BLT Kebabs

by Marla on May 16, 2011 · 130 comments

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Healthy Bacon Lettuce Tomato kebab party skewers with lunch box

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 Family Fresh Cooking recipe blog

*inspired*

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.

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 Kebabs

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: as many skewers as you need

BLT Kebabs

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Optional Sauce/Dip Ideas
  • Green Goddess Dressing
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Sour Cream

Method

  • 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.
  • Notes
  • 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.
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/05/16/bacon-lettuce-tomato-skewers-recipe/

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1 Tiff May 16, 2011 at 6:21 am

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.

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2 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

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!

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3 Jenny Flake May 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

Love this!! Can not wait to get my copy of Matt’s book, lovely photos girl!! Talk soon :)

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4 Amanda May 16, 2011 at 6:32 am

I love hearing about your inspiration and about Matt!! What a great book!

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5 Molly Chester May 16, 2011 at 6:37 am

Marla – these are ADORABLE! Love them. Great pics too.

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6 Maria May 16, 2011 at 6:48 am

What a fun way to serve BLT’s!

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7 Rosa May 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

A cool book which I’d love to own! Matt is such an inspiration.

Cheers,

Rosa

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8 Nelly Rodriguez May 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

Food on a stick, no doubt my favorite are corn dogs! yum…wish I had one now!

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9 Nelly Rodriguez May 16, 2011 at 7:02 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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10 Nelly Rodriguez May 16, 2011 at 7:05 am

I tweeted about the giveaway! (nella22)

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11 Londa May 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

Looks like a perfect summer picnic!
I subscribed to your email!

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12 Debby G. May 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

My favorite food on a stick is a corn dog!

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13 KK May 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

I love fruit kabobs on a stick and would love this book.

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14 alex May 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

chicken!

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15 Heather @ Heather's Dish May 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

Absolute genius!!!

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16 Heavenly Housewife May 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

So cute, and so clever, what doesn’t taste better on a stick? :D
My favourite food on a stick are shish kebabs.
*kisses* HH

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17 Melissa B. May 16, 2011 at 8:19 am

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

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18 shana @ 100lbsandcounting May 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

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!

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19 Kalynn May 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

I already follow you on Twitter!

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20 Kalynn May 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

I “Stumbled” this post!

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21 Kalynn May 16, 2011 at 8:45 am

My favorite food on a stick is probably grilled vegetables!

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22 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

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. :)

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23 Miranda May 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

I’m an email subscriber

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24 d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo May 16, 2011 at 9:20 am

My favorite food on a stick is a toasted marshmallow – hot off the fire!

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25 Marla May 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

Yellebelly, something about the simplicity of a toasted marshmallow. No doubt BIG smiles for all :)

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26 Miranda May 16, 2011 at 9:20 am

I love banana on a stick dipped in chocolate and peanuts

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27 Marla May 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

Miranda, love the classic flavors of chocolate, nuts and bananas. You can’t go wrong there :)

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28 Marsha May 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

I love a good corn dog! But, your BLT on a stick looks awesome! What a great idea for my daughters lunch!

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29 Amy @ A Little Nosh May 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

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!

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30 Amy @ A Little Nosh May 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

I thought I already was. but NOW I’m following you on Twitter!

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31 karen d May 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

My fabvorite thing on a stick is fruit dipped in chocolate. YUM.

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32 shannon a May 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

I LOVE a good corndog! Or anything grilled on kebabs.

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33 shannon a May 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

I follow you on twitter.

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34 shannon a May 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

I also have you in my google reader! :)

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35 Miri Leigh May 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

Fantastic, every thing tastes better on a stick! Can’t wait to get a copy of this book!

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36 Maryz May 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

Favorite food on a stick has to be grilled veggies! I love this concept..what a fun book.

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37 Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews May 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

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 :)

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38 Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews May 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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39 Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews May 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

And I added you to my Google Reader, glad I came across your blog! I like it a lot!

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40 Livia May 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

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.

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41 Marla May 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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 :)

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42 Andrea @ From the Bookshelf May 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Chicken Satay is probably one of my favs on a stick – BUT these BLTs on a stick could easily become my new fav!

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43 Lindsay May 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Grilled chicken!

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44 Lindsay May 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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45 Raelena May 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm

My fave food on a stick is corndogs :)

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46 Raelena May 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm

follow on twitter @throuthehaze

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47 Marci May 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

so cute and so simple! you went from iphone to dslr fast! and learned it fast too!

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48 Marla May 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

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

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49 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

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.

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50 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I follow you on twitter!

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51 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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52 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Stumbled :)

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53 Maris (In Good Taste) May 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

These kabobs look delicious but I will stick to cookie dough truffles on a stick as a fav!

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54 Marla May 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Maris, I really don’t think cookie dough truffles can be beat ;)

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55 Jeanette May 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

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.

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56 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I follow you on twitter now!

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57 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I tweeted the giveaway!

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58 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I’m already subscribed :)

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59 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I stumbled!

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60 Fallon May 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese and a smokey almond, topper with a balsamic drizzle.

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61 Meredyth H May 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm

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!

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62 Marla May 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Meredyth, you had me at “crunchy peanut sauce” sounds delicious! I am a big fan of Malaysian cuisine.

