All Posts By Maria Russo

Maria Russo is an online editor at FoodNetwork.com, covering top-tier show and talent packages and managing the FN Dish and Star Talk blogs. She grew up in a tight-knit Italian family in Michigan, where food was the focus of most conversations and it wasn't unusual to talk about the next day’s lunch and dinner menus while eating breakfast. Maria graduated from Barnard College in 2012 and currently lives in New York City. She likes her pasta cheesy, her eggs runny and her oysters briny.

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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Watch Finalists’ Casting Videos: The Competitors in Their Own Words

by , May 19th, 2016

Watch Finalists' Casting Videos: The Competitors in Their Own WordsWhat started as a pool of countless applicants is now just a crop of 12: those lucky dozen hopefuls who are set to compete on Food Network Star, Season 12. But before the finalists became just that — the competitors who are officially part of the c...

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Last-Minute Wisdom: 15 Chefs Share Insider Advice with the Finalists

by , May 19th, 2016

Last-Minute Wisdom: 15 Chefs Share Insider Advice with the FinalistsWe're just days away from Sunday's Food Network Star, Season 12 premiere (at 9|8c), and while it's likely too late for the finalists to make drastic improvements to their culinary chops and suddenly master the art of talking on camera, it wouldn't h...

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Bobby Reveals His Own On-Camera Nerves and Gives Advice to Nervous Finalists

by , May 18th, 2016

Bobby Reveals His Own On-Camera Nerves and Gives Advice to Nervous FinalistsPicture this: Multiple cameras are mere inches from your face. You're learning your way around an unfamiliar kitchen. Your dreams are riding on the success of your next move. Oh, and two of the biggest names of the food world are watching your every ...

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Haters Gonna Hate Karma: Penny’s Attack on Matthew Backfires

by , May 17th, 2016

Penny had but one goal this week: "I want to see Matthew crash and burn today," she said simply. And thanks to the Star Challenge advantage she earned after winning the Mentor Challenge, she was well on her way to realizing that goal. She had the p...

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Warm Tortellini and Roasted Vegetable Salad — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 16th, 2016

Warm Tortellini with Roasted Vegetable SaladYou know those pasta salads in which elbow macaroni are caked with gloopy mayonnaise and mixed with too-crunchy carrots and celery? This pasta salad isn’t that — at all. Food Network Magazine reworked the traditional picnic side dish into a lighter, fresher alternative, and there’s not a dollop of mayo in sight.

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Chefs Reveal Their Greatest Lessons Learned from Being on TV

by , May 16th, 2016

Chefs Reveal Their Greatest Lessons Learned from Being on TVFor this year's 12 Food Network Star finalists, this competition is square one: It's the beginning of a brand-new journey and the start of what has the potential to be a life-changing career. There's no telling what could await them if they possess t...

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A First-Timer’s Introduction to Eviliciousness — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, May 15th, 2016

With nearly 12 full seasons under their belts, the Cutthroat Kitchen judges are pros at the ins and out of all things evilicious, from host Alton Brown‘s surprise antics to the makings of an especially diabolical sabotage. But on tonight’s all-new episode, guest judge Monti Carlo experienced sabotages in all their glory during her first-ever visit to the Cutthroat arena. And of course, her initial reaction to the extent of the eviliciousness before her was downright shock when she appeared on the After-Show.

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Top-Rated Cinnamon Rolls — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, May 15th, 2016

Cinnamon RollsTender and fluffy on the inside with layers of buttery cinnamon sugar throughout, The Pioneer Woman’s five-star cinnamon rolls, featured in Food Network Magazine, are the ultimate in morning indulgence and this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. After baking the rolls until they’re golden and puffed, blanket them with a sweetened coffee-maple drizzle for an over-the-top treat.

For more sweet-tooth-satisfying ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls Featured in Food Network Magazine

KFC Unleashes Edible Nail Polish That Actually Tastes Like Chicken

by in News, May 14th, 2016

KFC Unleashes Edible Nail Polish That Actually Tastes Like ChickenKFC fans, take note. The chain has just unveiled the ultimate in wearable fan paraphernalia: edible nail polish!

Yup, this is for real. Though it’s not exactly considered a top purveyor of beauty products, the national fried-chicken joint partnered with Ogilvy & Mather and McCormick (the company that produces KFC’s secret spice blend for its famous chicken) to create a nail polish that can be applied just like any other nail polish but that also tastes just like fried chicken, according to a recent article on Fortune.com.

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