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.

Beyond the Breakfast Parfait: 3 New Ways to Use Yogurt

by in Recipes, Shows, January 7th, 2017

Yogurt PopsA tub of yogurt may be a fixture on your breakfast table, but there are more ways to serve this staple ingredient than the everyday parfait. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a trio of recipes that showcase this sweet-tangy pick, one of which transforms the traditional yogurt-granola mash-up into a fake-out dessert. Read on below to get their ideas, then click here to find the how-tos for all the recipes featured on today’s show.

Yogurt Pops
No longer relegated to the dessert course, frozen pops can steal the breakfast spotlight too. All you need are handy ice-pop molds and three classic parfait fixings: yogurt, granola and a sweetener like maple syrup or honey. Once the mixture freezes inside the molds, you can grab the pops and munch on them — no spoon required. Bonus: There are no rules when it comes to the ingredients, so it’s up to you to pick your favorite flavors.

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Cheesy Baked Ziti — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 1st, 2017

Baked ZitiWe’ve arrived in one of the best seasons of the year — no, I don’t mean the holiday season, which is wrapping up with today’s New Year’s Day parties. Instead, I’m talking about comfort-food season, which celebrates all things cheesy, creamy, hearty and oh so decadent. Ease your way into 2017 and keep warm all winter long with piping-hot comfort food, like the recipe featured in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. The Pioneer Woman’s fuss-free Baked Ziti is layered with a gooey mozzarella mixture, a beefy meat sauce and, of course, plenty of pasta. This top-rated casserole yields a whopping 12 servings, so keep it in mind when you’re planning for a crowd.

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

Get the Recipe: Baked Ziti

So, You Want to Host a “Lazy Brunch” for the New Year

by in Holidays, Recipes, Shows, December 31st, 2016

Piece of Cake Today’s New Year’s Eve, and for many, the party to welcome 2017 will happen tonight (and into the wee hours of tomorrow). But for others, the celebration goes down tomorrow in the form of a casual Jan. 1 brunch. If you would like to get your brunch on but are worried about waking up tomorrow and having to work in the kitchen, plan to host a “Lazy Brunch,” like what the co-hosts showcased on The Kitchen this morning. Check out their top tips for an easy, enjoyable get-together that’s ideal for easing your way into 2017.

Who says you need fancy flapjacks or elegant eggs to win the brunch game? Opt for a “Toast to the New Year” Toast Bar (pictured above) to keep it simple for yourself and satisfy the crowd. Offer brunchgoers an array of breads, spreads and toppings — think traditional and creative ideas alike, including mashed avocado, ricotta and smoked salmon — then let them help themselves when it comes to building up their bread. Click here to find additional ingredient ideas and a fuss-free way to make poached eggs, if that’s more your style.

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The 10 Most-Popular Recipes on FoodNetwork.com in 2016

by in Recipes, December 27th, 2016

The 10 Most-Popular Recipes on FoodNetwork.com in 2016The end of the year is a time for reflection and review — the memories made, the lessons learned and, of course, the food eaten. Here on FoodNetwork.com, 2016 was full of game-changing dishes, from fresh spring dinners to sweet-tooth-satisfying holiday treats. But no matter the season or holiday, there were a few dishes that our fans kept coming back to, those tried-and-true picks that proved to be classics for a reason. Read on below to get our 10 most-popular recipes of the year.

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Hot Chocolate Pudding — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, December 25th, 2016

Hot Chocolate PuddingNo, this pudding isn’t served hot a la hot chocolate. Instead, this rich, creamy treat takes its flavor cues from the cozy drink you know and love with the help of hot chocolate mix. That’s right. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is made with the same mix you’d use to make a cup of cocoa, plus a bit of cornstarch, which helps the mixture thicken and turn into a pudding. When it comes to serving the pudding, the chefs in Food Network Kitchen explain, “Our hot chocolate pudding is topped with whipped cream, but as on the real thing, mini marshmallows would be great too.”

