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Mexico -- One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless

Hip 'n' Happenin' (#306)

Rick's spent a lifetime exploring the hallowed traditions that make Mexican culture and cooking so rich and varied. Today, though, he's on a mission to show us the other side of Mexico-the side that's deliciously and unashamedly hip. At Mexico City's hottest new restaurant, Izote, he explores how chefs are turning traditional ingredients into cutting edge new dishes-in much the same spirit as he does at his restaurant, Topolobampo. He takes a look at some of the hottest "new" Mexican ingredients, like huitlacoche, the "corn mushroom" that's been called the truffle of Mexico, and squash blossoms, which he shows us how to grow in your own garden-and how to turn them into sophisticated Squash Blossom Crepes. In his outdoor kitchen, Rick makes the fresh, contemporary Grilled Fish with Heirloom Tomato Salsa. And, when it comes to Mexican hip, he shows us that food is just the beginning as we join him on a search for the coolest treasures hidden in one of the country's most famous artisan crafts markets and one of Mexico City's favorite home decor stores. For Rick, hip is all a question of context, as he shows us in his restaurant, Topolobampo. [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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