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.

One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , July 19th, 2015
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Food Network StarIt's the nature of the Food Network Star beast that even though no matter how badly finalists want to achieve their dreams of stardom, ultimately only one can win the coveted title, and with that, 11 finalists will be going home. Every week Star Talk...

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Layer by Meaty Layer: How to Build the Best Burger, According to Tim Love

by in In Season, Recipes, July 19th, 2015

Layer by Meaty Layer: How to Build the Best Burger, According to Tim LoveBun, meat and toppings — there are only a few key elements to a classic burger, but it’s crucial to make each a success when building this ultimate summertime favorite. No one knows meat quite like Chef Tim Love, a Texas-based restaurateur who’s recently partnered with Hellmann’s Mayonnaise as the brand launches its Squeeze bottle, and FN Dish checked in with him to get his takes on constructing the ins and outs of a tried-and-true burger. Read on below for what he had to say, then browse our best-ever burger recipes ideal for outdoor cookouts.

The Bun: What’s your favorite kind?
Tim Love: Potato bun. Keep it classic.

The Meat: What’s your favorite ratio, and how should it be cooked?
TL: I like a 50/50 blend of prime tenderloin and prime brisket, but grilling meats to the perfect temperature can be tricky. Try using a meat thermometer and look for 130 to 135 degrees if you’re going for medium rare. That’s how I like mine done.

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Potato Salad 2 Ways: What’s Your Favorite?

by in Recipes, Shows, July 18th, 2015

Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Cherry Peppers and Sweet Relish VinaigretteWhether you’re grilling burgers, brats or barbecue this summer, nothing will round out your cookout menu quite like a hearty potato salad, and when it comes to creating the ultimate version, there are two groups: mayonnaise-dressing devotees versus vinaigrette lovers. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts took those schools of thought one step further by creating two potato salads that differed not only in toppings but also in potatoes. Read on below for Geoffrey Zakarian’s and Katie Lee’s easy, crowd-pleasing recipes, one featuring Yukon golds and another made with golden sweet potatoes.

The star of GZ’s simple-to-prepare Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Cherry Peppers and Sweet Relish Vinaigrette (pictured above) is the sweet and tangy dressing he tosses with the potatoes. The addition of briny capers and whole-grain mustard guarantees a bold bite, while pickled cherry peppers and a duo of herbs offer color and freshness. Geoffrey says that you can make this potato salad the night before serving it; just keep it in the refrigerator, and be sure to toss it well before digging in.

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Caption It: Where’s the LOL Emoji When You Need It?

by , July 17th, 2015
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Food Network StarThe timed challenges, the unexpected twists, the life-changing prize that will be awarded in just a few weeks — these factors and surely others contribute to the high-pressure, higher-stakes atmosphere of Food Network Star, for both the finalists c...

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Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award

by in News, Shows, July 16th, 2015

Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins and DivesGuy Fieri has done it again. For the third year in a row, the past Food Network Star winner’s fan-favorite series, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, has scored a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award. From North Pole, Alaska, to the island of Key West, Fla., Guy and the Triple D team have traveled from coast to coast and beyond in search of the best, most-over-the-top versions of classic eats and drinks and the local legends who create them at popular joints and little-known hot spots alike. The series, now in its 23rd season, is nominated in the Structured Reality Program Category.

Joining Triple D in the Structured Reality Program category are Antiques Roadshow, MythBusters, Shark Tank and Undercover Boss, as well as HGTV’s Property Brothers, hosted by siblings and home-renovation experts Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott. Fresh off of its seventh season, Property Brothers is known for transforming fixer-upper houses into dream homes — all while staying within a family’s budget and set timeline.

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Midterm Elections: Who’s the Frontrunner and Your Current Favorite?

by , July 16th, 2015
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Food Network StarFrom first-impression spotlights and sunny days at an alfresco food festival to a not-so-sweet baking challenge, a 4th of July switcheroo cookout and a think-on-your-toes improv challenge, the remaining rivals have survived six weeks of camera and cu...

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When You Cook Brunch for Bobby, It Better Be Perfect

by , July 16th, 2015
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Food Network StarJust as the Food Network Star finalists ought to put their best dishes forward in an Italian-food challenge for Giada De Laurentiis, on Sunday they surely better bring the best of their brunch game in the Mentor Challenge, as Bobby Flay knows just wh...

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Curtis Stone to Let Sun, Sand and Classically Simple Fare Shine on Brand-New Beach Eats USA

by in Shows, July 15th, 2015

Curtis StoneIf you’re all about location, location, location when it comes to finding your next favorite restaurant, then you’ll revel in the hot spots Curtis Stone reveals on his brand-new series, Beach Eats USA. Premiering Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 10:30|9:30c, this six-episode celebration of all things waterside will showcase the ultimate collection of beachside bites from coast to coast, serving up not only fresh, alfresco fare, but also a shining backdrop of sand and surf.

The beauty of beachside fare is that along with a stellar view, most bites are easy enough to eat sans forks and knives — and shoes, as it’s all about digging in along the water. That casual, simple atmosphere is just what Curtis is after as he tracks down a series of themed eats, including burgers, like the one he tries along the Pacific Ocean in California, and boardwalk bites, like the soft-shell crab hailing from the Chesapeake Bay. In his travels, he’ll check out the local beach scene up close, indulge in regional adventures, get to know the restaurants’ chefs and owners, and surely dig into assorted famous eats as he chats with diners.

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Star Salvation: Double the Challenges, Double the Risk

by , July 15th, 2015
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Just as this week marked the halfway point of the Food Network Star competition, so too did it on Star Salvation. This is Week 3 of the six-week journey to redemption, and for the four hopefuls remaining, time is running out until Alex Guarnaschell...

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Unusually Sized Rodents, Unhappy Campers and the Ultimate S’mores: Alton Brown Previews Camp Cutthroat

by in Shows, July 14th, 2015

Alton BrownSummertime in the woods at camp … a time for late-night dives in a cool lake, fireside chants with friends and as much mess-hall grub as you can eat, right? Wrong, at least when Alton Brown’s in charge of camp. On his all-new series Camp Cutthroat, he’ll take the most-diabolical aspects of the classic rounds of eviliciousness and send them to the great outdoors for a five-part tournament of wilderness — and sabotage — survival.

Just in time for next month’s premiere (Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 9|8c), FN Dish caught up with Alton to chat about his plans for the sure-to-be-unhappy campers he’ll be welcoming to the woods. “I just throw out the most-horrible things I can think of!” he said of what’s in store, adding that when it comes to chefs’ preparedness, they ought to come equipped with “Rodent-of-Unusual-Size repellent and anything-that-stings repellent” when they show up. Read on to hear more from Alton and learn his secret for making the ultimate s’mores.

What 10 essential pieces of equipment should these chefs pack in their duffle bags for the tournament?
Alton Brown: Bear repellent, snake repellent, wolf repellent, mosquito repellent, Rodent-of-Unusual-Size repellent, anything-that-stings repellent, wolverine repellent, skunk repellent, mountain lion repellent and snacks.

Are you a camper or a glamper? Tell us about your most-memorable outdoor trip.
AB: I am most certainly not a “glamper,” as I almost never line the floor of my yurt with the “good” rugs. And my espresso machine is solar-powered. As for my most-memorable camping excursion, well … I can’t talk about it. …

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