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
Family Fiesta (Episode #305H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 30, 2015 -- 3:30 PM
Everyone knows that Mexican food is great for a party. In this episode, Pati invites a few of her son's friends (and their parents) over to her house and makes some of her popular fiesta dishes - perfect for any party! In Mexico, she travels to the town of Quiroga, known as the Carnitas Capital of the World, where she'll show us one of her absolute favorite treats: The REAL Mexican Gazpacho! Recipe 1: Carnitas; Recipe 2: Salsa Verde with Avocad; Recipe 3: Morelia-Style Gazpacho Salad; Recipe 4: Grilled Pineapple Margarita.
Easy Comfort Food (Episode #204H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 28, 2015 -- 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: Mon, Jan 26, 2015 -- 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.
Family-Style Breakfast (Episode #207H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jan 25, 2015 -- 3:30 PM
The breakfast of your dreams, prepared by Pati and her sister Alisa. This episode includes both quick, simple dishes and ones meant for a deliciously messy morning feast. Mexican French Toast Rolls (Dedos Gitanos); Green Chilaquiles in Roasted Tomatillo Sauce; Alisa's Marbled Pound Cake.
Meals in a Minute (Episode #304H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 23, 2015 -- 3:30 PM
Pati is a busy mom on the go. If you're a mom that likes to cook for your family AND take your kids to school, practice and everywhere else, you need a few quick and easy meals in your arsenal. Pati's oldest sister, Karen, shares a few tips as they visit her favorite restaurant in Mexico City. Then back at home, Pati shows us some of her go-to weekly dishes. Recipe 1: Tortilla Soup; Recipe 2: Tuna Casserole; Recipe 3: Triply Limey Pound Cake; Recipe 4: Papaya Relish.
A French Twist On Mexico (Episode #203H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 21, 2015 -- 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: Mon, Jan 19, 2015 -- 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'.
My Three Favorite Boys (Episode #303H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 -- 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.
School Lunch with a Mexican Twist (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 14, 2015 -- 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).
Quesadillas (Episode #101H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 12, 2015 -- 3:30 PM
Quesadillas - the perfect marriage of heaven and earth, where the basic, simple tortilla meets the ecstasy of cheese. If you can find the right cheese, that is. So, where do you find great Mexican cheeses in the US? If you can't find queso Oaxaca or manchego, what can you use instead? What about Monterey Jack or cheddar as a substitute? Would it shock you to know that you don't technically need to stuff cheese inside for it to qualify as an authentic Mexican quesadilla? This episode looks at Mexican quesadillas prepared three completely different ways, including: Sincronizadas with Flour Tortillas, Oaxaca-style Mushroom Quesadillas, Plantain and Refried Bean Quesadillas, Guajillo Chile Salsa.
Fonda Favorites (Episode #206H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jan 11, 2015 -- 3:30 PM
These home-style dishes are a staple at the small restaurants known as "fondas" in Mexico - and delicious inspiration for busy cooks in American homes today. Make them once, and they'll become a simple but special treat in your own kitchen. Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce (Albondigas); White Rice and Fried Plantains; Tres Leches Cake.
Pati's Texican (Episode #302H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 -- 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.
Classic Mexican Food Battles (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 7, 2015 -- 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).
Pinata Party (Episode #313H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 5, 2015 -- 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.
Born in the Kitchen (Episode #301H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 2, 2015 -- 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.