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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 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 4 days ago 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
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If a poached egg is is like being engaged, then an egg poached in olive oil is like being married—a bit more effort, but infinitely richer and more rewarding. I was first introduced to the idea of an olive-oil poached... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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I don’t know how cooking for the family is for you, but, personally, I get tired of what I make all the time. I’m too tired from work and other duties to do much about being tired, but on occasion... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Sometimes it can feel as if all of life is tied up in a roast chicken. Cook enough of them, and you’ll get to experience everything, from savory triumphs (long ago I helped a friend cook about eight birds at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Over the weekend, we watched "Before Midnight," and if you ever want to see a dastardly accurate account of how a couple with kids is prone to fighting, stick with that movie until its end. The hurt, angry, and helpless... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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I’m often asked about how to involve kids in the kitchen. I have a few easy examples (such as having them wash green beans, measure dry ingredients, or, even, have fun with frozen peas at age two-and-a-half), and the other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Here’s a bad joke: Why do children like to microwave food? Because they’re good at pushing buttons. I think you know what I’m saying, but I’m going to spare you the details, for three reasons: I don’t want to bore... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Over the past few months, Santa Maria has cooking up an entertainment bonanza. While I handled the day-to-day meals, she constructed remarkable weekend dinner-party extravaganzas. In early November, she feted a friend and her new boyfriend with an arugula salad... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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The calendar and the thermometer says it’s chili weather, and besides being tasty, chili offers a number of advantages. It can be made in bulk in advance, and it freezes well. It’s a good way to make your meat dollars... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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This morning, at a family meditation class that we routinely attend, the day’s lesson was about giving, and the instructor read the children’s classic “Stone Soup.” The version she chose was by Jon J. Muth, and it transposed the old... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
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I had a great Christmas at the stove. We hosted fifteen family members on the big day, and I made a standing rib roast. I was getting ready to tell you all about it when two things happened. First, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Stay at Stove Dad
Christmas Dinner is approaching, and I have visions of standing-rib roasts dancing in my head—I’m hosting fifteen people on Wednesday. To prepare, I’ve been reading recipes, counting knives, looking for chairs, and doing all that work that goes behind the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Someone recently told me that I appear to be full of self-doubt. I would have agreed with her, but I wasn’t sure about myself. All joking aside, the one place where I’m not plagued by second-guessing is the kitchen, at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Stay at Stove Dad
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When it comes to raising children, there is the concept of the “good-enough” parent, which traces its origins to Bruno Bettelheim and Donald Winnicott. I don’t know enough about either of them to try to explain what it really means... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Stay at Stove Dad
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364 days a year, I’m an abstemious cook. I have a friend who will use more olive oil in one dish than I’ll use in a day of cooking. I routinely cut the amount of sugar in my pancake recipe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Once, when I was a boy, I saw an episode of “The Jetsons” that showed George, the father, coming home from work and complaining that his “button-pushing” finger was aching. Apparently, the jobs of the future involved little more than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at Stay at Stove Dad
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I use Grammarly for proofreading because, well, because every time I have a typo on this blog I cry uncontrollably. I don’t, of course, but Grammarly offered me a $200 Amazon gift card to start my post with that line,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Stay at Stove Dad
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Nina made this cornbread man at the end of the meal tonight. I couldn’t help photographing it, because it brought to mind what I wrote about in my previous blog post. The green torso is a stalk of asparagus. For... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Stay at Stove Dad
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My online friend Debbie Koenig (author of “Parents Need to Eat Too”) recently blogged for The New York Times about her picky eater, and it got me to thinking. I’m fortunate in that my kids probably fall in the middle... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at Stay at Stove Dad
Sunday morning, I was in the basement and the kids were upstairs, on their own for a few minutes. When I came back, I found Nina beaming. “Dad,” she said, “Pinta and I were having a really big fight, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at Stay at Stove Dad