cookbooks.  It's also no secret that I ADORE cookbooks with lots and lots of full-color photos that make me want to get in the kitchen and cook.  So, when I received a review copy of Matt Armendariz's (of Matt Bites) "On a Stick!" - I got so excited!

If you have read Matt's blog - or rather drooled over the mouth-watering photos he shares there - you will not be disappointed in this cookbook.  Each and every recipe is accompanied by a photo that will have you grabbing your notepad to make a shopping list to pick up the ingredients and get started cooking for friends and family.
on a stick collage

Each recipe is served on some type of stick - I loved the various skewers and picks that were shown in the book.  I will be searching for a great place to find them so that I can serve up these recipes in the style they deserve.

As I read through the book - yes, it is possible to read a cookbook like a book when the author shares tidbits with each recipe - I found that there was a light-hearted, youthful feel to these recipes.  No matter your age, these recipes will have you thinking back to summertime fun at the fair or around the campfire. 

I've got a few recipes marked to try such as the Deep Fried Mac 'n' Cheese on a Stick, Chinese Five Spice Skewers, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp... and let's not forget something sweet to end the meal such as Chocolate Covered Cheesecake, Cinnamon Rolls or Fruit Salad Skewers.  So many fun party foods, so little time! 

So, what did I make first?  The Pizza Skewers!
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Of course, My Oldest said they should be called Lolli-Pizzas, so we've renamed them in our house! They were a huge hit, but I will probably go a bit lighter on the pizza sauce/cheese mixture that gets added to the top after they have baked.  My Oldest even suggested just adding the extra cheese to the top as another great way to bake these up.

This recipe is quick and easy to prepare and would make a perfect after school snack when the kids get home and bring along a couple of friends.  Or serve it up for lunch on a weekend rather than hit the drive-thru!
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Now, I'm not going to share the recipe with you here, but suggest that you head over to Amazon and pick up a copy for yourself!  It is such a fun cookbook for anyone who likes to entertain or just serve up fun food on a stick for the heck of it.

Note:  I was not compensated for this review or told what to say.  The opinions here are mine and I received a copy of the cookbook so that I could formulate my own opinion.  If you choose to click on the link to Amazon and purchase the cookbook, I will receive a small referral fee.

Please note that all photos and content belong to Patsy Kreitman, unless otherwise noted. If you want to use something please ask first.
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Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I loved the book with a healthy balance of foods that are good for you too!@

Joanne said...

I loved this book also! The pizza sticks are definitely next on my list of recipes to try from it!

Jeane M. said...

I'm so checking out this one. Got healthy cravings would be easy. Bookmarked! buy aion accounts

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