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.

Sweet vs. Savory: What’s Your Brunch Style?

by in Recipes, Shows, January 10th, 2015

Geoffrey Zakarian and Katie LeeUnlike lunch and dinner, which are all but assumed to be savory meals, brunch allows you to make a taste decision when you sit down at the table: Are you craving sweetness or saltiness today? How you answer that question likely depends on your mood and what else you may have eaten recently, and it will ultimately determine whether you end up with dishes like sugar-topped oatmeal and fluffy pancakes with whipped cream or cheesy huevos rancheros and crispy corned beef hash.

On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts dished on the classic and creative approaches to brunch, including next-level ways to put the everyday waffle iron to work, and shared their picks for sweet and savory favorites alike, including Katie Lee’s Banana Dutch Baby Pancake with maple syrup, Pomegranate Gelatin Yogurt Parfaits with fresh fruit and Geoffrey Zakarian’s dressed-up Salt Cod Brandade.

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The Best of Eviliciousness: Fans’ Favorite Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, January 9th, 2015

Best of Eviliciousness: Fan' Favorite Sabotages to Befall Cutthroat Kitchen CompetitorsThere are culinary competitions, and there’s Cutthroat Kitchen, where no one and nothing is safe. Thanks to master of eviliciousness Alton Brown and his devious fondness for a little — or a lot — of well-meaning kitchen sabotage, Cutthroat Kitchen competitors have come face to face with canned whole chickens, mincemeat pork chops and coffee grounds turned compost pile, not to mention oddball tools and prep stations (think potato mashers for hands and a mini worktable suspended atop a bunk bed).

Just recently BuzzFeed showcased its picks of the most-jaw-dropping sabotages to ever enter the Cutthroat arena, looking back on that time one chef sourced all of her ingredients from a gumball machine and the day another was forced to make breakfast in a bed.

In the spirit of embracing all thing hilariously heinous, Food Network fans, too, have picked their favorite diabolical challenges to befall the competitors. From warped crepe pans and camping stoves to steaming mussels with a laundry steamer, it’s the best of eviliciousness in our fans’ roundup of top Cutthroat sabotages. Click the photo below to begin the photo gallery of those wow-worthy challenges.

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

by in Shows, January 8th, 2015

Best. Pizza. Ever.Just this week your favorite Food Network chefs and stars came together for a mouthwatering hour dedicated to perhaps the ultimate in cheesy comfort food: pizza. As they highlighted their picks for the most-crave-worthy creations on Best. Pizza. Ever., FN Dish asked fans: When it comes to the top slices to savor, what’s your favorite? From tried-and-true pies with cheese and pepperoni to next-level creations, readers responded in droves on FN Dish and on Food Network’s Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages with their selections for the best-of-the-best pizza near them. Even Ludacris, who lives in Atlanta, joined his hometown’s mayor, Kasim Reed, in taking to Twitter to show support for Atlanta’s Antico Pizza Napoletana, much beloved by Aarón Sánchez as well.

Read on below to see Ludacris’ tweet and get a snapshot of fans’ pizza picks; it turns out that Seattle and Texas locals are especially proud of their pies. Then, browse all of the pies featured on Best. Pizza. Ever. and learn where to find them.

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The Kitchen Needs Your Help: Vote Now!

by in Shows, January 5th, 2015

The Kitchen Co-HostsThe marathon holiday season may have wrapped up just days ago, but the crew of The Kitchen has been looking ahead to 2015’s all-new episodes for a while. FN Dish recently asked fans to share with the co-hosts a few of their favorite ways to enjoy soup and, sure enough, these results were shared on the air in the series’ first-ever Souped-Up Soups episode. Now the team needs your help with a new series of questions.

When it comes to morning meals, how often do you eat breakfast, and are you more likely to indulge in a platter of bacon and eggs, or do you opt for grab-and-go granola? And, now that the January chill has settled in, what do your comfort-food favorites look like, and at what time of day are you most likely to cozy up to them? Share your preferences below, and stay tuned for future episodes of The Kitchen to find out the results.

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Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet Potatoes — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 5th, 2015

Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet PotatoesFrom salads and sandwiches to casseroles and pasta, the key to bulking up vegetarian dishes and turning them into satisfying meals is adding hearty, protein-rich ingredients other than meat. If you’re new to Meatless Monday or vegetarian cooking in general, consider stocking your refrigerator with eggs and tofu, and your pantry with good-for-you grains and your favorite varieties of beans. Along with fresh vegetables, these go-to picks can transform everyday dishes into rich, comforting plates to look forward to.

