Pati's Mexican Table
This series brings authentic Mexican flavors, colors, textures and warmth into American kitchens. A former policy analyst focused on Latin American politics and history, Pati Jinich is also a chef, cooking teacher, food writer and mother of 3 whose true passion lies in sharing the tastes of her childhood and culinary adventures in her native country. In each episode, Pati embarks upon an exciting and entertaining journey, where each dish serves as a point of departure into Mexico's rich history and culture, Pati's personal experiences, and her ongoing conversations with cooks in both Mexico and the US.
Pati's Mexican Table Previous Broadcasts
Mexican-Style Kids' Party (Episode #205H)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 31, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Fun, kid-friendly and (mostly!) finger food that you'd find at a children's party in Mexico, adapted for American parties at home. A special guest shows up to make dessert! Crazy Corn; Chicken Flautas; Chocolate and Cajeta Cupcakes.
Tomatillos (Episode #104H)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Meet the tomatillo - this small, plump, green fruit was a favorite of the Aztecs and stars in any number of Mexican dishes today. Its tart flavor is worlds apart from the taste of tomatoes, but is just as juicy and unforgettable. This episode shows you where to find tomatillos, how to cook with them, and tips and tricks for creating amazing dishes. Recipes include: Salsa Verde with Avocado and Cheese; Chicken in Tomatillo, Chipotle and Brown Sugar Sauce; Tomatillo and Lime Jam.
My Three Favorite Boys (Episode #303H)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 27, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
This episode is all about Pati's boys - it's time for a little mother-son bonding. First, Pati takes Alan, Sami and Juju to their favorite place to have fun. Then for lunch, the boys will pick their favorite dishes that their mom makes. The only hitch? They have to give Pati a hand as she prepares each dish. Recipe 1: Alphabet Soup; Recipe 2: Molletes, Grilled Cheese & Bean Heroes; Recipe 3: Pico de Gallo Salsa; Recipe 4: Dulce de Leche (Cajeta) Cheesecake.
Easy Comfort Food (Episode #204H)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Simple, easy, home-style cuisine that you'd find in just about any Mexican home, recreated for the American kitchen. This meal was Pati's favorite "everyday" meal growing up in Mexico, and one she regularly makes for her own family today. She's proud to share the steps so that you can enjoy it, too! Dressed-up Chicken Milanesa; Chayote Squash and Pickled Onion Salad; Chunky Chipotle Mashed Potatoes.
Avocado (Episode #103H)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
This episode shows us how to pick and prime the perfect avocado, then walks some great recipes: Avocado and Hearts of Palm Chop Chop Salad, Steak and Avocado Sandwich on Crusty Bread, Toasted Coconut and Avocado Ice Cream, Avocado Martini.
Pati's Texican (Episode #302H)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Inspired by her years living in Texas, Pati creates a series of dishes that combine her passion for Mexican cuisine and her favorite foods of America's Lone Star State. Her oldest son, Alan, who was born in Texas and is fully Tex-Mex, joins her in the kitchen. Recipe 1: Tex-Mex Chili; Recipe 2: Poblano, Bacon & Cheddar Skillet Corn Bread; Recipe 3: Mexican Chocolate Doughnuts.
A French Twist On Mexico (Episode #203H)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
A tasty look at the way French cuisine has historically influenced modern Mexican cooking, and simple techniques any American cook can manage with impressive results. Snapper in a Poblano Chile Sauce; Blissful Corn Torte; Cajeta Crepes with Toasted Pecans.
Foods of the Mexican Revolution (Episode #102H)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 15, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
If you're fighting a war, how do you cook food on the run? What sort of meals can you make around ranches, porches, and rustic bonfires? What might Pancho Villa or Emiliano Zapata have eaten? This episode looks at the culinary legacy of the Mexican Revolution, with recipes that include: Cowboy 'Charro' Beans, Chilorio Burritas, Chunky Guacamole, Sweet Anise Ropes or 'Rosquitas'.
