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.

Red Velvet Everything: 10 Favorites to Eat and Drink

by in Recipes, February 11th, 2016

The Best Red Velvet RecipesWhile chocolate may claim the spotlight on Valentine’s Day (and for good reason: molten. lava. cake.), there’s another holiday-worthy treat that’s just as decadent and rosy-colored to boot. Red velvet desserts are pretty to look at, and they also boast a flavor all their own, with just a subtle bit of cocoa and plenty of rich moisture from the classic pairing of cream cheese frosting. Check out some of our favorite red velvet showstoppers, including a towering layer cake, fluffy whoopie pies, a crimson cocktail and a warming hot chocolate.

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It’s Anyone’s Game in a Culinary Battle of Cooks vs. Cons

by in Shows, February 10th, 2016

It's Anyone's Game in a Blind Culinary Battle of Cooks vs. ConsWhen professional chefs present their dishes, their years of experience and their reputations for stellar cuisine and expert technique often precede them, so much so that tasters may be biased when it comes to reviewing the food. But what happens when judges don’t know if the meal was prepared by a home cook or a chef? Will perceptions change and critiques differ? That’s where the brand-new series Cooks vs. Cons comes in.

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Rice Bowls with Fried Eggs — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, February 8th, 2016

Rice Bowls with Fried EggsAs with soup and tacos, there aren’t exactly rules when it comes to creating a rice bowl, just a set of loose guidelines that you can follow to craft your ultimate finished product. Rice will provide a blank-canvas base, much like broth in a soup and a shell in tacos; then it’s up to you to pick the veggie add-ins and a protein. The options are seemingly endless — not to mention convenient. If you find yourself with a refrigerator full of strays, like that half-full container of prepared rice, those two random carrots and a handful of black beans, you’re well on your way to a complete dinner. Food Network Magazine utilized a similar approach in its recipe for Rice Bowls with Fried Eggs, which is easy enough that you can execute it on even the busiest of weeknights in just 30 quick minutes.

Featuring a hearty base of ready-to-go brown rice, these fuss-free bowls are topped with earthy shiitake mushrooms and tender broccoli, as well as bright snow peas. Sauteing the veggies in a mixture of tangy teriyaki sauce and a squeeze of Sriracha ensures that there will be plenty of flavor and a bit of subtle spice throughout. To bring even more heft to the bowl, finish the dish with a sunny-side-up egg for a boost of protein, and drizzle with more Sriracha for added heat.

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Spicy Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil: The Anti-Valentine’s Day Dinner

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 8th, 2016

Spaghetti Aglio e OlioThe hearts, the roses, the chocolate candy … It’s tough to escape the culture of Valentine’s Day once February 1 rolls around. If, for whatever reason, you’re not embracing all things red and pink these days — and instead running away from them — this Valentine’s Day dinner is for you.

It takes just 15 minutes and five everyday ingredients to make Geoffrey Zakarian’s Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, aka spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. This fan-favorite recipe gets a boost of welcome heat from a generous pinch of red pepper flakes, while the sauce comes together in a quick saute; just use a few splashes of pasta water to create a silky sauce out of the garlic slices and oil. Go ahead and slurp up each and every noodle and revel in that garlicky flavor.

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Shockingly Healthy (and Easy) Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 7th, 2016

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and GritsWhile most comfort foods conjure images of hearty decadence and over-the-top indulgence, believe it or not, a satisfying meal can be healthy. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, featured in Food Network Magazine, is a good-for-you take on a traditionally rich pick, shrimp and grits; it features all the flavors and textures you know and crave in the classic rendition, with cheesy, creamy grits and tender, lemony shrimp, but it’s made sans cream and with only a bit of butter, so the results turn out lighter. Perhaps best of all, this fan-favorite dish can be on the table in only 30 quick minutes.

Visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest for more savory and sweet ideas for fill-you-up fare.

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Treat Yourself to an At-Home Spa Day with Bobbi Brown’s Edible Products

by in Shows, February 6th, 2016

Treat Yourself to an At-Home Spa Day with Bobbi Brown's Edible ProductsWelcome to the dog days of winter. If you’re starting to crave the relaxation of a warm-weather getaway, The Kitchen is here to help — with the relaxation part, at least. This morning’s brand-new Winter Escape episode brought a bit of sun and tropical flavor into The Kitchen, while makeup maven Bobbi Brown stopped by to share how simple it is to enjoy an at-home spa day.

