I don’t do well with extreme temperatures.  This may sound weird for someone who has lived in the northeast their whole life.  Honestly though, I may be more suited for the climate of California than New England because my body freaks out when it is exposed to weather that is below 32 or above 80.  Take, for example, the current temperatures here in Boston: humid, mid-80s.  All I want is ice: ice coffee, ice cream… ice cubes.

So, it’s on days like this when nothing feels better than a scoop of lemon ice.  As a kid, I remember going to theme parks and we would pick up an ice slushi or Italian ice from a local stand.  It was the only thing that could relieve us from the scorching heat.

It was over two years ago when I first saw this granita (an Italian shaved ice dessert) recipe on Smitten Kitchen and I immediately bookmarked it in my brain.   The time to pull it out came a few weeks ago when I couldn’t take the heat any longer and all I wanted to do was stick my head in the freezer.

And, as simple as this granita is to make, it also feels both elegant and playful.  Serve this at your next barbecue and I am certain that you will have your guests smiling.  Plus, it can be boozified with the liquor of your choice (we topped it with gin, but I am sure vodka would be equally delicious) or left kid-friendly.

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  • Baker StreetJuly 11, 2011 - 12:03 am

    Summer delight. Love it. Simple and delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezJuly 11, 2011 - 12:33 am

    love the sunny pictures, perfect with the lemon!ReplyCancel

  • CharisJuly 11, 2011 - 1:16 am

    Lovely! I wish I had lemons like that here!ReplyCancel

  • MaureenJuly 11, 2011 - 3:11 am

    What a delightful summery treat! Just perfect for a hot day.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJuly 11, 2011 - 6:34 am

    Love this summer treat…and the lemon presentation is delightful!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethJuly 11, 2011 - 7:28 am

    I loved getting Italian ices as a kid, though the flavors certainly weren’t like this :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (This Little Piggy)July 11, 2011 - 7:49 am

    I love the idea of boozifying this! Maybe some St. Germain or Limoncello? Very pretty photos.ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitJuly 11, 2011 - 8:26 am

    Holding onto a frozen lemon cup with minty lemon ice crystals is definitely a refreshing Summer treat to all senses.ReplyCancel

  • Renee {Eat.Live.Blog}July 11, 2011 - 8:39 am

    I adore this! I am thinking I will make this and keep it in a liquid to take to my next lighthouse vacation and freeze it there! Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJuly 11, 2011 - 8:44 am

    This really is a perfect summer recipe! Your photos are amazing as usual.ReplyCancel

  • KathleenJuly 11, 2011 - 8:51 am

    Lovely treat. Please have you model get a manicure for the photos.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelJuly 11, 2011 - 9:01 am

    Genius serving bowl!! I’m never on the ball enough to think up something like that but I LOVE shaved flavored ice or a good frozen lemonade. You had me cracking up about the weather and your dislike for the highs and lows. I am SO with you. Fingers crossed the ac is working well at techmunch! :)ReplyCancel

  • JamieJuly 11, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Absolutely love granita and love lemon slushies like this! Fabulous perfect summer treat!ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshJuly 11, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Great post! I have some lemons as well as a bunch of mint from my CSA – can’t wait to try this!ReplyCancel

  • BukycooksJuly 11, 2011 - 10:58 am

    We could use some of your icy treat here in Hotlanta where the temps have been in the 90’s!ReplyCancel

  • BunkycooksJuly 11, 2011 - 10:59 am

    The iPad didn’t like Bunkycooks. :)ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJuly 11, 2011 - 11:01 am

    can use some of this today – hoo-baby it’s hot!! love, love, love Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!July 11, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Mmm, I do love a good granita… Should post mine that I made a while back!ReplyCancel

  • Lori @ RecipeGirlJuly 11, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    I love this sort of summer dessert. Perfect for the heat of Boston too! On my way in four days– yay!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleJuly 11, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Your husband is a lucky man! I just sit here and salivate every time you post!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryJuly 11, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    I did use an ice cream maker to recently make a Limoncello sorbet which some people think you make instead of granitas because you do have a machine. Not true!

    Seriously…just yesterday was wishing I had a snow cone machine; why are those amazing little treats only for the young; don’t us ‘young at heart’ count too? :)

    I think a granita the closest thing ever and probably the best way possible to combat the heat; those cool icy crystals on your tongue. Yes, YUM!ReplyCancel

  • MeganJuly 11, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    Gorgeous presentation!ReplyCancel

  • fivefinickyeatersJuly 11, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    I must make room in my freezer to create this zesty treats. They look like the perfect cool down treat.ReplyCancel

  • EthanJuly 11, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    I am pro lemon mint granita served in the lemon!ReplyCancel

  • Maris(In Good Taste)July 11, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    What a wonderful treat for hot summer days!ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsJuly 11, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    Well, Brian, I would GLADLY trade spaces with you today. Foggy. Cold. Drizzly. Gray. BLAH!

    Every time I have a dinner party, and the guests have all left, I think – I should have made a granita. Have yet to try my hand at making one. I love the lemon/mint combo; refreshing and prefect for between courses!ReplyCancel

  • janet@fromcupcakestocaviarJuly 11, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    This sounds soooo cool and refreshing. I love anything lemon and the addition of the mint sounds great!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi @ Food DoodlesJuly 11, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    Yum! That looks delicious :) I love that you served them in the lemon “shells” :D So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • AnnJuly 11, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    Beautiful! I lived in Sicily for three years and ONLY in the month of August, they served lemon granita stuffed inside warm brioche…it was incredible! Thanks for taking me back!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJuly 11, 2011 - 10:50 pm

    MMMnnn. . . I LOVES me some granita, especially when it’s not granite.

    Smitten kitchen es el fuente, y a thought for food es el puente.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJuly 11, 2011 - 11:30 pm

    Love granitas! This one looks really refreshing and love the idea of it inside a lemon to be able to hold it. Another great recipe and beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJuly 12, 2011 - 12:23 am

    I shall start making some too! Actually just got some bio lemons and they still lay in the fridge. Thanks, Brian, for sharing it.ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 12, 2011 - 5:46 am

    So simple yet so elegant! Love this recipe :) Granitas rock!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 12, 2011 - 6:52 am

    If you don’t do well with heat then don’t move to CA either, at least not LA it’s HOT here now. I could use some of this granita to cool off, boozified of course with a little vodka ;-)ReplyCancel

    • ShowShantiJuly 22, 2011 - 12:01 am

      I’m on the same wavelength with a little rum or vodka…ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJuly 12, 2011 - 7:48 am

    Well I can’t take heat either. Just can’t. And this is just the kind of thing I want to chill! :-)ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJuly 12, 2011 - 7:56 am

    The only weather extreme I hate is the cold, but that’s because I have some weird internal temperature that allows me to be perfectly comfortable at 90 degrees. That being said, I’m always in the mood for a sweet cold treat of any kind. These granitas sound delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Diana @ a girl, a dog and an ovenJuly 12, 2011 - 10:06 am

    I live in the northeast and I hate temperature extremes too. Temperate climate my Aunt Fanny! The past few years I feel like we’re either freezing or melting…what happened to in between, perfect springtime 75 degrees? This looks like the perfect afternoon treat for a day like today! Definitely going to try it! :-)ReplyCancel

  • albertJuly 12, 2011 - 11:45 am

    great, simple intro to granita! will definitely be trying this sometime this summerReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.July 12, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Omg my mouth is watering! Another great post by you!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchess.comJuly 12, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    Im just like you with weather extremes. I could happily move to California or Northern Italy. I remember many summers in Sicily eating lemon granita in a big brioche for breakfast. Your granita looks delizioso!:)ReplyCancel

  • KellyJuly 13, 2011 - 9:52 am

    Such a perfect summer treat! This looks great! :)ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyJuly 14, 2011 - 1:30 am

    I guess you should just move to California then, right? Although I’d trade a little of your heat for this terrible, depressing fog. It’s almost as thick as rain, and it’s got the bite of Alaska in it. I’ve been dying to make granita this summer, and this looks delicious. Just waiting for it to get warm enough!ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and DessertsJuly 14, 2011 - 11:09 am

    So simple, and so delicious! Love your presentation using the lemon again!ReplyCancel

  • The CilantropistJuly 14, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    You are always welcome in California! :) Bring some of this granita with you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Platanos Mangoes and MeJuly 15, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    I rememeber that when I was young they would take the fruits as you did and turn them into ice and then fill the shells,we had coconuts, oranges, passion fruit…etc.

