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Nothing Like Grandma’s Cooking

Mo Rocca and His Grandmother

Nothing beats Grandma’s cooking. It’s soul-satisfying: delicious food enjoyed in a houseful of family members. And for Mo Rocca, he’ll never forget the Sunday suppers his grandmother used to host, with her ravioli as the centerpiece. Unfortunately, Mo’s grandmother passed away before he was able to learn her ravioli recipe. In fact, Mo can’t really cook at all.

But it’s never too late to learn, and Mo is going straight to the masters: grandmothers and grandfathers. Tune in to My Grandmother’s Ravioli this Sunday at 8pm ET as Mo pulls out all the stops to get grandmothers and grandfathers to share their family recipes.

Mo Rocca and Milla

Better watch the knife, Mo.

Mo’s first stop is New Jersey, where Mila teaches him how to make her Philippine version of paella (complete with a crucial secret ingredient). The dish is the centerpiece of her birthday party, where she gets a surprise visitor.

Mo Rocca and Pop

Mo's ready to give it a try!

Mo meets Pop, an Italian grandfather who learned how to cook after his wife passed away. Pop has a passion for traditional Italian specialties and shares his recipes for Focaccia and Rabbit Cacciatore with Mo.

It’s a delicious hour celebrating the American melting pot of food, family and creating memories. Tune in to My Grandmother’s Ravioli Sunday at 8pm ET.

Recipes From the Show

Who does Mo need to learn from next? Let us know! Simply leave the first name only of the grandmother or grandfather, plus a brief story of their best dish, in the comments below, and Mo could be paying them a visit soon.

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Comments (179)

  1. Karyn McCarthy posted 02/15/2012

    Sylvia is a gourmet cook. She was a waitress at the famous Toll House in Whitman and then the North River House for 20 plus years. She has great money saving ideas and a talent for taking whatever is left in the fridge and making a wonderful meal !!!! Sylvia says its all about presentation !!!! Sylvia loves to feed
    everyone; from neighbors, family, friends and those in need of a little comfort food !!! That's how you show love!!! She has so many great recipes!!!! Pulled pork dinner, Sausage onions & peppers sandwich,
    Ham dinner etc. …… Maybe Mo could decide or ask family & friends !!! Sylvia is one of a kind!!!

    • Casting Director posted 05/04/2012

      Karyn – We don't have your email address and we are dying to interview you and Sylvia!!!! Please email me back at: Realpeoplecastingnyc@gmail.com

      The new series of MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI starts airing in the fall! We are casting NOW!!!!

  2. Christina posted 02/15/2012

    This show looks great! I can relate being close to my Italian Family and their amazing recipes.

    Just made Mango Sangria, come see! http://becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com/

    xo,
    Christina

  3. Josh posted 02/15/2012

    Looking forward to this!

    • sciatica treatment posted 03/14/2012

      Wouldn’t it be great to be able to cook like your Grandma – we should make a recipe book of grandmothers special recipes.

  4. suzanne posted 02/16/2012

    No family gathering is complete without Nonno Felice's rice croquettes. Our nonno is a gourmet cook, self-taught immigrant from calabria, italy, and he is an exceptional host and gardener. Every bite is full of "amore".

  5. Erin posted 02/16/2012

    French Grandmother! Catherine, Memere (grandmother in french) to all her know her is straight from France. Memere is full of energy, has a great heart and sense of humor! I think she would be great for this show! Memere has many french receipes that she could teach Mo such as her famous potato soup (this is the only recipe I knew how to spell since everything else is in French ;)

  6. mmg1979 posted 02/16/2012

    Dotty. Lover of cooking, sewing and the sun. Sister of a professional baker and butcher. Nothing makes my Grandmother Dotty happier than seeing you enjoy something her mother once created for her or what she once made for her late husband, Frank. Once I found my Grandmother Dotty circling around a corner in a grocery store with her cart (barely visible at 4"9") asking a butcher "for a chicken neck." I am sure these words had never been uttered at a Safeway in North Scottsdale. She needed it to make her chicken noodle soup. This is an all day soup that may seem simple to many but it is made with extreme care. The encounters with butchers, bakers and her chicken noodle soup are what remind me of my grandma most!

    • Sue posted 01/01/2013

      My Grandmother made her chicken noodle soup with chicken necks and I loved eating the meat off the neck!

