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 2, Episode 5

Lita Oliver - A Teaspoon of Canela

Lita is short for the Spanish word "abuelita" which means "little grandmother" -- but there is nothing little about her personality. Lita, 82, who lives in Hoschton, Ga., is a cheerleader for her homeland Costa Rica and its hearty cuisine. Lita shows Mo Rocca how to make some Central American staples including rice and beans and plantains maduros. She also introduces him to the furry loyal friend Canela.

Wednesday
Feb 15
8am | 7c
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 9

Dave Whitney - Reeling in the Years

Dave Whitney, 77, has fished all his life and he introduces Mo Rocca to the pastime on a lake in Lakeland, Fla. And of course, fish is also on the menu: bass fillets coated in potato chips. Since it's southern cooking, there's certainly going to be fried foods; hush puppies and biscuits. And there's a surprise for dessert!

Wednesday
Mar 22
8am | 7c
Season 3, Episode 4

Mung-Ry for Korean Food

If you have trouble remembering Ki Sook Yoo's name, this 72-year-old grandmother from Laguna Woods, Calif., suggests you think of the words "Kiss You!" Ki Sook's life story of survival is beyond inspiring, but also is her ability to prepare delicious Korean specialties. Ki Sook shows Mo how to make kimchi, a staple in Korean cuisine and one of the ingredients in Ki Sook's mung bean pancakes. The main course is classic Seoul food, galbi, traditional marinated grilled beef.

Wednesday
Mar 22
8:30am | 7:30c
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 2, Episode 1

Sonny Young - Sonny from Sunny Hill Road

Mo Rocca meets the energetic and always amiable Sonny Young, 71, of Rutland, Vt. Sonny and Mo walk through woods behind Sonny's house and tap a tree to make homemade maple syrup for a big family breakfast. On the morning's menu: pancakes, homemade country bread and other goodies.

Wednesday
May 17
9am | 8c
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 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
Aug 9
9am | 8c
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 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
Oct 18
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 4, Episode 6

Remember the A La Mode

Grandpa Louis McMillan, 69 of Fannin, Texas, is a master at the art of barbecue. He knows what temperature to cook the meat, how to apply dry rub, how long to smoke it and cook it. His eatery was a former post office -- and the food there always delivers. It was deemed one of Texas' top barbecue joints many years running. If you like brisket, ribs and the South, you will not want to miss this episode.

Wednesday
Oct 18
8am | 7c
Season 3, Episode 7

Great Gams Almighty!

In the tradition of Hollywood's glitziest leading ladies, Thelma Brelesky, 90, of Waterford, Conn., is ready for her close up. Since we're in New England, seafood is a must -- Mo and Thelma prepare jumbo shrimp stuffed with scallops and breadcrumbs. For dessert, Thelma shows Mo a bit of her Greek heritage by making traditional almond cookies called Kourabiedes. In addition to cooking, also Thelma teaches Mo how to swing dance, and stars in her very own pantyhose commercial!

Wednesday
Oct 18
8:30am | 7:30c

SHOW EXTRAS

Meet the Grandparents 13 Videos

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

Pop's Rabbit Cacciatore

Miyoko McPherson's Miso Soup

Dobos Torte

Joenie Haas' Jesus Birthday Cake with Butter Sauce

Sally Starin's Oven Roasted Beet, Fennel, Potato, and Rosemary Hash

Olga Gonzalez's Mexican Rice (Sopa de Arroz)

Tomato Orzo Soup

Lamb Kheema with Green Peas and Fresh Mint

Suzanne Taylor's Nettle Frittata with Wild Spring Salad and Citrus Herb Dressing

Chocolate Chip Walnut Scones

7UP Salad

Apple Pie

Lobster Boil with Lemon Butter and Lettuce Sandwiches

Marzipan Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Sliced Almonds

Sal Yonta's Shrimp Scampi Pizza

Grandpa Waite's Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Bonnie Boyer's Cabbage and Smoked Sausage Stuffed Pig Stomach

George and Kathy's Shrimp Scorpio

Cherry Dump Cake Cobbler

Miyoko McPherson's Salt-Grilled Mackerel (Shioyaki)

Ilene and Freddie's Shrimp Cocktail Shooters

Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake

Joenie Haas' Coleslaw

Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

Sherryl Betesh's Meat Sambousak (Meat-Filled Sesame Pastries)

Fava Beans

Hot Pepper Spread

About the Host

Mo Rocca

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