    Lovely post.ReplyCancel

  • Elle at Eat BoutiqueJuly 21, 2011 - 10:03 am

    Absolutely love the lemon as a cup! These look perfect for the weather we are getting up here in the Northeast. I’m happy Eat Boutique headquarters are basically a giant refrigerator. Beautiful job.ReplyCancel

  • Karen MorssJuly 21, 2011 - 11:01 am

    This looks just perfect for a day like today! We still have some nice summer Meyer lemons if anyone wants to try making it with them. All natural too! http://Www.lemonladies.com
    Karen, the OrchardessReplyCancel

  • G.July 21, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous shots! I’m obsessed with any type of lemony dessert, and this would be so perfect for dessert tonight. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • ShowShantiJuly 21, 2011 - 11:59 pm

    Wow! Perfect for my hot Beijing days! We have Meyer lemons galore in China so I can imagine this granita, GREAT! Have you tried it with a little rum or vodka? Or another liquor?ReplyCancel

  • ElianaJuly 27, 2011 - 8:08 pm

    Sure could have used like 37 servings of this granita this past weekend. I’ll have to catch up this weekend when temps rise again.ReplyCancel

  • [...] This Lemon Mint Granita looks so refreshing! [...]ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicAugust 19, 2011 - 6:41 am

    Beautifully simple recipe. Thanks for sharing Brian! Bookmarking this .. the warm weather is not very far away now here in Australia!ReplyCancel

I’ve tried a lot of new ingredients since I started this blog a few years ago.  When people raved about squash blossoms, I scoured the farmer’s markets until I finally got my hands on some.  Fiddleheads became an obsession of mine for the months that they were in season.  And now I’ve moved on to garlic scape, which has found a very special place in my foodie heart.

The first time I’d heard about garlic scape was on the blogosphere this time last year but I never made the effort to track some down.  Thankfully, with the help of our CSA, I have had a formal introduction.

One way to look at the garlic scape is as a shoot.  These shoots grow out of the garlic bulb that we are most familiar with as it develops in the ground.  When the garlic is harvested, the shoots, earthy green hued with whimsical curls,  can be separated from the bulb and be consumed either raw or cooked. It’s flavor is not as potent as the garlic we are used to, making it wonderfully versatile.

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  • Nelly RodriguezJuly 7, 2011 - 12:10 am

    Love the simplicity in this dear…I’ve never had garlic scape but sure do want to try it soon. Gorgeous shoot from above of the perfectly cut slices!ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkJuly 7, 2011 - 12:12 am

    Love those garlic scape curls! We use it quite often in our chutney, stuffed Indian flat breads and chapattis. I sprinkle them over my soup and curries as well. Would love to try on my piza next time.ReplyCancel

  • AggieJuly 7, 2011 - 12:37 am

    I have yet to try a scape! Would love this for breakfast with an egg on top…now that is good stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJuly 7, 2011 - 1:55 am

    Oh wait ! what is garlic scape? Is the same thing as Sanjeeta said? (because then I have used it and LOVE it) I’m going to google that because anything that’s remotely ‘garlic’ is love :-) And this is just the kind of pizza i would think of to make with it!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 7, 2011 - 4:07 am

    I’m sold, I’m going to track down some garlic scapes and make this!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJuly 7, 2011 - 7:03 am

    I’ve never heard of a garlic scape but if you put it on pizza I imagine I’d like it:-)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantryJuly 7, 2011 - 7:34 am

    Love this! I never knew what garlic scapes were until we had a CSA share 4 years ago. Even though we don’t have the share anymore, I’ve tracked them down since–they’re that memorable. Never thought to put them on pizza before, though, so thanks for the great idea!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJuly 7, 2011 - 7:38 am

    I’ve been loving garlic scapes also! A little foodie obsession, if you will. This pizza looks like the perfect way to really let them shine! I would definitely love to wake up to this.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Life on FoodJuly 7, 2011 - 7:39 am

    I love garlic scapes. You’re right though they are so hard to find. This year there was some at my local natural food store and I just got some. Normally I just saute them with olive oil and eat them as a side. I love the idea of a pizza topping. Looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJuly 7, 2011 - 7:40 am

    I love the idea of a breakfast pizza with a fried egg! Love garlic scapes!ReplyCancel

  • CandaceJuly 7, 2011 - 7:55 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I tried garlic scapes for the first time last weekend and loved them. Thankfully, I have some more to try in something else. Your pizza looks like the next garlic scape adventure for me. I love the idea of having a fried egg on top of it. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • a spoonful of yummJuly 7, 2011 - 8:10 am

    i love it that the pizza is not round :D the toppings are delicious for sure ! this is a must tryReplyCancel

  • chrisJuly 7, 2011 - 8:22 am

    I have always said that blogging has made me an adventurous eater. I just tried squash blossoms a fee weeks ago when several were staring at me in the school’s garden. Now I need to move onto garlic scapes. They look stunning on the pizza. Simple elegance….ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryJuly 7, 2011 - 8:59 am

    A pizza after my own heart Brian! I haven’t put a red sauce on pizza dough for years; I just love the simplicity of olive oil and fresh veggies and this fits that bill perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • SuesJuly 7, 2011 - 9:07 am

    I’ve been dying to cook with garlic scape, too… And I’m pretty sure you found the ideal way to use them! This looks wonderful :)ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJuly 7, 2011 - 9:16 am

    I picked up garlic scapes last weekend for the first time as well. I love what you did with them! I still haven’t incorporated mine into a recipe yet. This looks just perfect, and I’m a big fan of pizza without red sauce. Great recipe as always!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethJuly 7, 2011 - 9:38 am

    I love love garlic scapes. Interesting choice keeping them whole on the pizza instead of chopped at all.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJuly 7, 2011 - 9:50 am

    I have developed quite the garlic scape obsession over the last year. This pizza looks just perfect… Bursting with my favorite flavors of summer!ReplyCancel

  • RavieNomNomsJuly 7, 2011 - 10:34 am

    YUM! That looks absolutely fantastic! I would just love to have something like this right now in my belly!ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ A Nesting ExperienceJuly 7, 2011 - 10:59 am

    Garlic scapes are so hot right now. This looks beautiful and delicious. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.July 7, 2011 - 11:42 am

    This looks fabulous! Have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • AnnJuly 7, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Looks delicious! I’ve never had Garlic Scape, but they seem to be very popular…making a pizza of them – amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJuly 7, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    MMMnnn. . . I LOVES me some scape, especially when it can’t escape.

    Obviamente, la comida es más que el combustible, sin embargo debe alimentar nuestra vida?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (This Little Piggy)July 7, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    How pretty! I had my first brush with scapism this year too – made scape pesto and scape and pecorino frittata.
    Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Alan CookeJuly 7, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    I love Pizza and I love garlic, so I’m sure I’d love this garlic scape pizza!! :) Sounds great and the pics are awesome!!
    @alanecookeReplyCancel

  • EthanJuly 7, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    educational too around here! thanks for teaching me Bri:)ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJuly 7, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    Love this! I always see the garlic scapes at the farmer’s market but don’t know what to do with them. This is a great idea.
    I’ve never seen squash blossoms around here at the markets…but I have some of my own growing in my garden and I’ve been tempted to try them.ReplyCancel

  • Kimmy @ Lighter and LocalJuly 7, 2011 - 4:19 pm

    So simple and pretty. I normally chop the scapes up to use them, but I absolutely hate doing it. They’re just so pretty in their natural form. I still have some in the fridge, will definitely be doing this sometime this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Maria @ ScandifoodieJuly 7, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    Hmmm I’m thinking this will make a perfect Friday night dinner for tonight! Looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • kankanaJuly 7, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    I never heard of garlic scape but those curls look so pretty! I didn’t see those in the farmers market I go to. This pizza looks so perfect .. light and simple to make.ReplyCancel

  • Alan FinkelsteinJuly 7, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    Hi, that looks very good. However, I thought the reason why I am cutting those out of garlic cloves is that the scapes are indigestible. I must be wrong about this.ReplyCancel

  • Leah @ L4LJuly 7, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    I’ve been obsessing over the scapes in our CSA too! Love that we’re getting them every week!ReplyCancel

  • WenderlyJuly 7, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    I’m sad to say that I’ve never had the privilege of tasting a garlic scape! I am now on a mission to change that! This looks divine love!ReplyCancel

  • Maris (In Good Taste)July 7, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    What a delicious pizza. It looks so pretty too!ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 7, 2011 - 11:07 pm

    I have never tasted Garlic Scape but now want to soooo badly!! LOVE th pizza. Looks gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJuly 8, 2011 - 12:41 am

    Haven’t had garlic scape in a LONG while…sounds like a perfect and delicious idea to make them as a pizza topping.ReplyCancel

  • LindseyJuly 8, 2011 - 9:02 am

    I finally conquered the garlic scape too. I made pesto which is a standard prep but it definitely didn’t disappoint. Your pizza has inspired me to make pizza or focaccia with the rest of the pesto.ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJuly 8, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    Hey Bri, great post. This reminds me of Pizza Bianca I love so much but don;t have often enough. Last season I gor scapes and had no clue how to incorporate them. Great use of seasonal and gave me an idea, Thx!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJuly 8, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    garlic scapes are sooooo good Brian and adding an egg on top for breakfast the next day – YES!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa H.July 8, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    Oh dear… I have wasted a lot of garlic scapes as I usually cut and throw away these garlic ‘shoot’… didn’t know that it can be used in cooking (duh!!! that’s me)… I will sure save them next time I harvest my garlic :)
    Wonderful scrumptious Pizza… :DReplyCancel

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteJuly 9, 2011 - 2:47 am

    White pizza? Check. Scapes? Check. YUM. And yes, an egg on top? Perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisJuly 9, 2011 - 9:19 am

    I know I can always count on you to teach me something new! I have never heard of Garlic Scape, but you can be certain I will be on the lookout for it now!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's KitchenJuly 9, 2011 - 10:23 am

