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.

Exclusive: Giada De Laurentiis Dishes on Her Party Secrets

by in Entertaining, Food Network Chef, Shows, January 6th, 2016

Exclusive: Giada De Laurentiis Dishes on Her Party SecretsThough the holidays have come and gone, there’s no reason to stop entertaining at home. In fact, on her brand-new series, Giada Entertains, Sundays at 11a|10c, Giada De Laurentiis will show you just how easy and enjoyable it can be to host celebrations big and small, for special occasions and anytime get-togethers alike. Recently FN Dish checked in with Giada to find out more about her penchant for party planning and to learn just which of her events she credits with being the most memorable. Read on below for an exclusive interview with Giada and learn her go-to tips on how to shop for your next party.

What do you hope fans learn from Giada Entertains? 
Giada De Laurentiis: That all it takes to throw a great party is a little creativity.

Tell us a bit about your passion for parties. How did you come to enjoy entertaining so much?
GDL: Through my family. Italians love to entertain and to cook for our families. It’s how we show people we love them — through the food.

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Healthy Two-Bean Chili That’s Easy Enough for a Weeknight — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 4th, 2016

Weeknight Two-Bean ChiliThe New Year is here, and with the arrival of January 1 likely comes a healthy-eating mindset as well. But no matter how strictly you plan to adhere to your resolutions, chances are you’re not willing to compromise on flavor — or the time it takes to prep a meal. Enter Food Network Kitchen’s fast-fix chili to save the day.

Every bit as hearty as a beefy main dish, this Weeknight Two-Bean Chili gets its heft from a duo of beans and a welcome punch of bold, smoky flavor from a combination of chili powder and Chinese five-spice powder. All it takes is a few minutes of simmering to bring the flavors of the tomato-based chili together, while a bed of brown rice and a topping of cheddar cheese when serving rounds out the meal and offers the decadent bite you crave. Since this good-for-you chili can be on the table in only 30 minutes, it’s a go-to pick on hectic nights when supper can’t come soon enough.

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“They Were Game-Changing Sabotages” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2016

While some Cutthroat Kitchen chefs are able to endure the wrath of sabotage and survive to cook in the next round, many past competitors have met their doom when a downright diabolical challenge presented them with a test they couldn’t pass. On tonight’s all-new After-Show, host Alton Brown explained to judge Simon Majumdar that such was the scene on the latest episode for two contestants who were ultimately sent home on account of evilicious sabotages.

“We had two sabotages today that sent people home,” Alton said. “They were game-changing sabotages.” And sure enough, Alton added that it was those very same sabotages that he and Simon would be trying their hands at as well. Enter the weathervane and the ladle set; the former was Chef Sarah’s sole cooking vessel, and the latter Chef Matthew had to mix in and cook with. While the competitors had to prep chicken cacciatore and doughnuts with their sabotages, respectively, Alton and Simon were set to put scrambled eggs on the table instead.

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10-Minute Avocado Dip — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 3rd, 2016

Avocado-Feta DipJust when you think you’ve worn out your usual chip-and-dip appetizer spread with the everyday French onion bowl, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is here to save your party. Ready to eat in only 10 quick minutes, Food Network Magazine’s fuss-free dip features creamy avocado and tangy feta cheese for a cool, vibrant hors d’oeuvre that’s best served with crunchy bread or veggies.

For more crowd-pleasing recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate the Holidays! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Avocado-Feta Dip from Food Network Magazine

All About Meatless Monday on The Kitchen

by in Recipes, Shows, January 2nd, 2016

Beet Burger with Citrus Caper AioliDo your New Year’s resolutions include some form of better-for-you eating? The Kitchen‘s co-hosts introduced a doable idea this morning: the Meatless Monday effort, which promotes meat-free eating one day each week. Here on FN Dish, we participate in the measure every Monday by sharing new, approachable recipes that, while vegetarian, are full of the bold, fresh flavors any carnivore would crave. Check out some of our past comforting picks, like gooey mac and cheese, baked eggs and veggie burritos, and read on below to see how Jeff Mauro, ever the meat lover, ditched the beef burger for a beet-based one.

Made with a hearty filling of ground beets, crunchy walnuts and chewy brown rice, Jeff’s easy Beet Burger with Citrus-Caper Aioli is seared until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, just like a traditional beef patty. He swaps out the classic bun in favor of a lighter alternative — cool, crisp Bibb lettuce leaves, which serve as cups that can be topped with the beet burger and a dollop of his creamy, tangy aioli laced with orange juice.

