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.

Anne’s Ultimate Game-Day Menu: “My Friends Don’t Request — They Tell Me I Need to Make Them”

by in Food Network Chef, January 25th, 2015

Anne BurrellNachos, sliders, wings, dips and beer — for most, February’s big-game day is a chance to indulge in the ultimate spread of snack food, and Anne Burrell is no exception. It brings “a license to go ahead and get down and dirty on all of the stuff I would not normally let myself eat all together,” she recently told FN Dish. Among her must-haves at the tailgate is “a big pot of meatballs” — her Excellent Meatballs, in fact. Anne’s friends practically demand these easy, saucy bites, and the secret to making them comes down to a basic rule: solid seasoning.

Read on below to hear more from Anne about her favorite football foods and how to make then, then find out what she’ll be looking for at the concession stand when she travels to Glendale, Ariz., for the big game on Feb. 1.

It wouldn’t be game day without _____ and _____.
Anne Burrell: It wouldn’t be game day without lots of friends and libations.

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Football Fan Fare: What’s Your Favorite Game-Day Dish?

by in Recipes, January 24th, 2015

Katie Lee and Jeff MauroAs is the case in many homes on game day, The Kitchen co-hosts’ football fete featured the ultimate roster of tailgate classics on this morning’s all-new episode. From meaty nachos and next-level chicken wings to deep-dish pizza, chile con queso and boozy slushes, the cast showcased a savory spread of hearty eats and drinks all worthy of your big-game bash.

FN Dish wants to know, when it comes to indulging at your football party, what snack do you most prefer? Are you a fan of sticky, saucy Buffalo-style wings, or do you prefer the warming comfort of beefy chili? Do you dig into creamy dips right away, or do you skip the savory selects to save room for sweet brownies? Share your favorite fan fare by voting in the poll below.

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Fan Favorites: Your Picks for the Best. Breakfast. Ever.

by in Shows, January 22nd, 2015

Best. Breakfast. Ever.It was all about next-level takes on morning meals this week as both Food Network chefs and stars revealed sweet and savory picks like indulgent red velvet waffles and super-stuffed breakfast burritos on the premiere of Best. Breakfast. Ever. Fans, too, spoke up in favor of their most-mouthwatering breakfasts, as readers from coast to coast shared tales of coffee cakes with a view in California and fruity French toast in Atlanta, and showed over-the-top support for a certain spot in Chicago. Read on below for all of the details.

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Restaurants Revisited: Top Turnarounds

by in Shows, January 21st, 2015

Paul's Bar & BowlingNo matter how dire the scene may be when Robert Irvine arrives at a business, he’s not one to back away from his mission. Over the course of nearly nine seasons, Robert’s surely been tested with fiery owners, filthy kitchens and family feuds, but through it all, he and his Restaurant: Impossible team have given even the seemingly farthest-gone eateries a second chance at success, all with only $10,000 and 48 hours to work. On tonight’s special episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert looked back at some of the most-unforgettable transformations, reliving the process it took to shift owners’ perspectives, as well as their kitchens’ cleanliness and dining rooms’ design, and ultimately revealing the impressive finished updates.

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Best 6 Ways to Enjoy Buffalo Chicken

by in Recipes, January 21st, 2015

Fried Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese DipGame day may be about the football game first and foremost, but surely Buffalo chicken wings are a close second in importance. Sweet, spicy and saucy, the tried-and-true wings are tailgating must-haves, but the flavors of chicken and Buffalo sauce shine beyond the bone-in meat. From Ree Drummond’s entree salad and Jeff Mauro’s satisfying sub to Food Network Magazine’s decadent mac and cheese, read on below to learn all-new ways to celebrate this classic football food.

1. Fried Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Sauce — Food Network Magazine’s bold rendition (pictured above) of the beloved Buffalo wings is a no-fail crowd-pleaser. After a quick deep-fry, toss the golden-brown wings in a buttery hot sauce, and serve alongside a cooling blue cheese-sour cream sauce.

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Say “Cheese”: Bite Into Big Block of Cheese Day with These Gouda Recipes

by in Community, January 21st, 2015

How to Set Up a Cheese PlateIt’s no secret that cheese may be the ultimate in comfort food, but at the White House, it’s apparently known for its crowd-pleasing properties as well.

In 1837 then-President Andrew Jackson welcomed Americans into the White House for an open house, where he served visitors slices of cheese off a 1,400-pound block of cheddar and invited them to speak about the most-topical issues of the time. For the second year in a row, the Obama administration is paying tribute to President Jackson’s approachability by hosting a virtual Big Block of Cheese Day wherein all Americans can discuss the key points heard during President Obama’s State of the Union address yesterday. All day today, you can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #AskTheWH; pose questions on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr for political figures like the White House Press Secretary and Madam Vice President, Dr. Jill Biden, as well as several departments, including the departments of Labor and Transportation.

