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.

Speedy Chicken-and-Cheese Enchiladas — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, September 27th, 2015

Chicken-and-Cheese EnchiladasYou know those recipes you reserve for weekend-only cooking because they require multiple steps and time to develop flavor? What if you could turn out those hearty, satisfying recipes on a regular weeknight — in just 30 quick minutes? This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week promises just that. These meaty, comforting enchiladas from Food Network Magazine come together quickly thanks to a ready-to-go rotisserie chicken, but they boast all the taste of slow-cooked richness on account of the homemade tomatillo sauce. Just roll up the tortillas, blanket them with the chile-studded sauce and top them with cheese for impressive results in a hurry.

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Caramel Is Good, but Salted Caramel Is Better: 10 Recipes You Have to Try

by in Recipes, September 27th, 2015

Caramel Is Good, but Salted Caramel Is Better: 10 Recipes You Have to TryPeanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, chocolate and peanut butter. Some things are just better together, including caramel and salt. Just a pinch of the flaky stuff transforms the sweet sauce into a rich, complex treat that’s as satisfying as it is versatile. From moist brownies and a boozy milk shake to a bread pudding and even a grilled cheese, find out how we like to celebrate this fan-favorite flavor in comforting recipes.

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Apple Season Turns Boozy with This 5-Minute Cocktail

by in Drinks, Shows, September 26th, 2015

Apple Sorbet, Scotch and Soda Float‘Tis the season for all things apples, from sweet classics like pies, tarts and breads, to the savory side of the menu with hearty pork roasts and fresh salads. But what happens at cocktail hour? It turns out that you can enjoy the taste of autumn’s signature flavor in drink form, too. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts celebrated the best flavors of fall with go-to seasonal recipes, including Geoffrey Zakarian’s Apple Sorbet, Scotch and Soda Float.

It takes only those three key ingredients and a quick five minutes to make this adults-only cocktail, which doubles as a dessert, thanks to the scoops of refreshing apple sorbet in each class. The secret to serving GZ’s recipe? Freezing the glasses before filling them with the sorbet, which will help keep the drink chilled longer.

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All the Ways to Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life

by in Recipes, September 23rd, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Latte‘Tis the season — for pumpkin spice, that is. This warm, comforting flavor owes much of its fame to the coffee-shop-favorite latte, but its uses go far beyond a cup of joe. From wakeup-worthy oatmeal to sweet muffins and a frosted cake, find out how to infuse your some of your dishes with this beloved taste all season long.

It’s a favorite for a reason; the Pumpkin Spice Latte is as popular as it is because the comforting flavor of pumpkin pie spice is just better together with a splash of hot espresso. While you can indeed pick up a cup at the local coffee shop, this homemade version from Food Network Kitchen comes together with only a handful of ingredients in mere minutes, so you can make it on demand whenever the craving strikes.

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Go Inside the Making of Your Favorite Sweet and Savory Snacks on Unwrapped 2.0

by in Shows, September 22nd, 2015

Alfonso Ribeiro on Unwrapped 2.0If the snack food aisle at your grocery store is anything like the one at mine, you know there’s no shortage of bags of crispy, crunchy and downright craveable sweet and savory favorites just waiting for you to grab them. But before these treats land on the shelves, they all go through a process that transforms them from just a few ingredients into the snacks you know and love, and it’s that behind-the-scenes creation that will be revealed on Unwrapped 2.0.

Premiering Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8|7c and hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, this brand-new season will bring you inside the factories that turn out your favorite treats and show off the ins, outs and arounds of everything from colorful Dots and crimson Hot Tamales to cool mints and oversize soft pretzels. Find out what it takes to turn out just a single box or bag of your go-to munchies, and learn how many packages can be cranked out at one time.

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Squash and Spinach Lasagna — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, September 21st, 2015

Squash and Spinach LasagnaNo longer relegated to layers of red sauce and heaps of meat, lasagna takes a turn for the creamy — and surprisingly healthy — with this big-batch recipe for Squash and Spinach Lasagna (pictured above).

Food Network Kitchen swaps out the traditional marinara or meat sauce in favor of a mixture of onions and fresh spinach in a milk-based sauce made thick with the help of cornstarch. Layer chopped butternut squash for color and an added boost of nutrition, and opt for part-skim mozzarella to keep the casserole light but satisfying. Perhaps the best part about this recipe is that it comes together with no-boil noodles, which means that you can assemble them in the casserole straight from the box; they’ll soak up the liquid of the cream sauce and become tender as they cook in the oven.

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‘Tis the Season for Sweet Competition on Cake Wars: Christmas

by in Shows, September 21st, 2015

Cake Wars: ChristmasThough you may be in fall mode these days, it’s not too early to start decking the halls. Right on the heels of a successful premiere season of Cake Wars, host Jonathan Bennett is back to lead another sweet competition. This time all about seasonal treats on Cake Wars: Christmas.

Premiering Monday, Nov. 9 at 9|8c, this six-week battle for holiday glory will bring together seven teams of the best-ever food artists, each set to face off for the $50,000 prize. Along with a rotating roster of special guests, Master Baker Sherry Yard and design expert Charles Phoenix will be on hand to judge the competitors in a series of themed challenges. From hilariously festive ugly Christmas sweaters to over-the-top gingerbread houses, there will be no shortage of seasonal celebrations — and, of course, fierce culinary chops — on display.

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‘Round and ‘Round the Cuckoo Cook Table — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, September 20th, 2015

It was just a few weeks ago that Alton Brown revealed “the human rotisserie” for the special grilling-themed episode of Cutthroat Kitchen. And on tonight’s all-new episode, he put a cuckoo spin on that fan-favorite sabotage to create what he called “the showstopper of the day,” otherwise known as his “cuckoo clock prep station,” which made its debut in the first round’s German apple pancake test.

“Come on! Take a ride,” Alton urged Simon Majumdar, who, never one to shy away from trying his hands at a sabotage, hopped atop the moving floorboard to take a few spins around the clock — along with a Bob and Alton, of course. Looking back on Chef Paper’s turn at the sabotage, Alton revealed to Simon that the challenge ultimately caused her dish’s demise. “That’s why it was burned,” Alton said. “Because right when she got done, it was time to cuckoo around.” While some chefs indeed manage to survive their sabotages and ultimately turn out successful dishes, Alton revealed that this particular sabotage “did render the desired effect” in that it did one chef in, as Chef Paper was ousted after Round 1.

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Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of Spell Binders

by in Shows, September 20th, 2015

Halloween WarsGrab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we’re introducing you to team Spell Binders, made up of Kristen Lovullo, Joseph Yakovetic and Charity George. Read on below to hear from all three of them.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?
Kristen Lovullo: The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Halloween is creating fun and spooky treats for the Bake Shoppe.
Joseph Yakovetic: The first thing that comes to mind is pumpkins — what else?
Charity George: [I think of] setting up all our crazy Halloween decorations at my house and how we will change it up every year.

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Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of Scream Team

by in Shows, September 19th, 2015

Halloween WarsGrab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we’re introducing you to team Scream Team, made up of Robert Teddy, Adam Bierton and Darci Rochau. Read on below to hear from all three of them, then check back tomorrow to hear from another group of teammates.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?
Robert Teddy: The Great Pumpkin
Adam Bierton: Carving pumpkins comes to mind first (of course).
Darci Rochau: Dark and spooky

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