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Pati's Mexican Table

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In Valle De Guadalupe, Pati visits one of the legendary cooks in the area, Dona Esthela, whose restaurant is known for serving up one of the tastiest breakfasts in the world.

Mexican cuisine is chock-full of grilled, roasted, fried and frozen recipes, but for those looking to expand their repertoire with some baked recipes, this episode is for you! Today, Pati's Mexican Table becomes Pati's Mexican Bakery with a variety of simple recipes - all of which bake right in the oven. Recipe 1: Baked Egg Casserole; Recipe 2: Salsa Ranchera; Recipe 3: Dulce de Leche (Cajeta) and Pecan Cinnamon Rolls; Recipe 4: Baked Fruit Mixiote.

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.

Breakfast is Mexico's favorite meal, and it's also the Jinich family's favorite! It's Sunday, and Pati is up early in the kitchen as the rest of the family sleeps in. She's hard at work creating a full, three-course menu of some of her family's preferred Mexican breakfast dishes to enjoy 'round the table on a lazy morning. Recipe 1: Cafe de Olla: Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee; Recipe 2: Mexican-Style Gravlax with Cilantro and Tequila; Recipe 3: Huevos Rancheros with Calabacitas (Zucchini); Recipe 4: Caballeros Pobres: Yucatan-Style French Toast.

Sunday in Merida is a day not to miss. It is a joyous weekly celebration of food, dancing, and culture. Pati starts her day like most Meridians, at the market. After touring around and tasting the best lechon torta (slow cooked pork sandwich) in town, she takes in the sights of the Vaqueria dance in the main square. Merida en Domingo is incomplete without a family meal. Luckily, friend and chef Robert Solis of Nectar restaurant in Merida, invites Pati into his home for a traditional Sunday meal with the whole family.

When most people think of the Yucatan Peninsula, they think of Cancun. A vacationer's paradise with the most beautiful turquoise waters and white sand beaches, hotels with every amenity possible and food from around the world. Pati explores this young city of only 30 years, tasting some of the most inventive dishes at Crab House, like their Alaskan wontons. She also experiences the fusion of traditional Mexican cuisine with an international twist, like tuna tartar Kibi and cold pork belly salad at Casa de Cristian Morales.

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