  7. Tony Devaney Morinelli posted 02/16/2012

    Where did the idea for this show come from. I produced a copyrighted pilot with the same premise that I submitted to Food Network. I also created a web site called http://www.cometomyhouse.tv and posted a clip on Youtube that you can find under Italian Chicken Cutlets.

  8. Lee posted 02/16/2012

    Norma – Homemade Thanksgiving stuffing is awesome. She can bake anything. She is known for her homemade buns – light and buttery! Norma is your next door grandmother in a small Iowa town. She loves to cook for her big family and she will always have cookies for the neighboorhood kids!

  9. Mackenzie posted 02/16/2012

    My grandmother Norma makes the best "fat sugar cookies". They are about a half an inch thick and melt in your mouth. Grandmother always has cookies or cake ready for the grandkids and neighbors when they come into her house. For holidays, she always makes the traditional Bohemian meal of pork roast, potato dumplings and sour kraut. Grandma always makes homemade noodles and pie crust. She always freezes her own recipe sweet corn and cans tomatoes. She is truly a goddess in the kitchen and I so fortunate to have her as my grandma.

  10. Lindsay posted 02/16/2012

    Gramma Mary Beth in CT. She makes even the simplest foods, like scrambled eggs or a salad, memorable. However, she is most famous for her meatloaf, potato salad, and mac and cheese. My aunts and uncles, who use her recipes, are convinced she leaves details out because when they try to make her those dishes they're never as good.

    • Casting Director posted 05/04/2012

      Lindsay – we don't have your email! Please email me back at: Realpeoplecastingnyc@gmail.com

      The new series of MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI starts airing in the fall! We are casting NOW!!!!

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  12. Ryan Brosmer posted 02/16/2012

    Bill Brosmer-Martinsburg, WV. Candymaking, the way it's been done since my great, great grandfather owned and operated a candy shop in Columbus, OH more than 100 years ago. Specialty is candy canes. We get together every November, just after Thanksgiving to kick off the candymaking season. As my grandfather gets older we're in the process of deciding who will inherit the tradition.
    http://youtu.be/9Iz3XjSkg7c

    • Casting Director posted 05/04/2012

      Ryan – We don't have your email. I'd love to meet your grandfather. Please email me back at: Realpeoplecastingnyc@gmail.com

      The new series of MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI starts airing in the fall! We are casting NOW!!!!

  13. Tony Morinelli posted 02/17/2012

    Again, I ask the same question.
    Where did the idea for this show come from. I produced a copyrighted pilot with the same premise that I submitted to Food Network. I also created a web site called http://www.cometomyhouse.tv and posted a clip on Youtube that you can find under Italian Chicken Cutlets.
    Look at my site: the subtitle is "Cooking the way they taught us." The video content is a grandmother teaching how to make chicken cutlets.I sent this to Food Network who rejected it. But look what they have produced. http://www.cometomyhouse.tv

  14. Beth posted 02/17/2012

    My grandmother, almost 90, Mary, has been making Goetta all my life. Although a staple in my household, my friends still "yuck" whenever I offer it up for a breakfast pot luck (please note I live in VA). Goetta is a German – American breakfast sausage popular in teh Cincinnati area . . . however "Goettafest", a celebration of everything Goetta, is held in Covington, KY . . . where my Grandmother lives. Not only is she straight up fiesty and fun her Goetta is the best around.

    I think she would be a great one for the show . . . . not only would this expose Goetta to the larger US, she is just a funny woman who is somewhat demanding in her kitchen.

  15. Ashley Centola posted 02/17/2012

    Picture it: Sicily 1955, Frank decides to leave his farmland and come to America at 14 years old with my great grandma Josie. Both under 5 feet tall, left everything behind and passed through Ellis Island, NY. One thing they did not leave, though, were the recipes that have been passed down from generations of Grisafi's, and that I hold close to my heart today. My grandfather Frank was always well-liked for his hilarious sense of humor, his cute Sicilian accent, and of course, his unforgettable Italian dishes. He opened up Roma's Pizza in Great Neck, NY for 20 years, until it burned down in 1989. Years later after owning his own limo company, he retired and moved to FL, where he now cooks everything out of his little kitchen at home.

