I have mentioned before that the NYC Dads Group is a unique and diverse group full of caring, involved, and active fathers. Last week, we posted an interview on one of the dynamic members of our group and it was well received. Here is a “spotlight” on Jeff G. (pictured above with his son Gus), a talented chef, who has been known to bake some amazing cookies for the entire group on occasion. Below is the Q&A dialogue between the two of us.
Everyone has tips. What tips or secrets can you share about being a stay at home dad?
3/4-1 cup fresh shell peas or fresh raw corn
1/4 sweet white onion, sliced
1/2 Lemon, juiced
6-8 tablespoons Evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
salt and fresh pepper
Mixed soft leaves such as Boston, Bibb, Butter, Red oak, Pea greens
3-4 mint leaves per salad (optional but good)
-Cook shitakes in 1 T olive oil over med. heat with pinch salt until carmelized and crispy, stirring occasionally. (cast iron works great for this step)
-Transfer to large mixing bowl with shell peas, onion, a good pinch salt, a good pinch fresh pepper and 1-2 tablespoons of evoo.
-Squeeze lemon juice over peas, shitakes and onion
-Add torn leaves, top with remaining oil season with salt, toss, season again.
How has being a stay at home dad affected how you feel about other stay at home parents?
I did not really think much about it before becoming a dad. I now often think how illogical it seems not to have one parent stay at home, at least until the child goes to school. This is often an impossible situation for parents in the U.S.; it’s unfortunate that our culture doesn’t support this choice.