    Oh now I need to track down a scape of my own! Looks superb!!ReplyCancel

  • The Pleasure MongerJuly 9, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    This is the first time I’ve heard of garlic scape (I’m such a noob…), and it sounds like a wonderful ingredient. By the way, I totally agree with you serving this pizza with a fried egg on top, it’s MY KIND of pizza!!ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyJuly 9, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    So perfect and summery! It’s hard to find garlic scapes out here, which is silly. (Don’t know why onion scapes were more easily found. A conundrum!)ReplyCancel

  • LenoreJuly 10, 2011 - 11:44 am

    When I first read “Garlic Scape,” I thought it had something to do with the pretty designs on your pizza! Obviously, I had never heard of this delicious-sounding shoot before. Now, I need to hunt some down.ReplyCancel

  • MonetJuly 10, 2011 - 10:08 pm

    Oh lovely. Garlic scape. I’ve seen it at the market, but I’ve yet to use it. I’m going to need to change that. This pizza looks just lovely. Thank you so much for sharing with me. I’m hungry now! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and I’m wishing you a week full of love and laughter!ReplyCancel

  • JamieJuly 11, 2011 - 10:40 am

    Such a lighter and fresher way to eat our weekly pizza and so inspiring! Thanks for letting me in on this mysterious, intriguing ingredient, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • [...] with an abundance of garlic scapes and zucchini in my CSA basket last week and inspired by A Thought for Food’s gorgeous photos, I decided to attempt pizza-making. My previous attempts have always been rather [...]ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleJuly 18, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    This dough is way easier to prepare than I expected! Adding that one to the keep handy list!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJuly 30, 2011 - 10:29 am

    I love making homemade pizza; however, I’ve never experimented with garlic scapes. I wonder if they are still available at our local markets. Definitely checking this weekend.ReplyCancel

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Did you know that I have a bucket list?  Yes, it’s true.  I have a bucket list of things that I want to cook by the end of 2011.

One item on the list is a layered cake.  I’m terrified of making one, because, until recently, I wasn’t much of a baker.  The idea of not only having to make the layers and the icing… but then actually ICE THE CAKE… well, it still makes me a bit nervous.  But I’m going to do it!  I promise!

Another item on the list is Indian food.  I want to make one authentic Indian dish before 2012 rolls around.  It could be matar paneer masala or fish with a traditional curry sauce, but I want to make something that is up there with some of the best Indian restaurants I’ve eaten at.  Again, the idea of this scares me.  But gosh darn it, I’m going to do it!

In the meantime, however, I am bringing you a guest post from my dear friend and talented food blogger, Prerna of Indian Simmer, who, as you can tell from looking at her beautiful blog, cooks only Indian recipes.  Her photographs are nothing short of stunning and her posts are always so informative.

So now I leave you in Prerna’s very reliable hands.  Enjoy!

I don’t remember how Brian and I got to know each other. I came across his blog first or he came across mine. But something I clearly remember is that as soon as I saw the gorgeous work he was doing on his website, I was hooked! Every few days I had to get my dose of A Thought For Food. I went back again to look at his photography and go, “Gosh, I wanna take that shot!” To read his stories and think, “Yes, that’s exactly what happened to me.” And today here I am, back on A Thought For Food, but this time I’m the one talking. Brian, thanks for the honor!

It’s the 4th of July and you must either be on a vacation with the family, out having a picnic or back in your backyard firing up the grill. This is when you can steal some time and enjoy it with people you love and care about. I too am celebrating with the tiny little family of mine. And while climbing the tree with your little one or chasing her in an open field, come pouring the memories of childhood.

I remember as children we did not have the luxury of getting away every long weekend. We had to wait the whole year for the summers to come until there were summer vacations. Every summer vacation our parents would take us to a new place. A new city every summer. India is a country of diverse cultures and one part of the country is so different from the other. So every trip used to be a new experience. Every summer used to be different from the previous. This one summer we went to Bombay (now Mumbai), the big city with the ocean, local trains, bustling streets and vada pav! Vada Pav was the first thing that we ate at the train station as soon as we stepped into the city. I remember me and my dad loving it so much that we ate just vada pav for the next three days! A fried potato dumpling sandwiched between two pieces of a pav (bread). It was good and its taste lasted long – until today!

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  • Nelly RodriguezJuly 4, 2011 - 12:09 am

    I’ve had this. I love this. I need to get mustard seeds and chickpea flour to make these. Love the styling in the pictures as well and now headed to visit a new-to-me blog, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetJuly 4, 2011 - 12:13 am

    Great pictures and it looks so authentic. :)

    P.S: I’m with you on that layer cake bit.ReplyCancel

  • A Plum By Any Other NameJuly 4, 2011 - 12:51 am

    I’m 100% terrified of layer cakes too. I know they need to be conquered. I just cant get the image of a perfect 3 tier chocolate glazed cake with a cherry on top. (Sigh.)

    I look forward to your bucket list …ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJuly 4, 2011 - 1:25 am

    Yay, Prerna you featured so beautifully one of my all time favorite foods and from Maharshtra where my parents were born and raised. I grew up with batata wara (wada) at home. My mom would make very often, We usually won’t have it as Vada Pav though it’s quite popular but just the Batata Wara all by itself with green coocnut chutney, tamarind sauce and spicy tomato sauce on the side. The recipe is similar with couple exceptions. The photographs are as gorgeous as ever!!ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 4, 2011 - 2:06 am

    Great pictures Prerna!! I love vada pav but i have never made it at home from scratch! when my street food guy makes the perfect vada pav there was no need for me to try to make it :)ReplyCancel

  • MaureenJuly 4, 2011 - 2:59 am

    I enjoy your photography so much. Every time I look at your food I get hungry.

    I have eaten this once in a restaurant but would have never dared try it myself. I think I can follow your directions quite easily. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessJuly 4, 2011 - 5:55 am

    I think you would make a perfectly iced cake Brian:) Prerna is so talented and this looks delicious! Happy 4th to you and Eric!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitJuly 4, 2011 - 8:06 am

    Thank you Brian and Prerna for this beautiful post. Both of you make recipes that are simply and delicious. I have faith in you, my friend, to turn out a beautiful cake. (hint: my birthday is around the corner).ReplyCancel

    • Brian @ A Thought For FoodJuly 4, 2011 - 8:09 am

      HAHA! I’m not sure a cake would make the trip all the way to NY. But I’ll be thinking of you while I’m eating it. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Rosie @ SweetapolitaJuly 4, 2011 - 10:38 am

    Brian and Prerna, this is a gorgeous post, and I love and admire you both. As for layer cakes, Brian, you would do a beautiful & authentic job of it — I just know you would. Happy Fourth of July and thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJuly 4, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Beautiful guest post! I’d love to have some of these!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleJuly 4, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    I’m not confident I could make all of the dishes you guys do, but I love coming here because I learn. I learn so so much! With each story and post I feel like I got to do a little bit of the traveling I dreamed of in my younger years. THank you truly for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.July 4, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Awesome guest and post! Yall make a terrific combo!ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJuly 4, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    Love you both and so good to see that Vada Pav. And yes one can’t go to Mumbai and come back not eating this awesome street food. Totally love!ReplyCancel

  • Prerna@IndianSimmerJuly 4, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    Thanks SO much Brian for letting me share a little of India and a tiny little memory of my childhood. Loved doing this guest post for you. It was an honor!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJuly 4, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    MMMnnnn. . . I LOVES me some vada, especially when it’s pavy.

    Diversidad de la cocina es la panacea para los problemas de nuestro mundo.ReplyCancel

  • MagpieJuly 4, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    ooh this brings back so many memories of the first time I sank my teeth into vada pav at Dadar station :)ReplyCancel

  • Me_MarathiJuly 4, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    Brian, Thanks for presenting treat from Mumbai.

    Prerana so sweet of you to confess that you forgot red chutney but that green chutney is looking yummy, would love to have recipe for that, not in detail just ingredients are fine. Many Mumbai vadapav vendors do apply both chutneys.Liked your raddi paper styling. :)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryJuly 4, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    Thanks Brian and Prerna for bringing India a step closer. I’m just now moving into some ‘uncomfortable’ space and making things foreign to my kitchen but from a culture with such great foods. Love the story too Prerna!

    Brian…a layer cake? After your first one you will wonder why you were so nervous; I think they are the easiest thing in the world…even at high altitude (where I have to laugh and sometimes disguise the reality of cooking ‘up in the air’). You CAN do it!ReplyCancel

  • Maris(In Good Taste)July 4, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    What an excellent guest post. I love learning about foods from different cultures.ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisJuly 4, 2011 - 10:50 pm

    Hi Brian and Prerna

    what a wonderful guest post, those potato dumplings look delicious especially in that tasty little roll!!
    Brian I know you can make a layer cake, with the talent you have, it won’t be as hard as you think!

