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Mexico -- One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless

A La Mexicana: The Soul of Mexican Cooking (#113)

Call it coincidence or call it fate, but Mexico's national colors -red, white and green - wind up at the center of a whole family of emblematic, home-style "comfort food" dishes, known simply as "a la Mexicana." Ripe red tomatoes, sparkling white onions and green chiles are the "holy trinity" on which these dishes are based --dishes like hearty Braised Beef Short Ribs a la Mexicana with tomatoes, poblano chiles and herbs, or a quick-to-prepare Grilled Flank Steak served with a salsa of roasted tomatoes, poblanos, onions and garlic. Between stints in the kitchen, Rick introduces us to some of the great icons of Mexican nationalism, from Padre Hidalgo and Emiliano Zapata, to Josefina Velasquez de Leon, the pioneering 20th-century food historian who found herself at the forefront of a movement to create a Mexican national culinary identity, much of which was based around home-style "a la Mexicana" dishes. It's a half-hour of cooking and culture that all adds up to a stirring conclusion: "Three cheers for the red white and green!" [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: In MEXICO - ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS, the beloved chef and restaurateur seamlessly weaves together techniques, recipes, cultural musings and off-the-wall surprises. This season Rick presents start-to-finish, stress-free, Mexican-inspired fiestas packed with creativity, color and flavor. Throughout the series, Rick translates his Mexican travel adventures into unforgettable parties from intimate fireside suppers and casual backyard cocktails with friends to big, boisterous bashes for 25. Rick also suggests clever and practical ideas to make each party special, like creating signature drinks for the occasion, serving ceviche in glass votive holders and transforming supermarket salad bar items into a hip Mexican crudites platter. And to help set the mood, he offers party playlists featuring his favorite musical finds and gardening tips for growing one's own ingredients.

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