    • Ashley Centola posted 02/20/2012

      My full comment would not post a few days ago. It works now, hooray! The whole post is on the second page. :)

  16. Donna Nails posted 02/19/2012

    Wanda, 84 yo Italian who grew up Fume (now part of Croatia) and moved to Chicago after WW II after her family was evicted by the communistos (her word), is my adopted grandmother (which is ok with her since she has no living relatives in the US). I 'found' her in 2004 while delivering meals to elderly persons on holidays. She is an amazing cook, specialities are gravy (pasta sauce), lasagna, gnocchi, octopus salad, apple strudel (from her Austrian Hungarian side). She is a funny, entertaining person (still speaks with heavy Italian accent) who will offer her opinion on everything..from the Pope (John Paul II was her favorite, the current one..not so much) to my cooking ability (horrible).

    I think her honest personality and wonderful cooking abilities would provide for a fun show.

    • Blaise M. Mancini posted 03/01/2012

      Donna did your Grandmother ever make a recipe of "stuffed eggplant with soft white bread and mint?

  17. Terry Oliver posted 02/19/2012

    I have been learning some Polish recipes from my friends 90 year old "Ma". She is amazing! Still working as a WalMart greeter above Scranton PA! So we are cooking up Halushki and Halupki (Cabbage and Noodels and Stuffed Cabbage also known as "Piggies"). While we cook she tells me about when she was alittle girl she would tend the smoker for her Grandfather's kielbasa). She raised her family in Scranton, where she and her husband ran a small eatery called "The Family Restaurant". Amazing woman, and I am so lucky to have her in my life! When I heard your story on NPR this morning I thought Ma should be part of this! Her name is Mary Lucas. My name is Terry Oliver. If you need a little funny Polish lady who is full of zip, Mary is your gal!

    • Casting Director posted 05/04/2012

      Terry – we'd love to meet your "MA" – but we don't have your email address!!! Please email me back at: Realpeoplecastingnyc@gmail.com

      The new series of MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI starts airing in the fall! We are casting NOW!!!!

  18. ricitosdeplata posted 02/19/2012

    Grandmother Trine is 89 years old and still lives in her home. I've never found a menudo that tastes better than hers. She also make the best buñuelos and cinnamon tea every New Years Eve. Finally, her shrimp paddies and lentils are a meal I look forward to every Good Friday.

  19. Mark Bronkalla posted 02/20/2012

    Joyce's pasties are a family favorite. Growing up and visiting the UP mining country, we would have our families Italian dishes, but one of my favorites was learned from my grandparents neighbors, which is Welsh Pasties. My grandma has passed on, so I am recommending my Mom for the recipe source.
    It is a deceptively simple but flavorful food whether served hot or cold.

  20. Sarah Lawson posted 02/20/2012

    My Aunt Peggy, a grandmother of two, makes this amazing peanut butter pinwheel candy. It melts in your mouth. She only makes it at Christmas time, and she packages it in boxes and gives it as gifts to her family. I and my family love it and Aunt Peggy. She is a one of a kind southern lady.

    PS She also makes a mean fried chicken with biscuits and gravy. Yum.

  21. Phil B posted 02/20/2012

    When pop talked about eating polanta off the " board "right on the table, WOW that was exactly how we ate it when my parents made it. Easiest night to do dishes.Great Show!

  22. Rose Cox posted 02/20/2012

    Rose and Dave cook amazing spaghetti sauce and meatballs. They've been teaching the in-laws and grandchildren and could teach Mo, too. Simple food made with lots of love, laughter, and wine. Join us.

  23. Anthony C posted 02/20/2012

    Grandma Ann-Marie makes the greatest pies ever! My whole family looks forward to Thanksgiving just for that reason, and she has even started a pie-eating community (cult?) A big part of her culinary skills stem from the many diverse cultures in Queens, but the original recipe was passed down from her grandmother, an Irish immigrant and an avid pie maker in her own right. Now, she continues the tradition by teaching her children and grandchildren all the secrets that she's discovered over her 83 years.

  24. bparr18 posted 02/20/2012

    Debi or "mam-ma" as I call her is an amazing cook. I believe her cooking is the best because she cooks with tons of love. My grandmother has been through so much in her life that I think she deserves to show off herself and her cooking for others around the world to enjoy. Its hard to choose one dish of hers that is amazing. I would have to say her homemade chicken & noodle soup and rolls are a great dish that everyone in town fully enjoys. My grandmother will spend hours in the kitchen, get covered in flour, and still look adorable as ever. Everyone in my family calls her Paula Dean because she looks and cooks (with a lot of butter) like Paula does. This would be one trip to Colorado, you wouldn't want to pass up.