Pinto beans play a shining role in Food Network Kitchen’s Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet Potatoes (pictured above), an eat-with-your-hands meal ideal for weeknights and game days alike. To guarantee layer upon layer of flavor, FN Kitchen tosses spiced baked tortilla chips with bright lime zest, then piles on the bold toppings, including a pinto bean mixture laced with adobo sauce and cumin-scented roasted sweet potatoes. For an added burst of freshness, top the platter with a simple tomato-serrano salsa and finish with cool, creamy avocado slices.

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

by in Community, Shows, January 5th, 2015

Best. Pizza. Ever.When it comes to tried-and-true eats and drinks, there’s good, maybe even great, and then there’s the best — those craveable, mouthwatering specialties worthy of an extra-special trip. These must-try plates are the subjects of the all-new series Best. Ever., premiering tonight at 10|9c, wherein host Ted Allen and your favorite Food Network chefs and stars are revealing their picks for the best-made pizza, burgers, barbecue and breakfast dishes from coast to coast.

Before you tune in tonight to see what pies the cast has chosen for its Best. Pizza. Ever. feature, FN Dish wants to know: What do you consider to be the best-ever pizza, and where do you eat it? Leave a comment below, tell us on Food Network’s Facebook page or Food Network’s Google+ page, or tweet @FoodNetwork using #BestPizzaEver to tell us your local restaurant picks and share your version of the ultimate pie. FN Dish will round up your answers and reveal your top selections on Thursday.

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“We Really Stepped Up Our Sabotages” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, January 4th, 2015

While even the seemingly most-approachable sabotages are still a challenge for Cutthroat Kitchen competitors, Alton Brown took the game to extreme heights and lengths on tonight’s all-new episode when he auctioned off not one but two next-level tests. “We really stepped up our sabotages,” Alton explained on the latest installment of his After-Show, introducing judge Simon Majumdar to these evilicious unfoldings.

“We thought we would up the ante this time and make somebody cook in a bunk bed,” Alton told Simon of a sabotage for the breakfast hash round. “Prep on the bottom, cook on the top,” he added of the doozy. After checking out the top bunk’s burner and work station, Simon cited the potential areas of struggle as “just about everything,” though he noted of Chef Jouvens, who was forced to contend with this sabotage, “He got the heat, so that’s why he managed to get a crust on his potatoes.”

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Trisha’s 4-Ingredient Biscuits — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 4th, 2015

Daddy's BiscuitsWhile making from-scratch bread may seem tricky and time-consuming, many DIY recipes are a cinch to prepare, and surely it’s possible to prepare fresh dough in a hurry at home. All you need is a go-to recipe, and for that, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week fills the bill. Made with only a handful of ingredients, Trisha Yearwood’s Daddy’s Biscuits come together in just 30 quick minutes, and the recipe turns out moist, fluffy biscuits every time.

For more crowd-pleasing recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Entertain board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Daddy’s Biscuits (pictured above)

POLL: Lighter Recipes Fit for 2015

by in Shows, January 3rd, 2015

The KitchenFrom better-for-you breakfasts to surprisingly light desserts, this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen celebrated healthier cooking as the cast kicked off 2015 with fresh new recipes. But just because the new year often signals the start of smarter-eating resolutions doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods; in fact, the co-hosts greeted 2015 by introducing made-over recipes for a few classically indulgent dishes, including pasta with Alfredo sauce and cheesy nachos (click here to get all of the recipes featured on the show).

FN Dish wants to know: As you settle into the new year and perhaps begin a better-for-you eating plan, what dish would you most like to lighten up? Do you have a strong sweet tooth that craves made-over chocolate cake, or do you tend toward savory plates and prefer healthier chips and dip? Cast your vote below for the food you’d like to make cleaner, then browse more of Food Network’s made-over meals.

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Best 5 Healthy Breakfast Recipes

by in Recipes, January 3rd, 2015

The new year is here, and no matter how staunch your healthy-eating resolutions may be, when time is tight, smart choices can take a backseat to simplicity, especially when it comes to breakfast. By planning ahead and keeping your refrigerator stocked with good-for-you ingredients, you can surely turn out lighter dishes in a hurry for the most-important meal of the day. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five healthy breakfast recipes for sweet and savory ideas from Rachael Ray and more of your favorite chefs, then browse all of Food Network’s Best Healthy Breakfast Recipes.

5. Tropical Breakfast Parfait — With only four ingredients and five minutes, Rachael puts a bright, refreshing spin on the everyday parfait. She layers crisped rice cereal between vanilla yogurt, juicy mandarin oranges and fresh pineapple for texture and extra-special presentation.

4. Breakfast Burrito — Classic burrito fixings like creamy avocado, pepper Jack cheese and fresh tomatoes shine in this easy-to-prepare morning meal. To make the egg yolks go further in this fluffy scramble, opt for a mixture of four whole eggs plus four additional whites.

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