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 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 2, Episode 6

Millie Martin - How About that!

Millie Martin, 70, who lives in Rock Hill, S.C., teaches Mo Rocca how to make down home Southern cooking. Hot cabbage, sweet potato pie and mac and cheese are served for lunch. And Millie's friend Pete breaks out the coals and hickory chips to grill up some ribs. In between cooking and eating, Mo and Millie sing in her church choir.

Wednesday
Feb 15
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 2

Meena, Mo and the Momos

Meena, 70, and Amar Giri were born in Nepal (land of Mount Everest) but they currently reside in Amish country, Lancaster, Pa. This charming couple takes Mo Rocca to new culinary heights by showing him how to make the dumplings known (coincidentally) as momos. They also visit a local goat farm and later make the traditional dish goat curry.

Wednesday
Feb 15
9:30am | 8:30c
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
May 17
7am | 6c
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 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
Jun 14
8am | 7c
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 3, Episode 12

Dane Cook

Grethe Petersen, 73, of Bloomington, Minn., has been called the Julia Child of Danish cooking. Grandma Grethe, Mo and her family are hosting a delightful, multi-course luncheon at the Danish Center -- and yes, the food will be traditional. Chicken soup with dumplings, different varieties of herring with curry and cream sauces, and for dessert, Aebleskiver, delicious pancake balls covered with sugar and dipped in strawberry sauce. Mo's newly learned Aebleskiver skills will be pitted against Grethe's grandkids in a scene we can only call "Pancake Balls of Fury."

Wednesday
Jun 14
9:30am | 8:30c
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
Sep 13
9:30am | 8:30c
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
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
Nov 8
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 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
May 16
7am | 6c
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 16
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 3, Episode 6

Jersey Nurse Story

In this episode, Mo is safe in the kitchen because both Sally Starin, 70, and June Ploch, 68, are nurses, living in Montclair, N.J. Sally is the head cook of the household, and she shows Mo how to make a delectable roast chicken with a three-nut stuffing and a colorful side dish of vegetable hash, while June supervises the frosting of a yummy marble cake.

Wednesday
May 16
8am | 7c
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 3

Goulash Is a Soup Not a Stew

Mo meets the very dramatic former actress Julia Garay, an 87-year-old Hungarian grandmother living near Philadelphia. Julia shows Mo Rocca how to make the classic entrees of her homeland made with that very Hungarian spice, paprika -- Goulash and Chicken Paprikash. She also teaches Mo how to make a very refreshing soup made with sour cherries. Plus, a few surprise guests stop by while Julia and Mo are cooking.

Wednesday
May 16
9am | 8c
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
May 16
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

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

Sally Starin's Italian Sausage Stuffed Mini Bell Pepper

Beer Battered Chitterlings

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

Joenie Haas' Tater Tot Hot Dish

Bananas Foster with Spiced Rum

Thin Poha (Flat Rice) Chivda

Rouladen (Stuffed Beef Rolls)

Gefilte Fish

Hot Cinnamon Apple Jelly

Gulab Jamun

Fried Rice

Aslaug Warmboe's Icelandic Brown Bread

Momo (Nepalese Dumplings) with Coriander Chutney

Cornbread Salad with Sour Cream Dressing

Michele Riggi's Eggplant Parmesan Pie

Pickled and Fried Green Tomatoes

Goat Curry

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

Clida Ellison's Creole Crab Stuffing

Sherryl Betesh's S'fiha (Stuffed Baby Eggplants with Ground Meat)

Braised Oxtail Stew

Grethe Petersen's Curried Pickled Herring

About the Host

Mo Rocca

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