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.

A Tour of Mom-Tested Sabotages — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, May 8th, 2016

It wasn’t long ago that grandmas entered the Cutthroat Kitchen arena for their turn at old-fashioned eviliciousness. Tonight, though, the focus shifted to the younger generations, as moms and daughters teamed up for a special Mother’s Day episode designed to bring out the most-diabolical sides in everyone. Judge Jet Tila was on hand to watch this not-so-sweet competition unfold, and after wrapping up three rounds of battle, he met host Alton Brown in the beauty parlor to dish on the gossip of the day during Alton’s After-Show. The pink-seat shop at which Jet and Alton sat was home to one of the day’s most-evilicious sabotages. For the mother-daughter duo saddled with this challenge, the Bob-style manicure to which they were treated was all but a relaxation treatment. “They had to do everything with one hand,” Alton explained of their prep work. “And occasionally the Bobs, with their creepy little raccoon, gecko hands, would change, and [the mother-daughter team] would have to [prep] on the other side.”

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The Pioneer Woman’s French Fries — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, May 8th, 2016

Perfect Frnech FriesTake it from The Pioneer Woman. If she says that these crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside fries are “perfect,” we’re quick to trust her. The secret to her recipe, featured in Food Network Magazine, is a double-fry technique: One dip in the oil whisks away excess moisture and cooks the potato, while the second turns the fries craveably crisp.

Check out more of our Most Popular Pins of the Week, then stop by Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest to find more hearty, decadent recipes.

Get the Recipe: The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect French Fries, Featured in Food Network Magazine

A Tea Party Fit for Mom

by in Entertaining, Holidays, Shows, May 7th, 2016

A Tea Party Fit for MomIf you’ve dropped the Mother’s Day ball this year and forgotten to pick up a present for Mom, you’re in luck, because it’s not too late to invite her to a tea party in her honor. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts used everyday craft supplies and garden-fresh fixings to create a sweet atmosphere with the decor, and assembled a menu of can-do recipes. Read on below to see what they made and learn how they did it.

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Caption It: Premiere Giggles at the Judges’ Table

by , May 6th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12Let's call this the calm before the storm. Comeback Kitchen premieres Sunday (at 8|7c), and for the seven returning hopefuls, that means there's just days left until they begin the winding road to redemption. Challenges, critiques and constant press...

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Food Network Star Finalists Answer: “Who’s Been Your Culinary Mentor So Far?”

by , May 5th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12The countdown is on to the premiere of Food Network Star, when this year's eager hopefuls will begin the job interview of their lives. They've been working toward this moment their entire careers — their entire lives, really — and what happens af...

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7 Dips You Need at Your Cinco de Mayo Party

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 4th, 2016

Chile con QuesoYou’ve bought all the tortillas you’ll need for the tacos and enchiladas, and you’ve readied the blender for frosty margaritas. But have you considered what to offer in your spread of starters? Look no further than this collection of party-ready dips ideal for Cinco de Mayo (or any other bash), complete with both classic and creative picks like creamy queso, tangy salsa and even something sweet.

Chile con Queso
The Pioneer Woman bulks up the tried-and-true chile-laced cheese dip with crumbled sausage for meaty, comforting heft.

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Comeback Kitchen According to Mentor Valerie: “This Is Like the Roughest Boot Camp You Could Ever Imagine”

by , May 4th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12Recently Star Talk brought you a one-on-one interview with Tyler Florence, and today the focus shifts to the other half of the Comeback Kitchen mentor duo, Valerie Bertinelli. Together these Food Network chefs will not only guide the returning r...

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QUIZ: How Far Would You Go on Food Network Star?

by , May 3rd, 2016

Comeback Kitchen Mentor Tyler Previews What’s Ahead: “I Always Pull for the Underdog”

by , May 3rd, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12The countdown. Is. On. There are just days left until the premiere of Comeback Kitchen (on Sunday at 8|7c), when seven Food Network Star alumni return to the starting line for the redo of a lifetime. Recently Star Talk caught up with Tyler Florence, ...

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Kale-Potato Enchiladas Verdes — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 2nd, 2016

Kale-Potato Enchiladas VerdesSay goodbye to everything you know about enchiladas, because Marcela Valladolid’s recipe for Kale-Potato Enchiladas Verdes is here to change the game for good. In place of the usual ground beef filling, she opts for a duo of veggies, and instead of blanketing the tortillas in a simple tomato sauce, she goes green with a tomatillo-cilantro sauce.

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