  25. Alexa posted 02/20/2012

    Tony is 72 years old. When he was 55, he married for the first time to a woman who had 5 children! He changed the children from fish stick/boxed-macaroni-and-cheese-eating-children into Italian food snobs! ;)

    We crave his wedding soup every day.

  26. Dorothy posted 02/20/2012

    Bobbo, the name coined for Bob, by all his "lunch" buddies who gather almost every week for lunch and vino and who always demand Dead Man's Bones, a specialty Northern Italian cookie to finish the meal with espresso and amaros (digestivos)

  27. nancy posted 02/20/2012

    Bernie – who at the age 17 in world war II, had to cook for over 200 sailors 3 times a day. he created "navy potato salad", scaled down to small family size! and he recently taught his 17 year old grandson, malcom how to make it. bernie will be 85 next month and there's nothing like a jewish man from miami to teach you how to cook….!

  28. Robin W. posted 02/20/2012

    Grandma Evelyn– Born and raised in the mountains of NC, where she lives today.
    She cooks every Sunday for the family, mainly comfort foods such as chicken and dumplings, pintos, meatloaf, pork roast to die for. Makes makes the best. Banana pudding. Ever.

  29. Cooking afficianado posted 02/20/2012

    Loved the show! Waiting to see Mo with another home-spun chef..

  30. Olivia Kuczynski posted 02/20/2012

    Olivia was born in Mexico, and when she got married to an American man she knew for only a few months, she couldn't speak English and he couldn't speak Spanish! As far as her cooking abilities, she couldn't even boil water! She would take some things to her grandmother to cook, other things, she cooked herself…but she wouldn't eat, because she knew it was terrible! Her husband would eat whatever she fixed…that is true LOVE! By the way, they will be married 55 years in June 2012.

    Richard was a military man, and the family traveled throughout the United States and overseas. Wherever they went, Olivia learned recipes from people she met. Not only can she cook Mexican cuisine, she cooks Asian, Italian, German…you name it, she cooks it!

    The family favorites of course, are the Mexican dishes she makes. She makes a wonderful zucchini dish with tomatoes, corn, onions, cheese…mmm! Her enchiladas are to die for, but like I said, she is a wonderful cook, and cooks to not only feed the stomachs of those around her, she nourishes the soul. She is the heart of our family.

    • Casting Director posted 05/04/2012

      Olivia, I would love to meet your OLIVIA! I don't have your email. Please email me back at: Realpeoplecastingnyc@gmail.com

      The new series of MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI starts airing in the fall! We are casting NOW!!!!

  31. Olivia Kuczynski posted 02/20/2012

    Just to be clear, I am Olivia's daughter, also named Olivia.

  32. Ashley Centola posted 02/20/2012

    Picture it: Sicily 1955, Frank decides to leave his farmland and come to America at 14 years old with my great grandma Josie. Both under 5 feet tall, left everything behind and passed through Ellis Island, NY. One thing they did not leave, though, were the recipes that have been passed down from generations of Grisafi's, and that I hold close to my heart today. My grandfather Frank was always well-liked for his hilarious sense of humor, his cute Sicilian accent, and of course, his unforgettable Italian dishes. He opened up Roma's Pizza in Great Neck, NY for 20 years, until it burned down in 1989. Years later after owning his own limo company, he retired and moved to FL, where he now cooks everything out of his little kitchen at home. We'd all gather at grandpa Frank's for dancing (he has disco balls and a dance floor in his living room), drinks, and the best Italian smorgasbord around. I'm talking baked ziti, chicken parm, eggplant parm, all kinds of pizzas straight from the oven, fresh baked bread, salads, sausage and peppers appetizer (Sicilian-style), and his absolutely delicious meatballs! When cooking with my grandpa, you'll hear words like "peases" instead of "peas," stories from when he lived on the farm in Sicily, how they used his 1939 Chevy in the TV series ‘Kane and Abel’ back in the early 80's in downtown NYC (there's a great photo hanging up in is house to prove it), and the beautiful waterfall he designed on his patio (and dreamed of having since he was young), where you'll find herbs, flowers, birds, and bistro tables with the signature "Cinzano" umbrellas hovering over them. It is truly a beautiful sight to see, especially when cooking up some of the best Italian food you can feast on! My grandpa Frank has always been an inspiration to me, whether it be my passion for cooking as well, or as one of the most generous and caring people in my life. I would love for him to have this opportunity to share that with Mo and all of the viewers also.

