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 2, Episode 10

Vincent Esposito - Pasta, Pizza and Pumping Iron

Vincent, 57, who hails from Palm City, Fla., teaches Mo Rocca his father Pop's secret technique for making homemade mozzarella cheese along with some other delicious Italian specialties. Also, Vincent's cousin Sal stops by to make a shrimp bruschetta pizza and later Vincent and Mo pump some very serious iron.

Wednesday
May 17
7am | 6c
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
May 17
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

Pete O'Connell & Louie Larson - Finger Lakes Fandango

Pete and Louie -- 63 and 61 -- live in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Central New York. Dinner consists of fresh-off-the-farm local fare including grilled lamb spiedies, Cornell chicken and peach crisp. Non-culinary activities include canoeing and naming favorite female vocalists.

Wednesday
May 17
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 10

A Palazzo, A Parmigiana, and Forty Pups

You haven't met anyone quite like Michele Riggi! Michele and her husband, Ron, built a 20,000 square foot castle made of stone on the main drag of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Palazzo Riggi, as they call it, is complete with a giant pool, a Balinese Spa, eleven bathrooms, a movie theater and bowling alley. Oh yeah, and her forty beloved dogs with names like Andy Panda, Coco Chanel, and Vicente Fox. Michele is also a great cook and shows Mo how to make a delectable eggplant parmigiana and something special for the dogs, too.

Wednesday
Jun 14
8:30am | 7:30c
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 2, Episode 12

Sherryl Betesh - The Real Sephardic Grandmothers of New Jersey

Mo Rocca meets Sherryl, 52, a very young grandmother and her mother, Claire, whose family came from Syria before coming to the US. Mo, Sherryl and her family make a dish with stuffed eggplant skins and chicken. They also make stuffed meatballs called kibbeh with cherry sauce, and various appetizers. The big question -- will Mo give his blessing to the new man in Sherryl's life?

Wednesday
Aug 9
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 8

Sister, Sister

Sister Marie Pappas, 62, is a kind and energetic nun who lives in a convent in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. She has dedicated her life to her faith and to teaching young people about religion. It's a Hawaiian-themed dinner at the convent, and Sr. Marie and her fellow nuns teach Mo Rocca how to prepare grilled chicken with pineapple and a pineapple cake that could be described as heavenly. Sr. Marie also has Mo as a guest on her weekly radio show.

Wednesday
Sep 13
8:30am | 7:30c
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
Season 3, Episode 13

Ice Ice Granny

Aslaug Warmboe, 86, of Hastings, Minn., is originally from Iceland, in fact, on a recent trip to her homeland, she brought back some culinary specialties for Mo to taste. Traditional smoked lamb called Hangikjot, and some pickled shark with a chaser of the national liquor, Brennivin, are some of the delicacies Mo will try. Aslaug also teaches Mo how to make creamed potatoes, and a brown bread that in Iceland is traditionally baked for over two days with the heat of a natural spring. The episode culminates with a lovely family dinner complete with some traditional Icelandic outfits (but no Bjork swan dresses).

Wednesday
Nov 8
7:30am | 6:30c
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
Feb 14
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
Feb 14
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 4, Episode 9

Walking on Ayr

Guelda Barker, 93, is a charming grandmother from the small town of Mount Ayr, Iowa, population 1689. Guelda is a retired lunch lady who wowed the kids with all her many specialties, from hot beef sandwiches, to chocolate cake and her beloved cinnamon rolls. Mo Rocca visits Guelda during Mount Ayr's annual town festival, "Ayr Days", which has a parade and lots of good cheer.

Wednesday
Feb 14
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 3, Episode 1

Please Pass the Pig Stomach

Bonnie and Barry Boyer, 72 and 75, of Nazareth, Penn., teach Mo about their unique Pennsylvania Dutch traditions, language and cuisine. The dishes Mo and the Boyers prepare are delicious but not exactly light, low calorie fare; buttery potato filling, shoofly pie and stuffed pig stomach. Luckily Barry, a legendary local High School basketball coach, helps Mo burn some calories on the court by putting him through his paces.

Wednesday
Feb 14
9:30am | 8:30c

SHOW EXTRAS

Meet the Grandparents 13 Videos

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

Michele Riggi's Sunday Gravy with Meatballs, Sausage and Pork Chops

Michele Riggi's Eggplant Parmesan Pie

Cinnamon Rolls

Bonnie Boyer's Potato Filling

Dave Pearson's Famous Lasagna

Dave Pearson's Red Wine and Tomato Braised Short Ribs

Joenie Haas' Mom's Raspberry and Applesauce Gelatin Mold

Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake

Hot Beef Sandwich

Sherryl Betesh's Kibbe Nabelsieh (Meat Filled Bulgur Shells)

7UP Salad

Bonnie Boyer's Cabbage and Smoked Sausage Stuffed Pig Stomach

Bananas Foster with Spiced Rum

Spit-Roasted Pig with Nona's Rub and Basting Sauce

Joenie Haas' Jesus Birthday Cake with Butter Sauce

Fried Rice

Veggie Garbage Bread

Thelma Brelesky's Scallop-Stuffed Shrimp

Kam's Baby Bok Choy

Gulab Jamun

Doris Spacer's Portuguese Green Beans

Cornbread Salad with Sour Cream Dressing

Vincent Esposito's Fresh Pappardelle with Tomato Sauce and Italian Sausage

George and Kathy's Spanakopita

Sally Starin's Italian Sausage Stuffed Mini Bell Pepper

Seco de Cabrito

Aslaug Warmboe's Icelandic Brown Bread

About the Host

Mo Rocca

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