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
Cinnamon (Episode #110H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
Mexico is now the largest importer of cinnamon in the world - but how do they use it that's so special? Just how different is the Ceylon cinnamon used in Mexico from the Cassia cinnamon of Southeast Asia? This show looks at how cinnamon traveled from Asia to Mexico and how you use it in delicious foods today, like: Agua de Horchata, Amarillito Mole, Cinnamon Chochoyotes or Corn Masa Dumplings, Piggy Cinnamon and Piloncillo Cookies.
Chorizo (Episode #109H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
Who doesn't love sausage? Chorizo, the Mexican version, is deep-burnt-reddish explosion of fresh, moist, exotically seasoned flavor. When it's fried, it becomes crisp and incredibly savory. This episode looks at the difference between Mexican chorizo sausage and its Spanish, Central American and South American cousins. Recipes include: Potato, Scallion and Chorizo Crispy Tacos; Warm Sweet Potato Salad with Chorizo; Mexican Pasta with Tomato Sauce, Chorizo and Fresh Cream.
Mexican Brunch (Episode #108H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
A Mexican brunch is the perfect way to ease into the weekend. What kinds of recipes are truly Mexican but truly inspired, too? This episode looks at what a late breakfast/early lunch in Mexico might look like, and what recipes you can prepare in your own home. Those include: Rabo de Mestiza, Refied bean and Cheese Chimichangas, Mini Vanilla 'Garibaldis': Pound Cakes with Lime-Apricot Glaze and Sprinkles.
Mexican Picnic (Episode #107H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
What's on the menu at a typical Mexican picnic? Are some foods, like hot dogs and hamburgers, universal? Turn your backyard into a little slice of Mexico by tweaking some old standbys. Recipes include: Ancho Chile Mexican Hamburgers with Lime Alioli, Yucatan-Style Pickled Onion Potato Salad, Garabato Cookies.
Hibiscus Flower (Episode #106H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
In Mexico, it's not uncommon to find both food and water deliciously flavored with hibiscus flower. Commonly known as jamaica, it has an intensely herbal, fruity taste. This episode shows us some of the places you can buy it in the US, then shares recipes that include: Jamaica Water, Jamaica infused Steak Tacos, Spinach Salad with Jamaica Vinaigrette and Caramelized Pecans, Jamaica Popsicles.
Convent Food (Episode #105H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
Aren't convents supposed to be austere, dull places? In Mexico, everything's a little more colorful - including the food of Catholic nuns. Delicious, labor-intensive mole is probably the most well known food to come out of the convents, but this show explores some slightly easier recipes, including: Picadillo Empanadas of the Immaculate Conception, White rice and Poblano Rajas Casserole, Flourless Almond and Porto Cake.
Tomatillos (Episode #104H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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.
Avocado (Episode #103H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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.
Foods of the Mexican Revolution (Episode #102H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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'.
Quesadillas (Episode #101H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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.
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