    … Can't stop thinking about those meatballs now. I think I'll have to call up grandpa Frank and put an order in! I can guarantee he'll answer the phone with "How you doin' Ash-a-ley." :)

  33. RobbieLynn posted 02/20/2012

    I come from a large family of great cooks. My grandmother, Margaret Berry Callihan (she grew up on a strawberry farm), will be 89 this year. She is full-blooded Hungarian growing up in a Hungarian settlement in Albany, LA in southeast Louisiana. She is still very active as she still works in the furniture store that she owned and ran for many years. My grandparents cooked and hosted parties so often that they built a BarBQ room off the back of their house. We still celebrate ALL holidays in this room where the entire family gathers and cooks together. Maw Maw still cooks Hungarian and Cajun recipes every week. We love her cabbage rolls, stuffed bell peppers, chicken paprika as well as gumbo and other Cajun dishes.

  34. Chelsey H posted 02/20/2012

    My gramma's name is Ethel. She is an 81-year-old inspiration! A cooking master (who considers herself a bunkhouse cook) and just an all around lovely woman. She is famous for not only one dish….but many! She's fed many a ranch-hand with heaping plates of food. Her most famous are her MEATBALLS-N-GRAVY and her CHOCOLATE CAKE! She has requests from everyone in the family for her meatballs-n-gravy and from everyone in the adorable valley she lives in, for her chocolate cake! She is a very welcoming and loving person with many life lessons to pass along as she cooks. But watch out! If you should choose to visit her you will have to pay special attention to my 84-year-old cowboy grampa as well, for he is quite famous for his bread making skills! (Not to mention his classic jokes)…

    • Casting Director posted 05/04/2012

      Chelsey, I'd absolutely love to meet Ethel but you didn't leave us your email address. Please email me back at: Realpeoplecastingnyc@gmail.com

      The new series of MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI starts airing in the fall! We are casting NOW!!!!

  35. howiebaby posted 02/20/2012

    My wife makes the best JEwish chicken soup! Ninety-eight percent of the 230 people who have tried it agree. The dill adds this amazing aroma that wafts down the hall. it speeds recovery from various infections and is a better antidepressant than my Zoloft.

    She is a new beautiful grandmother – we have a 16 mo old grandson.

    Put her on your show! Your ratings will double and the soup will bring happiness to everyone who tries it

  36. Roseann posted 02/20/2012

    2 different Bubbie's – -

    1. Herta – -challah! home made fresh twisted challah! from the "old country"
    2. Hassia – babka home made chocalate babka – you won't regret this one!

  37. Susan Rae posted 02/21/2012

    Tsimmis and other Passover delicacies are Sharon's specialty. Sharon is the mother of my dear friend Melanie and grandmother to her two children. I have been present at many Passover meals and other events where Sharon has prepared wonderful dishes. She is a vibrant, talented woman who has had many careers. She was a professional dancer, sold antiques, had a baking business with her daughter, renovated houses in Red Hook Brooklyn before it was cool, and she sings and performs in cabarets in Manhattan. She was also a vegetarian for many years and has some great recipes. I think she would be excellent for Mo to visit. She will tell stories, sing and be charming.

  38. Erana Sanders posted 02/21/2012

    Albert is a grandfather who as soon as we walk through the door he wants to feed us. He is 80 years young who continues to cook all kinds of dishes for all 10 of his grand children and all his kids as well. Right now he is outside in his backyard in southern calif, on the grill throwing something together that I know will be good . But his best dish is his gumbo. With roots from Louisiana and Texas know one can touch his gumbo or his okra, chicken and rice. I continue to call home weekly since I live on the east coast, for his direction on how to cook and make certain foods. You would be in for a great treat if you took a cooking lesson from him, not only is he a great cook but he is such a nice man with a great since of humor, Mo you would fall in love with him.

  39. Zoe posted 02/21/2012

    My grandma Leni is a very down-to-earth cook. She makes the best homemade dishes without all the unnecessary sparkle and shine one might put into a dish to convey a sense of hard work and love. My grandma whips up the best and let's her food do the talking for her. Though she is from California, her mexican dishes are the best i've ever tried; my favorite is her chiles rellenos. Not only does she harbor such great culinary talent, she also tries to teach others and spread the wealth. I am 16 and for as long as i remember, my grandma has had me in her kitchen teaching me a wide spectrum of cooking techniques; she loves her grandchildren and works hard to send us out with the knowledge that we will never go hungry as long as we know how to take simple ingredients and turn them into something fantastic. She's a pretty amazing old lady, who would be tickled with delight is she were able to participate in this project.

