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.

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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Root Vegetable Slab Pie — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, March 7th, 2016

Root Vegetable Slab PieSavory slab pie: Consider this the pot pie’s dressed-up cousin. Just like the traditional version you know and love, the slab pie features a creamy, savory filling surrounded by a base and topping of flaky, golden pastry, but instead of being built in a round pie pan, it’s spread out slab-style and cooked on a baking sheet.

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It Doesn’t Get More Authentic Than a Concrete Made in a Cement Mixer — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, March 6th, 2016

On tonight’s new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the name of the game in Round 3 was concrete, both literally and figuratively. Not only were chefs tasked with prepping this frozen concoction, but a doozy of a sabotage mandated that one chef had to make the dessert in — what else? — a cement mixer. Such a challenge was new for competitors and the Cutthroat culinary crew alike, so the team behind the scenes attempted the sabotage before host Alton Brown could sell it at auction.

Cutthroat Kitchen food stylist Abel Gonzalez took control of this latest test, pouring the essentials for classic custard — eggs, sugar and cream — into the deep, wide-mouthed mixing machine. “So I have to say, this is looking great,” Abel admitted after using the machine and his own whisk to thoroughly blend the ingredients. “I have a custard base here.”

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Ree Drummond’s Easy Baked Fudge — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, March 6th, 2016

Baked FudgeSix ingredients — that’s all it takes to turn out this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a surprisingly simple dessert that’s ideal for not just a family-friendly treat but also your next dinner party. “It’s sort of like a brownie that hasn’t been allowed to cook all the way through,” The Pioneer Woman explains of her deep-chocolate indulgence, which boasts the gooey richness you know and love. Follow Ree’s lead and finish each individual serving with a scoop of fluffy whipped cream or ice cream for added decadence.

For more sweet-tooth-satisfying desserts, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Baked Fudge

How to Make Restaurants’ Special Burger Sauce at Home

by in Recipes, March 5th, 2016

Special Burger SauceJust the idea of a sauce being “special” implies ambiguity and an air of secrecy. After all, when you glance at this item on the menu of your favorite burger joint, there’s no telling what’s in it and what you’d need to make it at home. That is, until now. This morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen exposed the mystery behind this seemingly elusive condiment and revealed more chef tricks for creating favorite restaurant-inspired dishes in your own kitchen. Read on below for the ins and outs of special sauce, and get the recipe to try it yourself.

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The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, February 29th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalWe’re back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival’s landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night’s Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we’d still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

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Soft Scrambled Eggs with Brie — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, February 29th, 2016

Soft Scrambled Eggs with BrieOn their own, scrambled eggs can satisfy a craving for simple comfort food, and since they take just minutes to prepare, they’re often a go-to pick for speedy meals any time of day. But when you take just a bit more care about exactly how they’re scrambled and then dress them up just a bit, the results are anything but ordinary.

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Feast Your Eyes on “Popcorn Shatner” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, February 28th, 2016

It’s not every day that famed producer, director and actor William Shatner drops by on Cutthroat Kitchen, so when he does, it’s no surprise that special attention must be paid. The guest joined the judges’ panel tonight for a brand-new man-cave-themed episode, and as the “manliest of all men,” he was well-equipped to critique chefs’ dishes of bacon, burgers and booze. Come the After-Show, host Alton Brown showed off some of the day’s challenges — and even let Shatner shoot a bit of pool on set — but the real surprise for the judge came not from a sabotage but from Cutthroat Kitchen culinary team member Chelsey.

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