Corn dogs make me nostalgic for my childhood. Seeing the Ferris wheel go up for the annual town carnival always marked the start of summer and everything that comes with it: hours of sunshine, cotton candy, swings, raffle tickets, games and my absolute favorite treat, corn dogs. I didn’t realize it’s possible to make them at home until I grew up and learned that, really, anything is possible in the kitchen if you set your mind to it. I like to pack these corn dogs for family picnics, as they travel well, and by the time we get to our destination, they’ve cooled off enough to eat.

This recipe yields 6 corn dogs.

Julia Calleo is a freelance photographer for editorial magazines including Feast. She is also a food and prop stylist at a commercial production studio and blogger in St. Louis.