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.

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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QUIZ: Can You Guess the Food Network Stars by Their Dishes?

by , April 12th, 2016

There's no question that you enjoy eating the sweet and savory recipes your favorite Food Network stars create. But if you were presented with only a picture of a dish, could you guess which chef made it? Take the quiz above to find out.

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POLL: The Best of Cake and Pie

by in Community, Polls, April 12th, 2016

POLL: The Best of Cake and PieNo matter if you’re hosting a special-occasion dessert party or simply baking for a Tuesday night at home, cake and pie are go-to treats, and they’re guaranteed crowd-pleasers. But we want to know what it is about cake and pie that makes them so beloved. Cast your vote in the polls below to tell us what you think is the best part of each dessert.

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Star-a-Day: Monterey Salka

by , April 12th, 2016

Monterey SalkaIt 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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Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato and Fontina — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, April 11th, 2016

Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato and FontinaWhile there’s no question that eggs make an easy, hearty brunch dish, executing them for a crowd can be difficult. Who wants to poach or fry dozens of eggs while entertaining? The solution? The frittata.

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