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.

Soft Scrambled Eggs with Brie — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, February 29th, 2016

Soft Scrambled Eggs with BrieOn their own, scrambled eggs can satisfy a craving for simple comfort food, and since they take just minutes to prepare, they’re often a go-to pick for speedy meals any time of day. But when you take just a bit more care about exactly how they’re scrambled and then dress them up just a bit, the results are anything but ordinary.

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Feast Your Eyes on “Popcorn Shatner” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, February 28th, 2016

It’s not every day that famed producer, director and actor William Shatner drops by on Cutthroat Kitchen, so when he does, it’s no surprise that special attention must be paid. The guest joined the judges’ panel tonight for a brand-new man-cave-themed episode, and as the “manliest of all men,” he was well-equipped to critique chefs’ dishes of bacon, burgers and booze. Come the After-Show, host Alton Brown showed off some of the day’s challenges — and even let Shatner shoot a bit of pool on set — but the real surprise for the judge came not from a sabotage but from Cutthroat Kitchen culinary team member Chelsey.

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South Beach Meets Southern Cooking at Trisha Yearwood’s Down-Home Festival Brunch

by in Events, February 28th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe beauty of brunch is that there’s no need to decide in which direction you want to take the meal — sweet, savory, breakfast or lunch — instead, just enjoy all of the above (and perhaps a cocktail as well). That was the scene this morning on Day 4 of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival; after a weekend of late-night soirees and beachside bashes, festivalgoers woke up to the promise of an epic feast at Trisha‘s Southern Kitchen Brunch, featuring a down-home menu of Southern classics from chefs across the country.

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When Duff Goldman Hosts a Dessert Party, You Go and Try as Many Sweets as Possible

by in Events, February 28th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalFood Network’s baker extraordinaire Duff Goldman is known for crafting over-the-top desserts at his own bakery, Charm City Cakes, and judging them on various baking championships. So it’s no surprise that when he hosts Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, the sugar showing is going to be downright epic. During the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Saturday night, just as partygoers felt their meat sweats fade and started to crave another bite to eat, Duff and some of the most-famed pastry chefs and bakeries from across the country took over the elegantly adorned The Villa Casa Casuarina for an epic late-night soiree that was enough to make any sweets lover smile.

Not one to present any ordinary dessert, of course, Duff showed up with a cotton-candy display featuring his Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops (pictured above). These layered beauties boasted the showstopping presentation you’d expect from Duff — and, perhaps more importantly, all the expert tangy, creamy flavors and crispy texture, thanks to the crumble atop each pop.

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Fettuccine with Creamy, Cheesy Red Pepper Sauce — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 28th, 2016

Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper-Feta SauceA filling, family-friendly weeknight dinner that’s not only quick to make but also healthy: Sound too good to be true? Not anymore, thanks to this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Ready to eat in less than 40 minutes, this easy pasta brings together sweet roasted peppers and tangy feta cheese to create a rich, creamy sauce with — wait for it — no cream in sight, making it a surprisingly light supper. By using whole-wheat noodles in place of the traditional variety, you can boost the nutritional value of the meal even more while satisfying your carb craving.

For more made-over recipe ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.

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Super-Carnivore Michael Symon Hosts a Smoky Meatopia at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, February 28th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalAfter digging into a combined mountain of meat at Friday night’s Burger Bash, we thought Saturday night seemed like as good a time as any to showcase — wait for it — more meat. Food Network’s own resident super carnivore, Michael Symon, hosted the sold-out Meatopia, which featured all manner of beef, pork and chicken cooked over an open flame. This meat lovers’ paradise is new to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival — just two years old — but that didn’t stop fans from packing the seaside tents and waiting in line for their taste of the succulent, slow-roasted ribs, strips and tips the chefs were dishing out. “Just the smell of this place makes you happy,” Michael, a longtime lover of meat in its many forms, proclaimed from the stage as he welcomed partygoers to the event. And indeed the smoky scent was something to behold — even blocks away fans could get a whiff of what awaited them.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Oysters

by in Events, February 27th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalSalmon, shrimp, tilapia, clams — they’re all good seafood options, of course. But for many, the pearl of the edible underwater world is the oyster. For seafood novices and connoisseurs alike, however, oysters can be a bit of a mystery. To get to the meat of the oyster you must unlock the hard shell (easier said than done), which not only holds the tender, cool bivalves inside but also the saltwater-like juices, aka the liquor of the oyster.

Friday night, FN Dish was on hand at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival‘s Oyster Bash at Lure Fishbar right in South Beach. This sold-out soiree put one particular oyster in the spotlight: Island Creek Oysters, which hail from just up the Eastern seaboard in Duxbury, Mass. On their own these briny beauties boasted a clean, crisp, slightly salty taste, and they were being shucked on-site as quickly as festivalgoers could throw them back. Area chefs were on hand as well to dress them up, and what resulted were half-shells filled with flavors like smoky chorizo, rich lemon butter and bright saffron.

We caught up with a host of the event and the executive chef of Lure Fishbar, Josh Capon, for an oyster primer. Read on below for an introduction to these slurpworthy treats.

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A Tale of Two Southern Chickens

by in Recipes, Shows, February 27th, 2016

Fried ChickenSouthern comfort was the name of the culinary game on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen as the cast introduced a roster of down-home savory and sweet favorites. Native West Virginian Katie Lee shared the ultimate how-to for making the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken, while Sunny Anderson shared her take on another Southern classic: chicken and dumplings. Learn their tips below and find out how both co-hosts guarantee hearty, satisfying chicken dinners.

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Burger Bash 2016 Winners: Morimoto and Jersey Dawg (and Rachael Ray)

by in Events, News, February 26th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalWith a sandy seaside backdrop, dozens of roaring grills, and tables outfitted with ketchup and mustard, the scene was set for a Burger Bash tonight at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which is celebrating its 15th birthday in Miami all weekend long with the likes of Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri and Alex Guarnaschelli. As burger lovers packed the expansive tents and got their hands on the between-the-bun creations before them, FN Dish was on hand to take in the sights, smoky smells and, of course, all the beefy, meaty tastes that only this fan-favorite Bash could provide.

Rachael Ray was once again on hand to host the sold-out tasting, and this year proved especially significant, as it marked the 10th anniversary of Burger Bash. In celebration of this landmark milestone, the Festival team wowed Rachael on stage with not only her own Bash award but also an oversize burger cake made by none other than cake-baker extraordinaire Buddy Valastro. FN Dish was on hand tonight and we caught up with Rachael to dish about the longtime success of the event. “I think that the Burger Bash is a fun idea because we challenge the world’s greatest chefs to put their talents on a, well, on a hug — on a bun,” she told us. “And it makes food more accessible and presents the chefs in a whole different light.”

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Giada De Laurentiis Ushers In the 15th South Beach Wine & Food Festival with Italian Bites on the Beach

by in Events, February 26th, 2016

2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThink beyond burgers, chicken tenders and frozen cocktails because when Giada throws a beach party, the name of the game is Italian fare. She kicked off the South Beach Wine & Food Festival last night with Italian Bites on the Beach, a seaside soiree worthy of the festival’s landmark 15th anniversary. Featuring everything from pasta and pizza to sweet tiramisu-inspired treats and flowing red wine, this sold-out event brought together chefs from across the country for an evening of walk-around tastings and dancing in the sand to a live band.

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