All Posts By Maria Russo

Maria Russo is an associate 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.

Best 5 Roast Beef Recipes

by in Recipes, October 29th, 2014

Herb-Crusted Roast Beef with Horseradish CreamForget the dry, chewy meat you may have been served as a child — today’s roast beef is tender, juicy and packed with flavor. Whether you dress them up with herbs and sauces or you let the natural taste of the beef speak for itself, roasts will wow your family and guests alike, and most are simple to prepare. Plus, while fancy steak dinners may be pricey, roast beef allows you to enjoy a more budget-friendly cut of meat without sacrificing flavor or texture. Read on below to find Food Network’s top-five roast beef recipes from Giada De Laurentiis, Rachael Ray, Trisha Yearwood and more of your favorite chefs.

5. Roast Beef with Spicy Parsley Tomato Sauce — Easy to prepare yet impressive enough to serve to guests, Giada’s fuss-free roast is topped with a drizzle of tangy roasted tomato-studded parsley sauce.

4. Italian Roast Beef — Follow Rachael’s lead and dot the beef with garlic cloves before letting it simmer in a rosemary-white wine sauce. She serves the roast alongside tender vegetables and buttery pasta to make it a complete meal.

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The Ins and Outs of a Showstopping Pumpkin Roll

by in Recipes, October 28th, 2014

Pumpkin RollWhile your friends and family are likely to appreciate any sweet treat you send their way, chances are you’ll receive hearty oohs and aahs when you present Trisha Yearwood’s impressive Pumpkin Roll (pictured above).

Once you’ve baked the cinnamon-scented cake, the trick to executing this recipe lies in rolling it. To make the process easier, Trisha recommends flipping the cake out of its pan while it’s still warm and using a sugar-dusted towel to roll it up. She lets the cake cool in the refrigerator, which will help the dessert settle into its log shape, before unrolling it to fill it with fluffy cream-cheese frosting. Just reroll the cake before slicing and serving for an extra-special presentation.

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Restaurants Revisited: The Worst of the Worst

by in Shows, October 27th, 2014

Dinner Bell RestaurantFrom filthy kitchens and grimy furniture to mismanaged staff members and owners who’ve lost their passion for the restaurant business, Robert Irvine has seen nearly everything in his nine seasons on Restaurant: Impossible. But while all of Robert’s missions require his and his team’s full $10,000 budget and 48 hours of work, some projects are loftier than others, with the shell of the businesses all but crumbling under their failures when Robert arrives.

On tonight’s episode of Restaurant: Impossible, fans looked back at these seemingly hopeless missions and relived the daunting challenges Robert and his team endured in order to complete their tasks on time. Such restaurants, including Dinner Bell Restaurant, which was just days away from closing before Robert’s mission began, and Frankie’s, which was headed by a pair of sparring owners, have proved to be simply unforgettable and now are among the worst of the worst.

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A Record-Setting Auction and Alton in Handcuffs — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, October 26th, 2014

While it’s true that no Cutthroat Kitchen sabotage is simple, many are surely less daunting than others, while some seem so insurmountable that chefs are willing to bid nearly their entire sums in order to avoid them. That’s just what happened on tonight’s all-new episode, when Alton auctioned off a “north-south border thing” that would force two chefs to split the prep work and cooking, one contestant doing either for both of them. Once all of the bidding was done, Alton Brown sold this doozy of a sabotage for a whopping $18,100, the largest amount to date on Cutthroat Kitchen.

Such a challenge is a way of “forcing them to communicate and get along,” according to Alton, who detailed the sabotage to judge Antonia Lofaso during the latest After-Show. Ultimately, however, the sabotage means that rivals are responsible for executing key steps in each other’s dishes, and once again the opportunity for sabotage exists. “Chef Michael definitely set him up by leaving it in,” Alton explained of how a too-fibrous stem found its way onto Chef Luca’s eventually doomed plate.

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The Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, October 26th, 2014

Almost-Famous Pumpkin CheesecakeWhether you’ll be entertaining a crowd this Halloween or you have plans for neighborhood trick-or-treating with your kids, indulge your sweet tooth in a seasonal sweet featuring one of autumn’s favorite flavors: pumpkin. Food Network Magazine’s Almost-Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake (pictured above) is this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, and for good reason, as the decadent dessert features a buttery graham cracker crust and a rich pumpkin-cream cheese filling laced with cinnamon. For an extra-special presentation, finish each piece of cheesecake with a dollop of fluffy whipped cream and crunchy pecans before serving.