Using only edible items that you likely have on hand already, Brown showed off a trio of easy how-tos that will both invigorate and nourish your body as you close out the final weeks of winter. To start your pampering session, mix up her “Beauty from the Inside Out” Smoothie, featuring a bright blend of coconut milk and cocoa powder, then move on to her Lip and Hand Scrub and her Face Mask, both designed to soften and hydrate your skin. In the photo above, Jeff Mauro is taking full advantage of the yogurt-honey mask, which can be easily rinsed off a few minutes after application.

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9 Ways to Get Your Guacamole On

by in Recipes, February 3rd, 2016

Guacamole with Cumin-Dusted TortillasNo matter if you’re prepping a snack spread for Sunday’s tailgate or simply looking to elevate your everyday dip roster, guacamole is a go-to choice for game day and any other day. Not only does this fan favorite come together with only a handful of ingredients, but it often takes just minutes to prep. Check out our top picks for classic and creative guac renditions, including one look-alike version that’s a deceptively sweet dish.

Guacamole with Cumin-Dusted Tortillas
Consider this your back-pocket guacamole recipe. Bobby Flay’s top-rated recipe brings together an all-star lineup of creamy ripe avocados, a single jalapeno for subtle heat and plenty of lime juice for bright flavor. He dresses up the dip by serving it alongside freshly fried tortillas scented with smoky ground cumin.

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Winter Layered Salad with Beets and Brussels Sprouts — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, February 1st, 2016

Winter Layered Salad with Beets and Brussels SproutsTake it from the chefs in Food Network Kitchen: When it comes to salad, “Layered is the new chopped.” And when it comes to building a satisfying bowl of greens, it’s all about keeping you interested in what’s on your plate — or, in this case, what’s in the bowl. Think beyond lettuce and dressing — but don’t lose sight of them — and add bright pops of colorful ingredients, add-ins with plenty of texture, and a mix of fruit and vegetables. To keep the visual appeal in play, try layering all of the ingredients to show off each one’s distinct look.

Stacked with a whopping seven ingredients, not including the Dijon-laced vinaigrette, Food Network Kitchen’s Winter Layered Salad with Beets and Brussels Sprouts offers the best in seasonal fare, including juicy pink grapefruits, as well as hearty pearled barley to keep you full. “We love the tender-chewy barley, but it can be swapped out for your favorite whole grain, like brown rice or quinoa,” the chefs in Food Network Kitchen note. They add, however, “Don’t skip the walnuts — the toasty-nutty little guys are our favorite part.”

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Ted Allen Is Working Late on Cutthroat Kitchen — Alton’s After-Show

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, January 31st, 2016

Fresh off the chopping block, Ted Allen joined the ranks of eviliciousness tonight when he stopped by for his first-ever turn as a Cutthroat Kitchen guest judge. The Chopped judge is used to watching chef competitors try their hands at downright oddball ingredients in their mystery baskets, but on Cutthroat Kitchen, he had no knowledge of chefs’ struggles with sabotages — until he experienced them for himself on the After-Show.

Alton Brown and Ted faced off in prepping — what else but — a chopped salad, which was the Round 1 dish of the day. And in true evilicious fashion, they could use only garden tools for their utensils. “Oh, no. Oh, no,” Ted said as he learned of the sabotage. He ultimately chose to work with the weed whacker in his mini battle with Alton, who was left to use a tiller to prep his salad. “Look at that. That’s gorgeous,” Ted proclaimed after successfully shredding lettuce with the weed whacker, though he found out later that the device “doesn’t work as well on the cucumber.” He admitted, “I don’t think I’m going to get an A+ in weed-whacker knife skills on that one.” Though Alton appeared to struggle a bit when it came time to chop a red pepper, he managed to serve a completed salad to a Bob, all while Ted was still working his way through ingredients.

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Brownie Tart — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 31st, 2016

Brownie TartLove it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, which can mean one of two things, depending on how you feel about this day devoted to romance. Either you’re smitten with the idea of spoiling your significant other, in which case you’ll want to make him or her this over-the-top-decadent Pin of the Week, or you’re determined to look the other way about this holiday and focus on something else, like this Pin of the Week. Ina Garten’s top-rated dessert is ideal both as an extra-special treat for your sweetie — and as an indulgent treat to gift yourself. This gooey, rich showstopper boasts all the fudginess of a brownie but the thickness and shape of a tart.

For more sweet-tooth-satisfying recipes, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate: Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest. Check out these past fan-favorite pins for more recipe inspiration.

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