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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.

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.

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.

Pati travels to a region in Oaxaca known as La Mixteca and learns what makes the food and culture so unique. She meets up with Ixchel Ornellas, a chef, restaurant owner, and one of Mixteca's best cooks, who invites her on a personal tour of her city. Then, back in her kitchen, Pati creates new recipes based on that experience corn soup with queso and pescado agridulce. Corn soup with queso; Pescado agridulce.

Izamal is a stunning city whose buildings are all painted the same golden hue. At its center is an enormous and impressive Franciscan monastery built right on top of ancient ruins of a Mayan temple. Pati explores this beautiful city, tasting the local flavors like venison tacos and poc chuc. The city is also filled with artisans creating hammocks, woven sisal baskets, and papier mache decorations. Pati meets Esteban, a jeweler, who shows her how he makes the most elegant jewelry from plants growing right in his backyard, a perfect souvenir to bring home.

WGBY 57/HD
Sat Jan 4th, 12:30pm

Pati travels into the mountains of Sinaloa to the tiny village of Jinetes - a place that appears to be stuck in time. The small population of barely 100 people live on whatever the land gives them. Miles and miles removed from civilization, they've managed to preserve their customs and recipes for generations. Pati is the first visitor to come learn from their culinary traditions and they've prepared a feast fit for the occasion.

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