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.

PHOTOS: Curtis Goes Behind the Scenes of Beach Eats USA in Instagram Takeover

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 12th, 2015

Curtis StoneSun, sand, surf — these are just part of the makings of a successful day at the beach. Let’s not forget about the food. On his brand-new show, Beach Eats USA, premiering today at 10:30|9:30c, Curtis Stone sets off on a coast-to-coast journey, delving into the best bites from waterside hot spots across the country. From succulent seafood selections to meaty favorites, Curtis is set to sample classic and creative fare from little-known eateries and beloved destinations near the shore.

Ahead of tonight’s series premiere, Curtis took over Food Network’s Instagram feed to share some of his favorite photos. These aren’t the usual posed beauty shots you’re likely expecting; think shrimp close-ups, wind-blown hair and even a broken toe.

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Chatting with Rachael Ray: What It Takes to Make a Pilot

by , August 11th, 2015
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Rachael Ray on Food Network StarDom, Eddie and Jay all completed multiple challenges during their runs on Food Network Star — some with great success and others with disappointing outcomes — but perhaps their most-important task didn't come in Food Star Kitchen. In New York Cit...

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Paddleboarding, Peel-and-Eat Shrimp and Sand Castles: Curtis Stone Previews Beach Eats USA and Shares His Best Waterside Memories

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 10th, 2015

Beach Eats USACrystal-blue waters, the subtle hum of the ocean and the warm, soft sand — few things are as both calming and exciting as a day at the beach, and on his all-new series, Beach Eats USA, Curtis Stone is off to show fans why, all while exploring the best bites up for grabs at the waterside. Ahead of this week’s premiere (on Wednesday at 10:30|9:30c), FN Dish checked in with Curtis for a one-on-one chat about all things sand, shores and surfside dining — from the first look at the adventures he’ll undertake on Beach Eats USA (think speedy ziplining) to his four to-dos when ordering from seaside haunts.

What can fans look forward to seeing on Beach Eats USA?
Curtis Stone: A lot of fun, as well as cooking and eating (lots of eating!) down-home, good, classic American favorites outdoors at some of the most-beautiful locations in America (and right on the sand, in most cases!). You’ll see me get really silly, joking with the chefs, and trying new things — like the rings on the beach at Santa Monica (ha!), paddleboarding in the mangroves in Key West, where I could see the fish swimming alongside me, riding a helicopter over the Virginia coast (sharing the same airspace with some of America’s top naval fighter planes — yowza!) and ziplining through beautiful Catalina (and nearly wetting myself), to name a few. You’ll see breathtaking, never-before-seen, aerial shots of these beautiful beachside locations, too.

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Camp Cutthroat Culinary Competency Quiz: Knife Skills

by in Shows, August 10th, 2015

From chef’s knives to mezzalunas, from dices to chops to juliennes, and through all the basics of butchering meat, sharp knife skills are anything but easy to come by; they require precision, thought and a honed technique, even for everyday cuts into ordinary foods. No matter whether they’re competing in the wilderness on Camp Cutthroat (beginning Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 9|8c) or in the classically evilicious arena, Cutthroat Kitchen chefs ought to display top-notch knife skills, even in the face of diabolical sabotages. Before the Camp competitors pack their duffels for Alton Brown’s outdoor challenges, it’s your turn, fans, to see how your knowledge of knives measures up in the kitchen. Take the quiz below to find out if you’re a Knife Novice, a Sharp Slicer or a Blade Master.

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Drinking Games, Cutthroat Kitchen Style — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, August 9th, 2015

There are the drinking games you likely know and love — and then there are Cutthroat Kitchen drinking games. On tonight’s all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, Alton Brown took shots to a diabolical level when he auctioned off a tray of shot glasses filled not with liquor but with spicy, tangy and downright funky ingredients — not all of them liquid. Hot sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, fish sauce and garlic made up the five evilicious glasses, and the unfortunate chef saddled with this sabotage was forced to take a shot of one each time he wanted to taste his food.

Alton brought this doozy of a challenge to the After-Show to show off to Simon Majumdar, and Alton was quick to turn the tables on the judge, saying to him, “I double-dog dare you to shoot the fish sauce.” Ever the cooperative judge, Simon wasted no time in throwing back the classically Asian ingredient in one fell glug. As is only natural, of course, Simon didn’t hesitate to challenge Alton to an equally cringe-inducing ingredient: the hot sauce. “Alton’s been giving it lots and lots of this,” Simon said, while making the chatter motion with his hand. While Alton was quick to refuse the hot sauce — “I’m not going to play that game!” he declared — he indeed put back a swig of Worcestershire sauce. “No way was I doing the hot sauce! I’m not insane,” Alton said. While both guys survived their tastings, the competitor stuck with this sabotage didn’t last into Round 2.

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , August 9th, 2015
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Food Network StarIt's the nature of the Food Network Star beast that even though no matter how badly finalists want to achieve their dreams of stardom, ultimately only one can win the coveted title, and with that, 11 finalists will be going home. Every week Star Talk...

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Camp Cutthroat Canteen: Trail Mix ‘n’ Match — INFOGRAPHIC

by in Shows, August 8th, 2015

Camp Cutthroat Canteen: Trail Mix 'n' Match — Infographic

What to Eat in Sacramento: A Dining Guide to Casual and Elegant Eats

by in Restaurants, August 7th, 2015

While Los Angeles, with its big-city glitz and glamour, may be full of famed dining destinations, Southern California is surely not the only part of the Golden State where you can find sought-after cuisine. In Northern California, the city of Sacramento has been known to offer both dressed-up hot spots and laid-back eateries, specializing in everything from Korean BBQ and Vietnamese favorites to fresh oysters. Recently, Seonkyoung Longest, the winner of Restaurant Express, set off with her husband to find the best bites Sacramento has to offer, as the pair recently moved to the city. They took viewers along as they sampled craveable classics and creative finds alike.

Click the play button above to see Seonkyoung’s picks for casual eats in Sacramento, then check out the best bets for elegant meals.

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Caption It: The Director’s in the House

by , August 7th, 2015
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Rachael Ray on Food Network StarIt was just 10 weeks ago when 12 hopeful finalists took their first steps into the culinary spotlight in Food Star Kitchen, full of dreams and anticipation — and anxiety over what the future held. Now, just one week before the finale, there are onl...

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Camp Cutthroat Culinary Competency Quiz: Mixology Skills

by in Shows, August 6th, 2015

Camp Cutthroat Culinary Competency Quiz: Mixology SkillsIt’s hot, it’s late, it’s summer — nothing quenches your thirst at times like these quite like a refreshing cocktail, and the same holds true for the competitors who are set to spend a session at Alton Brown’s evilicious Camp Cutthroat. Just in time for the first session of Camp, on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 9|8c, FN Dish wants to know: How much of a cocktail connoisseur are you? From mixed spirits and fruity sippers to essential bar equipment and common drink garnishes, concocting winning cocktails takes more than just a shaking up a few kinds of liquor. Test your mixology savvy by taking this quiz to find out if you’re a Beverage Beginner, a Competent Cocktailer or a Mix Master.

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