Join the very funny Mo Rocca as he learns to cook and discover treasured family recipes and stories from grandparents in their kitchens across the country.
Season 3, Episode 8

It's Gumbo Dammit!

Clida Ellison, 76, may live in Detroit, but this southern transplant prefers to cook the dishes she grew up with in her native town of Natchitoches, La. Mo learns how to make Clida's favorite Creole dishes; gumbo, pralines and stuffed crab.

Wednesday
Feb 15
7am | 6c
Season 4, Episode 1

Lower East Side Story

Ninety-something Ruth Taube is an institution on New York City's historic Lower East Side. She teaches Mo Rocca many things, including how to make a mean Matzo ball soup and farfel, as well as how to sew. Ruth and Mo also hit some classic Manhattan specialty stores to buy pickles and black and white cookies before they head to dinner with her daughter and grandkids.

Wednesday
Feb 15
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 8

Riaz Gilani - Tee Time

Pakistani grandfather and Sarasota, Fla., resident Riaz Gilani is 96-years-old, but you wouldn't know it by the way he swings a golf club. Mo Rocca and Riaz hit the links and also cook some delicious Punjabi cuisine including the flatbread paratha and an aromatic beef and rice dish Riaz has dubbed "Rocca Rice." Riaz's voice is so rich and mellifluous, he can make reading the phonebook sound like Shakespeare!

Wednesday
Mar 22
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 3, Episode 5

A Home Run in the Kitchen

Mo meets the charming grandfather Dave Pearson, 75, who has been a chef with the Los Angeles Dodger organization for the past fifty years. Dave trains Mo to cook like a major leaguer without too many drops, errors or rookie mistakes. Dave shows Mo how to make his buddy Tommy Lasorda's favorite dish, lasagna, at Dodger Stadium, and later they prepare short ribs and green beans for a family dinner at his home. Mo also learns once and for all what getting to third base means.

Wednesday
Mar 22
9am | 8c
Season 3, Episode 9

Corn Star

George Martin, 79, is a Native American grandfather, he is of the Ojibwe Nation and lives in Hopkins, Mich. In this episode, George teaches Mo how to make a big pot of corn soup. Sound simple? Think again -- the first step in the recipe is to light a fire without a match. George teaches Mo that handy skill, along with many beautiful traditions of his people. George also plays a mean game of mini golf.

Wednesday
May 17
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

Gaetano Varbero - Eating Outdoors

Ninety-one-year-old Gaetano is determined to make a rugged outdoorsman out of Mo Rocca. Gaetano has recently hunted and eaten moose, bear, elk, varmint, but today he cooks up a stick-to-your-ribs venison stew like the ones he often prepares in the wild. No need to peel veggies when cooking in the great outdoors, this is "manly food." During the episode Gaetano teaches Mo how to shoot a rifle at a range and also teaches him various unusual Moose calls. The episode ends with a large, outdoor party in Gaetano's backyard.

Wednesday
May 17
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 7

Hard Boiled

Hong Kong-born Grandfather Kam Wah Chui, 77, used to manage a bustling Chinese restaurant in New York City's Chinatown. Now retired, he spends a lot of time shopping, prepping and cooking for his wife, kids and grandchildren (15 people in all) every day! He teaches Mo Rocca how to make some Chinese delicacies, including stuffed whole fish, roast pork, and tofu with vegetables. He'll also give Mo a primer on the ancient art of Tai Chi.

Wednesday
Jun 14
7am | 6c
Season 3, Episode 11

Tater Hot Tot Dish By the Lake

Joenie Haas is an energetic, amiable, grandmother who cooks delicious and comforting dishes, straight from her log cabin on Milles Lacs Lake in Minnesota. The food she'll make is quite different from some of the things her son-in-law, Andrew Zimmern, is used to eating on his hit Travel Channel series "Bizarre Foods." When coming home after one of his crazy culinary adventures, there's nothing Andrew likes more than to sit down with a plate of Joenie's tater tot hot dish. On this episode, Joenie will introduce Mo the art of the "hot dish," as well as a delicious Jell-o salad and her traditional Christmas Jesus cake.

Wednesday
Jun 14
9am | 8c
Season 4, Episode 5

Pretty Flye for a Grandma

Grandma Nona Flye, 75, of Dallas, and Mo Rocca go hunting in the woods of Quanah, Texas, and cook up their bounty in her recreational vehicle. Whatever they shoot will be on the dinner menu, whether it's raccoon or boar. Everything is bigger in Texas and Nona is a larger-than-life character worthy of this great state.

