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.

“I Have to Eat This Stuff; Just Remember That” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, April 5th, 2015

Canned whole chickens, vending-machine cheese, water-soaked hot dog rolls. Each of these items has been the focus of a Cutthroat Kitchen sabotage, and while they may be cringe-inducing (and downright hilarious) to fans watching at home, they’re nevertheless part of the offerings that the judges are forced to consume, as Simon Majumdar reminded us during the latest Alton’s After-Show.

“I have to eat this stuff; just remember that,” he told Alton Brown as he two looked back on a particularly doozy of a competition round on tonight’s all-new episode. The Round 3 challenge asked the chefs to make carrot cake in this spring-themed battle, and in the spirit of freshness and renewal in springtime, a sabotage forced one chef to “harvest ingredients new ingredients for their cake,” Alton explained. This involved digging through a makeshift garden for individually wrapped fixings, some classic like eggs and others not so traditional, like canned pickled carrots and cinnamon candies. “His sauce was odd, but now I know why,” Simon said of the offering from Chef Jeffrey, who was dealt this diabolical lot and called his dish Carrot Cake Surprise. “It’s Muggins here who gets to eat it,” he joked, adding of his own British sensibilities, “We never say something’s horrible. We go, ‘This is interesting’ or ‘This was a very brave choice.’ His was a very brave choice.”

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5 Breakfast Bowls for a Better Morning — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, April 5th, 2015

5 Breakfast Bowls for a Better MorningMornings can be rough. Amid getting the kids dressed for school and packing up essentials needed for the day, it may seem like there’s just not enough time to settle in for a relaxing breakfast. While you may indeed be rushed, there’s surely time for a fresh — and (bonus!) healthy — morning meal, thanks to these light breakfast bowls, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Whether you’re craving the sunny flavors of citrus, the sweet crunch of coconut or the savory taste of avocado, start your day with hearty bowls boasting satisfying bases of yogurt, oatmeal and chia seeds, among others.

For even more light recipes, check out Food Network’s Healthy Start board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipes: Healthy Breakfast Bowls (pictured above)

Sunny’s “One-Pan Plan” Chicken and Pasta Dinner

by in Recipes, April 4th, 2015

Sunny's Easy Braised Tomato Chicken and Spinach with FettuccineAs you help the kids with their homework, unload grocery bags and (attempt to) catch up with your spouse on the details of the day, it seems like there’s hardly any time to prepare just one component of a dish, let alone all of the elements needed for a complete meal. That’s where Sunny Anderson’s “one-pan plan” comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, she introduced a fuss-free recipe that allows you to make all of the key parts of dinner — a protein, a starch and vegetables — in a single pan, which surely saves time and stress in the kitchen.

The secret to Sunny’s strategy is working in batches. For her Easy Braised Tomato Chicken and Spinach with Fettuccine (pictured above), she starts by browning chicken thighs so they turn out moist and juicy, then she builds flavor in the sauce with charred cherry tomatoes, salty olives and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Sunny skips dirtying a separate pan by cooking the fresh fettuccine, which naturally cooks more quickly than dried noodles, with the spinach right in the liquid of the sauce — guaranteeing this dinner can be on the table in only one hour. For an extra punch of flavor, she serves the dish with a squeeze of lemon for welcome freshness.

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We Asked, You Cooked: Banana Bread — Fan Photos

by in Community, April 3rd, 2015

Banana BreadJust last month Food Network asked fans on Facebook to try their hands at one of’s best-ever recipes, Ina Garten’s mustard-roasted chicken, and to show us your results with photos of the finished dish. This time, however, we asked you to ditch the stovetop in favor of the oven for a sweet treat: a top-rated banana bread that’s one of the most-popular recipes on the site. In true superfan spirit, many of you took to the kitchen to make this moist, cinnamon-scented loaf; check out some of FN Dish’s favorite fan photos of the finished banana bread, then get the recipe for this easy dessert.

From Laura Mapel: Pictured above

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Restaurant Revisited: Cocoamoda

by in Shows, April 1st, 2015

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleWhile some restaurant owners welcome Robert Irvine with open arms and recognize their need for his expertise, others are perhaps too set in their ways to realize the gravity of the state of their restaurant. That’s what happened on tonight’s all-new episode of Restaurant: Impossible when a mission took Robert to Cocoamoda in Calvert, Texas. A French bistro boasting both an event space and a chocolate boutique, Cocoamoda is owned by Ken Wilkinson, but it was Ken’s daughter, Courtney, who first reached out to Robert and asked if he — Brit to Brit — could convince her father to update his approach. Now, a few months after reopening a newly renovated Cocoamoda, Ken is speaking out about Robert’s changes to the restaurant and how his business is faring today.

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Breaking News: Food Network to Launch Food-Focused Dating App

by in News, April 1st, 2015

The Daytime Emmys Recognize Food Network and Cooking Channel with 11 Nominations

by in News, Shows, April 1st, 2015

Ina Garten, Bobby Flay and The KitchenIt’s been an especially eventful few weeks at Food Network. Fresh off the news that Ina Garten and Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, as well as Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, are among the elite few to have received 2015 James Beard Award nominations, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just announced that several of your favorite Food Network chefs and shows have received nominations for the 42nd annual Daytime Emmys.

Bobby and Ina continue their award-season hot streak with nominations for Outstanding Culinary Host for their work on Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics and Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, respectively. They join Danny Boome of Z Living’s Good Food America, Edward Lee and Magnus Nilsson of PBS’ The Mind of a Chef, and Martha Stewart for PBS’ Martha Bakes.

Ina’s Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics is also nominated for Outstanding Culinary Program, as is Guy’s Big Bite, hosted by Guy Fieri, and Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, hosted by Mo Rocca. Other nominees in the category include Martha Bakes and The Mind of a Chef, both on PBS.

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5 Food Network Chefs, 5 Takes on Lemony Chicken Piccata

by in Recipes, March 31st, 2015

Chicken PiccataAt its core chicken piccata is a simple, satisfying dinner of tender chicken breasts and a bold, lemony sauce with capers. But when your favorite Food Network chefs are involved, of course, this humble Italian classic is taken to the next level. From white wine- and cream-spiked sauces to pasta tosses and salads on the side, read on below to find out how five of your all-time favorite stars — Ina Garten, Rachael Ray, Trisha Yearwood, The Pioneer Woman and Giada De Laurentiis — put their signature spins on this tried-and-true meal.

5. Ina’s Chicken Piccata — To make sure her chicken boasts over-the-top taste and crispy texture, Ina coats the meat in seasoned breadcrumbs before beginning a two-part cooking process: a few minutes on the stove, then a final bake in the oven. Just a splash of white wine offers bold flavor to her silky sauce.

4. Rachael’s Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss — Instead of opting for full-size chicken breasts in this 30-minute meal, Rachael chops tenders into bite-size pieces before mixing them with penne and a piccata-style lemon sauce for an all-in-one dinner.

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QUIZ: Are You a Cutthroat Kitchen Superfan?

by in Shows, March 30th, 2015

Antonia Lofaso and Alton BrownYou’ve watched the evilicious battles unfold on TV every Sunday night, you log on to to check out the latest After-Shows with Alton Brown and the judges, you’ve even found out which sabotage would slay you if you saddled up for competition. By all accounts, you’re a bona fide fan of Cutthroat Kitchen. Now it’s time to learn once and for all whether you’re a superfan — the ultimate in die-hard devotion to all things diabolical. Take the quiz below to see how your knowledge of the sabotages, judges, host and contest rules stacks up.

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Minestrone with Gnocchi — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, March 30th, 2015

Minestrone with GnocchiWhile winter’s chill may have (almost, finally) left us, that doesn’t mean you can’t still cozy up to a hearty bowl of soup — especially on a Meatless Monday. Since the basis of most soups is simply plenty of fresh vegetables and a stock (likely vegetable), these warming bowls are a go-to option for vegetarians, and leftovers reheat easily for take-to-work lunches and fuss-free dinners. Sure, some soups require the time and TLC that only slow simmering can provide, but many do not, including Food Network Magazine’s Minestrone with Gnocchi (pictured above), which can be on the table in just 40 minutes.

The secret to this quick-fix recipe is starting with a package of prepared gnocchi; these store-bought beauties are welcome timesavers in the kitchen, and when paired with the tomato-studded broth, they provide the welcome heft you crave in a soup. Each bowl is topped with a sprinkle of nutty Parmesan cheese before serving, but if you happen to have a Parmesan rind on hand, add it to the soup along with the fresh rosemary as it cooks — the rind will slowly break down and melt, flavoring the broth with its salty, cheesy taste.

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