Thursday, June 26, 2008

What a woman like me needs is a hot chef!


About that title, just kidding, uh, sort of. Something about Neil "Chef Nino" Thibodaux had me feeling a tad warm last night despite my making it clear in a Blogher post and here that I'm happy not to be in a relationship.

Anyway, I watched this man joke around in the kitchen but cook up some seriously good food, and I thought, Hey, maybe a chef is the answer. The fight of who cooks would not be a deal breaker. And he's French too. Rarely a bad thing in a man. He's also an Italianophile who spent 13 years in Italy. Even better. I think the combination may be some kind of double lover whammy or something.
Oftentimes people ask me ‘is Nino your real name’, and I reply no my real name is Thaddius Zenodotus Doryphoros! No, really, my name is Neil Anthony Thibodaux! ... So, the name Nino came to be mine almost 20 years ago. I am not Italian, I am French. A Thibodaux and a Guichet married and had the most beautiful handsome intelligent baby, me! (his website)
See, he's got jokes. Actually, he's quite charming, which is why I'm kidding in this post about wanting to hook up with him. Anybody that charming's got to be used to such suggestions. But, just in case he's married, references to his being hot are for entertainment purposes only. (Real blogs need disclaimers.)

I laughed several times during his cooking class last night, an event to which my children dragged me, the grown-up and the teen. The lesson was "how to teach an old grill new tricks." We and about 30 others learned how to make the dreaded flank steak acceptably tender as well as how to make a couple of wonderful marinades and cook lemon-pepper pork tenderloin using indirect heat.

I didn't know Henry Ford invented the charcoal briquette, something else I learned last night. Chef Nino, not the one in Italy with the other website, but the one who lives in Houma, La. today and who's originally from Franklinton, La.--anyway, the French Chef Nino, suggested using 100 percent wood charcoal when you grill. He tipped us that we could soak the wood in water for half an hour, then wrap it in foil and poke holes in the foil. After that, just sit the foil pouch of wood on the grill's grate and the smoke from it will flavor what you cook. Hmm.

The food was good. The flank steak was nearly melt-in-the-mouth, and the pork loin was scrumptious. I especially liked steak on a stick. Afterward he took me and my offspring to the Asian aisle (The class was at one of the local Rouses, Louisiana's own supermarket chain) to see if any of the sauces there were soy free because his marinades use soy, and my son's allergic to soy. Finding no adequate substitute for soy sauce, he suggested we make his Asian marinade with red wine vinegar instead of soy sauce.

Tonight I'm too lazy to type in recipes. Sorry. I guess the chef's charisma tired me out. But he has some Louisiana recipes and Italian recipes on his site you might like.

Neil "Chef Nino" Thibodaux also writes a cooking column for The Daily Comet aka HoumaToday.com of Terrebonne Parish. That's not too far from Thibodaux in LaFourche Parish. You know, Cajun country. So, I suppose, since his last name is Thibodaux, his roots go pretty deep in the sole of "the boot." Or maybe it's all coincidence.

His assistant, "Mr. Jesse," was pretty cute too, if you like 'em young and limber. Calling folks by their first names and attaching a title such as "Mr." or "Miss" is a southern thing, which is why the young one is "Mr. Jesse."

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2 comments:

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hey there!

I thought I'd toss in a comment even though I do visit here and check out your work pretty often!! {waves}

This is a darling-looking man! Absolutely my "type"!

I dated a chef once...he was impossible to deal with if I ever attempted to do anything in the kitchen....{sigh}

They have techniques for everything imaginable...like how to sprinkle salt on food... {sigh}

Thanks for mentioning this guy's website!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

Vérité Parlant said...

Creative types. I bet your chef was hard to deal with when you stepped into the kitchen!

I think of Chefs as creative types. As such they can be pretty charming but also fairly often nuts, but the fun kind of nuts.

Thanks for the visits.