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Enter to Win a $25 See’s Candies Gift Card for Valentine’s Day

by in Contests, January 20th, 2015

See's CandiesValentine’s Day celebrations may come in many forms — from romantic restaurant meals to simple dinners at home or low-key gatherings with friends — but no matter what the day looks like at your house, chocolate should indeed be on the menu. Just in time for Valentine’s Day this year, FN Dish has teamed up with See’s Candies to offer fans the chance to win gift cards, which can be spent on candy for a special someone (or for yourself).

Creamy milk chocolates, nut-studded beauties with caramel, strawberry-laced truffles and smooth peanut butter bites — no matter what kind of treat you’re craving, there’s surely something at See’s to please every taste bud. You can buy your favorite treats from See’s Candies online now, but FN Dish is giving five lucky, randomly selected fans each a $25 gift card for free. The gift cards never expire, and you can use them in See’s Candies shops or on the company’s website. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment telling us how you plan to spend Valentine’s Day this year.

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Skillet Lasagna with Butternut Squash — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 19th, 2015

Skillet Lasagna with Butternut SquashGone are the days when making lasagna was a weekend-only activity that required hours of preparation. With the help of a stove-to-oven pan, Food Network Magazine’s quick-fix Skillet Lasagna with Butternut Squash (pictured above) is a go-to dinner you can reach for on even the busiest of weeknights.

The secret to making this recipe in a hurry is taking advantage of welcome timesavers. Start with your favorite jar of marinara and a package of frozen butternut squash, and opt for no-boil noodles (flat-shaped lasagna noodles that become tender by absorbing sauce) to save yourself from cooking traditional pasta separately. Once you’ve made a creamy cheesy mixture studded with the squash, it all comes down to layering: first the sauce, then the noodles and finally the cheeses before repeating the process. Top with a final blanket of gooey mozzarella and a sprinkle of nutty Parmesan for added decadence before baking. It’s a good idea to let the skillet rest for a few minutes before serving; this will help prevent the cheeses from oozing out when you cut into the lasagna.

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When a Side Dish Saves the Day — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, January 19th, 2015

So often in the Cutthroat Kitchen arena, chefs split their focus between the challenge dish and a side dish or two to round out their offerings for the judge, only to find out later that the sides did more harm than good, perhaps detracting from the primary dish or suffering a flaw that the judge cannot ignore. But on tonight’s all-new episode, it turns out that the side dish saved the day for one competitor and ultimately clinched his win.

It was up to judge Simon Majumdar to decide which of two chefs’ granola bars was worthy of the prize, and while Chef Julio’s plate indeed featured a bar, Simon noted of the taste during the After-Show, “It wasn’t the best granola.” That prestige was awarded to Chef John’s dish, as Simon explained, “John’s was really good granola, but it wasn’t a bar.” Therein lies the problem. “The fact that both of them had real problems — one didn’t have a bar and one didn’t have great granola — meant I had to judge the dish as a whole,” Simon said, “and [Chef Julio’s] pineapple dish was really great.” While such a judgment doesn’t happen regularly on Cutthroat, Alton Brown told Simon, “In that case, it was the side item that sealed the victory.”

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Speak Up, Fans: Where Do You Eat the Best Breakfast Ever?

by in Shows, January 19th, 2015

Best. Breakfast. Ever.While barbecue and pizza may conjure images of a specific plate — smoky, saucy meats or a crust with sauce on it — the rules of breakfast are far more lenient. After all, a morning meal can range from the sweetest sugar-rolled doughnuts and creamiest cups of oatmeal to the heartiest platters of steak and eggs and towering piles of fluffy flapjacks.

Your favorite Food Network chefs and stars are set to reveal their picks for the ultimate morning indulgence on tonight’s brand-new episode of Best. Breakfast. Ever. (at 10|9c), but before you tune in, FN Dish wants to hear about your breakfast picks. What are some of your local breakfast hot spots, and what do you order? Are you a fan of the diner on the corner for its classic egg scramble and bacon, a bagel shop specializing in fresh lox or a fancier eatery with gourmet French toast? Leave a comment below, tell us on Food Network’s Facebook page or Food Network’s Google+ page, or tweet @FoodNetwork using #BestBreakfastEver to tell us your local restaurant picks and share your version of the ultimate breakfast. FN Dish will round up your answers and reveal your top selections on Thursday.

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