    DennisReplyCancel

  • The Duo DishesJuly 4, 2011 - 11:13 pm

    Love learning about these types of things. Wonder if we can find them at one of the restaurants in our Little India.ReplyCancel

  • AnnJuly 4, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    Wonderful guest post! I love it and the Vada Pav sounds amazing! Your pictures are beautiful and your descriptions of childhood….I felt I was there!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJuly 5, 2011 - 12:26 am

    I like Indian Summer too :-))
    Those potato dumplings look fascinating! Thanks, Prerna and Brian!
    AngieReplyCancel

  • anushrutiJuly 5, 2011 - 3:37 am

    Vada pav is such a staple for folks here in Mumbai. Some are known to even skip lunch and have one pav. When my brother was doing a project on the outskirts of Mumbai, he had to eat one vada pav everyday as there was nothing else available! I cringe at the thought of eating it everyday but as an occasional treat, this is so good! You have captured the essence of vada pav wonderfully here Prerna! Kudos!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 5, 2011 - 7:01 am

    Umm, bread and potatoes, I’m in carb heaven!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJuly 5, 2011 - 9:58 am

    oh my goodness . . . POTATOES IN BREAD!!! i have died and gone to heaven, i am certain!!!ReplyCancel

  • ShilpaJuly 5, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    One of my favourite foods….haven’t had it in a long time….never could make yummy vadas…Am so pleased that I stumbled across this site…and came across your guest post….love the shots…love the food…what’s not to like in this?????? Yummylicious…ReplyCancel

  • JoyJuly 5, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    My two favorite people in one post, life is good! Prerna your Vada Pav looks phenomenal!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • JoytiJuly 5, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    Wonderful guest post, Prerna. The vada pav looks delicious, love the styling and look you created for the post as well.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJuly 6, 2011 - 7:31 am

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook authentic Indian food also, Brian! I keep trying to get my roommate to let her mother teach me…it’s a process. We’re working on it.

    Vada pav looks delicious! All the photos are gorgeous…what a great guest post!ReplyCancel

  • MeetaJuly 6, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Oh yes – one of my all time favorite Indian street food. And this is doen well. Nice one Brian love this post by Prerna !ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkJuly 6, 2011 - 8:33 am

    One of my fav. street foods! You made it look so gorgeous, Prerna.ReplyCancel

  • JamieJuly 6, 2011 - 9:17 am

    I love your story and this is the kind of food I love to eat when I go to an Indian restaurant! Now I can try your recipe.ReplyCancel

  • CorinaJuly 6, 2011 - 9:49 am

    I love making Indian food but I’d never heard of these. They’d be perfect for those days when you have a comfort food carb craving. So glad to have come across something new.ReplyCancel

  • Karriann GrafJuly 6, 2011 - 10:14 am

    What a marvelous guest post! Happy Cooking!ReplyCancel

  • Curry and ComfortJuly 6, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    Gorgeous photos and lovely recipe. Some of my favorite flavors are in this dish. I can just imagine how good they tasted. : ) Congrats on making Foodbuzz Top 9!ReplyCancel

  • Xiaolu @ 6 BittersweetsJuly 6, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Lovely guest post! I love Prerna’s Indian dishes — she always makes them seem doable and oh so scrumptious.ReplyCancel

  • kankanaJuly 6, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Awsm guest post. Prerna issuch an amazing blogger and writer and photographer. Love all her post and your too!
    I am sure you can do both the layered cake and an indian dish and you will make them not only look good but taste good too. I am looking forward to it :)ReplyCancel

  • torviewtorontoJuly 6, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    deliciously done vada pav Prerna looks wonderful
    lovely guest post BrianReplyCancel

  • Saviona RodriguesJuly 6, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    I like Vada Pav, this used to be my lunch once upon a time!! Miss Mumbai.ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyJuly 6, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    Brian, I am with you on layer cakes and baking in general! And Indian street food is my favorite kind of Indian food. (I went there once, a LONG time ago, and still have fond memories of panipuri.) Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Kaushal KarkhanisJuly 7, 2011 - 5:57 am

    Brilliantly written and photographed (they look yumlicious!).

    Featuring you on VadaPav.com and the Facebook fan page :)
    Keep ‘em coming… Cheers!!ReplyCancel

  • NishiJuly 8, 2011 - 11:21 am

    What a lovely guest post!!! Even though I am a true blue Indian, I have never tasted or made the vada pav. But After reading this post, I think it is about time I did.
    This is my first time on your space Brian. My one word for your blog is, AWESOME!!! I will be delighted to follow you :)ReplyCancel

  • ShirleyJuly 8, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    Good-looking sliders, and I can’t wait to see that layered cake!ReplyCancel

  • [...] so please try and make this chutney to accompany your vada pav. My friend Brian from A Thought For Food invited me over to his lovely blog to share an Indian recipe with him and his readers. It was 4th [...]ReplyCancel

Three summers ago, I fell in love with a girl.  It was pretty much love at first sight.  Within moments of talking to her, I knew that we were meant to be friends.  And, despite living rather far away from one another and not being phone people, our relationship has remained intact.

The girl… ok, woman… I am referring to is my friend Jessica.  We met on a trip to Israel a few years ago and, thankfully, have kept in touch.  Jessica was one of only a couple of individuals from that trip that I invited to our wedding.  There are few people I’ve felt such a strong connection to, but the bond we have is something that I hold close to my heart.

Part of what has kept our friendship so strong are our yearly visits.  Jessica has business conferences up in Boston around our wedding anniversary and she always extends her trip to spend some time with us on the Cape.  During these weekends together, we lounge on the deck, drinking mimosas while we talk about everything that happened the previous year.  Conversations range from movies to politics, social media and blogging to music from our childhood (and beyond… we’re both huge Van Morrison fans).

But what we love to talk about the most is food.  We’re both adventurous pescatarians, unfazed by strange sea creatures, and we will try just about anything once.

On these visits to the Cape, Jessica and I will spend hours in the kitchen, talking about our favorite herbs and our various foodie philosophies, while I work on a batch of fresh blueberry scones or the fixin’s for that night’s dinner.  We geek over cookbooks, freaking over Amanda Hesser’s books and Heidi Swanson’s latest.  She shows me how to make her favorite salad dressing (a paste made out of garlic, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice) and I show her mine (dijon mustard, sugar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and dill).

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  • EthanJune 30, 2011 - 12:20 am

    Hi Jessica, nice to meet you! you did a great job as bowl model.
    Bri, congrats on the Gojee gig!ReplyCancel

  • kankanaJune 30, 2011 - 12:38 am

    Jessica’s salad dressing is one of my fav :) I even used it in spaghetti and it taste awsm! Your salad looks very healthy and colorful .ReplyCancel

  • MaureenJune 30, 2011 - 1:32 am

    Beautiful salad and yummy dressing but what’s most important is sharing the time with old friends and messing about with food.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJune 30, 2011 - 6:37 am

    Looks like an easy salad to make when you have fabulous company!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 30, 2011 - 7:00 am

    I love finding new ideas for bean salads. Sounds like such a wonderful friendship!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (This Little Piggy)June 30, 2011 - 7:42 am

    Congrats on Gojee! Love that dress. Oh and the beans look really tasty. Why would anyone buy pre-made bean salad? That looks so quick and easy.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJune 30, 2011 - 7:49 am

    That really is one fabulous dress to go with this fabulous salad! And yeah, passing up free cheese is SO not an option!ReplyCancel

  • AggieJune 30, 2011 - 7:52 am

    What gorgeous photagraphy! And dress :)

    Loving this salad!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJune 30, 2011 - 7:55 am

    I love friendships that last a lifetime and can pick up where they left off last visit. That sounds like this friendship. And I love beans and salads and this one looks fantastic. In my house, feta makes anything better. Also, congrats on the recipe site gig!ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 30, 2011 - 8:09 am

    I’m so excited to get Matt’s book and put my skewers to good use. Thanks Brian and Matt!

    We love a great bean salad in the summer and this one has so much going for it, with all the flavors and colors. The fresh oregano and feta are fantastic additions. Heading to Gojee now to check you out :]ReplyCancel

  • Lori @ RecipeGirlJune 30, 2011 - 9:40 am

    Three bean salad is one of my favorite things ever! This one is gorgeous. I’ve never thought to add feta. Your post is getting me so excited to come to Boston this summer. We don’t stay on The Cape (South Shore instead), but it’s a vacation I treasure every summer. Looking forward to meeting you at Tech Munch.ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJune 30, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Love this bean salad and anything with feta!! Brilliant baby boi!! :)Particularly love the 2nd pic on theleft there, gorgeous!! can I dive in for lunch today? Please, say yes!ReplyCancel

  • The CilantropistJune 30, 2011 - 10:52 am

    I love three bean salad, but it is something I always forget about! Protein-packed and healthy, it is a great meal to keep you going on long summer days and is also flavorful for parties. Love it! Thanks for sharing Brian!ReplyCancel

  • ElianaJune 30, 2011 - 11:22 am

    Only you could make beans look this pretty. Lovely post Brian.ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupJune 30, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Food and fashion (and cheese)! GREGReplyCancel

  • GeorgieJune 30, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    Beautiful as always! This may be a way I can get Jeff to eat his beans ;) The photography always leaves me breathless, really!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJune 30, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    MMnnnn!. . . I LOVES me some bean salad, especially when it’s a trifecta!