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Baked Eggs with Curried Spinach — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 28th, 2015

Baked Eggs with Curried SpinachIf holiday guests are lingering at your house this week — and surely looking for something to eat — stick with easy, speedy all-in-one meals to save you prep time in the kitchen, especially when it comes to breakfast. For morning meals and a hearty meat-free option any time of day, eggs are a go-to pick to deliver filling, protein-rich dishes. And, perhaps most importantly during the busy holiday season, they cook up in a flash.

For a next-level spin on the usual egg-and-toast plate, Food Network Kitchen chefs introduce the warm, slightly smoky flavor of curry in their quick-fix recipe for Baked Eggs with Curried Spinach, featured in Food Network Magazine. Just as you’d simmer eggs in marinara sauce for classic eggs in purgatory, this recipe comes together by cooking the eggs on a bed of spinach, curry sauce (the store-bought kind is A-OK) and red lentils, which deliver extra heft. A splash of heavy cream adds a luxurious richness to the dish, while warm naan bread offers welcome possibilities for dunking and soaking up the savory sauce. Though eggs may be traditionally thought of as a morning meal, keep this recipe on hand for fuss-free lunches or a lighter dinner too.

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11 Party-Ready Recipes to Ring In 2016 on New Year’s Eve (and at Brunch the Next Day)

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 28th, 2015

Best New Year's Eve RecipesYou’ve decked the halls, made the season bright and let it snow (depending on where you live), and now it’s time to ring in the new year with a party-ready menu fit for the final feast of 2015. Though New Year’s Eve fare might seem downright decadent — Champagne, anyone? — your menu doesn’t have to be especially extravagant to feel fancy. All it takes is a few dressed-up dishes, and perhaps some bubbly at midnight, to kick-start 2016 on a high note.

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Potato Pancakes, 2 at a Time — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, December 27th, 2015

Surviving Cutthroat Kitchen is tricky enough for a chef who’s trying to manage his or her own lot of eviliciousness, but when a particularly diabolical challenge requires two chefs to work together in the hopes of surviving, the feelings of doom in the arena only increase. Such a scene unfolded during tonight’s all-new episode, and during the After-Show later on, host Alton Brown revealed what he deemed a challenge diabolical enough for the ages. “This is probably [among the] top 10 sabotages of all time,” he told Simon Majumdar, the judge of the day, while revealing a pair of wraparound bars that forced chefs Betty and Michael to work in tandem while making tandoori chicken.

“As you dose out the pain of sending people home, I figured that it would be good for you to kind of get an idea of what this felt like,” Alton explained to Simon as the guys attempted to settle into this oddball contraption. Though they didn’t have to attempt tandoori chicken on the After-Show, Alton and Simon indeed tried their (tied) hands at potato pancake prep work. After a few initial fumbles, the host and judge found their rhythm, and Simon couldn’t help but wonder about the chefs who had to endure this sabotage. “We’re grating, so that’s easy peasy, lemon squeezy,” he said. “But what were they doing?” Alton explained that the competitors had a few more tasks at hand, like “trying to cut chicken and make all their seasonings and mix up everything that they needed.” As for the host, he could only somewhat describe how such an experience felt as he endured it. “It’s kind of like you’re being a puppet and not being a puppet,” Alton said.

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Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, December 27th, 2015

Slow-Cooker Macaroni and CheesePrep it, fill it and forget it — that’s the name of the game when it comes to the slow cooker, which allows for easy, hearty meals without constant attention. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is one such slow-cooker standby, as it lets the machine do the work of turning macaroni, milk and rich cheddar cheese into a gooey, oh-so-creamy classic that will feed the whole family.

For more fill-you-up recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Mushroom Wellington with Creamy Carrot Sauce — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 21st, 2015

Mushroom Wellington with Creamy Carrot SauceThe roasted turkey, the glazed ham, the standing rib roast, the rack of lamb — there are many ways to make meat the star of your holiday spread, while the veggies often get relegated to the side-dish selection. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Enter this mushroom-instead-of-beef Wellington.

While traditional beef Wellingtons may feature a tenderloin in the center, Food Network Magazine’s Mushroom Wellington with Creamy Carrot Sauce swaps that out and replaces it with a combination of hearty, earthy portobellos and shiitakes. Scented with fresh thyme and a splash of white wine, this filling is full of flavor as well as meaty and substantial. Just like the classic version, this one too features a golden-brown, flaky puff pastry shell to hold the filling, which gives it the striking, holiday-worthy appearance you crave.

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