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.

“This Is a Make-or-Break Moment” — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, June 21st, 2015

“You want your flour, you want your leavener and a little bit of salt.” Those three things are what Cutthroat Kitchen food stylist Jamie Peterson says are needed in order to concoct the usual dry-ingredient mixture for waffle batter. On tonight’s all-new episode, one chef was forced to make waffles not with these traditional ingredients but with a platter of junk food, including butter crackers, gummy candies and potato chips; sure enough, those three items weren’t guaranteed. Before Alton Brown could auction off this diabolical challenge to the competitors, the culinary team had to test it, and what Jamie found was shocking.

Tackling the flour component was easy enough for Jamie — just grinding the butter cookies with butter powder. But making a leavener is far trickier. “I’m going to take the egg white powder and reconstitute it into egg whites, and then try to whip it into a meringue to make it become the leavening agent we need,” he explained. “This is a make-or-break moment.” Sure enough, it worked, and he achieved stiff peaks after just a bit of whisking. “You’re a waffle! I made you from nothing,” Jamie jokingly and excitedly told the waffle after lifting the top of the waffle machine to reveal an ideally formed waffle. He took a bite and was quick to boast, “First of all, that’s delicious.”

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Simple Snacking: 3 New Ways to Crush the Chip Game

by in Recipes, Shows, June 20th, 2015

Buffalo Potato ChipsIn the spirit of Father’s Day this weekend, The Kitchen co-hosts shined a light on one of Dad’s all-time favorite pastimes — snacking — on this morning’s episode. While bags of cheese-flavored chips and salty pretzels are surely tried-and-true classics, you can easily dress up these go-to bites and turn them into all-new munchies.

You know Dad loves Buffalo chicken wings, so he’ll surely be wowed by these Buffalo Potato Chips too. The secret ingredient? A mild hot sauce drizzle, which clings to ruffled potato chips. For an extra level of flavor, add blue cheese for a welcome bite.

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Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About Barbecue

by in Community, Shows, June 16th, 2015

Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About BarbecueThough the meaning of barbecue varies from region to region and even from state to state, there’s no denying that all things meaty, saucy and grilled are some of the best bites of the season. In celebration of the over-the-top eats featured on last night’s episode of Guilty Pleasures, Food Network asked you, the fans, to tell us about your top plates of barbecue. And in true superfan fashion, you delivered in droves, not just commenting but also showing photos of piled-high plates of sticky ribs, grill-marked chicken and everything in between. When it comes to true ‘cue, there’s no denying you all know how to indulge. Keep scrolling below to see more of FN Dish’s favorite selections.

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“He Sabotaged Himself” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, June 14th, 2015

In a Cutthroat Kitchen episode where the name of the game was The Best of the Worst, in which Alton Brown was to unleash a flurry of the most-diabolical sabotages ever created, it was expected that chefs would fall to these downright evilicious — and hilarious — challenges. While that was indeed the case a few times tonight, in Round 1 a chef stumbled not entirely because he’d been sabotaged. In fact, it was due to his own poor shopping that he faced an early elimination.

The task was to cook an all-American breakfast, and as Alton explained, “Chef Joe came out of the pantry without eggs and without meat.” For judge Jet Tila, who learned of this misstep on the host’s After-Show, the question was simply, “What was he thinking?” Both he and Alton agreed that in this case, it wasn’t the challenges that took the chef down, as they said in tandem, “He sabotaged himself.” And Jet noted of Chef Joe’s decision, “If you’re going to call something French toast and not have an egg custard, you’re done in my book.”

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WATCH: The Best Klutzy Outtakes from The Kitchen

by in Shows, June 13th, 2015

This morning’s episode of The Kitchen is all about the cast members’ top recipes for tried-and-true favorites and their proven tricks for helping you master the kitchen with ease. But that doesn’t mean the co-hosts don’t experience a glitch or two when they make their meals. In fact, even the best chefs make mistakes in the kitchen, and this group isn’t afraid to show it.

In celebration of today’s National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, the chefs came together to look back on some of their most-hilarious food flubs from The Kitchen. From Katie Lee’s overflowing chocolate sauce to Jeff Mauro’s meaty oven surprise, their trip-ups are as endearing as they are hilarious. Click the play button on the video above to watch these bloopers unfold.

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