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.

Caption It: Premiere Giggles at the Judges’ Table

by , May 6th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12Let's call this the calm before the storm. Comeback Kitchen premieres Sunday (at 8|7c), and for the seven returning hopefuls, that means there's just days left until they begin the winding road to redemption. Challenges, critiques and constant press...

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Food Network Star Finalists Answer: “Who’s Been Your Culinary Mentor So Far?”

by , May 5th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12The countdown is on to the premiere of Food Network Star, when this year's eager hopefuls will begin the job interview of their lives. They've been working toward this moment their entire careers — their entire lives, really — and what happens af...

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7 Dips You Need at Your Cinco de Mayo Party

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 4th, 2016

Chile con QuesoYou’ve bought all the tortillas you’ll need for the tacos and enchiladas, and you’ve readied the blender for frosty margaritas. But have you considered what to offer in your spread of starters? Look no further than this collection of party-ready dips ideal for Cinco de Mayo (or any other bash), complete with both classic and creative picks like creamy queso, tangy salsa and even something sweet.

Chile con Queso
The Pioneer Woman bulks up the tried-and-true chile-laced cheese dip with crumbled sausage for meaty, comforting heft.

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Comeback Kitchen According to Mentor Valerie: “This Is Like the Roughest Boot Camp You Could Ever Imagine”

by , May 4th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12Recently Star Talk brought you a one-on-one interview with Tyler Florence, and today the focus shifts to the other half of the Comeback Kitchen mentor duo, Valerie Bertinelli. Together these Food Network chefs will not only guide the returning r...

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QUIZ: How Far Would You Go on Food Network Star?

by , May 3rd, 2016

Comeback Kitchen Mentor Tyler Previews What’s Ahead: “I Always Pull for the Underdog”

by , May 3rd, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12The countdown. Is. On. There are just days left until the premiere of Comeback Kitchen (on Sunday at 8|7c), when seven Food Network Star alumni return to the starting line for the redo of a lifetime. Recently Star Talk caught up with Tyler Florence, ...

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Kale-Potato Enchiladas Verdes — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 2nd, 2016

Kale-Potato Enchiladas VerdesSay goodbye to everything you know about enchiladas, because Marcela Valladolid’s recipe for Kale-Potato Enchiladas Verdes is here to change the game for good. In place of the usual ground beef filling, she opts for a duo of veggies, and instead of blanketing the tortillas in a simple tomato sauce, she goes green with a tomatillo-cilantro sauce.

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Recipes You Can Count On: Bobby’s and Giada’s Best Plates

by , May 2nd, 2016

Recipes You Can Count On: Bobby's and Giada's Best PlatesWhen Food Network Star premieres on Sunday, May 22 at 9|8c, this year's cast of hopefuls will quickly learn that when it comes to succeeding at Stardom, there's no such thing as "good enough." Both on the camera and on the plate, they'll be expected ...

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“Dreams Are Coming True on Cutthroat Kitchen” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, May 1st, 2016

It was only a few weeks ago that guest judge Richard Blais proclaimed himself “the best that ever played this game.” And though Cutthroat Kitchen has indeed seen its share of impressive winners (and losers), we’re inclined to agree that Richard’s enthusiasm for eviliciousness knows no bounds — literally. In honor of the day’s pesto test, he was challenged to swing hits over a makeshift “Green Monster” in order to earn the required ingredients for pesto on the After-Show. He managed to score not one but multiple up-and-over home runs to collect everything he’d need to make the dish, like fresh herbs, fruity olive oil and plenty of Parmesan cheese. “This is so much fun. I love this show!” he said, donning a team CTK baseball cap.

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The Only Salad Dressing Recipe You’ll Ever Need — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, May 1st, 2016

Aunt Trish's Salad DressingThe ultimate fix-it-and-forget-it recipe, The Pioneer Woman’s big-batch salad dressing works well on top of a simple green salad, and she notes that it can also star tossed in a pasta salad. Her secret? A classic combination of nutty Parmesan and bright, fresh lemon juice, which add bold taste to her oil-based dressing. If you’re planning to serve this at a party, keep in mind that Ree Drummond recommends letting the dressing chill for a day before serving it; this will give the flavors of the ingredients a chance to marry.

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