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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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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
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I’m on my way back from my first trip to BlogHer Food, and I feel a bit like Alice after going down the rabbit hole. It was a mad-hatted tea-party of blogging tips, brand representatives, and cocktail parties. I connected... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Remember photosynthesis—the process of plants turning the carbon dioxide into oxygen? Trees take the carbon we exhale and fashion it into trunks and branches. Our breath literally becomes something physical, standing there in the forest, waving its leaves in the... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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It feels like just yesterday that I was pushing my girls in a stroller on the weekends, and now I can’t catch them while playing tag in the park. Before I know it, they will be out of the house—in... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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When I was very young, I saved up my money and bought a blue ten-speed Fuji bicycle. I polished the chrome it every weekend, and I kept it as shiny as the day I bought it. When I was a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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I just spent three days in Los Angeles with friends, living out of a suitcase and eating out all the time. Last night’s dinner, of local little-gem lettuce and medium-rare rack of lamb at Church & State, which the critic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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To me, tomatoes have always been like people: often around, but rarely worth knowing. Still, there have a been a few in my life that struck me with such goodness that I haven’t given up on them. When I was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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With apologies to Gertrude Stein, I wanted to dash off a short note on the simple beauty of roasted fingerling potatoes. When I was a boy, we had baked potatoes every other day, and I was forever mesmerized by my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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This post is a reminder to check your frequent-flyer program today. Consider it a public service announcement, amid all my posts about cooking. I recently lost 135,000 miles with American Airlines, and then was able to get them back, simply... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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The dinner is late. Kids freaking out, spouse red hot; Should have stayed at work. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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With one broad exception, I don’t eat out unless the meal is expensive. White tablecloths aren’t necessary, but there better be aged steak served by seasoned waiters. Wallet-crushing, geometrically confusing and gastronomically rewarding grid-like menus are welcome. An auteur-chef will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad