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.

Grill or Be Grilled on “The Human Rotisserie” — Alton’ After-Show

by in Shows, May 31st, 2015

From blueberry suits for a blueberry muffin test to the all-out costumes Alton Brown wears in honor of the special-edition Halloween episode, Cutthroat Kitchen surely appreciates a solid theme, and the team works hard to embrace it fully — and eviliciously. Tonight’s all-new episode celebrated the start of the summer season with a Grill or Be Grilled competition, and you can be sure that all three rounds of cooking, as well as the sabotages, celebrated this seasonal event in full.

For fans watching at home and even judge Simon Majumdar, perhaps no other challenge today was as memorable — and downright diabolical — as what Alton deemed “the human rotisserie” for Round 2’s skewers test. Telling Simon about this “big kahuna for the day,” Alton explained that one chef was tethered to a rotating poll, forced to prep and cook while spinning slowly. “Completely brilliant,” Simon said upon learning of the sabotage, laughing at the hilariousness that was this monstrous setup.

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Coffee-Coconut Ice Cream Bombe — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, May 31st, 2015

Coffee-Coconut Ice Cream BombePinterest fans, you have spoken. You’re through with the dog days of winter and are ready to embrace the warm springtime air — and all of the eats and drinks that come with it — as evidenced by the cool, creamy treat that topped the list of our Most Popular Pin of the Week. This wow-worthy dessert, a dome-shaped dessert featuring a pound cake base and a duo of ice creams, is surprisingly simple to make; all you need is a deep bowl and a few hours of chill time.

For more seasonal indulgences, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate: Spring! board on Pinterest.

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How to Upgrade Store-Bought Barbecue Sauce

by in Recipes, Shows, May 30th, 2015

How to Upgrade Store-Bought Barbecue SauceMuch like frozen pizza dough and canned chicken broth, bottled barbecue sauce is a welcome timesaver on those days when you’re looking for all the help you can get in the kitchen. The flavors and textures of the everyday store-bought BBQ sauce differ from brand to brand, and while you likely have a favorite or two, you may want to dress up the original in order to make it exactly what you’re looking for. That’s where The Kitchen comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode, the cast shared three ways to put your signature spin on whatever sauce you happen to have on hand. From adding an extra hint of sweetness to spicing it up with heat, click here to learn the cast’s top tips for creating your ideal barbecue flavor.

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From the Network’s Point of View: Susie Fogelson on 11 Seasons of Star Power and Culinary POVs

by , May 29th, 2015
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Susie FogelsonMuch like Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson are no strangers to the inner workings of Food Network Star. These Food Network executives know well what to look for as they discern glimmers of Star power among the hopef...

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From the Network’s Point of View: Bob Tuschman on Searching for Stardom

by , May 28th, 2015
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Bob TuschmanMuch like Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson are no strangers to the inner workings of Food Network Star. These Food Network executives know well what to look for as they discern glimmers of Star power among the hopef...

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Beyond Tomatoes and Basil: The Best 5 Ways to Serve Bruschetta

by in Recipes, May 27th, 2015

Bruschetta with Peppers and GorgonzolaWhile caprese-style fixings — tomatoes, basil and mozzarella — atop bruschetta may make a tried-and-true appetizer, these two-bite toasts can indeed come together with myriad other flavors and ingredients. For Ina Garten, that means a mix of sweet bell peppers and the bold richness of Gorgonzola cheese, while Giada De Laurentiis combines shrimp and arugula for a wow-worthy presentation that’s deceptively simply to pull off. Get their recipes below, plus three other must-try favorites, including a sweet dessert toast; perhaps best of all, each of these go-to recipes is easy to make in a hurry.

Bruschetta with Peppers and Gorgonzola (pictured above)
Ina admits that the addition of sugar in her savory starter may be surprising, but she promises, “It really gives [the peppers] a really nice caramel color and flavor, and you’ll never notice it.” She rounds out the dish with melty Gorgonzola cheese.

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A Culinary Upbringing: The Mentors Talk Mentors

by , May 27th, 2015
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Bobby Flay and Giada De LaurentiisTo the 12 hopefuls beginning their Star journeys on June 7, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are the ultimate mentors, boasting decades' worth of both culinary and television experience that only a Food Network star can offer. But before Bobby and...

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The First Taste of Food Star Kitchen: Finalists’ Signature Dishes, Revealed

by , May 26th, 2015
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The First Taste of Food Star Kitchen: Finalists' Signature Dishes, RevealedThe finalists are just days away from making their premiere entrances in Food Star Kitchen, and while the dishes they make in this hallowed arena will depend largely on the challenges that mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis dish out, each riv...

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Grilled Portobello Burger for a Memorial Day Picnic — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 25th, 2015

Grilled Portobello Burger with Onion JamWith Memorial Day falling on a Meatless Monday, it may seem like there are only two options when it comes to eating at today’s barbecues: 1. Forgo vegetarianism and perhaps embrace a Meatless Tuesday instead. 2. Be relegated to the buffet’s potato and pasta salads simply to maintain a meat-free plate. But it turns out that those aren’t your only choices. You can indeed dig into to a hearty grilled dish at today’s picnic — and at bashes all summer long — by opting for a mushroom burger.

Every bit as hefty as a beef burger, Food Network Kitchen’s Grilled Portobello Burger with Onion Jam (pictured above) boasts the signature charred flavor you crave from grilled meats. And since these earthy portobellos are coated in a garlic-balsamic oil before cooking, they’re full of satisfying flavor too. To round out the mushrooms and add even more bold taste and textures to this between-the-bun creation, pile on the toppings, including soft and sweet honey-laced onions, crisp lettuce, and horseradish-spiked yogurt for a light yet creamy finish.

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Food Network Stars Reveal Their Lessons Learned After Years on TV

by , May 25th, 2015
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Food Network Stars Reveal Their Lessons Learned After Years on TVThe job of Food Network Star is a highly specialized one, which is why there are only a select few chefs who are worthy of the title — and why 12 hopeful finalists are willing to battle to claim that title in this summer's fiercest culinary competi...

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