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john donohue
I am a writer, editor, cartoonist, and father of two.
Interests: Cooking, Eating, and Talking, although not always in that order.
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I'm pretty low-key about St. Patrick’s Day, though I'm Irish-American. My observation of the holiday doesn’t involve bagpipes, crowds, or parades. I just stop and watch the revelers (I work in Manhattan, so it’s not hard to see them) and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
I can cook fish like it’s nobody’s business, thanks to spending much of my youth working in a fish market, but cooking steak at home, either on the stovetop or on a barbecue, has long bedeviled me. I never really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
In Eric Carlyle’s classic children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” the insatiable insect devours pages and pages of food. (Check out an awesome video of Carlyle reading the book here.) I always thought of the caterpillar going “crunch, crunch, crunch”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
When the temperature drops, there’s more than one way to turn up the heat. Never mind the oil burner, or more blankets. Forget jetting away to warmer climes. Head to the kitchen and make a batch of this chili. Not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
Once or twice during my childhood, my mother made pizza at home, probably with one of my sisters, who were into cooking. Or, at least one of them was—my memory is better at recalling the elegant brown peaks of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
My old man was a lawyer who worked for himself, and he used to talk about the “hills and valleys” of his office. We are radically different fathers. I don’t know anything about the ups and downs of the law... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
I’m just back from spending Christmas with Santa Maria’s parents, in central Pennsylvania. I’ve always felt fortunate to have met Santa Maria, and when I married her my world expanded in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Life with her has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
If our lives were the movie “Frozen,” come the holiday season we wouldn’t be living in the Kingdom of Arendelle, but rather the Kingdom of Cookies. And, instead of being able to turn everything into ice, the reigning power, Santa... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
Pinta made this drawing last night. I don't know where she got the idea for Squawkgiving, but it sounds about right to me. And on another note, here's one of Billy Collins's favorite poems for the holiday: The Owl By... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
In recent years, Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays, and I’m looking forward to celebrating it. As a boy, the importance of the get together never really dawned on me, but just as I’ve outgrown canned cranberry sauce,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
I don’t know about you, but I find it hard after a day of cooking, commuting, working, commuting, and cooking to find things to talk about at the dinner table. I know that the family dinner is held up as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
Back when my book “Man with a Pan” came out, I was often asked about how hard it is to learn to cook. I had a good answer, I thought. I used to say that learning to cook is like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
Every year we make special Halloween treats—candied kale chips with crystallized tofu-and-powdered shiitake puffs. Just kidding! That sounds too scary, even for a natural-food, organically minded home cook like myself. Something like that would give me nightmares. Halloween food should... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
About a month ago, we had a typically harried night. Actually, about a month ago, it was just the start of school, so what I might have thought of then as being “typically harried,” was, in retrospect, part of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
A little while ago, Santa Maria and I sat down and did something rare—watched a movie from start to finish. The film was “Her,” Spike Jonze’s 2013 drama about a guy who falls in love with his computer’s operating system.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
School-bus lines have replaced tan lines, and fall is underway. Change is in the air, and not only around the Stay at Stove Dad household. I wasn’t aware, but A.1 steak sauce is now A.1 Original Sauce. It’s just a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
I once saw a poster that said something like “success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.” I won’t argue with that, and I have developed a related equation: inspiration is 100% the product of failure. In other words, you can’t... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
Sweets have never been a weakness of mine, but lately I’ve been addressing my character flaws. Last week, I had some friends over for dinner, and I thought to buy a key lime pie, from Steve’s, for dessert. For me,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
During my weekly shop on Saturday, the check-out worker at my local coop picked up the massive bouquet of basil that I was buying, and offered me a tip. “You can put the bunch in water, roots and all, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
Summer is nearly over, and I can’t believe it. Before it comes to a close, I want to look back. And I want to spread the love--read on for details about a savory giveaway. We started summer on Memorial Day... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
We are just back from an exhausting adventure on Block Island, a tiny teardrop-shaped spot land with an outsized role in my life. I had my first job in journalism there, some two decades ago, and I later proposed to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
I believe that great meals don’t have to take a great deal of effort, so long as you start with high-quality ingredients. This is not a new idea. At a recent dinner at Annisa, a three-star restaurant in Greenwich Village,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to watch much television, but I somehow managed to lose myself in “The A-Team,” the the eighties adventure series. It turned Mr. T in to a celebrity, putting his face on lunch boxes (a key... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad