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.

Falafel Salad with Hummus Dressing — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 23rd, 2016

Falafel Salad with Hummus DressingIf you’ve just about had it with your usual salad routine of lettuce and dressing, it’s time to dress up your greens with one hearty, satisfying addition: falafel. Made with bold spices and mashed chickpeas, falafel are golf-ball-size rounds that boast all the heft of meat in your salad, without the actual meat.

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Star-a-Day: Martita Jara

by , May 23rd, 2016

Food Network StarMartita, 39 (San Diego), showcased her talent on Season 8 of Food Network Star. She began working in her family’s restaurant business at a young age, with her mom’s authentic Mexican home cooking inspiring her culinary passion. Martita's parents ...

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Two Guys at the Grill — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, May 22nd, 2016

Next Monday marks the unofficial start of summer with the Memorial Day holiday, and with that comes three months of lazy afternoons by the pool, late-day sunsets and, perhaps most importantly, grilling anything and everything. Since Cutthroat Kitchen isn’t about to let a season pass without celebrating it in the most-evilicious way possible (remember Mother’s Day? Christmas?), Alton Brown hosted an all-grilling episode tonight, complete with three rounds of smoky cook-offs. While he doled out sabotage after themed sabotage to the chefs, Alton and the judge of the day, Simon Majumdar, took in the competition in seasonal fashion with what else but the coolest aprons available. Alton stuck with a single getup, which dubbed him “The Grillfather,” while Simon showed off three aprons, including the hot-bod torso he donned for the After-Show. “He’s looking good,” Alton said while introducing Simon, “in his all-American apron with an actual photocopy of his actual body.” While that second part may not be completely true, Simon was quick to joke that his chiseled chest was sizzling.

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

by , May 22nd, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

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One-on-One with the Winner of Comeback Kitchen

by , May 22nd, 2016

Food Network Star: Comeback KitchenComeback. Accomplished. After an intense three-week journey on Comeback Kitchen, one previously ousted Food Network Star finalist claimed the crown tonight and secured a spot in the cast of Food Network Star, Season 12. With that coveted opportunity ...

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The Perfect Pie Crust

by in Shows, May 22nd, 2016

The Perfect Pie Crust

The Perfect Frosting for Every Cake

by in Shows, May 22nd, 2016

The Perfect Frosting for Every Cake

The Pioneer Woman’s 5-Star Sausage Gravy — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in View All Posts, May 22nd, 2016

Sausage GravyCereal and toast. Fluffy scrambled eggs. Even a stack of buttery flapjacks. These go-to breakfast dishes are comforting and classic, of course. But when it comes to the ultimate in morning-meal indulgence, look no further than biscuits and gravy. The Pioneer Woman’s Sausage Gravy, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, calls for only a few ingredients, including your choice of breakfast sausage — either hot or mild. Ree Drummond serves this fan-favorite recipe atop warm biscuits for a hearty, decadent breakfast.

For more stick-to-your-ribs recipe inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

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These Aren’t Your Everyday Hot Dogs

by in Recipes, Shows, May 21st, 2016

Sonoran-Style Hot DogsKetchup fans, we feel you. There’s indeed a time and a place for that classic condiments. But this isn’t it — at least not right now. On this morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast shared a duo of hot-dog makeovers just in time for summer, which is (hopefully) on its way. While Jeff Mauro opted for a tried-and-true hot-dog base and dressed-up toppings, Geoffrey Zakarian went so far as to swap out the traditional dog in favor of a hearty Polish kielbasa. Read on below to see how they do it.

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Caption It: First Impressions Are Everything

by , May 20th, 2016

Food Network StarWhile the Food Network Star competition is 11 weeks long, finalists have but one single opportunity to make a positive first impression on Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis. Recently both mentors told us the importance of these initial meetings, as ...

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