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 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 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
Mar 22
9:30am | 8:30c
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 10

If You Cook It, They Will Come

Edna Mae Phillips, 78, is a native of Ida Grove, Iowa. She is a smart, spunky, hilarious lady who is very versatile in the kitchen: She makes a mean fried chicken and bakes a juicy apple pie. And being in Iowa, corn is also on her menu. She has fourteen kids and forty-three grandkids, so when she and her husband, Tom, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, the number of family members attending could approach triple digits.

Wednesday
Jul 4
7:30am | 6:30c
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
Jul 4
8am | 7c
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
Jul 4
8:30am | 7:30c
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
Jul 4
9am | 8c
Season 3, Episode 2

A 'Shroom with a View

Grandma Suzanne Taylor, 61, of Marin County, Calif., came of age in the tumultuous 1960s. On this episode, Suzanne shows Mo how to forage for natural ingredients in the woods of Northern California. Suzanne and Mo find some stinging nettles for a nettle frittata with a potato crust, and later they search for trumpet mushrooms to make a hearty mushroom galette.

Wednesday
Jul 4
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

Veggie Garbage Bread

Doris Spacer's Filos (Portuguese Doughnuts)

Beer Battered Chitterlings

Hot Cinnamon Apple Jelly

Meatloaf

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

Gulab Jamun

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

Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Garbage Bread

Seco de Cabrito

Ki-Sook Yoo's Korean BBQ Short Ribs (Galbi)

Doris Spacer's Portuguese Green Beans

Sally Starin's Marble Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Tofu and Pork Stir Fry

Aslaug Warmboe's Icelandic Brown Bread

Grandpa Waite's Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Thin Poha (Flat Rice) Chivda

Cherry Dump Cake Cobbler

Plum Cake

Lita Oliver's Rice and Beans

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

Suzanne Taylor's Grandma Tea

Thelma Brelesky's Kourabiedes (Greek Christmas Cookies)

Grethe Petersen's Chicken, Dumplings and Meatball Soup

Sonny Young's Pecan Veggie Balls

Green Curry Duck

Clara Corrado's Pizzelles

About the Host

Mo Rocca

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