It’s not too early to start planning your holiday feast. For Thanksgiving inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Almost-Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake from Food Network Magazine

New Takes on Classic Sweet Potato Casseroles

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 25th, 2014

Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with HoneyFor holiday celebrations and weeknight dinners alike, mashed potatoes often take center stage when it comes to easy, family-friendly spud recipes, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As you’re planning mealtimes this weekend and even looking ahead to next month’s Thanksgiving feast, swap in sweet potatoes for traditional russets or Yukon golds. These brightly hued beauties surely shine when simply roasted, but they offer over-the-top flavor and indulgent richness when they’re turned into a casserole. Read on below to find some of Food Network’s favorite sweet potato casseroles from Tyler Florence, Trisha Yearwood, the Neelys and Anne Burrell.

Tyler deems simply roasted bananas his “secret weapon” in his easy-to-make Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey (pictured above), as the fruits manage to “develop their natural sugar” while baking.

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POLL: What’s Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

by in Holidays, Shows, October 25th, 2014

Halloween CandyThough you may not be dressing up for Halloween this year, with fright night less than a week away, there’s no reason you can’t indulge your cravings for all things tricks, treats and sweets. The Kitchen co-hosts kicked off their Halloween celebration this morning with a full hour dedicated to next-level jack-o’-lanterns, over-the-top party foods and new twists on classic candies. (Find all of the latest recipes here.)

When it comes to the candy stash at your house, FN Dish wants to know, what kinds of sweet treats do you most prefer? Do you reach for the reddest licorice you can find, or would you rather have gooey caramel covered in chocolate? Are you a fan of the crunch of nuts, or do you prefer a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate bar? Cast your vote in the poll below to share your favorite Halloween candy.

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Best 5 Beef Casserole Recipes

by in Recipes, October 25th, 2014

Beef and Cheddar CasseroleWhile some meals require you to make multiple components, casseroles are all-in-one beauties that have starch, vegetable and protein elements built in, so they’re go-to timesavers on hectic weeknights. When you’re considering which ingredients to combine in your casserole, think about which flavors you know work well together, like those in classic pasta dishes, or in tacos, enchiladas and burritos — they’ll likely shine in a casserole as well. Check out Food Network’s best-five casseroles with family-friendly beef as the focus and find top tips from Trisha Yearwood, Sunny Anderson, Rachael Ray and more chefs.

5. Beef and Bean Taco Casserole — Think of this big-batch dinner as a platter of deconstructed tacos, with a base and topping of crunchy tortilla chips and a hearty filling of cumin-laced ground beef and pinto beans.

4. Gwen’s Old-Fashioned Potato-Beef Casserole — The key to Trisha’s easy recipe lies in the prep work for her tender potatoes and cheesy ground beef. Trisha explains, “If they are still hot when you assemble the casserole, the baking time can be greatly reduced or even eliminated; simply brown the crumb topping under the broiler for a couple of minutes.”

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Save Your Pumpkin Seeds: A Simple Roasting How-To

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 24th, 2014

How to Roast Pumpkin SeedsWith Halloween just one week away, you’re likely getting set to carve tricked-out jack-o’-lanterns in preparations for next Friday’s fright night. As you roll up your sleeves and scoop out the mushy innards of your pumpkin, keep an eye out for the seeds; these flat, tear-shaped bites are indeed edible, and when they’re roasted with seasoning, they turn into crunchy, savory bites ideal for seasonal snacking. Learn the basics of How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds below, then check out Food Network’s complete guide to master the easy technique.

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Alton Cooks the Superstar Sabotage Tournament: Steak

by in Recipes, Shows, October 23rd, 2014

At its most basic, a surf and turf dish includes one seafood and one land-based element, so on this week’s Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage tournament Heat 3 battle, host Alton Brown stretched that definition to include inferior versions of those components when he auctioned off ingredient swaps that included canned tuna for surf and liver for turf. For fans watching at home, surf and turf most likely connotes a dinner of lobster and steak, and likely an elegant one at that, but when it comes to steak, it doesn’t have to be saved for a special occasion.

If you don’t often make steak at home, try Alton’s simplest-ever recipe as a go-to starting place. His Pan-Seared Rib Eye (pictured above) boasts more than 500 user reviews and a glowing 5-star rating. Best of all, since his foolproof technique suggests making the steak on the stove, there’s no grilling required, which means you can enjoy meaty flavors year-round.

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