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.

Calling All Cupcake Fans: How Do You Take Your Treats? — Vote Now

by in Community, Polls, April 8th, 2016

Calling All Cupcake Fans: How Do You Take Your Treats? — Vote NowCakes are great, sure. But you know what’s even better? A whole personal-sized cake that you can eat with your hands — otherwise known as a cupcake. At their simplest, these fan-favorite desserts require little more than a base cake-and-frosting combo, but with a little dressing up, they can become extra special and even elegant with the use of fillings, intricate decorations and over-the-top flavor features.

When it comes to your cupcake cravings, how do you satisfy them? Tell us all about your cupcake preferences in the polls below.

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Star-a-Day: Havird Usry

by , April 8th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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Star-a-Day: Erin Campbell

by , April 7th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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Star-a-Day: Damiano Carrara

by , April 6th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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Star-a-Day: Ana Quincoces

by , April 5th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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Quinoa Salad with Apricots, Basil and Pistachios — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, April 4th, 2016

Quinoa Salad with Apricots, Basil and PistachiosIf the shift to warmer temperatures outside has you craving all manner of cool, light eats inside, then look no further than a simple salad — but not just an everyday green salad. In addition to fresh, leafy greens, try adding other good-for-you picks, like hearty grains, beans or quinoa, a protein-packed superfood.

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Star-a-Day: Aaron Crumbaugh

by , April 4th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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“There’s Going to Be a Massive Geyser of Soda” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, April 3rd, 2016

Just when you thought you’d seen it all on Cutthroat Kitchen, Alton Brown unveiled a sabotage so downright diabolical that he and the judge of the day had to don not-so-special attire. In order to show off the sabotage to judge Antonia Lofaso during the After-Show, both she and he had to ditch their fancy show clothes for ones they wouldn’t mind getting a bit, um, soaked.

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5-Star Blueberry-Lemon Tart — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, April 3rd, 2016

Lemon-Blueberry TartThough lemon and its citrus pals, like orange and grapefruit, are technically in season in the throes of winter, their vibrant, sunny colors and bright, refreshing flavors make them especially craveable as the weather starts to warm up in the spring. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Tyler Florence combines the refreshing taste of lemon with another seasonal pick — juicy blueberries — to create a foolproof tart. He builds the creamy filling upon a buttery pastry shell for decadent results.

For more fresh, seasonal recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate: Spring! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Blueberry- Lemon Tart

Caption It: Heating Up the Outdoors

by in Shows, April 2nd, 2016

Caption It: Heating Up the OutdoorsThe name of the game on The Kitchen this week is Italian Classics, from an all-star antipasto platter to a fruity olive oil cake made by special guest Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. But in true Kitchen fashion, the co-hosts will show off not just how to eat like a pro, but also how to dress up your decor inside and out of the kitchen. And when it comes to Italian designs, you need look no further than the empty wine bottles you likely have on hand.

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