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.

No Sabotages Doesn’t Mean No Problems — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, June 7th, 2015

Given the time constraints on the clock and the process of adapting to a brand-new kitchen, cooking in Cutthroat Kitchen can be tricky — and that’s not even taking into the consideration having to maneuver sabotages. Add in those unexpected and downright diabolical challenges, and it may seem like all bets are off when it comes to turning out winning food. But that wasn’t the case on tonight’s all-new episode, when in the first two rounds, the two chefs who did not have any sabotages to contend with were sent home.

In Round 1’s French omelet, Chef Craig was gifted by Chef Paul a tightly coiled pan in which he was forced to make his omelet, and he did it — and did it well. But Chef Paul, who had enjoyed a round of sabotage-free cooking, was eliminated, as judge Jet Tila explained, “It was just a weird plate. Nothing about that plate reminded me of an omelet.” Host Alton Brown noted that Chef Paul had focused on making an accompaniment for his eggs, and Jet warned against that: “Cook to the expectation of just the dish. Don’t go crazy.”

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

by , June 7th, 2015
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Food Network Star, Season 11It'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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Think Beyond the Sandwich: 3 New Ways to Use Pita Bread

by in Recipes, Shows, June 6th, 2015

Crispy Personal Pita PizzasWhen it comes to dressing up an ordinary sandwich, opting for pita bread instead of the sliced stuff is a welcome change of pace. But beyond stuffing the pita with deli meats and cheeses, the options for putting this bread to work may seem somewhat limited. That’s where The Kitchen comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode, the co-hosts took to this everyday pantry staple to show how simple it is to let it shine in three different dishes — one of them a sweet treat. From family-friendly pizzas to a 15-minute dessert, get the chefs’ best-ever ideas, each ready to eat in 30 minutes or less.

When the pizza craving strikes — and it always does, of course — but you don’t have time to roll out the dough, skip delivery and opt for Jeff Mauro’s Crispy Personal Pita Pizzas (pictured above) instead. He tops the pita rounds with melty cheese, then fresh tomatoes and garlic salt to create a traditional pie layered with flavor. Perhaps best of all, it takes just minutes to cook these pizzas in the oven.

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Susie Fogelson Teams Up with BaubleBar for a Fashionable Season 11

by , June 6th, 2015
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Susie FogelsonIn honor of Food Network Star's most-groundbreaking season yet, Susie Fogelson — one half of the esteemed team of Food Network executives on the judges panel with judge-mentors Bobby Flay and  Giada De Laurentiis — partnered with BaubleBar to ad...

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Caption It: What Are You Going to Do About It?

by , June 5th, 2015
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Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis on Food Network StarIt's Season 11 of the Food Network Star competition, and Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are in charge, which can mean only one thing. This year's contest is set to be the most demanding yet, with trying challenges week after week, as well as a ro...

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No Matter Your BBQ Menu, You’ll Want to Make These Smoky Baked Beans Too

by in Recipes, June 3rd, 2015

The Ultimate Baked BeansBurgers, hot dogs and ribs often steal the show at summertime cookouts, but side dishes are not to be forgotten. From creamy macaroni salads to vinegar-spiked potato salads and simply grilled vegetables, these accompanying plates help round out the meal, but perhaps no side dish screams true ‘cue quite like baked beans. Tender, hearty and oftentimes a tad bit sweet, baked beans are a Southern specialty and surely worthy of a place on your outdoor buffet. Read on below to get both classic and creative takes on this seasonal staple from Food Network stars like The Pioneer Woman and Trisha Yearwood.

5. Quick and Easy Baked Beans — For guaranteed ease and simplicity, Ree Drummond starts with a few cans of baked beans to make this big-batch recipe, which can be conveniently prepped in a single pan. She boosts the flavor with smoky fried bacon, then stirs in additional ingredients, like fresh peppers and barbecue sauce, for next-level taste.

4. Mama Neely’s Baked Beans — “Once you make these beans, there is no going back,” Pay Neely says. “If you want to put your own spin on it, you can use kidney beans instead of pork and beans, but I say my mama’s way is best.”

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Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About Burgers

by in Community, Shows, June 2nd, 2015

Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About BurgersA buttery, crisp bun, a blanket of gooey, melty cheese and a hunk of hot meat that oozes juice — there’s nothing quite like an over-the-top burger, especially for Food Network chefs Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli, who just recently revealed on Guilty Pleasures that some of their most-sinful food cravings include a mac and cheese-topped burger and one served up with sweet griddled onions.

Recently Food Network asked fans to tell us about their burger bites, and in true superfan fashion, you delivered in droves, not just writing back but also showing photos of some of the most-epic between-the-bun creations we’ve seen so far this season. When it comes to layering meat, cheese and veggies — and more meat and more cheese — on top of bread, you all are surely up for the challenge. Keep scrolling below to see some of FN Dish’s favorite selections.

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Giada Talks Mentoring Styles: “I Really Want to Get to the Core of a Person”

by , June 2nd, 2015
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Giada De LaurentiisOn Sunday, 12 hopeful rivals will kick off their journey to stardom. And although how they portray themselves on camera and what dishes they prepare in Food Star Kitchen is ultimately up to them, they're not alone in the contest: Mentors Bobby Flay ...

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Bobby and Jamie Deen to Scour the South for Authentic Eats on Upcoming Road Trip

by in Shows, June 1st, 2015

Bobby and Jamie Deen on Southern Fried Road TripFrom Southern traditions to down-home eats and drinks, no one knows the true personalities and flavors of the Deep South quite like Bobby and Jamie Deen. This summer the brothers, both Georgia locals, are teaming up to showcase the culture of their native region, as well as the best-ever culinary treasures in the area, on their all-new upcoming series Southern Fried Road Trip.

Beginning Monday, July 13 at 10|9c, Bobby and Jamie will set off on the ultimate regional adventure as they track down tried-and-true classics, like hearty barbecue ribs, fried green tomato sandwiches and over-the-top burgers, and get to know the local legends who create them. From West Virginia to Louisiana and Mississippi to Georgia, the guys will scour the South for specialty favorites the locals love, all in an effort to celebrate the culture and cuisine for which the South is now known.

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Arugula and Watermelon Salad — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, June 1st, 2015

With Memorial Day officially behind us, summer has (unofficially) kicked off. If this season is all about striving for easy, stress-free days, then there’s perhaps no simpler dish to make than a fresh salad. You could opt for a classic preparation of fresh greens, veggies and your favorite dressing, but in true Barefoot Contessa fashion, Ina Garten takes the traditional to the next level in her Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad (pictured above), featuring a craveable combination of peppery greens and juicy seasonal fruit.

Since watermelon is a sweet fruit, Ina balances out those natural sugars with plenty of savory tastes in the other ingredients: The olive oil-based dressing features a duo of bright citruses, plus minced shallots for a subtle bite, while crumbly feta cheese rounds out the salad with hefty richness and welcome tang. For an added burst of freshness, Ina mixes in fragrant mint leaves, which complement the fruit and the arugula alike. Click the play button on the video above to watch her make the salad.

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