For more season recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate the Holidays board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Hot Chocolate Pudding

Professional Bakers to Battle Fakers in Blind Cook-Offs on Brand-New Series

by in Shows, December 22nd, 2016

Bakers vs. FakersSo, your cupcakes are the talk of the neighborhood potluck, and your cheesecake has been described as “legendary.” Does that mean your amateur baking chops could carry you in a competition versus the pros? Perhaps. On the all-new upcoming series Bakers vs. Fakers, professional pastry chefs will be all but equalized as they face off against home bakers in a series of battles — blind battles, that is.

Premiering Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10|9c, Bakers vs. Fakers will bring together pros and Joes, but since the identities of all competitors will be hidden, the judges will evaluate the competitors’ offerings with no knowledge of their experience — or lack thereof. It’s up to the contestants to keep up with host Buddy Valastro’s demands in back-to-back challenges and attempt to convince the panel of their professional techniques, even if they’re fibbing along the way.

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Eggnog Monte Cristos — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, December 18th, 2016

Eggnog Monte CristosWhere there’s a holiday party there’s almost certainly eggnog, and we can be sure that with just a week until Christmas, seasonal soirees are in full swing. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week puts that sweet, creamy drink to good use — beyond sipping, of course. Since eggnog has a custardlike texture, it’s used as the dipping liquid to gently moisten the turkey-ham-cheese sandwiches before they’re cooked. The indulgent flavor of the eggnog delivers a savory-sweet richness, which pairs well with tart cranberry sauce on the side.

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

Get the Recipe: Eggnog Monte Cristos from Food Network Magazine

Calling All Chocolate Lovers: How Do You Like Your Brownies? Vote Now

by in Polls, Shows, December 15th, 2016

Classic BrowniesMuch like chocolate chip cookies and ice cream flavors, brownies are personal. Beyond the myriad mix-ins available (nuts versus no nuts — the debate rages on), the very consistency of a chocolate brownie can provoke strong opinions. Do you like when the crumbly center is similar to that of cake, or do you prefer a chewy interior? Maybe you like something richly fudgy and nearly wet? We want to know which you like best. Cast your vote in the poll below to share your preferences.

Craving brownies? Learn the secrets to making the best brownies ever, like these Classic Brownies (pictured above) from Food Network Kitchen.

6 Ways to Warm Up with Flavored Hot Chocolate

by in Drinks, Recipes, December 15th, 2016

Gingerbread Hot ChocolateThe official first day of winter may be not be until next week, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t already felt plenty frosty outside. If the season’s chill has you cozying up under a blanket (or two) already, it’s probably high time to brew your first batch of hot cocoa. As you’re snuggling on the couch, reach for one of these six flavorful renditions of comforting cocoa to warm up from the inside out.

Flavor: Gingerbread

Not just for too-cute cookies, the seasonal flavor of gingerbread, featuring plenty of fragrant ground ginger, ground cinnamon and grated nutmeg, shines when paired with chocolate. This Gingerbread Hot Chocolate recipe gets two boosts of chocolate: one from cocoa powder and another from chopped milk chocolate.

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Coming Soon: A Big Appetite for Ginormous Food

by in Shows, December 12th, 2016

Ginormous FoodFootlong hot dogs, double cheeseburgers, deluxe pizzas — these are all large-sized foods, to be sure. But on the upcoming series Ginormous Food, host Josh Denny is set to introduce you to next-level-massive dishes that make all others seem downright puny.

Premiering Friday, Jan. 6 at 8|7c, Ginormous Food will go inside restaurants across the country, from Philly to Richmond to Nashville, to showcase the little-known but big and big-flavored bites they’re serving up. On each episode, fans can look forward to learning the ins and outs of these oversize spectaculars — like a bagel that tips the scales at 14 pounds and a Philly cheesesteak that’s layered with no less than 6 pounds of steak — and chatting with the restaurateurs about their menu items. These wow-worthy eats aren’t just impressively sized; they’re also full of unexpectedly bold tastes and textures. Josh will be on hand to see what it takes to put them together and will taste these hearty eats, in all their over-the-top glory, for himself.

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