    Frijoles, los frijoles, la fruta musical, más que comer, que haga sonar la más!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetJune 30, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    Feta!! I love! Your salad looks so delicious. Congratulations on the Gojee gig bri! So happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyJune 30, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    I love bean salads, Brian! Of all stripes. (And thanks for the shout out!)ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveJune 30, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    This is a GREAT recipe for this weekend! The the colors and the salty feta.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.June 30, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    This is my type of salad. I’m going to try it this weekend! :)ReplyCancel

  • Maris(In Good Taste)June 30, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    Such a simple easy delicious and healthy salad!ReplyCancel

  • So simple, colorful, light and healthy! Great addition to any BBQ this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisJune 30, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    oh Brian, that is so much more than a three bean salad, it certainly isn’t like any I’ve ever had! What a wonderful combination of flavors, and who doesn’t love feta, and if the folks that make Chobani make it, I know it has to be good!
    Have a wonderful Holiday weekend my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 1, 2011 - 3:17 am

    I’ll put feta pretty much on anything so it’s a good bet I’d devour this salad. I’m off to check out Gojee!ReplyCancel

  • [...] to dessert, the side dishes are usually my favorite part about a picnic. I am really loving this Three Bean Salad from A Thought for Food. Plus, it’s mayo-free, which I know makes a lot of people [...]ReplyCancel

  • DanaJuly 1, 2011 - 8:18 am

    You know, I was thinking of making a dessert to bring to the 4th of July BBQ I am attending this weekend, but this recipe may just have changed my mind! It sounds so fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJuly 1, 2011 - 9:44 am

    I love you MORE than three bean salad, mimosas on the dock and your homemade blueberry muffins…and ALMOST as much as Four Seas peanutbutter chocolate chip ice cream.

    See you next year (can’t wait!).

    <3ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJuly 1, 2011 - 11:42 am

    awwww – love the post, love Jessica even though we’ve never met and love the bean salad – perfect for this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Brooks at CakewalkerJuly 1, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Such a lovely post good man! The extraordinary friend you have in Jessica is matched only by this extraordinary bean salad. I’ve been looking for a new dish sensation for the holiday and I’m confident I’ve found it here. Congraulations on the well-deserved Gojee assignment and may you-n-yours have a terrific Fourth of July weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJuly 1, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    That’s a bowl of treasures! Great photos, as always!ReplyCancel

  • katJuly 2, 2011 - 12:53 am

    this sounds great! am book marking it!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Kate from ScratchJuly 2, 2011 - 10:00 am

    Love the flavors. Fantastic combination, here. Congrats on the Top 9! Well deserved, indeed.ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyJuly 2, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Love this picture! Congrats on making Top 9!ReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodJuly 2, 2011 - 10:19 am

    What a gorgeous salad…and model! :)
    And so many wonderful things happening with you!! Congrats on your gig with Gojee and congrats on today’s top 9!!ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 2, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    Salad looks gorgeous! Love the photos and colours :)ReplyCancel

  • BakingmehungryJuly 2, 2011 - 10:40 pm

    This looks so colorful and fresh!ReplyCancel

  • Hester aka The Chef DocJuly 3, 2011 - 12:32 am

    I love Van Morrison, too!!!!ReplyCancel

  • LaurenJuly 4, 2011 - 10:40 pm

    I saw your recipe on foodbuzz and had to go straight to the store for oregano! I cheated a little and used a can of four bean mix (I don’t think you can get canned black beans in Australia) and canned corn. I also used white balsamic vinegar instead of the ordinary kind, for extra sweetness. It turned out delicious, although definitely not so photogenic as yours! Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • MonetJuly 4, 2011 - 11:45 pm

    I loved hearing about Jessica…and I loved hearing about this salad. Her dress looks amazing! Thank you for sharing with me, my dear friend. You brought a smile to my face. I hope you had a lovely 4th of July. Hugs from Austin!ReplyCancel

  • Bunny from Couleur NatureJuly 5, 2011 - 5:33 pm

    Yum, yum, and double yum. I love feta cheese and I have fresh oregano in the garden, so this is exactly what I’m trying tonight. Love the photography as well! Thanks for the blog – it’s great fun. . .ReplyCancel

  • Lisa {With Style and Grace}July 5, 2011 - 11:20 pm

    pretty sure I could live off of this.ReplyCancel

  • culture: the word on cheeseJuly 9, 2014 - 8:00 am

    [...] for something a little more substantial? Make A Thought For Food’s three-bean and feta salad for a side that’s loaded with heart-healthy protein. Full of garbanzo, kidney, and black [...]ReplyCancel

What comes to mind when you think of skewers?  Beef kabobs, corn dogs, chocolate dipped bananas?  Yup, that’s about as far as I could go with my list.  That is, of course, before I got a look at Matt Armendariz‘s new book, On A Stick!, a collection of recipes and perfectly stylized (by his partner, Adam Pearson) and photographed dishes that are all prepared, that’s right, on a stick.  I must admit that I had no idea that this was the focus of Matt’s book until he sent me a copy to preview.

Flipping through, I was struck by the diversity of the book’s contents, which ranges from the simple (Caprese Sticks, comprised of cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella, all of which is brought together by a piece of sun-dried tomato) to the elegant (the Son-in-Law Eggs, a whole egg that has been deep fried and is paired with a tamarind sauce) to the creative (Chicken and Waffles?).  There’s something in this book for everyone, which is part of the reason why I featured one of the easiest recipes from the collection.

Because, the fact is, even though something is easy to prepare, doesn’t make it any less delicious.  And, really, who isn’t craving a wonderfully sweet hunk of fresh mango right now?  I know I am!

Last weekend, our friends Cori (pictured above… I swear that she just happened to be wearing her LSU sweatshirt. How perfect is that?) and Dan came to the Cape with us and were generous enough to be my models.  Of course, I did feed them yummy food so they weren’t going to complain too much about doing some work.

And, now, on to the giveaway!

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  • LauramomJune 25, 2011 - 12:07 am

    those mango kabobs would be amazing grilled as well! And that is my favorite food on a stick. Grilled fruits. All of them.ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJune 25, 2011 - 12:40 am

    Love this idea! We love our mangoes with chili powder and salt in India but never thought of serving it on a stick!! They look really beautiful!! I am sure same mangoes with some chocolate sauce on a stick will make a great dessert :)ReplyCancel

  • AndreaJune 25, 2011 - 12:47 am

    Sadly my food on a stick repertoire is limited and I’m ashamed to admit it’s corndogs :) Which is why I need this book!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezJune 25, 2011 - 1:06 am

    Corn dogs, hands down! Love them and your mango skewers look so fresh and yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezJune 25, 2011 - 1:07 am

    I follow you of course! and tweeted :)ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezJune 25, 2011 - 1:08 am

    I liked your FB page a while ago!ReplyCancel

  • laura west kongJune 25, 2011 - 1:09 am

    Coconut fruit popsicles are fabulous, but the mango skewers look great too!ReplyCancel

  • MaureenJune 25, 2011 - 2:51 am

    I can’t resist mango EVER and these look so good. I must confess that I’m not sure I could leave the mango alone long enough to put it on skewers. :) I’d have to skewer the second one! lol

    I’m too far away to enter the contest but I did tweet for you.ReplyCancel

  • ReneeJune 25, 2011 - 6:58 am

    i gotta go with the crowd on this one….any fruit on a stick…covered in chocolate! Or meat on stick. Any meat on a stick is good too!ReplyCancel

  • ReneeJune 25, 2011 - 7:00 am

    Tweeting now!ReplyCancel

  • Jason SchultzJune 25, 2011 - 8:16 am

    I am a big fan of “traditional” kabobs… beef, green pepper, onion, tomato, etc. YUM! Think I know what’s for lunch now…ReplyCancel

  • Jason SchultzJune 25, 2011 - 8:18 am

    Followed and tweeted!ReplyCancel

  • LizJune 25, 2011 - 8:18 am

    Mmmmm….I need to grill more fruit….these mangoes look amazing. My favorite is beef tenderloin cubes marinated in teriyaki….mmmmmm.ReplyCancel

  • Jason SchultzJune 25, 2011 - 8:19 am

    And liked you on facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ pão e queijoJune 25, 2011 - 8:27 am

    Mmm I love mango! These look like great party appetizers/ snacks! My favorite food on a stick would have to be grilled veggies (zucchini, eggplant, maybe some cheese and roasted tomato in there)… yum!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ pão e queijoJune 25, 2011 - 8:30 am

    I’m a fan of A Thought for Food on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkJune 25, 2011 - 8:40 am

    I am your FB fan, am on Twitter and have commented here as well…but of what use :( I belong to the other side of the fence :) Anyway love that vibrant orange yellow mango skewers.ReplyCancel

  • PattiJune 25, 2011 - 8:50 am

    Chicken satay is my favorite food on a stick. But those mangos look delicious, I’m going to try them.ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleJune 25, 2011 - 9:03 am

    Liked you on fb…which I should have already done long ago! Now to tweet it!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessJune 25, 2011 - 9:14 am

    These mangos looks fantastic!:) I can’t wait to make this with our mangos when we get back to Florida. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Baci:)ReplyCancel

