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 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 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 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
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 4, Episode 4

Bill and Mo's OK Episode

Grandpa Bill "BK" Nuzum, 77, of El Reno, Okla., recreates what life and food were like on America's plains in the 19th century. His unique and fascinating hobby is to build chuck wagons -- he and his friends dress like a ranchers/cowboys of yesteryear and cook some hearty grub outdoors. They cook up some chicken fried steak, biscuits, beans, fried pies and a whole lot more using large Dutch ovens. It's living history at its best and most delicious.

Wednesday
May 16
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
Jul 4
7am | 6c
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 8
7am | 6c
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
Aug 8
7:30am | 6:30c
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
Aug 8
8am | 7c
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
Aug 8
8:30am | 7:30c
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
Aug 8
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
Aug 8
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

Ilene and Freddie Tsuhara - Apps and Cocktails

Ilene and Freddie Tsuhara, 71 and 73 respectively, are throwing a bash at their Concord, N.C., pad. Mo helps the couple assemble some fabulous appetizers including a twist on the classic: shrimp cocktail. There's also grilled pineapple and short ribs. And what's a cocktail party without cocktails? Mo learns some great potent potables from mix master Freddie including the Harvey Wallbanger.

Wednesday
Aug 22
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 13

Meena and Mona - Three Generations of Friends

Meena Deshpande and Mona Vasudev were both born in Mumbai, India, but didn't meet until they moved to the United States over thirty years ago. They have become best friends over time and live close to one another in Princeton, N.J., where they love to cook together. Now Meena and Mona's children and grandchildren are all friends with one another. On this episode, Meena and Mona teach Mo Rocca some Maharashtrian-style dishes which are light yet bold -- Lamb Kheema, Cauliflower Green Pea Coconut Curry on Cumin Rice and traditional Diwali rice snack Chiwda.

Wednesday
Aug 22
7:30am | 6:30c
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
Aug 22
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 9

Mary Gray & The Golden Gals

Mo Rocca meets retired teacher and Fishkill, N.Y., resident Mary Gray and her three dearest friends -- Lillian, Frances and Estelle. The four widows lean on each other for everything and they love to laugh, so family and friends dub them "The Golden Girls." Mary was born in America, but she is of Polish decent, so she teaches Mo how to make multiple varieties of scrumptious pierogi -- some are savory and filled with sauerkraut or meat and some are sweet and filled with blueberries. The episode may or may not end with a polka.

Wednesday
Aug 22
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 13

Kathy and George Boulukos - Greek to Me

Kathy and George Boulukos of Freeport, Long Island, are as enthusiastic about sailing as they are about Greek cuisine. After hitting the high seas, Kathy shows Mo the ins and outs of filo dough; they make a molded spanakopita and rolled baklava, as well as a dish with shrimp and feta.

Wednesday
Aug 22
9am | 8c
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 22
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

Louie and Pete's Peach Crisp

Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Garbage Bread

Cherry Dump Cake Cobbler

Aslaug Warmboe's Icelandic Brown Bread

Veggie Garbage Bread

Hawaiian Cake

Pickled and Fried Green Tomatoes

Ilene and Freddie's Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Rolls

7UP Salad

Tofu and Pork Stir Fry

Louie and Pete's Lamb Spiedies

Ilene and Freddie's Shrimp Cocktail Shooters

Seco de Cabrito

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

Riaz Gilani's Spiced Beef and Rice

Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and White Gravy

Hot Pepper Spread

Ki-Sook Yoo's Mung Bean Pancakes (Bindaetteok)

Grandpa Waite's Fresh Peach Ice Cream

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

Chocolate Chip Walnut Scones

Pop's Rabbit Cacciatore

Maple Honey Vinaigrette

Thelma Brelesky's Strawberry and Banana Shortcake

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

Olga Gonzalez's Mexican Rice (Sopa de Arroz)

George Martin's Sassafras Iced Tea

About the Host

Mo Rocca

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