All Posts By Maria Russo

Maria Russo is an editor at Food Network, now living in New York City after being born and raised in the great state of Michigan. She likes her eggs runny, her pasta cheesy and has been known to throw back dozens of oysters at a time.

Fan Favorites: Your Picks for the Best. Burger. Ever. in Photos

by in Shows, January 29th, 2015

Best. Burger. Ever.Each week during the run of Best. Ever., FN Dish has been asking fans to share where they enjoy their ultimate eats, and in true superfan fashion, you have delivered in droves with details on the top pizza, barbecue, breakfast and now burgers. But for the first time this week, a noticeable number of fans went beyond just telling us about their best-ever burgers — they showed them to us as well. On Food Network’s Facebook page, multiple readers left comments and posted their personal pictures showcasing meaty monstrosities and over-the-top side dishes, plus notes on where to find these burgers.

If fans’ photos are any indication, you all think beyond the basics when it comes to the hamburger. Take a peek at readers’ photo submissions below to see the piled-high and fully loaded burgers, then read the rest of fans’ burger selects on Food Network’s Facebook page.

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Restaurant Revisited: Mystic Mystery at Mystic Treats

by in Shows, January 28th, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: Impossible“I have no idea what ‘Mystic Treats’ means,” Robert Irvine told husband-and-wife owners Michael and Erika Lowe of the name of their Ashland, Ore., eatery. Though the couple has a shared background in the IT field, the two opened Mystic Treats three years ago and recently relocated it to a space with history as both Mexican and Korean eateries, which only furthered Mystic Treats’ oddball identity. After hearing feedback from the community, Robert managed to find his vision for the updated interior, and he tasked his Restaurant: Impossible design and construction teams to bring several themes to life, including “earthy,” “vibrant,” “quirky — a little bit” and “homey.”

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Best 5 Crepe Recipes

by in Recipes, January 28th, 2015

CrepesFrom breakfast and brunch to dinner and dessert, crepes can be customized for any meal of the day, all by simply swapping out sweet and savory fillings. Start with an all-purpose batter, like Alton Brown’s tried-and-true recipe (pictured above), then experiment with your favorite ingredient pairings in the stuffing to ultimately create all-new takes on traditional meals. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five crepe recipes for satisfying ideas from Giada De Laurentiis, Marcela Valladolid and more of your favorite chefs.

5. Blueberry-Lemon Crepes with Custard Sauce — Just a squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightens up the fruity blueberry filling for Melissa d’Arabian’s indulgent crepes, which she serves atop sweet vanilla custard for added richness.

4. Chocolate-Strawberry Crepes — Follow Giada’s lead and mix in cocoa powder to a classic custard batter, then cook it gently on the stove and roll around a go-to combination of strawberry jam and mascarpone.

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Chickpea Soup with Spiced Pita Chips — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2015

Chickpea Soup with Spiced Pita ChipsWhether you’re looking to use up the last of the vegetables in the refrigerator, to make a single recipe that will feed your whole family or simply to cozy up to warming comfort food, soup is one of the ultimate go-to meals that surely fills the bill every time. When you’re craving something especially creative, dig into Food Network Magazine’s Chickpea Soup with Spiced Pita Chips (pictured above).

Ready to eat in only 40 minutes, this fuss-free soup features fresh carrots and celery, a can of tomatoes, plus chickpeas for heft, and pinches of cumin and coriander for over-the-top taste. Once you’ve prepared the base of the soup, let it simmer for a few minutes so the flavors have a chance to marry, and before serving, finish with a splash of bright lemon juice. For extra texture, dress up the soup with golden pita chips, which promise welcome crunch.

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Embrace the Blizzard with Snow Day Cookies and Hot Cocoa

by in News, Recipes, January 26th, 2015

The ChewyHave you heard? There’s a little snowstorm making its way up the Eastern seaboard right now, and of course by “little snowstorm” we mean mammoth nor’easter the likes of which haven’t been seen here in New York City before. A blizzard of this magnitude surely brings with it a few icy downfalls, like bone-chilling temperatures, slippery streets and heavy shovels, but it also practically guarantees a snow day tomorrow. Take advantage of those cozy hours at home by indulging in a sweatpants-and-TV day — as well as cookies and cocoa.

Alton Brown’s The Chewy (pictured above) is the ultimate in chocolate chip cookies, with a five-star rating and more than 1,000 user reviews. You can trust that the name speaks for itself; these cookies turn out moist, soft and chewy in the center with just a hint of crunch along the edges. “The darker the sugar you use, the chewier your cookies will be,” Alton explains.

