Five Essential Cooking Episodes from 2020 to Inspire Your Home Cooking

From sourcing high quality seafood to preparing the perfect turkey, Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato brought you culinary inspiration in 2020.

This year, we all spent more time at home than usual. The pandemic meant we couldn’t go out to our favorite restaurants like we normally would and, for many, cooking at home a lot more.

Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato started the Essential Cooking Podcast to help elevate your home-cooking and answer culinary questions for everyone from novices to experts.

Here are five episodes from 2020 to inspire your culinary journey, with more on the way in 2021. Happy cooking!

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The Truth About Fish
Have you ever wondered where the fish sold at your local supermarket come from, or which ones are sustainably raised? Fishmonger Matthew Wiseman of Motor City Seafood joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk seafood: The fish we eat too much of, the fish we should eat more of, and how to find the right fish to cook at home.

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Ann Delisi / WDET

Midwesterners, Embrace Your Spicier Side
In the debut episode of Essential Cooking, hosts Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato explore the spicier side of Michigan life. Remember: When in doubt, spice is exciting, not scary.

How to Roast Your Turkey, and Other Thanksgiving Tips for the Home Cook
Thanksgiving was different this year, but that didn’t stop you from going all out in the kitchen. Whether you cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, or you were in a much smaller group than usual, Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato were here to help make your holiday meal memorable and delicious.

Ann Delisi / WDET
Ann Delisi / WDET

How Do Honeybees Survive Winter? And Other Questions for a Beekeper
Did you that 90% of our food supply depends on pollinators? In this episode, Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato talk with Brad Gladstone of Urban Bee LLC about everything from how bees survive the winter to their ability to recognize faces and protect their hives from invaders.

Always Tip Your Server, and Other Restaurant Etiquette
Eventually, we’ll all be able to dine in at our favorite restaurants again. Listen to this episode and when the time comes, you’ll be ready to be the best diner you can be.

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  • David Leins
    David Leins is a Podcast Coordinator and Producer at WDET. He also oversees the StoryMakers program. When he isn't making radio and podcasts, David is probably on a hike somewhere marveling at the trees.