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My grandmother's ravioli

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I was dubious about the show since Mo Rocca can get a little grating, trying too hard to be funny. Well, this show, they showed three episodes straight, was a pleasantly sweet and surprising. The premise is that Mo would go to the home of someone's grandparent and prepare a feaast for friends and family. This feast would center around the recipes of the grandparents, ones that are ostensibly handed down through the generations.

The recipes were great but to me they were the secondary thing, the primary interest was the stories that these grandparents had as their background. Sometimes sweet and sometimes hard, the stories were almost always interesting. I found myself drawn into the show. Mo Rocca, who to me can get gratingly ironic, held off or chose to get ironic at the right moments. He was mature enough to get out of the way when he needed to and popped some zingers, gentle ones, whenever he felt like it was needed.

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  1. I watched a bit of this yesterday, too. USUALLY, I feel just as you do--"Mo Rocca can get a little grating, trying too hard to be funny." You nailed it precisely.

    But, I was sort of half watching/multitasking, and yes, the grandparents and their stories were interesting. I felt bad when Mo made a crack about "Everybody forgets so-and-so" when the little grandma from the Philippines was listing all her children, only to find, after he said that, that particular child was stillborn or died shortly after birth. It was kinda strangely wonderful when she taught Mo a song in her language and they were both singing together. I'll tune in again and pay better attention.

    1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/834612
      a short thread about the pilot for this show, aired last February.

      1. I really enjoyed the episode with the Filipino grandmother Mila, and her husband the Romanian grandfather wasn't bad either. Rocca himself is still tiresome, for me anyway - nobody could be that dumb about kitchen and cooking basics, not after hosting Food(ography) and being one of the judges on Iron Chef America. Maybe he'll settle down after a couple of episodes. But I still enjoy the show.

        1. I'll keep my peepers peeled

          1. I really enjoy the show. I watched part of the one with the Jewish woman where they made kreplach, and the entire one with Guitano (sp?). That guy cracked me up. I told my BF he's going to end up like that when he's old :) I'm going to try and catch the other ones when they're on.... I caught the ones I did see on weekends during the day.

            1. I've seen two episodes, and I like the show very well. I like Mo Rocca, though I'll agree he can get a bit too precious at times. He's bringing an obvious affection to this show that is making it lovely. Though as a Jewish girl, I just want people to know...Even the best kreplach in the world is usually pretty lousy! Avoid! AVOID!!!

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              1. re: StrandedYankee

                Maybe it was just my Jewish grannie - but that generic non-goodness of her kreplach was always part of the appeal. "Gourmet" kreplach would defeat the purpose for me.

                1. re: cresyd

                  Oh, give me good, basic chopped liver, knishes, latkes, matzoh ball soup, and keep your urge to make things gourmet to yourself! There is a difference between non-fancy and non-tasty. The best thing I have ever been able to say about the best kreplach I have ever had was "Well, it didn't actually taste bad..."

              2. The first show I saw was the kreplach episode. The grandma was so delightful, and he was actually adorable with her. Made a Rocca fan out of me, and I never thought that would happen. i like the way he brings out their stories.

                1. The first time I saw this cooking show it reminded me of the CHOW video series, Cooking with Grandma, and another opportunity lost here on this site.

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                  1. re: HillJ

                    The idea of learning from grandma's recipes has been around a long time. It's not limited to tv shows and videos.

                    1. re: paulj

                      oh paulj, you do humor me in countless ways. No kidding...having grown up around my grandparents in the kitchen that remark is far from lost on me. And I was hardly making a "new" statement .....only that in the case of CHOW's Cooking with Grandma the series could have been far more.