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.

Farro with Cheese and Herbs — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, April 18th, 2016

Farro with Cheese and HerbsI’d like to introduce you to your new favorite grain, farro. Similar in taste and texture to barley, this hearty Italian ingredient is prepared just as you’d make rice, by boiling it, and is a culinary blank canvas of sorts — you can pair it with countless other flavors, just as you can quinoa or couscous. While you can indeed make a batch of farro while you’re planning the week’s meals on Sunday and count on it starring in simple salads for a few days thereafter, you can also turn the heat up on farro and serve it in a hot casserole, as Giada De Laurentiis has done in her recipe for Farro with Cheese and Herbs.

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“I’m the Best That Ever Played This Game” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, April 17th, 2016

No stranger to the role of judge or competitor on Cutthroat Kitchen, Richard Blais is a bit of an evilicious die-hard (he did win Round 1 of the latest Superstar Sabotage tournament, after all). And on tonight’s new episode, he proved his dedication in the most-permanent (or at least a permanent-looking) way: a Cutthroat Kitchen tattoo. The name of the game this week was breakfast, and for this special episode both host Alton Brown and Richard, who was the guest judge of the day, donned themed bathrobes as they doled out and critiqued contestants’ morning meals. And when Richard pulled back his own fuzzy robe, he revealed a shockingly realistic tattoo of the show’s logo on the left side of his chest.

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Ina’s Tequila Lime Chicken — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, April 17th, 2016

Tequila Lime ChickenYou know that tequila and lime pair well together in your favorite boozy drinks — margaritas, anyone? — but, believe it or not, these crisp, fresh flavors can star in surprisingly healthy dinners as well. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Ina Garten uses the liquor and the citrus juice, along with bold chili powder, to make a simple marinade for chicken breasts, which she quickly grills until tender and juicy. Bonus: Ina notes that the chicken can be served hot or at room temperature, so you can take your time as you work on sides to round out the meal.

As you look ahead to warm-weather cooking, check out Food Network’s Let’s Grill! board on Pinterest for recipe ideas and smoky inspiration.

Get the Recipe: Tequila Lime Chicken 

2 New Ways to Bring Big Flavor to French Toast

by in Recipes, Shows, April 16th, 2016

Cafe de la Olla French ToastFrench toast: bread, eggs, milk or cream. That’s it, right? Right … technically. But the world of French toast goes beyond those basic ingredients, and what results when you add even more flavors and textures — or even dress up the three staple ingredients — can be downright indulgent and worthy of both breakfast and dessert. On this morning’s all-new “secrets” episode of The Kitchen, the cast revealed little-known tricks for upgrading some of your favorite dishes and common pantry items in new, bold ways. Enter French toast. By using extra-special bread, making a creamy custard with warm spices and finishing the dish with sweet toppings, the co-hosts transformed this go-to dish into a next-level winner.

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Look Who’s Back: Meet the 7 Returning Rivals Competing on Comeback Kitchen

by , April 15th, 2016

Food Network Star: Comeback KitchenThey. Are. Back. Seven previously ousted finalists from past seasons of Food Network Star have returned to the hallowed Food Star Kitchen for their second chance at stardom, and this time, with an entire season of competition behind them, they're mor...

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Part Food, Part TV, All Success: Tyler and Valerie on Mentoring Together on Comeback Kitchen

by , April 15th, 2016

Food Network Star: Comeback KitchenThere are fierce competitions, sure. And then there's Food Network Star, the ultimate in culinary showdowns, a battle so great that it has the potential to redefine a person's life forever. There's perhaps no contest with greater stakes than Food Net...

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Star-a-Day: Yaku Moton-Spruill

by , April 15th, 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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7 Ways to Make Pasta Primavera, aka the Most-Springy Dish Ever

by in In Season, Recipes, April 14th, 2016

Pasta PrimaveraIf you’re like us and are just about ready to dance down the streets and proclaim your excitement over spring’s long-awaited arrival, you need to celebrate by taking advantage of the best parts of spring — and, of course, that means the bounty of seasonal produce. In Italian, primavera means “spring,” and the classic dish of pasta primavera brings together the bounty of in-season veggies in a single light, bright dinner that’s ideal for longer days and warmer nights. Read on below to check out our favorite takes on this tried-and-true staple.

Giada De Laurentiis’ Pasta Primavera
With nearly 400 fan reviews and a 5-star rating, Giada’s go-to recipe is a good place to start if you’re new to the primavera party. She lets the sweetness of the roasted carrots, zucchini and bell peppers shine in her no-sauce sauce, which is made just before serving as the hot noodles get tossed with the tender veggies and a generous splash of the cooking liquid.

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Star-a-Day: Tregaye Fraser

by , April 14th, 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: Rob Burmeister

by , April 13th, 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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