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63 Allison [Haute Box] May 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm

So cute! Yum!

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64 Heather at Multiply Delicious May 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm

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! :)

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65 Marla May 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

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 :)

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66 Amanda Thompson May 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Fresh-dipped corndogs!!

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67 Amanda Thompson May 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I subscribe via email :)

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68 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I love Fudgsicles- such a good childhood memory :)

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69 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

And I’m following you on Twitter!

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70 Lynda Clark May 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

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

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71 Lynda Clark May 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I am following you on Twitter @lyndacooks
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72 Lynda Clark May 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I am an email subscriber.
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73 Lynda Clark May 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

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74 Lynda Clark May 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I have Tweeted about this Giveaway:
@lyndacooks Lynda Clark
@MarlaMeridith Check out the Giveaway for Matt Armendariz’s new cookbook, On a Stick at http://www.familyfreshcooking.com
http://twitter.com/#!/lyndacooks/status/70349514015379456

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75 Quyen - Kitchen Runway May 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm

BLT on a stick – it’s such a fun way to serve up a classic! I love it! Great job Marla!

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76 Lisa May 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm

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.

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77 Marla May 17, 2011 at 4:50 am

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….

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78 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen May 17, 2011 at 1:35 am

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! :-)

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79 Ally @ Sweet & Savory May 17, 2011 at 1:45 am

Definitely any type of ice cream!

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80 Tricia May 17, 2011 at 4:08 am

Grilled veggies or fresh seasonal fruit maybe with a little dip on the side

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81 Marla May 17, 2011 at 4:52 am

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 :)

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82 Joanne May 17, 2011 at 4:18 am

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!

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83 Faith May 17, 2011 at 6:09 am

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! :)

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84 Eleanor N May 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

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.

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85 Tickled Red May 17, 2011 at 7:39 am

Anything on a stick fascinates and thrills me but BLT’s are just too brilliant :)

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86 Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 17, 2011 at 7:48 am

These are adorable! My favorite food on a stick is either chocolate covered banana or grilled shrimp kabobs (lol totally different from one another).

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87 Jennifer (Savor) May 17, 2011 at 7:50 am

Caprese kabobs. now give me the book – stat

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88 HeatherChristo May 17, 2011 at 7:52 am

Great fun recipe and book! My favorite food on a stick is a toasted marshmallow for sure!
I follow you on twitter and “like” you on facebook :)

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89 Katrina May 17, 2011 at 9:50 am

Very cool recipe. I love when things are positioned differently like this!

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90 Ellie@fitforthesoul May 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

beautiful pictures Marla~~~what lens do you use? :P
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!

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91 Marla May 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

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.

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92 Cookin' Canuck May 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

I can’t wait to get my hands on Matt’s book. These BLT skewers are such a fun way to mix up the classic sandwich.

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93 Marla May 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

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 :)

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94 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather May 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I love food on a stick! It’s just way more fun to eat. My all time favorite is chicken with peanut dipping sauce. Oh so very good! Matt’s book sounds like a blast!

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95 Marla May 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

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.

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96 Charissa May 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm

That’s daaaahling. Kids would love it. I see this at a picnic!

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97 Marla May 18, 2011 at 8:31 am

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 :)

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98 Lisa @ www.bakedinmaine.com May 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm

What a fabulous idea!
I love those guys!
and your photos are making me so hungry!

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99 Deanna D. May 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

We love anything skewered on the grill. Great giveaway!

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100 Deanna D. May 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I follow you on Twitter!

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101 Deanna D. May 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm

And tweeted the giveaway. Alismom121

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102 Lisa @ www.bakedinmaine.com May 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm

PS. I LOVE the suggestion of mozzarella balls wrapped in basil, maybe some cherry tomatos too!

Now what do you think about marshmallows AND chocolate truffles on a stick!?

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103 Marla May 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

Lisa, what do I think of marshmallows and chocolate truffles on a stick? O.M.G. Beyond fabulous girl!

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104 jaime navarro May 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm

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!

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105 Angie's Recipes May 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Perfect party food. I love how easy yet so delicious this recipe can be.

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106 Angelina May 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I love corndogs- so bad for you but so good!

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107 Marla May 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

Angelina, it is great to have a splurge every now and then. Believe it or not I have never actually tried a corn dog!

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108 Jenny May 18, 2011 at 3:51 am

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!)

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109 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 18, 2011 at 5:45 am

Oh I’m going to have a look at the book on Amazon, it looks really interesting! :D Thanks Marla!

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110 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

these look SO good! Love this one

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111 peachkins May 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm

So cute! I would love to own that cookbook!

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112 Carolyn May 19, 2011 at 4:15 am

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.

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113 Barbara Bakes May 19, 2011 at 6:24 am

I loved reading about your history with Matt. I just got his beautiful book in the mail yesterday and can’t wait to try some of the fun recipes.

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114 Marla May 19, 2011 at 6:35 am

Cool huh! I feel so blessed to know him :)

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115 Damaris @Kitchen Corners May 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

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.

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116 Marla May 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

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

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117 Michael Lange Optometrist May 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Yes I think avocados would be a great addition. BLTA kabobs!

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118 Casey June 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Love this idea!!! I wish it was lunchtime lol

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119 Diane {Created by Diane} June 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

oh these look so delicious!!!

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