  40. Sophie posted 02/22/2012

    Nancy is the perfect example of a Jewish grandmother, and she loves to make noodle kugel. my grandma loves to make it for both her four grandchildren and her two children. she is a widow and we always called her husband Boppa because grandpa was to hard to say as a child. her noddle kugel was a favorite to her daughter Jennifer and our Boppa. she would always make it with a hint of herself and a lot of love. noodle kugel was a traditional meal for break the fast after Yom Kipper. Yom Kipper is a Jewish holiday where you ask for forgiveness from g-d for the sins you have created. To do this it is traditional for everybody over the age of thirteen to fast for 24 hours. This recipe is important to Nancy because it was passed down to her from her mother, Stella. Nancy's granddaughter, Sophie was named after Stella. Nancy is a wonderful women who would be honored to assist you in learning the traditional Jewish recipe of noodle kugel!

  41. RoseAnn posted 02/22/2012

    Sam – -65 year old grandfather makes the BEST cholent – - an old recipe like a jewish stew?

  42. palateplate posted 02/23/2012

    Serafina, my grandmother, is an incredible cook. She moved to America in the 1940s when she was 21 to marry my grandfather with whom she had formed a trans-Atlantic pen pal relationship (think: "Sleepless in Seattle"/"You've Got Mail"), and the two opened up an Italian delicatessen in Orange, NJ to support their family. The food was amazing, and my grandmother still makes it on a smaller scale than she did for the store. Manicotti, ravioli, all kinds of soups, marinara sauce, other fresh pastas, cecerotti…she covers all the bases. Her best dish, though, are her ravioli. I posted a blog entry about them here: http://shareitlikethelastslice.tumblr.com/post/47…. They are so light and unbelievable. I don't know how she does it! (I guess I do, because I know how to make them, but I'm not sure what makes them different from other, heavier, worse ravioli.)

  43. palateplate posted 02/23/2012

    Serafina, my grandmother, is an incredible cook. She moved to America in the 1940s when she was 21 to marry my grandfather with whom she had formed a trans-Atlantic pen pal relationship (think: "Sleepless in Seattle"/"You've Got Mail"), and the two opened up an Italian delicatessen in Orange, NJ to support their family. The food was amazing, and my grandmother still makes it on a smaller scale than she did for the store. Manicotti, ravioli, all kinds of soups, marinara sauce, other fresh pastas, cecerotti…she covers all the bases. Her best dish, though, are her ravioli. I posted a blog entry about them here: http://shareitlikethelastslice.tumblr.com/post/47…. They are so light and unbelievable. I don't know how she does it! (I guess I do, because I know how to make them, but I'm not sure what makes them different from other, heavier, worse ravioli.)

  44. Nicole posted 02/24/2012

    What a great show! I was inspired by the first episode, especially since my family comes from Abruzzi (just like Pop). Specifically, my Grandmother Elsa who then immigrated to Yonkers, NY via Ellis Island. Elsa is the most amazing, giving, courageous and bravest woman anyone will ever meet. She has the spirit and spunk many people admire, and most, also secretly desire. Her food is a reflection of Abruzzi and the love of family. It's hard to pick just one dish from her breadth of recipes, but each of them bring me such great memories of family and delicious food. Elsa still has a handmade Chitarra from her town in Italy that she uses to make homemade Spaghetti alla Chitarra. Her neighbor popped over this past Sunday, and what was Elsa doing? Making roasted peppers where her neighbor so luckily got to experience the recipe…..and aftermath delight!

  45. Beth posted 02/25/2012

    Marie, my grandma, has always been an amazing cook in my eyes, but when I asked her if she was always a great cook, she laughed and said no. Her parents died when she was young and learned to cook from her mother in law when she married. The first time she cooked for my grandfather for the first time, it was a dish called Hungar Sheboyna (Hungarian Beans). She spoke German as a child and when going through the pantry, she thought paprika was just German for red pepper, so she used that instead. She said their first meal was very spicy! But by the time she had grandchildren, she was a self-taught expert in the kitchen, and her Hungar Sheboyna, the less spicy version, is one of my favorite meals. We pronounce it Mmm-gosh-a-boy-na, and when she would tell my grandfather that's what they were having for dinner, he would say "Mmm! Gosh!"

