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This Raunchy Grandma Won’t Let Anyone (Peking) Duck out of Her Dinners

On tonight’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli at 8pm ET, Ilene and Freddie Tsuhara are throwing a bash at their Concord, North Carolina, pad. Mo Rocca helps assemble the appetizers, like Shrimp Cocktail ShootersGrilled Short Ribs and Pineapple and Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Rolls. Then he learns some potent potables, including the Harvey Wallbanger, from mix master Freddie.

The food and drinks are a success, but the real surprise of the night is firecracker Ilene. In this web-only deleted scene from the show, Ilene explains why showing up three hours late for a dinner she’s made is a bad idea, plus the reasons she was the worst military wife who ever walked the Earth:

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Watch an 82-Year-Old Grandma Teach Mo Rocca About Tequila Shots

On tonight’s new My Grandmother’s Ravioli at 8pm ET, Mo Rocca learns how to cook a few Central American staples from Costa Rican Grandma Lita. Lita is short for the Spanish word “abuelita,” or “little grandmother,” but there is nothing little about her personality. Check out this web-only clip from the episode with Lita giving Mo the run down on getting snockered:

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Watch Deleted Scenes from My Grandmother’s Ravioli

In these web-only scenes from tonight’s episode of My Grandmother’s Ravioli, grandma Doris gives Mo Rocca some insight into why she’s so cuckoo. Catch more of Doris not censoring herself tonight at 8pm ET and get her Portuguese recipes here.

More web-only clips from My Grandmother’s Ravioli that we couldn’t show on TV.

Cooking Channel’s Fall Preview

This fall on Cooking Channel, catch all-new episodes of your favorite shows, see some familiar faces and tune into brand-new shows you won’t want to miss! Here’s a preview of what’s in store this season on Cooking Channel:

Best in Chow

Comedian and road warrior Cris Nannarone ventures to find the best burger, pizza or taco from restaurants and food trucks. The top three contenders will ultimately go to battle, and Nannarone will learn the secrets of what makes their dish special. Will their dish have what it takes to win the war? Begins Wednesday, October 9.

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5 Courses of Ravioli, Coming Right Up

For a healthy serving of grandparental advice with a side of home-cooked ravioli, don’t miss the upcoming marathon of My Grandmother’s Ravioli with the charming host and humorist, Mo Rocca, starting today at 12pm ET. If it wasn’t already obvious, grandparents have seen and done it all, and here’s a glimpse of why you should tune in to get schooled on food, granny style:

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You Can Star on My Grandmother’s Ravioli

If you missed the first season of My Grandmother’s Ravioli, we have some great news: You can catch up on the entire season with one swoop of patriarchal and matriarchal wonderment by tuning in to Cooking Channel’s President’s Day (Monday, February 18) marathon of My Grandmother’s Ravioli from 2-8pm ET. Watching Mo Rocca learn how to cook  treasured family recipes from various grandparents across the country is a fantastic way to spend a day off from work or school (plus, you’ll get some top-notch recipes).

Greater news: If you’re a grandparent or you know a grandparent who has a great recipe to teach Mo Rocca, you (or they) can be on Cooking Channel!

We’re casting season 2 of My Grandmother’s Ravioli and need grandmas and grandpas who are great home cooks.

Find out how to apply here.

Why You Should Watch My Grandmother’s Ravioli

Mo Rocca and Grandmas
Grandmas Meena Despande, Peggy Guiliano, Ruth Teig, Eva Levitis and Mona Vasuden with Mo Rocca.

Last night the Food Network Kitchens hosted a launch party for Cooking Channel’s new show My Grandmother’s Ravioli (premiering Wednesday, October 24 at 8:30pm ET.) The show is about humorist Mo Rocca — who never learned to cook his grandmother’s delicious ravioli, or anything else for that matter —  getting cooking lessons from grandparents to whom he is not related.  As one might expect from a launch party for such a show, the event was well-supplied with Mo Rocca and wine and ravioli and grandmas. But that’s not a reason for you to tune in every Wednesday at 8:30p/7:30c. You should tune in because it’s funny, heartwarming, fascinating and filled with great heirloom recipes. We’ll let the first episode’s Jewish grandmother Ruth Teig speak for it. Watch this special web-only teaser of the show we posted on Facebook.

Tune in to My Grandmother’s Ravioli every Wednesday at 8:30pm ET.

More from the show:

5 Things I Learned From Other People’s Grandparents

My Grandmother's Ravioli hosted by Mo Rocca

On my new show, My Grandmother’s Ravioli, I’m learning how to cook from the experts — grandmothers and grandfathers who let me into their kitchens to share their wisdom. Here are 5 things they’ve taught me:

1. I learned from Ruth that gefilte fish is not an actual fish. (All you AP bio students out there, quit checking your taxonomy. It ain’t there.)

2. I learned from 91-year-old Gaetano Varbero how to fire a shotgun. (How else were we going to make venison stew?) Gaetano drives a pickup truck. He makes his own ammo. As I type this, he’s elk-hunting in Colorado. Did I mention he’s 91?

3. I learned a really great dirty joke from Tom Napolitano. Three guys from different armies were in a, um, “cathouse.” One was running up the stairs, one was running down the stairs. The other was behind a closed door. The first was a Russian, the second was Finnish and the third? Himalayan. (Mary, his wife of 62 years, rolls her eyes at this one.) We also made manicotti.

4. I learned from best friends — and grandmothers — Meena and Mona that the creamy heavy stuff we know as Indian food is Punjabi. Meena and Mona are Maharashtrian (from the region that includes Mumbai). Their food is much lighter, but still spicy and savory. Oh, and calling the cuisine “Indian food” is sort of like lumping German and Spanish food together and calling it “European food.”

5. I’ve learned that being a grandparent is almost all upside. (Being a parent is much more complicated.) Don’t get me wrong, I want to have kids. But if there were a way to jump right to the grandparent part? (Figure that one out, AP bio students.)

My Grandmother’s Ravioli premieres Wednesday, October 24 at 8:30pm ET.

Meet the grandparents, submit your best family recipe and find out more about My Grandmother’s Ravioli.

Casting Call: My Grandmother’s Ravioli

Mo Rocca and His Grandmother
Calling all grandmothers and grandfathers who are great home cooks: Mo Rocca is looking for a lesson.

If you caught My Grandmother’s Ravioli this winter on Cooking Channel, you know that Mo Rocca never had the opportunity to learn the secrets to his grandmother’s famous ravioli. In fact, he can’t really cook at all. This fall, he’ll remedy that with a whole season of the show. And we’re on the lookout for grandparents to teach him a trick or two in the kitchen.

Do you think your grandmother or grandfather could teach Mo how to cook great food? We want to know! 

We’re looking for:

  • Grandparents of all ethnicities (accents or English as a second language is not a problem!)
  • Big personalities who love to cook great food (professionals welcome)
  • Real characters (warm, fun, outgoing, fiery, sweet or even curmudgeonly) with interesting family histories or advice to give

Here’s how to apply to be on Cooking Channel:

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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.

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