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: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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.
Easy Comfort Food (Episode #204H)
KQED Life: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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.
A French Twist On Mexico (Episode #203H)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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.
School Lunch with a Mexican Twist (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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).
Classic Mexican Food Battles (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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).
Wrapped Treats (Episode #113H)
KQED Life: Tue, Feb 12, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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.
Vanilla (Episode #112H)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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.
Middle Eastern Influences (Episode #111H)
KQED Life: Tue, Feb 5, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
Immigrants from Lebanon, Syria and Israel have left a tasty influence on Mexican cuisine over the years; this show looks at how and why they came to such a far-flung (but fascinating) country and what kind of legacy they've contributed - other than Frida Kahlo and Salma Hayek, of course. Recipes include: Tamarind Concentrate; Chicken with Tamarind, Apricots and Chipotle Sauce; White Rice with Toasted Angel Hair Pasta; Orange and Almond Flan.