Today is one of the weirder food holidays we’ve celebrated. It also gives us a lot of freedom. It’s National Something on a Stick Day.
That “something” really translates to “anything you can spear.” Some of the obvious choices include corn dogs, lollipops, shish kebabs, and Popsicles. But really, if you can poke a stick in it and eat it that way, you’re golden. We thought about doing something really difficult – spaghetti on a stick perhaps, or to really make it tough, soup on a stick. But in the end, we settled for something simpler.
It is also, I should point out, National Black Forest Cake Day. As delicious as that sounded, tomorrow is dedicated to lemon chiffon cake, and we weren’t in the mood for back-to-back cakes.
People have been eating food on sticks for as long as fire has existed. Big, meaty hunks of mastadon have given way to hot dogs and marshmallows over the centuries, but there are few things more appealing than cooking your own food over an open fire in the great outdoors, and then wolfing it down without any namby-pamby utensils. The protocol is simple: hold food over fire, cook until black on the outside and cold in the middle, take a bite and burn the roof of your mouth, blow on it a little, wait a minute, take another bite. And be sure to wipe your fingers on your pants afterwards. Napkins? We don’t need no stinkin’ napkins! There’s a great and humorous look at the history of food on a stick here. I’d never heard of Uncyclopedia before, but it had me laughing. It’s like Wikipedia-meets-The-Onion.
Tara and I met up for lunch at New Season’s, a grocery store known for their free food samples – many of which are available to nosh on using toothpicks. A-ha! Sure enough, we found cheese samples to impale. Later on, we had dinner at my parents’ house, and because they support this blog, my mom made sure to serve something on a stick herself. In this case, lollipops. Thanks for your support, guys!