Wednesday
Aug 9
7am | 6c
Season 4, Episode 12

The LeBron Grandmothers' Fan Club

Part of the success of NBA superstar LeBron James is his giant fan club based in Akron, Ohio, whose members are spirited grannies rooting him on during every game. Mo Rocca spends quality time with Alder Chapman, the president of the club, and Pat Idley, who edited the group's cookbook. Together they create a meal that's a slam dunk -- jambalaya, beer batter chitterlings, corn bread salad, lemon meringue pie and more.

Wednesday
Aug 9
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 4, Episode 1

Lower East Side Story

Ninety-something Ruth Taube is an institution on New York City's historic Lower East Side. She teaches Mo Rocca many things, including how to make a mean Matzo ball soup and farfel, as well as how to sew. Ruth and Mo also hit some classic Manhattan specialty stores to buy pickles and black and white cookies before they head to dinner with her daughter and grandkids.

Wednesday
Sep 13
7am | 6c
Season 4, Episode 13

Brotherly Love and Spicy Crabs

Mustachioed grandpa Vincent Pesiri of Clementon, N.J., 55, loves watching football almost as much as he loves cooking. Vin and Mo Rocca whip up some spicy crabs for the guys to eat while watching TV in the Man Cave. Later, Vin and Mo cross the Jersey/Philly border to shop for dinner (and punch a few slabs of meat). Back home, Vin and Mo cook up some hearty paella and bananas foster for everyone's sweet tooth.

Wednesday
Sep 13
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 11

Jam on It!

If you like jelly and jam, you'll love Pittsburgh native Kathleen "Kitty" Kleber, who grows just about every kind of fruit in her backyard and that fruit ends up in an airtight jar. The varieties of jellies, jams and spreads are astounding -- elderberry, candy apple, tomato, inferno, raspberry hot pepper, boysenberry and caramel apple just to name a few. Kitty picks and preserves fruit with Mo Rocca and they go on a shopping excursion to Pittsburgh for baked goods.

Wednesday
Oct 18
7am | 6c
Season 4, Episode 13

Brotherly Love and Spicy Crabs

Mustachioed grandpa Vincent Pesiri of Clementon, N.J., 55, loves watching football almost as much as he loves cooking. Vin and Mo Rocca whip up some spicy crabs for the guys to eat while watching TV in the Man Cave. Later, Vin and Mo cross the Jersey/Philly border to shop for dinner (and punch a few slabs of meat). Back home, Vin and Mo cook up some hearty paella and bananas foster for everyone's sweet tooth.

Wednesday
Dec 6
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 7

Chris Massie - Christmas at the Firehouse

The volunteers at the Delmar, N.Y., firehouse affectionately call their colleague Chris Massie "Gramps," despite being a young grandfather firefighter there, but he's also the best cook. He'll put Mo through all the usual firefighting training exercises and then he and Mo will make a stick-to-your-ribs, mouth-watering Christmas dinner for his squad.

Wednesday
Dec 6
7:30am | 6:30c

SHOW EXTRAS

Meet the Grandparents 13 Videos

Find out more about the food, family and fun behind the grandparents.
Watch Their Audition Tapes

Ham Glaze

Jamaican Black Cake

Beer Battered Chitterlings

Cornbread Salad with Sour Cream Dressing

Doris Spacer's Portuguese Green Beans

George Martin's Indian Corn Soup

Millie Martin's Sweet Potato Pie

Candied Yams

Chicken Pad See Ew

Ki-Sook Yoo's Dumplings with Sesame Dipping Sauce (Mandu)

Joenie Haas' Tater Tot Hot Dish

Plum Cake

Louie and Pete's Lamb Spiedies

Grethe Petersen's Mustard Pickled Herring

Beans and More Beans

Louie and Pete's Hot and Spicy Green Beans

Sonny Young's Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Hawaiian Cake

George Martin's Chaga Tea

Suzanne Taylor's Garlic Oil

Ki-Sook Yoo's Korean BBQ Short Ribs (Galbi)

Raisin Scones

Doris Spacer's Filos (Portuguese Doughnuts)

Veggie Garbage Bread

Millie Martin's Hot Cabbage

Shrimp Ceviche

Olga Gonzalez's Guacamole

About the Host

Mo Rocca

Meet writer, actor, satirist and food person Mo Rocca, host of Food(ography) and My Grandmother's Ravioli.