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Essential Cooking: Midwesterners, Embrace Your Spicier Side

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Essential Cooking’s Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato kickoff the inaugural podcast episode with tips on spices you need in your cupboard. Subscribe where ever you get your podcasts.

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In the debut episode of WDET’s new podcast “Essential Cooking,” hosts Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato explore the spicier side of Michigan life.

Most cultures of food explore spice. However, Midwestern America, we are terrified of it.” — Chef James Rigato

In the Midwest, one of my biggest complaints about home pantries or home cooks is our lack of spice,” says Rigato. “Most cultures of food explore spice. However, Midwestern America, we are terrified of it.” 

Rigato says the first step for Midwesterners eager to dip their toes in next level cooking is to up your spice game. And it’s not just eating habaneros. Mustard, horseradish, ginger, garlic — getting the flavor profile of aromatic heat and incorporating that into your meals.

Remember: When in doubt, spice is exciting, not scary. 


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Ann Delisi, Host, Ann Delisi Essential Music

Ann Delisi will guide you through the “essential music,” both new and familiar, that’s shaping our culture and feature music made in Detroit every hour.

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