Born in the Kitchen (Episode #301H)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Pati travels to Mexico City to reconnect with her father and help him cook one of her favorite childhood meals: Huevos a la Mexicana. Back in her own kitchen, she'll use that visit as inspiration to cook a few dishes that she remembers fondly from childhood, and then passes on the tradition by cooking dessert with her youngest son, Juju. Recipe 1: Shredded Flank Steak with Potatoes in Green Salsa; Recipe 2: Mexican Rice with Prawns; Recipe 3: Orange Vanilla Flan.
Wrapped Treats (Episode #113H)
KQED Life: Sun, Oct 12, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Mexicans have been wrapping and cooking their food in leaves for a long time. This episode looks at the reasons why, and at some shortcuts and tips for cooking wrapped foods in your own kitchen, as opposed to the traditional method of digging a pit or steaming them in an enormous pot. Recipes include: Baked Pork Tenderloin in Banana Leaves, Grilled Caramelized Plantains in Aluminum Foil, Blackberry Tamales Callejeros.
School Lunch with a Mexican Twist (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 10, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
The same foods that parents pack into a hearty school lunch in Mexico are perfect for school lunchtime in America. These dishes are so tasty and filling, even grownups will want to take them to work! Street-Style Cut-Up Fruits and Vegetables; Ham and Cheese Torta Sandwiches; Juju's Birthday Cake (with a Brownie Twist).
Pinata Party (Episode #313H)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 8, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
What better way to end the season than with a big party? Pati throws a neighborhood bash and cooks up the easiest and best Mexican-themed dishes that would be a huge hit at any party. And what better accessory to a Mexican fiesta than a giant pinata? Pati also gets the chance to visit a pinata maker in the central market of Morelia. Recipe 1: Watermelon, Tomatillo & Mozzarella Skewers with Mint-Agave Syrup; Recipe 2: Red Pozole with Traditional Garnishes; Recipe 3: Mixed Melon, Lime & Coconut Agua Fresca; Recipe 4: Tres Leches & Strawberry Mexican Gelatin Dessert.
Naturally Vegetarian Mexican (Episode #213H)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 6, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Forget soy and tofu; these are authentic Mexican recipes where produce, fruits and vegetables are naturally the stars. Zucchini Soup with Tortilla Crisps; Cactus Paddle Tostadas; Fluffy Plantain and Pecan Bread.
Vanilla (Episode #112H)
KQED Life: Sun, Oct 5, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Vanilla only comes in a bottle, right? Oh, it's a bean!? Where on earth do I find vanilla beans and then how do I cook with them? Do I crack them open or something? Wait, vanilla comes from Veracruz, Mexico - not Madagascar!? This episode explains all of that, plus shares a few amazing vanilla-infused recipes, including Toritos (Aperitif with Peanuts, Rum and Vanilla), Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Salad with Sauteed Vanilla Vinaigrette, Grandma Lali's Floating Island Dessert.
Classic Mexican Food Battles (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 3, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Jump into a Lucha Libre ring and experience the kind of fighting spirit that fuels a great love of Mexican food. These classic recipes provoke heated discussions in Mexico, but are perfectly tasty regardless of which twist on ingredients you prefer. Enchiladas in Red Tomato Sauce; Tampico-Style Steak Combo; Mexican Wedding Cookies (Polvorones).
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Episode #312H)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 3:30 PM
Pati invites a few of her girlfriends over for a much needed "girls' night in." But these girls are here to GRILL! Grilling isn't just a guy thing - Pati's got a great outdoor grill, and she's gonna put it to work by cooking up a mouth-watering menu of Mexican food with a BBQ twist. One of Pati's sisters shows up to help her mix some drinks too! Recipe 1: Honey Chipotle Ribs; Recipe 2: Spinning Top Cocktail; Recipe 3: Mango Guacamole with Grilled Tortilla Wedges; Recipe 4: Grilled Romaine & Red Bell Peppers with Ancho Chile Vinaigrette & Cheese.