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.

Grilled Portobello Burger for a Memorial Day Picnic — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 25th, 2015

Grilled Portobello Burger with Onion JamWith Memorial Day falling on a Meatless Monday, it may seem like there are only two options when it comes to eating at today’s barbecues: 1. Forgo vegetarianism and perhaps embrace a Meatless Tuesday instead. 2. Be relegated to the buffet’s potato and pasta salads simply to maintain a meat-free plate. But it turns out that those aren’t your only choices. You can indeed dig into to a hearty grilled dish at today’s picnic — and at bashes all summer long — by opting for a mushroom burger.

Every bit as hefty as a beef burger, Food Network Kitchen’s Grilled Portobello Burger with Onion Jam (pictured above) boasts the signature charred flavor you crave from grilled meats. And since these earthy portobellos are coated in a garlic-balsamic oil before cooking, they’re full of satisfying flavor too. To round out the mushrooms and add even more bold taste and textures to this between-the-bun creation, pile on the toppings, including soft and sweet honey-laced onions, crisp lettuce, and horseradish-spiked yogurt for a light yet creamy finish.

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Food Network Stars Reveal Their Lessons Learned After Years on TV

by , May 25th, 2015
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Food Network Stars Reveal Their Lessons Learned After Years on TVThe job of Food Network Star is a highly specialized one, which is why there are only a select few chefs who are worthy of the title — and why 12 hopeful finalists are willing to battle to claim that title in this summer's fiercest culinary competi...

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“That’s Going to Be an Issue Here” — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, May 24th, 2015

As far as sabotages go, one that’s made out of metal, provides stable support for food and stands up well to heat is practically a gift in the eyes of Cutthroat Kitchen rivals. Or at least it likely seemed that way ahead of tonight’s brand-new episode when Alton Brown auctioned off a perforated French loaf bread pan on which one rival would have to cook a croque madame. Since a French loaf pan is a sturdy metal pan that’s indeed meant to be heated, the bread, meat and cheese elements of this classic French sandwich would be doable, but creating the bechamel — a creamy sauce — would prove downright difficult.

Before Alton could feature this sabotage on the show, it had to vetted by the Cutthroat culinary crew, and during the test, food stylist Hugo Sanchez noted his concern about making a liquid sauce in a holey vessel. “That’s going to be an issue here,” he said simply before getting set to tackle the challenge head-on. His solution involved filling the holes by mixing up a pastelike combination of flour and milk, as he explained: “It is sticky. It’s gooey, which is exactly what we want.” After covering the holes with this mixture, he quickly turned the heat on in an effort to bake the paste into the holes, thus closing them once and for all, and ultimately allowing him to use that now-solid surface to create his sauce — and approve the sabotage.

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Baked Cauliflower Tots — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, May 24th, 2015

Baked Cauliflower TotsWhile traditional Tater Tots are filled with (what else?) taters and laden in a greasy fried coating, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week swaps out potatoes in favor of a lighter filling: cauliflower. By pureeing the vegetable with sauteed onions and a binding mixture, you can form it into two-bite tots. The beauty of this made-over recipe is that even though these snacks are baked, not fried, they don’t lose any of that craveworthy crunch, thanks to a quick dredge in rice cereal before cooking.

For more better-for-you recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Baked Cauliflower Tots (pictured above)

Cook Like a Star with Bobby’s and Giada’s Best-Ever Recipes

by , May 24th, 2015
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Cook Like a Star with Bobby's and Giada's Best-Ever RecipesBobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis may be two of Food Network's most-iconic stars — after all, who better than established pros to lead the 12 hopeful finalists vying for a shot at stardom? — but their skills go beyond being shining TV personali...

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Burgers vs. Ribs: Which Gets Your Vote (and Bite) at the Barbecue?

by in Polls, Shows, May 23rd, 2015

Burgers vs. Ribs: Which Gets Your Vote (and Bite) at the Barbecue?Just in time for Monday’s Memorial Day holiday, the cast of The Kitchen came together to throw the ultimate backyard barbecue on this morning’s all-new episode. Complete with a boozy Long Island iced tea, the co-hosts’ menu boasted classic and creative picks alike, but at the forefront of their cookout were their recipes for two meaty favorites: a juicy burger and saucy ribs. While both are traditional barbecue selects, Katie Lee’s burger and Jeff Mauro’s spare ribs featured next-level elements — a buttermilk-herb dressing for the burgers and a Chinese-inspired glaze for the ribs — that transformed the meats into impressive presentations with satisfying results.

FN Dish wants to know, as you consider your ultimate cookbook plate, both at your Memorial Day gathering and at summer soirees all season long, which of these tried-and-true selects is your favorite? Are you a fan of the beefy goodness that only a cheese-covered patty, piled high with toppings galore, can offer, or do you prefer the tender succulence of hearty ribs? Cast your vote in the poll below to share your preference.

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Finalists Reveal Their Culinary Mentors (Who Aren’t Bobby and Giada)

by , May 23rd, 2015
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Food Network Star, Season 11 FinalistsIn just a few short weeks, the Food Network Star finalists will begin the job interview of their lives. And while Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will decide who among the finalists boasts glimmers of Star power and who ultimately does not make th...

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Chefs Speak Out on What Not to Do: Food Network Star Edition

by , May 22nd, 2015
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Chefs Speak Out on What Not to Do: Food Network Star EditionOften in the Food Network Star competition finalists are told what they need to do to succeed — hone their culinary points of view, master time management, bring bold flavors to their dishes — but it's not often that they learn what pitfalls to a...

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The Road to Stardom: Watch the Finalists’ Casting Videos

by , May 21st, 2015
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Food Network Star, Season 11 FinalistsOut of countless applicants who vied for a chance at stardom, only 12 worthy contenders were selected to begin the journey of their lives on June 7 (at 9|8c), when they'll report for the ultimate job interview on Food Network Star. Each hopeful comes...

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5 Salmon Recipes That Answer the Question, “What’s for Dinner?”

by in Recipes, May 20th, 2015

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and SalmonWhile chicken breasts may get most of the praise in the quick-fix dinner department, salmon shouldn’t be forgotten. In fact, this speedy seafood may even give its meaty counterpart a run for its money as far as the clock is concerned. When portioned into individual fillets, salmon takes mere minutes to cook, and it pairs well with a variety of flavors and ingredients — think savory glazes, sweet sauces and spicy spice rubs. Since it’s a hearty fish, salmon stands up well to high-heat cooking methods like grilling, though the key to turning out moist, tender results is to not overcook the fish, no matter if you’re preparing on the grill, on the stovetop or in the oven. Read on below to check out six of Food Network’s best-ever speedy salmon dinners, each ready to eat in 35 minutes or less.

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon (pictured above)
A single recipe that delivers a complete, well-rounded meal — healthfully and in a hurry? Yes, it’s possible, and Giada De Laurentiis has the answer. In just 20 quick minutes she tops a bed of vitamin-rich spinach with a scoop of lemony pasta with capers and finishes with pan-seared salmon for a satisfying dose of protein.

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