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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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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
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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