Jane Fritsch of The New York Times penned a wonderful article (along with a beautiful and titillating slide show of 17 photos) on the Iowa State Fair and various foods-on-sticks. Last year’s deep-fried butter-on-a-stick is apparently still a big hit, as is this year’s newcomer, a deep-fried pickle dawg (a pickle spear rolled up with ham and cream cheese), served in a cardboard boat because the creators couldn’t get it to stay on the stick. Above is our pork chop-on-a-stick (actually the “stick” is the bone) from our last visit in 2008 — obviously we must return and update our pictures and taste buds! The one item that really makes our mouths water is the double-bacon, double-deep-fried corn dog. Has anyone tried that yet?