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PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE: Middle Eastern Influences

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.
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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.

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

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

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