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PATI’S MEXICAN TABLE: Middle Eastern Influences

Airs Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

In the public television cooking series

Credit: American Public Television

Above: In the public television cooking series "Pati's Mexican Table," chef, cooking teacher and food writer Pati Jinich (pictured in the kitchen) introduces American viewers to the authentic flavors, colors, textures and warmth of her native Mexico — from traditional tomatillos and huevos rancheros to trendier cuisine of today.

PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE brings authentic Mexican flavors, colors, textures and warmth into American kitchens. In each episode, chef, cooking teacher and food writer Pati Jinich embarks upon an exciting and entertaining culinary adventure, where each dish serves as a point of departure into Mexico's rich history and culture. Each half-hour highlights a singular Mexican food — from familiar ingredients like vanilla, avocado and chorizo to the mysterious grains used by the Aztecs and the adventurous and trendy cuisine found across Mexico today.

"Middle Eastern Influences" airs at 3:30 p.m. on Sat., July 2: - Immigrants from Lebanon, Syria and Israel have left a tasty influence on Mexican cuisine over the years. In this episode, 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.

PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE is on Facebook, and you can follow @PatriciaJinich on Twitter. Discover more recipes, insights and photos on Pati's blog.

Pati's Mexican Table: Middle Eastern Influences

Immigrants from Lebanon, Syria and Israel have left a tasty influence on Mexican cuisine over the years; this episode will look at how 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.

Preview: Pati's Mexican Table: Chorizo

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 of "Pati's Mexican Table" will explore the difference between Mexican chorizo sausage and its Spanish, Central American and South American cousins.

Series Preview: Pati's Mexican Table

"Pati's Mexican Table" brings authentic Mexican flavors, colors, textures and warmth into American kitchens. In each episode, chef, cooking teacher and food writer Pati Jinich embarks upon an exciting and entertaining culinary adventure, where each dish serves as a point of departure into Mexico's rich history and culture.

Host Pati Jinich: Mushroom & Cheese Quesadillas for WUSA9

Host Pati Jinich of "Pati's Mexican Table" prepares a mushroom and cheese quesadillas for WUSA9.

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