By Heather Leszczewicz Special to Published Nov 14, 2006 at 5:15 AM

Milwaukee Public Television airs two new programs in November, "Native American Cooking from the Fancy Dance Café" and "The Spiritual Patient."

"Native American Cooking," airing Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m., touches on the first Thanksgiving as well as Native American culture. Chippewa Indian Jim DeNomie, a producer for MPTV's "Outdoor Wisconsin" as well as Chicago radio program "Voices from the Circle," produced and hosts the special.

Victor Zamora, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee chef and an Apache Indian, joins DeNomie to share some traditional and new Native American recipes. Wade Fernandez, Menominee Indian and well-known musician, plays the flute and guitar in the show.

The show reruns Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. and Thanksgiving Day at 11 a.m.

For anyone willing to supplement Western healthcare with Eastern holistic methods, "The Spiritual Patient," airing Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., documents the growing trend of using spiritual and ancient methods in conjunction with contemporary medicine.

The program shows specifically how people can take advantage of these methods in the Milwaukee area, with interviews from a Catholic nun that offers natural healing to the Latino community and health care providers that use both contemporary and ancient healing techniques.

Heather Leszczewicz Special to

Originally from Des Plaines, Ill., Heather moved to Milwaukee to earn a B.A. in journalism from Marquette University. With a tongue-twisting last name like Leszczewicz, it's best to go into a career where people don't need to say your name often.

However, she's still sticking to some of her Illinoisan ways (she won't reform when it comes to things like pop, water fountain or ATM), though she's grown to enjoy her time in the Brew City.

Although her journalism career is still budding, Heather has had the chance for some once-in-a-lifetime interviews with celebrities like actor Vince Vaughn and actress Charlize Theron, director Cameron Crowe and singers Ben Kweller and Isaac Hanson of '90s brother boy band Hanson. 

Heather's a self-proclaimed workaholic but loves her entertainment. She's a real television and movie fanatic, book nerd, music junkie, coffee addict and pop culture aficionado.