S1-E2 - Crab Cakes and Banana Foster Cooking with ThomSeason 1 Episode 2 - Check it out! Thom teaches me how to crack open a whole crab and turn it into stellar Crab Cakes, then follows up and makes an incredible dessert; Bananas Foster Welcome to Dads that Cook. I'm Jason Glover. I'm on a quest right now to go out around the country and find dads that know how to cook. They may be plumbers, electrician, physicians. We're gonna highlight the incredible meals that they make. Show everything that they do and get you the recipe so you can make them when you're sitting at home with your family as well. There's no time limits. There's no secret ingredients and no experts. Just good cooking. This week on Dads that Cook we're meeting the incredible Thom McMahon. A dad. A cancer survivor. And an excellent cook. In this special episode Thom and his daughter Taylor are gonna show us how to crack your own crab and turn it into tasty crab cakes. Thom will also show us how to make his family favorite desert, Bananas Foster. All right. Welcome to Dads that Cook. I'm Jason Glover. We have an awesome guest today. Thom McMahon, who is gonna make some phenomenal stuff. I can't wait. The menu looks great. Who are you Thom? I'm Thom McMahon. He's Thom McMahon. Not Ed McMahon's brother or anything are you? Or Jim McMahon the football player. Neither. What do you do? I'm a retired Chippendale! Why did you retire Thom? It seems like such a great career. I was having a hard time with the buttons. Bow chicka bow bow! You are married obviously. Beautiful wife Laura. You have a couple of kids. Taylor and Tristan. Taylor is my 14 year old daughter. Tristan is my 12 year old son. And I take it you like them. Once in a while. Yeah. On some days I'd like to trade them. What got you into cooking? I'm an only child. Grew up two working parents. The only time to really be with my folks was in the kitchen at night. You know, extra pair of hands. That's how I started out. Slowly refined my skills as I grew up. You had some health stuff happen. Yeah. 2008 I was diagnosed with throat cancer. I had smoked for 20 years and in '97 when we decided to have a family I gave it up. It just eventually caught up with me. There was just a bump on my neck as I was shaving one morning and if I was not as vain as I am I probably would let it go. I don't get on a soapbox about telling people about their vices or what to do, what not to do. But one thing I do now say is that if you have something going on, go see a doctor. How'd you feel when you got the news? You're immediately start reflecting on your life what you've done and what you want to do. What you're gonna finish out. While everything is slow, your mind starts racing. All of a sudden you start hearing the words in the music. You start hearing the voice of your children. You start smelling the perfume on your wife in a different way. It was always there, but you kind of go on autopilot until one of these things hits you in the heart. 2014 will be my official five year anniversary and if I make it through that then I'll be officially what they call in remission. I'm happy for you. I couldn't have done it without my wife, without my kids, without the support of my family and friends. I mean writing recipes is what kept me going during the downtime. Was it? Yeah. I'd sit and watch the TV and I'd say, "That looks good, but I'm gonna tweak that a little bit." And I'd write my own recipe. You know, the meal we've got planned is gonna be absolutely fantastic. And I hear we've got a little bit of something, like a little desert thing at the end, right? We got a show. We got a little pyrotechnics. A little pyrotechnics. What are we making? Jason Glover is the original Dad That Cooks and owns and operates Splash Digital Media. As a Dad and the primary cook for his family, he conceived DTC through his experiences and by talking with other Dads. When fellow Dads shared with Jason they’d love to learn from his own first-hand kitchen experiences, the idea for DTC was born. As the idea continued to keep him up at night he thought, why not leverage his film and video production and comedy background with his love of cooking for his family to become the host of DTC. Ryan Seacrest move over – introducing Jason Glover as the host of Dads That Cook. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/DadsThatCook Website: https://www.DadsThatCook.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DadsThatCook Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DadsThatCook Twitter: https://twitter.com/DadsThatCook
Thom overcame throat cancer a number of years ago, lost 40 pounds and can now fit into his 1982 wardrobe. He told his wife he was saving those clothes because one day he was going to wear them again. He grew up on the East Coast then moved to the West. He’s a professional at business but a redneck at heart. Thom is also a competitive bass fisherman and loves to hunt with his black lab, Midnight. He is the father of two kids who both play competitive sports and a lucky husband to an incredible woman.
Q1 - What’s one tool in the kitchen you wish you had and why?
I would love a salamander broiler. There are several dishes I like to cook that finish under the broiler. When broiling in the oven you have to keep opening the door to check on how things are progressing. A minute or two too long and your meal can turn out burnt and ruined. With the big opening of a salamander you can see exactly how your dish is doing and pull it right at that moment of perfection.
Q2 - What’s your biggest meal disaster?
Several years ago I was making a spice rub for barbecued ribs. In order to use and measure paprika easier, I moved it to a glass jar that was very similar to what I kept my cayenne pepper in. The rub called for several tablespoons of paprika and not knowing I grabbed the cayenne by mistake. You can guess what happened…the first bite of a delicious looking smoked and sauced rib quickly turned in to a sprint to the refrigerator to chug some milk. Now I keep the 2 similar looking spices in completely different looking containers.
Q3 - What’s one thing you would like to learn how to make?
Tanya’s gumbo! A friend’s wife makes the best chicken and sausage gumbo I have ever had. She gave me her recipe but I just can’t pull it off the way she makes it. I don’t know what she does different, but it’s awesome. I think she’s keeping a few secrets…
Q4 - If there was one dish you would teach your kid to make, what would it be?
Home-made spaghetti sauce. I don’t think anyone should have to eat the stuff that comes out of a jar. My wife is Italian and taught me the most incredible sauce that she learned from her grandmother.
Q5 - What does it mean to you as a dad to cook for your family?
It means everything. My dad and grandfather were excellent cooks and my role models for so many things in life. I love it when my wife and kids are in the kitchen with me when I’m cooking and we are just hanging out, talking and laughing.