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Speak Up, Fans: Where Do You Eat the Best Burger Ever?

by in Shows, January 26th, 2015

Best. Burger. Ever.Much like a pizza, a hamburger is a culinary blank canvas; to just a single patty and a soft, chewy bun you can add nearly any ingredient and transform the burger into an all-new creation worthy of breakfast, lunch or dinner. On tonight’s fourth and final episode of Best. Ever., your favorite Food Network chefs are exploring their picks for the Best. Burger. Ever., including meaty beauties stuffed with gooey cheese, classic favorites loaded with green chiles and bold, flavorful all-vegetable burgers.

Before you tune in tonight at 10|9c to learn where you can enjoy the stars’ top finds, FN Dish wants to know: When it comes to between-the-bun specialties, what’s the best burger you’ve ever had, and where did you eat it? Was it a juicy, no-frills burger from the diner, topped with cheddar and ketchup, or perhaps a gourmet-style presentation from a 5-star restaurant? Leave a comment below, tell us on Food Network’s Facebook page or Food Network’s Google+ page, or tweet @FoodNetwork using #BestBurgerEver to tell us your local restaurant picks and share your version of the ultimate burger. FN Dish will round up your answers and reveal your top selections on Thursday.

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“Brown-Bag Brownie. Nailed It” — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, January 25th, 2015

Cutthroat Kitchen is nothing if not punny, as Alton Brown is notorious for putting literal spins on the challenge dishes, all in an effort to create hilariously diabolical sabotages. When it came time for the competitors to make brownies for dessert on tonight’s all-new big-game episode, he reached for what else but brown bags to auction off as one contestant’s sole mixing and cooking vessel. These everyday bags are surely thin and weak, so would such a mandate be fair to ask of a chef, and is brown-bag baking even possible?

The Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew set out to answer that very question as they attempted this sabotage before the contest in the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages. After a quick triple-ply maneuver to prevent batter seepage, food stylist Chelsea proclaimed, “Brown-bag brownie. Nailed it,” proving once and for all that brownies can indeed be made in brown bags.

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10 Snacks Under 250 Calories — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 25th, 2015

10 Snacks Under 250 CaloriesIf you’ve started 2015 with a healthy-eating resolution, chances are you’ve found your go-to lighter meals by now, those quick-fix favorites that are better for you but don’t sacrifice flavor. But what about snacks? What do you reach for at 3 in the afternoon when a sweet craving hits? That’s where this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week comes in. Dig into Food Network’s roundup of 10 easy-to-prepare sweet and savory bites like peanut-butter topped bananas (pictured above), deli roll-ups and next-level hummus for fresh ideas that are sure to satisfy.

For more better-for-you recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipes: 10 Snacks Under 250 Calories

Anne’s Ultimate Game-Day Menu: “My Friends Don’t Request — They Tell Me I Need to Make Them”

by in Food Network Chef, January 25th, 2015

Anne BurrellNachos, sliders, wings, dips and beer — for most, February’s big-game day is a chance to indulge in the ultimate spread of snack food, and Anne Burrell is no exception. It brings “a license to go ahead and get down and dirty on all of the stuff I would not normally let myself eat all together,” she recently told FN Dish. Among her must-haves at the tailgate is “a big pot of meatballs” — her Excellent Meatballs, in fact. Anne’s friends practically demand these easy, saucy bites, and the secret to making them comes down to a basic rule: solid seasoning.

Read on below to hear more from Anne about her favorite football foods and how to make then, then find out what she’ll be looking for at the concession stand when she travels to Glendale, Ariz., for the big game on Feb. 1.

It wouldn’t be game day without _____ and _____.
Anne Burrell: It wouldn’t be game day without lots of friends and libations.

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Football Fan Fare: What’s Your Favorite Game-Day Dish?

by in Recipes, January 24th, 2015

Katie Lee and Jeff MauroAs is the case in many homes on game day, The Kitchen co-hosts’ football fete featured the ultimate roster of tailgate classics on this morning’s all-new episode. From meaty nachos and next-level chicken wings to deep-dish pizza, chile con queso and boozy slushes, the cast showcased a savory spread of hearty eats and drinks all worthy of your big-game bash.

FN Dish wants to know, when it comes to indulging at your football party, what snack do you most prefer? Are you a fan of sticky, saucy Buffalo-style wings, or do you prefer the warming comfort of beefy chili? Do you dig into creamy dips right away, or do you skip the savory selects to save room for sweet brownies? Share your favorite fan fare by voting in the poll below.

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