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Ann Delisi's Essential Cooking

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How to sharpen your knives, what drinks to serve, where your seafood comes from – WDET's Ann Delisi and James Beard-nominated Chef James Rigato are here to empower you in the kitchen and have some fun along the way. Through interviews with chefs and industry experts, Essential Cooking is a key ingredient in your culinary journey.

How to sharpen your knives, what drinks to serve, where your seafood comes from – WDET's Ann Delisi and James Beard-nominated Chef James Rigato are here to empower you in the kitchen and have some fun along the way. Through interviews with chefs and industry experts, Essential Cooking is a key ingredient in your culinary journey.

Location:

Detroit, MI

Description:

How to sharpen your knives, what drinks to serve, where your seafood comes from – WDET's Ann Delisi and James Beard-nominated Chef James Rigato are here to empower you in the kitchen and have some fun along the way. Through interviews with chefs and industry experts, Essential Cooking is a key ingredient in your culinary journey.

Language:

English


Episodes

EP 12: Recipes for Success with Food Influencers The Kitchenista and Mighty in the Mitten

1/8/2021
Food influencers The Kitchenista and Mighty in the Mitten join Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about what led them to cooking food for Instagram and the challenges of creating daily content.

Duration:00:22:27

EP 11: The “Slow and Low” Brewing Philosophy with Zach Typinski of Urbanrest Brewing Company

12/18/2020
Urbanrest Brewing Company’s owner Zach Typinksi joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about the “low and slow” brewing philosophy, the rigors of becoming a certified cicerone, the history of Oktoberfest, the 11-year-old culture behind their kombucha, and being a victim of his own success.

Duration:00:18:19

EP 10: Always Tip Your Server, and Other Restaurant Etiquette

12/4/2020
Restaurant staff work hard to give you an enjoyable dining experience. As a customer, small acts of kindness towards your server and kitchen staff can go a long way. In this episode, find out why you should always tip your server, never send your food back, and bring a 12-pack of beer with you next time you eat at a gastro pub.

Duration:00:25:30

EP 9: How to Roast Your Turkey, and Other Thanksgiving Tips for the Home Cook.

11/20/2020
Thanksgiving is going to be different this year, but don’t let that stop you from going all out in the kitchen. You can make your Thanksgiving meal memorable and delicious with these tips from Chef James Rigato and Chef Molly Mitchell (Rose's Fine Food). This special Thanksgiving episode covers brining and roasting your turkey, plus pro tips on favorite side dishes like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and much more.

Duration:00:35:28

EP 8: Origin Stories: From Culinary School to Cooking Shows

11/6/2020
Climbing the culinary ranks requires hard work and persistence, but it’s also full of laughs and surprises. Chef Anthony Lombardo (Shewolf) and Chef John Virmiglio (Grey Ghost) join Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato (Mabel Gray) to share hilarious stories from their culinary careers. The chefs compare cooking school experiences, talk about the difference between cooking in Italy and the United States, being contestants on cooking shows and naming their restaurants.

Duration:00:23:49

EP 7: Remembering Julia Child, an American Culinary Icon

10/23/2020
Julia Child is a culinary icon. Her pioneering cooking shows made home cooking fun and easy for a generation of Americans. In this episode, Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato talk about Julia Child’s legacy, her relationship with Chef Jacques Pepin and recall some of her famous sayings.

Duration:00:12:18

EP 6: 100th Anniversary of Prohibition

10/9/2020
What did Prohibition have to do with America’s love for Italian food? A lot, it turns out. Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato look back 100 years to the start of Prohibition and talk about its lasting impact on Italian food, how it affected cider production in the U.S., and the origins of the famous cocktail, The Bees Knees.

Duration:00:10:31

EP 5: Two Generations of Italian Chefs

9/25/2020
Ann Delisi interviews her co-host, Chef James Rigato and his friend and mentor, Chef Luciano Del Signore about what they cook for themselves at home, their favorite noodle and what they love about each other’s cooking.

Duration:00:24:33

EP 4: The Truth About Fish

9/10/2020
Have you ever wondered where the fish sold at your local supermarket are 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.

Duration:00:32:53

EP 3: Farming in Detroit with Michelle Lutz

8/28/2020
Starting your own garden. Climate change issues for farmers. Farming in Detroit. Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato talk with Detroit farmer Michelle Lutz, who has worked with Detroit Public Schools, Recovery Park, and Buckets of Rain.

Duration:00:24:03

EP 2: You, Me and the Honeybee

8/13/2020
‘Say hello to the bees’ with WDET’s Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato as they talk with Brad Gladstone of Urban Bee, LLC about everything from how bees survive the winter to their ability to recognize faces and how they protect their hives from invaders.

Duration:00:21:55

EP 1: I Hate My Own Cooking: How to Spice Things Up

7/30/2020
Are you tired of your own cooking? Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato talk about how to spice things up at home, add flavor to your food and enjoy eating your own culinary creations. Chef Rigato also weighs in on the “must-have” spices you should always have in your kitchen.

Duration:00:18:37

Welcome to Essential Cooking

7/24/2020
Introducing Essential Cooking with hosts Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato – WDET's new podcast about food, its rich history, and those who create it.

Duration:00:02:12