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.

11 Ways to Eat Rhubarb This Spring

by in In Season, Recipes, March 18th, 2016

11 Ways to Eat Rhubarb This SpringOK, so technically spring doesn’t start until Sunday, but for the sake of that “spring forward” business we dealt with last week, let’s just assume that we’re already in the next season. Along with longer days and warmer weather (hopefully coming soon), spring brings with it a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, from strawberries to bright peas and onions. As you peruse your local farmers market or browse the aisles of your grocery store, look for stalks of rhubarb; it’s a seasonal spring pick that, while a bit bitter on its own, can be easily sweetened up in some classic desserts and pairs well with naturally sweet fruits, like those fresh strawberries. Read on below to check out some of the best ways to put rhubarb to work.

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QUIZ: Could Your Culinary Chops Cut It in a Professional Kitchen?

by in Shows, March 17th, 2016

On Cooks vs. Cons, only the competitors themselves know what kind of culinary background they’re bringing to the battle before them; not even the judges or host Geoffrey Zakarian have been told who’s a professional cook and who’s a kitchen con artist. The panel, like viewers at home, can only guess the contestants’ skill levels, but by watching their use of ingredients and their expertise (or lack thereof) with the tools they handle, the judges and fans alike can begin to deduce who are the masters and who are the novices among the group.

Now it’s your turn to learn what level of kitchen proficiency you would bring to the competition. Do you have what it takes to be worthy of the professional title, or are you a cooking con artist? Take the quiz below to find out. Read more

Christmas at Bobby’s Earns a James Beard Foundation Award Nomination

by in News, Shows, March 15th, 2016

Christmas at Bobby'sThe holiday season just keeps on giving. This afternoon the James Beard Foundation announced its 2016 nominees for Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards, and like in years past, Scripps Networks Interactive programming earned high industry praises.

Christmas at Bobby’s scored a nomination in the Specials category of the Broadcast Media Awards, alongside fellow nominees CBS Sunday Morning: The Food Issue: Eat Drink & Be Merry, which airs on CBS, and PBS’ Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays. Premiering in December 2015, Christmas at Bobby’s brought together Bobby Flay and some of his closest Food Network pals, like Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee and Geoffrey Zakarian, at Bobby’s New York City apartment; they enjoyed a seasonal slumber party complete with eats, drinks and a game of Secret Santa. Missed the premiere? Check out behind-the-scenes photos to see what went down at Bobby’s place.

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Weeknight Dinner Workhorse: Giada’s Easy Marinara Sauce — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, March 14th, 2016

Marinara SauceSimple recipes are good, but an easy recipe that serves multiple purposes is even better, and there’s perhaps no other culinary workhorse quite like marinara sauce. From baked eggs and eggplant Parmesan to pizza and pasta, there’s no shortage of ways to put this quick-fix sauce to work.

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The “Shock-Shuka” of a Sabotage — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, March 13th, 2016

It’s the name of the Cutthroat Kitchen game: Chefs don’t know which sabotages in particular will befall them in any given round of competition. But two contestants on tonight’s episode were in for perhaps the ultimate shock when host Alton Brown unveiled the “shock-shuka” challenge.

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Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, March 13th, 2016

Balsamic Strawberries and Ricotta CreamTrust us when we say that this isn’t your everyday fruit dessert. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week (pictured above) starts with juicy, fresh strawberries and transforms them with an ingredient sidekick: balsamic vinegar. Not just for your salad dressings, this tangy vinegar turns sweet and syrupy when reduced, and offers a welcome bite when paired with the berries. Serve the strawberries atop smooth vanilla-laced ricotta cheese for a cool, creamy treat that’s surprisingly healthy (yes, really).

For more sweet and savory favorites, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

2 Ways to Make Savory Pies for Pi Day

by in Recipes, Shows, March 12th, 2016

Katie Lee's Chicken Pot PieIf you think pies are served only for dessert, with thick and syrupy sweetened-fruit fillings, think again. The co-hosts on The Kitchen introduced savory versions on this morning’s episode, just in time for Pi Day (March 14, aka 3.14). While Katie Lee’s next-level take on a chicken pot pie brings new possibilities for dinnertime decadence, Sunny Anderson’s breakfast-inspired pie reinvents the shepherd’s pie wheel. Read on below to get their recipes and see how they do it.

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Meet Your St. Paddy’s Day BFF: The Boozy Green Mint Milkshake

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 11th, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Mint Schnapps ShakesYou know those seasonal mint milkshakes that are sold at a certain fast-food joint around St. Patrick’s Day? Those can be expensive and packed with ingredients you may or may not be able to pronounce. Not ideal, right? Enter your new favorite frosty March treat.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Katie Lee

by in Food Network Chef, March 11th, 2016

Katie LeeYou’ve met her too-cute-for-words pup Fionula, and you know that she’s a self-confessed “major workoutaholic.” But did you know that Katie Lee happens to carry hot sauce around in her purse? Yep, that’s true. FN Dish caught up with Katie at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where she showcased the brand-new recipes she created with Nutchello, a craveable drink made with plant-based milk. Read on below to hear more about those hot-sauce packets, and find out more little-known facts about this co-host of The Kitchen.

Is there one dish or ingredient that you just stay away from completely? Something you really hate?

Katie Lee: I hate wasabi. And I love spicy food, so I’m not sure why I have this aversion to wasabi, but I really detest it. Like, wasabi mashed potatoes are, like, blah. No way.

Do you have a favorite guilty-pleasure food?
KL: French fries. I think that the french fries are, basically, they’re just to harbor ketchup. So, french fries with a lot of ketchup and really salty.

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Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Faded Star at Starlite Restaurant and Pizza

by in Shows, March 9th, 2016

Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Starlite Restaurant and PizzaIn the new-season premiere of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his Ambush team gave one New Jersey restaurant owner the shock of her life when they showed up with an offer to renovate her West Orange, N.J., eatery, Starlite Restaurant and Pizza. Patty’s son reached out to Robert after noticing his mom’s struggles, and only after arriving did Robert see for himself the filth that had accumulated in the kitchen, as well as the stubborn staff and sorry financials. Read on below to hear from Patty to find out how her business has fared since Robert and his team overhauled her restaurant and gave it the second chance for success it deserved.

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