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Stay at Home Dads and Goulash

November 30th, 2008 · 7 Comments · The Joy of Fatherhood

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, a friend showed me a video on YouTube by Jon LaJoie called Stay at Home Dad. I thought it was quite funny, and I want to see if I can figure out how to embed a video in a blog post, so I’ve decided to use it as a test to see if I am successful.

I spent a few months as a (part time 2-day-a-week) stay-at-home-dad with my daughter when she was little. I actually tried to be a stay-at-home-and-work-at-home dad, but figured out that’s like trying to mix oil and water. I understand looking at the clock every two or three minutes after 5pm, calculating how long the drive home from work is for ones spouse, and then wondering when they’ll come through the front door. Being a stay-at-home-dad was probably one of the toughest jobs I have ever had. It was also one of the most rewarding jobs, though I think I sometimes missed that point when I was in the thick of it. Anyway, I salute all stay-at-home dads, and well as the more common stay-at-home moms. To those that both stay-at-home AND work-at-home, I double salute you. So without further ado, here is “Stay at Home Dad.”

Since this post seems kind of short, I thought I throw in a plug for the Master of the Philippines, who happens to also be a culinary guru. RT has written a great and informative post on American Goulash. I’m more of a borscht and/or beef stroganoff kind of guy, but I think I’ll try some goulash one of these days. RT also writes extensively on Philippino cuisine (after all, he is the Master of the Philippines), and he also wrote a great and informative post on Chicken and Rice, a Philippino staple. I’m a huge rice fan, and eat a fair amount of chicken. Though I love beef stroganoff, I try to limit my red meat intake, and eat chicken instead. So if you’re in the mood to read about food, check out RT’s posts. Or if you’re a stay-at-home dad and you have dinner duty and you’re wondering what to put on the table, why not consider goulash?

The Trade Show Guru Quiz of the Day
In RT’s American Goulash post, he mentions a 1960’s era Betty Crocker cookbook. I had a “kid version” Betty Crocker cookbook when I was growing up, and enjoyed cooking dinner on occasion. Looking back at it, I don’t know if the rest of my family enjoyed it, or it they were just being polite. Anyway, as a kid, one of my dinner specialties was “Three Men in a Boat“. Does anyone know what it was?


7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RT Cunningham // Nov 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    I’m starting to feel like I have a personal blog stalker. 🙂


    Hollow out part of a baked potato so it looks like a boat Fill the hollow with creamed dried beef Cut a sail from a firm slice of cheese and stand upright in the boat on a toothpick. Three mushrooms on edge of potato “boat” are “3 men”. — Betty Crockers Cook Book for Boys and Girls

    It’s also the name of a book from the late 19th century which was turned into 5 movies. And… it’s also slang for the word stop in Iraq due to the shape of Arabic character for the word.

    Okay, I cheated. I used Google and Wikipedia. 🙂

  • 2 The Trade Show Guru // Dec 1, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    hey RT,
    You are correct on 3 men in a boat. I had forgotten about using a triangle of a slice of American cheese to make the sail. I just remembered the 3 mushroom men. Now I’ve got to see if I can find that old cookbook so that I can give it to my kids. ~ Steve
    PS. Aren’t google and wikipedia amazing!

  • 3 RT Cunningham // Dec 2, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Hey, Steve, you should add keywordluv so that the DF anchors will look cool. 🙂

  • 4 Master of the Philippines // Dec 2, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    That is, unless you don’t mind the Name looking like what I just put in.

  • 5 The Trade Show Guru // Dec 2, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    hey RT/Master,
    Any Friend of the Trade Show Guru can call themselves anything they want, including their Guru-given surname. 🙂 All others must follow the Guru’s 10 Rules for Enlightened Comments (just updated). I’m thinking about a few new plugins, including the one you suggested, but I need to see how they fit in with the overall “Master Plan”. 😉
    ~ Steve

  • 6 Will // Dec 4, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I have two 1960’s Betty Crocker cookbooks. Have not used them in a long time. I’ll have to look for them unless my wife got rid of them thinking they were unused.

    I took care of my 3 children part time for 8 years and then full time for 12 years. Even homeschooled them. It was more than a full time job, but definitely more than worth it.

    The video was funny, but also great in that it showed the convincing pride he has in his role. I sure hope he is indeed a full time stay at home dad and not just a good performer.

  • 7 The Trade Show Guru // Dec 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    hi Will,
    I’m not sure if the recipes in Betty Crocker were very healthy (I eat a lot differently now than when I was a kid), but they are fun to make as a kid, and I think it’s good for kids to learn to cook. ~ Steve

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