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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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Ever since the beginning of time, one simple question has bedeviled men: what to do on Valentine's Day. Worry no more. I am introducing the Build a Meal feature, a simple map of an excellent repast. Most folks who visit... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Stay at Stove Dad
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I don’t believe that one needs fancy cookware to make a fine meal. It’s more important to knows one’s cookware, to know one’s stove, to know one’s ingredients, and, of course, to paraphrase the Greeks, to know one’s self. All... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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I’m working from home these days, concentrating on making art. Because of the delicate interplay between domestic bliss and domestic solvency, this also means I've taken on more of the tasks around the house. It's my job now to clean... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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When you’re running a household, you need to look out for all of its members. If a natural disaster strikes, you want to be ready. The Federal Government has its suggestions, but what if you have pets? Purina, which is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Everything they say about making pizza at home is true. It’s easy (here’s my sauce recipe). It’s delicious (here’s my dough recipe). And it’s fun (here’s how to put it all together, using store-bought ingredients, but the method still holds).... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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If you want to get better at cooking for kids, you don’t need to pick up another book. You don’t need to scroll through another blog. You definitely don’t need to take any classes. To get better at cooking for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Sometimes, you can judge a book by its cover. I just finished “How Did I Get Here?” by Jesse Browner, and if you’ve ever asked yourself the question its title poses, you’ll be well rewarded by reading it. Browner, a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Like a sailor cast adrift at sea, I'm on my own this week. Santa Maria and the kids have headed south to visit the extended family. I'm just feeding myself, and yet I created a dish rack full of plates,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Springtime has arrived, finally, and nature is up to its old tricks. The days are getting longer. Trees are starting to blossom. Asparagus is in season. The daffodils arrive, then the tulips. It’s great fun to throw off one’s jacket... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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We all want to teach our kids the ABCs, but when I step into the kitchen the ABCs take on a different meaning: Always Be Cleaning. Nina, my eldest one, reminded me this morning that it’s one of the first... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Last Sunday night, we returned late to the city after a stay at the Mohonk Mountain House. It was an unprecedented vacation for the Stay at Stove Dad family, and it was most welcome. The Mohonk House is a Victorian... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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I have been fortunate to get to know, slightly, the writer Thomas Rayfiel, who, as it turns out, has long been the chief cook in his household. My good fortune was recently multiplied when he agreed to share a bit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Stay at Stove Dad
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Dec 14, 2014 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