  • Maris (In Good Taste)June 25, 2011 - 9:27 am

    So far my favorite and only experience is with chickenReplyCancel

  • heatherJune 25, 2011 - 9:29 am

    Following on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • heatherJune 25, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Favorite food on a stick would be kibbeh! With a tangy tzatziki and pita on the side, please.ReplyCancel

  • My favorite food on a stick might be ice cream, does that count :) Ok, but really I have a bacon wrapped shrimp with bbq sauce that we do on sticks and then grill that are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • I am following on twitter!ReplyCancel

  • I just tweeted your giveawayReplyCancel

  • And I also follow you on FBReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJune 25, 2011 - 10:01 am

    Me me me…:) You know I follow you to th eend of earth and back lolReplyCancel

  • Lynn from Order in the KitchenJune 25, 2011 - 10:30 am

    I am DYING to try his spaghetti and meatballs on a stick! I would LOVE this book! pick me random generator! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynn from Order in the KitchenJune 25, 2011 - 10:34 am

    I already follow you on twitter but I tweeted your giveaway!
    http://twitter.com/#!/orderinthekitch/status/84630434964701184ReplyCancel

  • Lynn from Order in the KitchenJune 25, 2011 - 10:35 am

    I “liked” A thought for Food on Facebook from my personal page: Lynn LovejoyReplyCancel

  • Lynn from Order in the KitchenJune 25, 2011 - 10:36 am

    I “liked” A Thought for Food on Facebook from my Page: Order in the Kitchen !! :)ReplyCancel

  • The Chocolate PriestessJune 25, 2011 - 11:05 am

    I don’t know if these count as food on a stick but I grew up eating things like ice and fudge and ice cream on a stick. I’d like to learn about other things I could do with a stick and with food especially if it is chocolate related.ReplyCancel

  • The Chocolate PriestessJune 25, 2011 - 11:06 am

    I sent out a tweet as well via my account which is under “thetammyjo”.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJune 25, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    Great giveaway B! My favourite thing on a stick is either french toast at brunch parties or smores bites. Btw, I already follow you on facebook and twitter. Word.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }June 25, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    Love the sweet and spicy combination + a extra bonus to have it all on a stick – perfect! Love a caprese salad on a stick – a one to two bite of pure summer. Already follow on twitter but liked you on FB! Have a great weekend!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa {With Style and Grace}June 25, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    I’m down with anything on a stick! Favorite, vodka infused fruit, on a stick. Almost convinced it tastes better because it’s on a stick ;) xoReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 25, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    I can’t resist fruit on a stick ’cause it’s ready to be devoured. Plus then you can use the stick to have mini sword fights :]
    I’m just going to go load up on skewers so I’m ready when I win the book.ReplyCancel

  • Latoya GordonJune 25, 2011 - 4:14 pm

    My favorit food on a stick is turkey sausage.ReplyCancel

  • Latoya GordonJune 25, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    http://twitter.com/#!/sweeper78/status/84716296402518016
    tweeted the giveaway..my twitter name is sweeper78.ReplyCancel

  • Latoya GordonJune 25, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    I liked the fb page..my fb name is bell martin.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.June 25, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    love these! Looks greatReplyCancel

  • kandyZJune 25, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    Those mangos look yummy! I just liked your fb page!ReplyCancel

  • kandyZJune 25, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    And on twitter too (@skitts)… now off to buy some mangosReplyCancel

  • Pat RJune 25, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    I “liked” a Thought for Food” on facebook.ReplyCancel

  • Pat RJune 25, 2011 - 5:38 pm

    I’d love a copy of “On a Stick”……….sounds like such fun cooking.ReplyCancel

  • Prerna@IndianSimmerJune 25, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    I favorite food on the stick has to be either grilled fruits like pineapple and berries or and Indian candied sweet made off of jaggery and sesame seeds! YUM! :-)
    Love the giveaway and would love to win a copy!ReplyCancel

  • Adam LipkinJune 25, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    I spent too much time at the Georgia Renaissance Festival; my favorite food in a stick is still the guilty pleasure pork loin on a stick.ReplyCancel

  • Prerna@IndianSimmerJune 25, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    I already follow you on twitter @indiansimmerReplyCancel

  • Prerna@IndianSimmerJune 25, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    And I like, wait “love” you on facebook :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen AdventuresJune 25, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    Everything is better on a stick! My favorite? Right now, popsicles. (Boring compared to all the options, but it’s hot outside!)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen AdventuresJune 25, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    I “liked” you on Facebook tooReplyCancel

  • AndrewJune 25, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    Spicy grilled lamb and watermelon. The way i make it gives it wicked grill marks.ReplyCancel

  • Margie SamuelsJune 25, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    My favorite food on a stick were the grilled swordfish kabobs that we made for Brian and Eric’s engagement celebration. I used a marinade with lots of lime and garlic, and the fish was grilled with those black lines on it……yummmmm.
    And beautiful photos, Brian….as always!ReplyCancel

  • Jun BelenJune 25, 2011 - 7:36 pm

    Deep-fried saba bananas with caramelized sugar on a bamboo stick is my favorite!!!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleJune 25, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    Tweeted finally :-)ReplyCancel

  • Alysa (InspiredRD)June 25, 2011 - 9:31 pm

    My favorite food on a stick is caprese skewers. I could eat a whole plate!ReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodJune 25, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    My favorite food on a stick is Ice cream!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodJune 25, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    I follow you on TwitterReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodJune 25, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    I like you on FacebookReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodJune 25, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Alysa (InspiredRD)June 25, 2011 - 9:43 pm

    I follow you on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda ClarkJune 25, 2011 - 9:53 pm

    My favorite food on a stick is a good old fashioned corn dog with lots of mustard, it reminds me of my childhood and the carnivals and fairs.
    lyndaclark81@yahoo.comReplyCancel

  • Lynda ClarkJune 25, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    Following @myfoodthoughts on Twitter @lyndacooks and Tweeted this giveaway
    http://twitter.com/#!/lyndacooks/status/84800268126011392

    lyndaclark81@yahoo.comReplyCancel

  • Lynda ClarkJune 25, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Liked A Thought for Food’s Facebook page as Lynda Clark
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  • Hannah (tickledtofu)June 25, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    My favorite is fruit salad on a stick! Or veggie kabobs with tofu and pineapple!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 25, 2011 - 10:42 pm

    Love how simple but delicious those skewers sound. My favorite food on a stick is an ice cream bar:-)ReplyCancel

  • Tiffiny PalmJune 25, 2011 - 11:09 pm

    Love love mangos…..mangos on a stick look sooo good!I like a good corn dog, shrimp kabobs and good ol’ roasted marshmellow! YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffiny PalmJune 25, 2011 - 11:13 pm

    Liked a Thought for Food on fb!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffiny PalmJune 25, 2011 - 11:34 pm

    Following on Twitter @tiffpalm and tweeted this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • ShrutiJune 25, 2011 - 11:46 pm

    I tweeted!! I follow you !ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJune 25, 2011 - 11:54 pm

    That sounds like a fun book to keep!
    Those mango sticks are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • MollyJune 25, 2011 - 11:56 pm

    Meat on a stick makes for a very happy Molly. However, I just came across a recipe last week for fresh corn on the cob, cooked in coconut milk and turmeric, splashed with cilantro, and served up on sticks. How fantastic does that sound? Can’t wait for the farmers to start selling their corn on the side of the road for that one.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJune 26, 2011 - 2:38 am

    These look elegant and beautiful! My favorite is mozzarella and cherry tomatoes on a stick, with some olive oil and seasoning!ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJune 26, 2011 - 5:03 am

    Oh this brings back such great memories of have chilly sprinkled mangoes on Indian street. I love that Matt has taken inspiration for the book from all over the world. I can’t wait to serve it on stick next time to friends. I love this mango skewersReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJune 26, 2011 - 5:04 am

    I already follow you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway @journeykitchenReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJune 26, 2011 - 5:05 am

    Already like your page too :-)ReplyCancel

  • PeggyJune 26, 2011 - 10:45 am

    There’s always a great time for mangoes! Especially on skewers and presented like this =)

    I think I’m gonna keep it old school and say that my favorite thing on a stick is just a plain ol’ corn dog!ReplyCancel

  • StephanieJune 26, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Lamb kabobs with onions, tomato, rosemary and yellow bell peppers. I’m loving the idea of these mangos too!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetJune 26, 2011 - 11:18 am

    You know you’re one of the first few people i started following on twitterReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetJune 26, 2011 - 11:19 am

    I of course like ‘A Thought For Food’ page on FBReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetJune 26, 2011 - 11:22 am

    Luscious strawberries dipped in dark chocolate on a stick would be my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • PamJune 26, 2011 - 11:56 am

    I’ve just discovered fried mushrooms on a stick… A little deli just opened up across the street from my work with those on the menu. I’m pretty sure I could keep them in business all by myself.ReplyCancel

  • john switzerJune 26, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    Fudgecycles!- and you can re-use the stick for kids projects,or in the garden.
    Love mango w/lime & chili/salt
    thanksReplyCancel

  • ikkinlalaJune 26, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    I love beef kabobs – they’re a great way to use up tougher cuts like round steak and a fun place to experiment with new marinades.ReplyCancel

  • Carol (Cori's Mama)June 26, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    The mango’s are beautiful but I especially love the model since she is my daughter. I’m going to bring this to my Mah Jongg game tomorrow night. I’m sure they will be impressed. I did like you on Facebook but I don’t know how to Tweet.ReplyCancel

  • ElianaJune 26, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    My favorite food on a stick has always been kabobs but that may change to these mango skewers. They look so refreshing and delicious.ReplyCancel

  • JudyJune 26, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    I have a grilled lemon garlic chicken kabob recipe that is currently my favorite food on a stick. Funny, we were just talking a moment ago about what were some things we could make on a stick for an upcoming party!ReplyCancel

  • ElianaJune 26, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    I follow on Twitter (and tweeted)ReplyCancel

  • ElianaJune 26, 2011 - 6:16 pm

    And I love (not like) you on Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • AndreaJune 26, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    My favorite food on a stick is chocolate truffles on a stick! Makes them super easy to eat, less mess. I tend to make many types of sweets on a stick b/c of the mess factor. :)ReplyCancel

  • AndreaJune 26, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    Tweeted out the message, and liked you on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • TracyJune 26, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    It was always corn dogs. Then I went veg, and it became veggie corn dogs and veggie kebabs. But I think those mango skewers might be right up there from now on.ReplyCancel

  • TracyJune 26, 2011 - 7:25 pm
  • ClaraJune 26, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    i love Filipino chicken BBQ on a stick :)ReplyCancel

  • Karriann GrafJune 26, 2011 - 10:18 pm

    My favorite food on a stick is Fruit and Cheese Skewers. Your mango skewers look gorgeous Brian!ReplyCancel

  • KristenJune 26, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    I love Matt’s book – don’t enter me in the giveaway but I have to say I love Cori’s fingernail polish :)ReplyCancel

  • MonetJune 26, 2011 - 11:18 pm

    I hate to say it…but my favorite always has and always will be a corn dog. Even typing it makes me want to go find what right now! Thank you for sharing with me, sweet man. Visiting your blog is always a great way for me to end my weekend. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week. Many blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Lubna KarimJune 27, 2011 - 3:18 am

    Never thought of chili powder on fresh mango…although we (Indians) always relish on raw mango and chili powder…lime must have added that extra zing to the recipe…carving for some right now….the t-shirt and ripe mango skewers compliment each other…..awesome….ReplyCancel

  • Nicole PamukovJune 27, 2011 - 7:29 am

    Chicken Satays!!!ReplyCancel

  • Apron AppealJune 27, 2011 - 7:34 am

    You’d think that if I wanted this book as much as I SAY I want it then I’d just go out and buy it myself, but I’m cheap (or poor-not sure there is a difference). So….I’m going to keep trying to win one. My fav food on a stick is homemade caramel on Michigan Empire apples (aka- caramel apples – I just like to be specific)ReplyCancel

  • Apron AppealJune 27, 2011 - 7:36 am

    I follow on twitterReplyCancel

  • Apron AppealJune 27, 2011 - 7:38 am

    I like on facebookReplyCancel

  • JoanneJune 27, 2011 - 8:02 am

    I was pretty sure those fabulous green painted nails didn’t belong to Eric, haha. :P

    I crave mango pretty much constantly and can’t believe I haven’t tried this recipe from the book yet! It’s definitely the perfect mix of sweet salty and spicy!

    (Also I already own the book, so no need to enter me in the giveaway!)ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJune 27, 2011 - 8:44 am

    guilty pleasure for me . . . corn dog . . . i know, awful right??? but for whatever reason, i love, love, love a really good corn dog . . . sigh . . . are we still friends?ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ A Nesting ExperienceJune 27, 2011 - 10:34 am

    Yum. These look super fresh and delicious!

    Also, tweeted to win your give away. The book sounds great.ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ A Nesting ExperienceJune 27, 2011 - 10:35 am

    Liked on Facebook too!ReplyCancel

  • PeterJune 27, 2011 - 12:55 pm
  • serena @bigapplenoshJune 27, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    My favorite food on a stick is the classic corn dog!ReplyCancel

  • CoriJune 27, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    Hooray!! Thanks for the fabulous shout-out! My favorite besticked food is a toss-up between those strawberry Good Humor bars and anything chocolate dipped from the state fair. Oh, and the nail polish is OPI’s Matte Gargantuan Green Grape.ReplyCancel

  • CoriJune 27, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    Oh, and GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJune 27, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    Mmmnnn . . . I LOVES me some stick, especially when it’s on a stick.

    Me parece algo fascinante que se refieren a pollo y gofres como “creativa”. . . Aunque sus orígenes podrían, de hecho, ser creativo, su amigo no es el origen de esta creatividad. . . De hecho, Chicken and Waffles es un platillo tradicional en muchos segmentos de la población afro-americana, como lo demuestra el siguiente enlace (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_and_waffles). Me acuerdo que la forma en que los alimentos se cruza con la cultura no se limita a la internacional, sino que, incluso dentro del “gourmet” de la comunidad, hay muchas personas conscientes de los alimentos comunes la derecha en su propio patio trasero, que provienen de otras actividades culturales, grupos raciales, étnicos o socioeconómicos.ReplyCancel

  • LenoreJune 28, 2011 - 12:37 am

    It’s too difficult for me to pick just ONE thing as my favorite “on a stick” food. My favorite food on a stick to entertain with, though, is my “caprese skewers.” I line cherry or grape tomatoes, bocconcini pearls, and basil leaves up on the sticks, arrange them on the plate, and drizzle them with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. So simple, yet so so good.ReplyCancel

  • LenoreJune 28, 2011 - 12:38 am

    I tweeted about your giveaway (as @orlndofoodie)!ReplyCancel

  • LenoreJune 28, 2011 - 12:38 am

    I’ve liked A Thought For Food on facebook (from my Orlndofoodie page) :) Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!ReplyCancel

  • AllieJune 28, 2011 - 12:44 am

    My favorite food on a stick is a caprese salad!ReplyCancel

  • AllieJune 28, 2011 - 12:45 am

    I tweeted this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • AllieJune 28, 2011 - 12:46 am

    And I now follow you on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • MbJune 28, 2011 - 3:20 am

    antipasto on a stick!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (This Little Piggy)June 28, 2011 - 7:33 am

    I’ve tweeted and like the book on Facebook. My favorite is a pickle on a stick. Looks a really beautiful book. In our house we love food on sticks.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 28, 2011 - 7:46 am

    Favorite food on a stick? Hmm, I don’t know, maybe a popsicle?ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 28, 2011 - 7:47 am

    Already like you on Facebook :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 28, 2011 - 7:48 am

    I tweeted too!ReplyCancel

  • RedawnaJune 28, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    I have been a long time fan of Matt’s, very inspirational!

    Followd you both on Twitter and Facebook.

    I’ll Tweet as well!!!

    Have a fantastic day!ReplyCancel

  • DanaJune 28, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Love this recipe… so simple yet delicious! I love chicken satay on a stick!ReplyCancel

  • DanaJune 28, 2011 - 9:27 am

    I tweeted (@danacooks)ReplyCancel

  • DanaJune 28, 2011 - 9:27 am

    And I like you on facebook!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraJune 28, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    I love alternating tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls and basil on a stick. Then I sprinkle it all with balsamic vinegar.
    Would love this book….I’ve been hearing about it!ReplyCancel

  • my spatulaJune 28, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    LOVE matt and all his work. He’s such a talent + sweetheart! I’m obsessed with mangoes and eat them nearly everyday!ReplyCancel

  • sophiaJune 29, 2011 - 12:06 am

    I knew what this giveaway was the moment I read the title!!! I follow Matt’s blog and I love his photography and fun writing.

    Have you ever tried fishcakes in a stick from the street carts of Korea? Soooo good dipped in soy sauce and eaten with a bowl of the soup it stewed in.ReplyCancel

  • sophiaJune 29, 2011 - 12:06 am

    Tweeted! :DReplyCancel

  • sophiaJune 29, 2011 - 12:07 am

    And “liked” on FB.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy WafflesJune 29, 2011 - 11:19 am

    Frozen banana on a stick covered with chocolate and crushed peanuts!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy WafflesJune 29, 2011 - 11:20 am

    Tweeted!ReplyCancel

  • MattJune 29, 2011 - 11:35 am

    I am pretty boring when it comes to my stick repertoire, but I imagine I would either go with beef teriyaki or a skewered caprese salad.ReplyCancel

  • jeannetteJune 29, 2011 - 11:14 pm

    i love chicken/jalapeno kabobs (sp?) i would love to be a bit more adventurous including fruit, etc!ReplyCancel

  • Deb HeglerJuly 10, 2011 - 7:00 pm

    love chicken on a stick – especially chicken satay
    dkhegler@yahoo.comReplyCancel

  • anamikaJuly 11, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    These look perfect for the weather out here. Gonna Try!! Followed on Twitter, FB & tweeted, but I hope there’s no disclaimer of only in US. Not too lucky in such stuff :)ReplyCancel

  • Platanos Mangoes and MeJuly 12, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    This is great for a backyard bbqReplyCancel

There’s something wonderfully exciting about seeing a recipe that completely changes the way you think about food. This doesn’t mean that the dish has been deconstructed nor has it gone through a molecular-gastronomical transformation.  What I’m talking about are modifications to a recipe that give you a new perspective on what that dish can be.