  46. Rich posted 02/25/2012

    I'd like to recommend Nana Bernice's Mamaliga. A traditional Romanian dish made of yellow maize and a collection of cheeses served with sour cream to cool the hot dish. A porridge similar to the Italian polenta was originally used as peasant food that pre-dates bread. Mamaliga has been a recipe that has been passed down for generations in my family. Growing up my grandparents moved around often from NY to Mexico to California to Florida but every time we would visit or they would come see us, it was a given that Nana Bernice would make her Mamaliga for the whole family to enjoy.

  47. Jill Ringold posted 02/25/2012

    Freda is 86 and still a firecracker! She is a Jewish Bubbe…and her recipes are timeless. So timeless that most of them were never written down. I've spent time getting them out of her head and onto paper! She is an expert in all of the Jewish classics – but is probably most famous for her chopped liver. Not too many people today know how to cook that anymore; its a fading delicacy. On the other hand, she watches the cooking channel and tries her hand new recipes and ingredients she had never heard of before. I've promised to take her on a tour of the Italian Market (Philly) this spring so she can see all of the food!

    • Casting Director posted 05/04/2012

      Jill, I'd absolutely love to meet Freda. You didn't leave your email address… Please email me back at: Realpeoplecastingnyc@gmail.com

      We are casting NOW!!!! The new series of MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI starts airing in the fall!

  48. Cara Sandholdt posted 02/25/2012

    Marie. An army wife born and raised in Belgium, she met my Italian grandfather at 23 years old and took the boat overseas to Brooklyn, NY. She makes real Belgian french fries, hearty hand-milled vegetable soups, saurkraut potato stew for cold winters, and amazing Italian food like fried veal cutlets, spaghetti and meatballs…

    I could go on forever! But you really just have to meet her! At 89 years old she still wears an apron and heels when she cooks, especially for visitors! She'll tell you the best stories of her wartime in Belgium, how she met my grandfather, and will definitely dance the polka with you in the kitchen (she even plays accordion ;-) )

    • Casting Director posted 05/04/2012

      Cara – I'd love to meet Marie. She sounds amazing… but you didn't leave your email address… so I have no way of getting in touch. Please email me back at: Realpeoplecastingnyc@gmail.com

      We are casting NOW!!!! The new series of MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI starts airing in the fall!

  49. Damian posted 02/25/2012

    My great-aunt Vicki is a spry and feisty, yet kind and sweet, eighty-three-year-old, first-generation Italian-American who lives in Meriden, Connecticut, and she makes the best lasagna I've ever tried. It's so amazingly creamy and flavorful – just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Amongst her other fantastic dishes (spinach stuffed rolled beef, broccoli rabe, etc.), Vicky also makes phenomenal canned green tomatoes. Every year, I look forward to receiving multiple jars for my birthday.

    I'm no stranger to fine dining, yet I can honestly say that Vicki's food is some of the best I've ever tasted. This past Christmas, she revealed to me that she had hopes of opening her own restaurant when she was younger, but unfortunately this never materialized. Being on My Grandmother's Ravioli would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her to share her joy of cooking with the world. (And on top of this, seeing her interact with Mo would be absolutely priceless!)

    • Casting Director posted 05/04/2012

      Damian – I'd love to interview Vicki – she sounds super fun but you didn't leave your email address… so I have no way to get in touch with you. Please email me back at: Realpeoplecastingnyc@gmail.com

      We are casting NOW!!!! The new series of MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI starts airing in the fall!

  50. Maggie Davis posted 02/26/2012

    My grampie just turned 70 – he makes grilled stuffed lobster for the 4th of July every year from a recipe passed on by my great-great aunts. There were 6 aunts who never married and kept this recipe a secret until the youngest of them came to the beach house for almost the last time and shared the recipe with grampie…he uses special crackers, and some mystery ingredients from the lobster to make an incredible stuffing…if you only eaten a restaurant cooked lobster you will be amazed

    • Casting Director posted 05/04/2012

      Maggie – I'd love to meet Grampie but you didn't leave your email address… so I have no way to get in touch with you. Please email me back at: Realpeoplecastingnyc@gmail.com

      We are casting NOW!!!! The new series of MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI starts airing in the fall!

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