5 Things I Learned From Other People's Grandparents

Mo Rocca shares some of the wisdom he learned from the grandparents on My Grandmother's Ravioli.
By: Mo Rocca
Related To:

On my new show, My Grandmother's Ravioli, I'm learning how to cook from the experts -- grandmothers and grandfathers who let me into their kitchens to share their wisdom. Here are 5 things they've taught me:

1. I learned from Ruth that gefilte fish is not an actual fish. (All you AP bio students out there, quit checking your taxonomy. It ain't there.)

2. I learned from 91-year-old Gaetano Varbero how to fire a shotgun. (How else were we going to make venison stew?) Gaetano drives a pickup truck. He makes his own ammo. As I type this, he's elk-hunting in Colorado. Did I mention he's 91?

3. I learned a really great dirty joke from Tom Napolitano. Three guys from different armies were in a, um, "cathouse." One was running up the stairs, one was running down the stairs. The other was behind a closed door. The first was a Russian, the second was Finnish and the third? Himalayan. (Mary, his wife of 62 years, rolls her eyes at this one.) We also made manicotti.

4. I learned from best friends — and grandmothers — Meena and Mona that the creamy heavy stuff we know as Indian food is Punjabi. Meena and Mona are Maharashtrian (from the region that includes Mumbai). Their food is much lighter, but still spicy and savory. Oh, and calling the cuisine "Indian food" is sort of like lumping German and Spanish food together and calling it "European food."

5. I've learned that being a grandparent is almost all upside. (Being a parent is much more complicated.) Don't get me wrong, I want to have kids. But if there were a way to jump right to the grandparent part? (Figure that one out, AP bio students.)

My Grandmother's Ravioli premieres Wednesday, October 24 at 8:30pm ET.

Keep Reading

On TV

Donut Showdown

7:30am | 6:30c

Donut Showdown

8:30am | 7:30c

Donut Showdown

9:30am | 8:30c

Unique Sweets

10am | 9c

Unique Sweets

10:30am | 9:30c

Unique Sweets

11am | 10c

Unique Sweets

11:30am | 10:30c

Extreme Cake Makers

12:30pm | 11:30c

Crazy Cakes

1pm | 12c

Crazy Cakes

1:30pm | 12:30c

Good Eats

2pm | 1c

Good Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Cake Wars

6pm | 5c

Cake Wars

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Spring Baking Championship

8pm | 7c
11pm | 10c
3am | 2c
What's Hot
What's Hot

Cheap Eats

So Much Pretty Food Here