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.

“Let’s Get This Party Popping” — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, January 10th, 2016

The garlic crusher, lemon squeezer, apple corer — each seems to serve only one purpose in the kitchen. But on tonight’s all-new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, one chef proved that another such item, the popcorn popper, isn’t just for popping kernels. The name of the game was jalapeno poppers, and a sabotage forced a competitor to make that dish using only a traditional tabletop popcorn machine for a sole source of heat. Before host Alton Brown auctioned off this downright diabolical challenge, the Cutthroat culinary crew got to work in the latest installment of Testing the Sabotages to make sure it was in fact feasible.

“Let’s get this party popping,” food stylist Abel Gonzalez joked as he prepared to drop his stuffed and breaded jalapeno into the pot of hot oil within the machine. Though it may seem easy enough to let the popper cook in the oil, he noted that there’s “a spinning, agitating device” inside the small container, and it would “mess with my poppers,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s going to, like, knock most of the breading off,” he added. While the breading stayed mostly attached to the pepper, removing the popper from the oil proved to be trickiest moment of the test. “This isn’t as easy as it looks,” Abel said as he tried to maneuver his tongs into the machine and grab the popper. He managed to grab it once and for all, and what emerged from the oil was indeed a jalapeno popper that he deemed “pretty decent.”

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All-in-One Chicken Spaghetti — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 10th, 2016

Chicken SpaghettiOn nights when you don’t have time to execute multiple meal components to turn out a full, hearty dinner, look no further than this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a top-rated casserole from The Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond’s easy, cheesy suppertime staple combines shredded chicken, fresh peppers and a creamy mushroom sauce with spaghetti to create a stick-to-your-ribs favorite that will feed a crowd.

For more satisfying recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti

Caption It: Breakfast the Anne Burrell Way

by in Shows, January 9th, 2016

Food Network's The KitchenWhat with the screaming alarm clock on your nightstand, the cup of coffee that always seems to run out too soon and the chilly air and dark skies awaiting you outside, mornings can be downright rough at this time of year. But breakfast doesn’t have to be a challenge — and on today’s episode of The Kitchen, the cast proved that breakfast can be easy, enjoyable and perhaps even a bit silly.

Anne Burrell stopped by to share her wake-up-worthy Crepes with Mascarpone and Chocolate with Cherry Compote, plus quite a few laughs with the co-hosts. Take a peek at the photo above of her and Jeff Mauro as they started to prep her breakfast. It seems that this duo is making the most of a sweet morning treat, with Jeff showing off a clever smile and Anne whooping it up behind the stove.

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Exclusive: Giada De Laurentiis Dishes on Her Party Secrets

by in Entertaining, Food Network Chef, Shows, January 6th, 2016

Exclusive: Giada De Laurentiis Dishes on Her Party SecretsThough the holidays have come and gone, there’s no reason to stop entertaining at home. In fact, on her brand-new series, Giada Entertains, Sundays at 11a|10c, Giada De Laurentiis will show you just how easy and enjoyable it can be to host celebrations big and small, for special occasions and anytime get-togethers alike. Recently FN Dish checked in with Giada to find out more about her penchant for party planning and to learn just which of her events she credits with being the most memorable. Read on below for an exclusive interview with Giada and learn her go-to tips on how to shop for your next party.

What do you hope fans learn from Giada Entertains? 
Giada De Laurentiis: That all it takes to throw a great party is a little creativity.

Tell us a bit about your passion for parties. How did you come to enjoy entertaining so much?
GDL: Through my family. Italians love to entertain and to cook for our families. It’s how we show people we love them — through the food.

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Healthy Two-Bean Chili That’s Easy Enough for a Weeknight — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 4th, 2016

Weeknight Two-Bean ChiliThe New Year is here, and with the arrival of January 1 likely comes a healthy-eating mindset as well. But no matter how strictly you plan to adhere to your resolutions, chances are you’re not willing to compromise on flavor — or the time it takes to prep a meal. Enter Food Network Kitchen’s fast-fix chili to save the day.

Every bit as hearty as a beefy main dish, this Weeknight Two-Bean Chili gets its heft from a duo of beans and a welcome punch of bold, smoky flavor from a combination of chili powder and Chinese five-spice powder. All it takes is a few minutes of simmering to bring the flavors of the tomato-based chili together, while a bed of brown rice and a topping of cheddar cheese when serving rounds out the meal and offers the decadent bite you crave. Since this good-for-you chili can be on the table in only 30 minutes, it’s a go-to pick on hectic nights when supper can’t come soon enough.