This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I turn into an excited little boy.  I read quite a few food blogs and it tends to be where I get my inspiration from.  A few weeks ago, stumbling around my favorite sites, I came across a recipe on Sassy Radish (cute name, right) for Asparagus Caesar Salad.

At first glance, I expected this to be a lettuce-based salad with some chopped up asparagus on top.  But as I read through the recipe, I realized this was something different.  No greens, no croutons.  Just the raw asparagus, peeled into ribbons, tossed with a classic Caesar dressing.

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  • ElianaJune 22, 2011 - 12:19 am

    I never thought I would say this but I have never seen asparagus look sexier than this. This preparation is indeed perfect for summer Brian. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezJune 22, 2011 - 12:22 am

    I agree with Eliana, this does look sexy AND delicious!ReplyCancel

  • LauramomJune 22, 2011 - 12:28 am

    I can not wait to try this. My mouth is watering at the thought!ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 22, 2011 - 4:34 am

    Just plain ol’ steamed asparagus will never cut it again. This is gorgeous and such a proper dressing for a veggie that can have a pretty short season. I can see why you love the Sassy Radish. Thanks for the intro to Olga’s site.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 22, 2011 - 5:53 am

    What a great use of asparagus and a great spin on ceasar salad!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetJune 22, 2011 - 6:54 am

    I agree. what a lovely spin on ceazer salad. It looks gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • CatJune 22, 2011 - 7:14 am

    This is such a unique idea! I’m guilty of never really trying asparagus in nee ways, its always steamed or grilled. This looks so beautiful and delish!ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitJune 22, 2011 - 7:30 am

    Total Summer perfection … or early summer anyway. This is probably a top favorite recipe from you along with the raw beet salad.ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyJune 22, 2011 - 7:42 am

    Those ribbons of asparagus are gorgeous! … and such a great idea to pair them with caesar flavors!ReplyCancel

  • Joan NovaJune 22, 2011 - 7:44 am

    I’m more freaked by having to shave the asparagus than deal with anchovies which I love. The last time I tried to shave asparagus, the stalks kept snapping. This is so tasty looking, I know I’ll have to try it.ReplyCancel

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteJune 22, 2011 - 7:51 am

    What a great take on the Caesar salad – I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 22, 2011 - 7:56 am

    I must make this before all the beautiful asparagus stalks disappear from the markets.ReplyCancel

  • JamieJune 22, 2011 - 8:13 am

    I do this with zucchini and absolutely love it! I can only imagine how delicious this is with asparagus but mmmm does it look great! Fab idea, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJune 22, 2011 - 8:17 am

    An incredible idea! My wife loves asparagus and salads so I’m sure she’ll love having this at our table one of these nights. Beautiful pictures Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Alan CookeJune 22, 2011 - 8:33 am

    Man that looks good! I’ve been cooking asparagus like a mad man lately and this will be a welcome addition to the asparagus library. Can’t wait to make it!! @alanecookeReplyCancel

  • VanessaJune 22, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Love the idea of shaving the asparagus! Can’t believe I never thought to combine them with the flavors of a caesar salad!ReplyCancel

  • Judy CraigJune 22, 2011 - 9:15 am

    Hi Brian – Beautiful salad. But I’ve found shaving asparagus really difficult. Any helpful hints?ReplyCancel

    • Brian @ A Thought For FoodJune 22, 2011 - 9:47 am

      Hi Judy – I had never shaved asparagus before and only had a little difficulty. I think the only advice I have is to find thicker asparagus. You won’t get much out of the thinner stalks.

      And be gentle with them :-)ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksJune 22, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Love the asparagus for the salad, but will definitely leave the anchovies for the hubs. ;)ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJune 22, 2011 - 9:51 am

    Nice twist on caesar salad Briove the shavings of the asparagus. Now I want to take out me peeler and mandoline too:).ReplyCancel

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For LivingJune 22, 2011 - 9:52 am

    This salad is gorgeous, and I’m sure it tastes incredible! I recently made a pizza with shaved asparagus – and it was fantastic – so I’m all about this new technique. Homemade Caesar salad dressing blows the bottled variety out of the water, and this one sounds perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.June 22, 2011 - 10:36 am

    fabulous and great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryJune 22, 2011 - 11:10 am

    Like you I expected to see a Caesar salad with maybe some pretty asparagus tips so this is a surprise and a delightful one. And anchovies? I never see myself doing an anchovy pizza anytime soon but when used in moderation they are such an important flavor component. Great recipe; thanks for sharing with us!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJune 22, 2011 - 11:19 am

    yum, yum, yum, yum, yum – this dish makes me happy, happy, happy, happy, happy!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ A Cambridge StoryJune 22, 2011 - 11:20 am

    This is genius! I am loving shaved asparagus right now – but I love how you’ve fused it with a classic Caesar!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJune 22, 2011 - 11:28 am

    Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some Caesar salad, especially when it makes my pea smell funny!

    Al igual que Ani Difranco dice: “Todo es una mierda de Napoleón”ReplyCancel

  • Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's KitchenJune 22, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Your photography is beautiful! Also, I adore that salad…it sounds SO delicious!ReplyCancel

  • PolaMJune 22, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    Wow this look great! I never thought of making ribbons out of asparagus!ReplyCancel

  • Deb @ knitstamaticJune 22, 2011 - 2:03 pm

    What a wonderful way to prepare one of my favorite vegetables and my husband loves a good caesar salad so it’s a win-win. Can’t wait to give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • JanJune 22, 2011 - 3:35 pm

    I have a friend who loves to top pizzas and make salads with shaved asparagus. This salad looks absolutely wonderful, so I’ve sent her this post because I’m sure she’ll enjoy it too :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol (Cori's Mama)June 22, 2011 - 4:16 pm

    Brian,
    This looks amazing. I’m going to have to try it this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyJune 22, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Bravo! What an impressive salad, and unique too! I love the fact that you use raw asparagus and anchovies, it will be perfect with a grilled fish….. I can’t wait to try this!ReplyCancel

  • My husband LOVES Ceaser salad, but not asparagus. Wonder if I could get him to eat it this way? Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Maris(In Good Taste)June 22, 2011 - 5:45 pm

    Love the shaved look -actually really beautiful salad!ReplyCancel

  • amelia from z tasty lifeJune 22, 2011 - 8:14 pm

    so elegant an a wonderful change of caesar sceneryReplyCancel

  • MichelleJune 22, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    This looks simply fabulous. I love raw asparagus!ReplyCancel

  • Mike@The Culinary LensJune 22, 2011 - 10:27 pm

    A wondeful dish and as always great photography.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveJune 22, 2011 - 10:43 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! I love using my veggie peeler for creative endeavors. Plus, asparagus make a perfect salad base. Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJune 22, 2011 - 11:49 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I don’t think I have ever tried asparagus raw….the ribbons look so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJune 23, 2011 - 3:02 am

    Beautiful!! Love the pictures :) Thanks for sharing this recipe with us all…ReplyCancel

  • EthanJune 23, 2011 - 4:22 am

    Most people wouldn’t even know there are anchovies in a classic Ceasar dressing, unless you told them. It doesn’t tasty fishy, but like you said, it just brings it all together.
    Thanks for introducing us to Olga’s spin on a classic!ReplyCancel

  • MeetaJune 23, 2011 - 6:21 am

    A lovely idea. I think one can use several vegetables and use this idea – but I love asparagus and will be getting some to try this out.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJune 23, 2011 - 7:20 am

    This is one GORGEOUS salad. I’m pretty sure it’s changed the way I think about caesar salad, which is typically “eh boring”. But this is “ah beautiful”.

    And I truly think I need a scantily clad photo of you in my life. To brighten up my every morning. Off to purchase the book!ReplyCancel

  • KathJune 23, 2011 - 9:39 am

    I love asparagus! I love Caesar salad! And I do love anchovies! Thanks for this fabulous recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisJune 23, 2011 - 11:34 am

    wow, what an interesting concept! I certainly would never have thought of that one! My wife loves asparagus, this dish is the perfect accompaniment to any barbecued meat!

    hope all is well up in Beantown, I am trying to find a time to come up this summer.
    DennisReplyCancel

  • torviewtorontoJune 23, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    delicious looking yummy saladReplyCancel

  • veronica gantleyJune 24, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    This salad would hit the spot on a hot day like today.ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshJune 24, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    Yum, this looks absolutely delectable!ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupJune 24, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    of course you got excited! It’s beauty of a salad. GREGReplyCancel

  • KellyJune 28, 2011 - 8:39 pm

    This looks off the hook delicious!! I just got a big bunch of fresh asparagus and this recipe looks much more interesting than just grillin’ them up like I usually do!ReplyCancel

  • Platanos Mangoes and MeJuly 12, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    What a great idea….ReplyCancel

  • The Elegant EggplantAugust 23, 2011 - 10:47 am

    This is GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

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