Patricia Jinich is host of the public television series Pati's Mexican Table, cooking teacher, food writer and official Chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.
Foods of the Mexican Revolution
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 Rosquitas.
Pati shows viewers how to pick and prime the perfect avocado, then walks them through three great recipes: Avocado and Hearts of Palm Chop Chop Salad; Pepitos: Steak and Avocado Sandwich on Crusty Bread; Coconut and Avocado Ice Cream.
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. In this episode, Pati will show you where to find tomatillos, how to cook with them and offers tips and tricks for creating amazing dishes. Recipes will include: Salsa Verde with Avocado and Queso Fresco; Chicken in a Tomatillo, Chipotle and Brown Sugar Sauce; Tomatillo and Lime Jam.
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 Pati will explore some easier, but just as tasty recipes, including: Picadillo Empanadas of the Immaculate Conception; White Rice and Poblano Rajas Casserole; Almond and Porto Cake.
In Mexico, it's not uncommon to find both food and water deliciously flavored with hibiscus flowers. Commonly known as jamaica, they have an intensely herbal, fruity taste. Pati shows viewers where to buy these flowers and then shares recipes such as: Jamaica Water; Spinach Salad with Caramelized Pecans and Jamaica Vinaigrette; Steak Tacos with Jamaica and Jalapeno Syrup; Gourmet Jamaica Popsicles.
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 stand-bys. Recipes will include: Ancho Chile Mexican Hamburgers with Lime Aioli; Pickled Onion and Potato Salad; Garabatos or "Scribbles" Cookies.
A Mexican brunch is the perfect way to ease into the weekend. This episode will look at what a late breakfast/early lunch in Mexico might look like and what recipes you can prepare in your own home. Those will include: Rabo de Mestiza: Poached Eggs in a Tomato and Poblano Rajas Sauce; Refried Beans and Cheese Chimichangas; Garibaldis: Vanilla Pound Cakes with Lime-Apricot Glaze and Sprinkles.
Who doesn't love sausage? Chorizo, the Mexican version, is a deep-burnt-reddish explosion of fresh, moist, exotically seasoned flavor. When it's fried, it becomes crisp and incredibly savory. This episode will explore the difference between Mexican chorizo sausage and its Spanish, Central American and South American cousins. Recipes will include: Warm Sweet Potato and Chorizo Salad; Potato, Scallion and Chorizo Crispy Tacos; Pasta with Tomato and Chorizo.
Mexico is now the largest importer of cinnamon in the world - but how is it used there that's so special? Just how different is the Ceylon cinnamon used in Mexico from the Cassia cinnamon of Southeast Asia? This show will look at how cinnamon traveled from Asia to Mexico and how you use it in delicious foods today, like: Horchata: Rice and Cinnamon Drink; Amarillito Mole with Chicken; Cinnamon Chochoyotes: Corn Dough Dumplings; Cochinitos: Piggy Shaped Cookies.
Middle Eastern Influences
Immigrants from Lebanon, Syria and Israel have left a tasty influence on Mexican cuisine over the years. Pati will look at how and why they came to such a far-flung - but fascinating - country and what kind of legacy they've contributed. Recipes will include: Chicken with Tamarind, Apricots and Chipotle Sauce; White Rice with Fideos; Orange and Almond Flan; Cafe de Olla.
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 will explain all of that, plus share a few amazing vanilla-infused recipes, including: Toritos: Peanut and Vanilla Aperitif; Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Salad with Vanilla and Chile de Arbol Vinaigrette; Grandma Lali's Vanilla Floating Islands.
Mexicans have been wrapping and cooking their food in leaves for a long time, and this episode will look at the reasons why. Pati will also offer some shortcuts and tips for cooking wrapped foods in your own kitchen. Recipes will include: Pork Tenderloin in a Sweet Citrus Sauce; Baked Plantains; Blackberry and Pecan Tamales.
Classic Mexican Food Battles
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).
School Lunch with a Mexican Twist
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).
A French Twist On Mexico
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.
Easy Comfort Food
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.
Mexican-Style Kids' Party
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.
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.
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.
This episode puts a twist on tequila by using it in a number of tasty, savory and sweet recipes sure to impress special guests. A noted mixologist shows Pati how to make a unique cocktail, and she uses tequila to ignite a main dish. Ancho Chile and Orange Juice Tequila Chaser (Sangrita); Fresh Jicama and Orange Pico de Gallo; Tequila, Mexican Cream and Chipotle Shrimp; Derek Brown's Cocktail; Coffee Flan with Tequila Whipped Cream.
Xochimilco: Cooking with Flowers
Pati takes you to Xochimilco, the legendary floating gardens of Mexico, and sprinkles a few flowers into some impressive but easy Mexican recipes. Squash Blossom Quesadillas; Hibiscus and Pecan Mole; Rose Petal, Marshmallow, Mango and Pistachio Ice Cream.
Lip-Smacking Mexican Meal
By adding a few key Mexican ingredients to what you'd normally find in an all-American pantry and fridge, you get these to-die-for, lip-smacking dishes. Chicken a la Trash; Everyday Green Salad; Impossible Chocoflan.
Puebla: Food from a Colonial Jewel
Travel with Pati to the state of Puebla to see why it isn't just the site of the legendary Cinco de Mayo battle - it's also home to some of Mexico's most luscious, delectable culinary treats. Creamy Poblano Soup; Chicken Tinga; Glazed Santa Clara Cookies.
Tacos, Tacos, Tacos
This episode explores three very different, very authentic and very simple twists on Mexican tacos, one of Mexico's most iconic foods. Bricklayer-Style Beef Tacos; Lime-Rubbed Chicken Tacos with Corn Guacamole; Adobo Fish Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa.
Naturally Vegetarian Mexican
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.
Born in the Kitchen
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.
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.
My Three Favorite Boys
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.
Meals in a Minute
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.
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.