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“They Were Game-Changing Sabotages” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2016

While some Cutthroat Kitchen chefs are able to endure the wrath of sabotage and survive to cook in the next round, many past competitors have met their doom when a downright diabolical challenge presented them with a test they couldn’t pass. On tonight’s all-new After-Show, host Alton Brown explained to judge Simon Majumdar that such was the scene on the latest episode for two contestants who were ultimately sent home on account of evilicious sabotages.

“We had two sabotages today that sent people home,” Alton said. “They were game-changing sabotages.” And sure enough, Alton added that it was those very same sabotages that he and Simon would be trying their hands at as well. Enter the weathervane and the ladle set; the former was Chef Sarah’s sole cooking vessel, and the latter Chef Matthew had to mix in and cook with. While the competitors had to prep chicken cacciatore and doughnuts with their sabotages, respectively, Alton and Simon were set to put scrambled eggs on the table instead.

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10-Minute Avocado Dip — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 3rd, 2016

Avocado-Feta DipJust when you think you’ve worn out your usual chip-and-dip appetizer spread with the everyday French onion bowl, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is here to save your party. Ready to eat in only 10 quick minutes, Food Network Magazine’s fuss-free dip features creamy avocado and tangy feta cheese for a cool, vibrant hors d’oeuvre that’s best served with crunchy bread or veggies.

For more crowd-pleasing recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate the Holidays! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Avocado-Feta Dip from Food Network Magazine

All About Meatless Monday on The Kitchen

by in Recipes, Shows, January 2nd, 2016

Beet Burger with Citrus Caper AioliDo your New Year’s resolutions include some form of better-for-you eating? The Kitchen‘s co-hosts introduced a doable idea this morning: the Meatless Monday effort, which promotes meat-free eating one day each week. Here on FN Dish, we participate in the measure every Monday by sharing new, approachable recipes that, while vegetarian, are full of the bold, fresh flavors any carnivore would crave. Check out some of our past comforting picks, like gooey mac and cheese, baked eggs and veggie burritos, and read on below to see how Jeff Mauro, ever the meat lover, ditched the beef burger for a beet-based one.

Made with a hearty filling of ground beets, crunchy walnuts and chewy brown rice, Jeff’s easy Beet Burger with Citrus-Caper Aioli is seared until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, just like a traditional beef patty. He swaps out the classic bun in favor of a lighter alternative — cool, crisp Bibb lettuce leaves, which serve as cups that can be topped with the beet burger and a dollop of his creamy, tangy aioli laced with orange juice.

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Baked Eggs with Curried Spinach — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 28th, 2015

Baked Eggs with Curried SpinachIf holiday guests are lingering at your house this week — and surely looking for something to eat — stick with easy, speedy all-in-one meals to save you prep time in the kitchen, especially when it comes to breakfast. For morning meals and a hearty meat-free option any time of day, eggs are a go-to pick to deliver filling, protein-rich dishes. And, perhaps most importantly during the busy holiday season, they cook up in a flash.

For a next-level spin on the usual egg-and-toast plate, Food Network Kitchen chefs introduce the warm, slightly smoky flavor of curry in their quick-fix recipe for Baked Eggs with Curried Spinach, featured in Food Network Magazine. Just as you’d simmer eggs in marinara sauce for classic eggs in purgatory, this recipe comes together by cooking the eggs on a bed of spinach, curry sauce (the store-bought kind is A-OK) and red lentils, which deliver extra heft. A splash of heavy cream adds a luxurious richness to the dish, while warm naan bread offers welcome possibilities for dunking and soaking up the savory sauce. Though eggs may be traditionally thought of as a morning meal, keep this recipe on hand for fuss-free lunches or a lighter dinner too.

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11 Party-Ready Recipes to Ring In 2016 on New Year’s Eve (and at Brunch the Next Day)

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 28th, 2015

Best New Year's Eve RecipesYou’ve decked the halls, made the season bright and let it snow (depending on where you live), and now it’s time to ring in the new year with a party-ready menu fit for the final feast of 2015. Though New Year’s Eve fare might seem downright decadent — Champagne, anyone? — your menu doesn’t have to be especially extravagant to feel fancy. All it takes is a few dressed-up dishes, and perhaps some bubbly at midnight, to kick-start 2016 on a high note.

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