In this episode of Cooking with Grandma, we meet Luba Stoyanoff, also known as Baba. Together with her eldest grandchild, Katherine, Baba discusses why she wasn't allowed to cook in her homeland of Greece, recounts the difficulties of making phyllo dough by hand, and prepares banitsa, the Bulgarian version of the Greek spinach pie spanakopita. Click here for Baba Luba's Banitsa (Spinach Pie) recipe.
Chinese New Year Cooking with Grandma Ruby
Grandma Ruby Tom and her grandkids Katherine, Marat, and Sean ring in the Chinese New Year together. Ruby prepares jai (here's her recipe), a healthy Buddhist vegetarian stew (and a good luck food!) that contains 16 ingredients. Each ingredient is separately wok-cooked, then added to the pot, making this a Chinese New Year labor of love. (Ruby also gave us her recipe for Chinese New Year cake.) Ruby was introduced to us by Chowhound Melanie Wong. Thanks, Melanie!
Kwanzaa Cooking with Grandma Martha
Grandson Desmond helps make candied yams for Kwanzaa.
Making Jam with Grandma Kathy and Great-Grandma Kay
This is a special episode of Cooking with Grandma, featuring four generations—Kay, Kathy, Astrid, and Kaatje—who pick blackberries and make jam together. To make your own jam, use this CHOW blueberry jam recipe, substituting blackberries for blueberries. Special thanks to the crew at Eat Real for introducing us to Kathy Kensinger and her family.
Making Italian Gnocchi with Grandma Paola
Granddaughter Isabella helps Nonna Paola Bagnatori make potato gnocchi with tomato-porcini sauce.
Casserole Cooking with Grandma Gigi
Granddaughter Olivia helps Gloria "Gigi" Smith make Plantation Casserole.
Passover Cooking with Grandma Irma
Watch as Irma Zigas cooks with her grandson Caleb, preparing her own take on Passover brisket (here's her recipe). There's love, there's respect and teaching, there are disagreements over chopping onions—it's family. Caleb and Irma aren't kosher, and neither is this recipe, but Irma's been making this brisket since her anti-Vietnam, pro-women's-rights activist days, when she needed to bring the family together but couldn't spend hours in the kitchen.
Burmese Cooking with Grandma Alvina
Granddaughter Alyssa helps out with Burmese prawn curry and coconut rice.
You know her by many names: YaYa, Nana, Bubbe, Gangy, Grandma. Chowhound's Cooking with Grandma video series celebrates family traditions, taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane that records a special family recipe.