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Mexico -- One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless

Beans Inside and Out (#116)

"Where did the saying `you don't know beans' come from?" ponders Rick. "Did you ever think it might be an insult to the bean?" And with that, he begins a half-hour exploration of the deceptively complex and varied world of one of Mexico's most ubiquitous staple foods. Along a road in Mexico, he tells us about the invisible "bean belt," a culinary continental divide that separates the light-bean-eating north from the black-bean-eating south. In a Mexican market, he buys an olla - a traditional ceramic bean pot-then takes it home and walks us through the simple steps of making Perfect Beans Three Ways: in the olla, in a modern pot and in a skillet. We learn the real meaning of "refried beans," and the secret to making them smooth and creamy. At a country home, an artisan cheese-maker shows us how to make Queso Fresco, the crumbling cheese used to top beans throughout Mexico. And back in his kitchen, Rick finishes the show with an inventive twist: Smoky Chipotle Beans with Wilted Spinach & Masa Gnocchi. Now that's using your bean. [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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