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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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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 6 days ago at Stay at Stove Dad
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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At the risk of turning into a parody of a Brooklyn parent, I have to tell you about my latest kale salad. Oy, that sounded bad, but I’ll fall on my chef’s knife for the sake of the kids. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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The New York Times recently ran an article on how to make the perfect hamburger indoors, and I was stunned to learn that I’ve been doing it correctly all along. Here’s the rub, though—my burgers have been far from perfect.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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I recently came across the word “heuristic,” which, according to Merriam-Webster, can mean “an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental and especially trial-and-error methods” or “relating to exploratory problem-solving techniques that utilize self-educating techniques to improve performance.” Bingo!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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I’m too young to have heard Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” on the radio when it became a hit, in 1972, and I’m not much of a heavy-metal fan, but know its refrain well, hailing the end of work and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Father’s Day is next Sunday, and for years the go-to dish around the Stay at Stove Dad household has been what we call a “Dutch Baby.” It’s a creation of Santa Maria, who got the recipe from her mother. We... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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When I was cooking this morning, I started to think about Nietzsche, who, in “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense,” said: What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonyms, and; anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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The good news for my family is that I'm better at barbecuing than I am at fixing cars. Once, when I was a boy, I tried to check the oil on my mother’s Chevrolet Chevette, the sorriest excuse for a... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Seasoned cast iron works when cared for correctly. Just like a marriage. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad