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.

One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , July 10th, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

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2 Ways to Make Mussels in the Slow Cooker

by in Recipes, Shows, July 9th, 2016

Slow-Cooker Mussels with a Creamy Wheat Beer and German Mustard SauceIt’s July. It’s steamy. You’re likely sweating. And yet tonight’s dinner still has to be made. Instead of cranking on the stove and making your kitchen and home only more sweltering, skip the range altogether and opt for a stove-free supper. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts showed off new ways to enjoy a Stove-Free Summer, including one machine that will save the day come dinnertime: the slow cooker. Thanks to this do-the-work-for-you device, you can set and forget many of the same items you’d otherwise watch over on the stove. And best of all, it doesn’t heat up your kitchen. Check out two ways to prep mussels right in the slow cooker for simple weeknight cooking.

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Caption It: Hands-On Mentoring

by , July 8th, 2016

Food Network StarAs an Iron Chef, a master of all things brunch and barbecue, and a bona fide pro at holding his own when rivals attempt to beat him, Bobby Flay is at home in the kitchen. So it's no surprise that when he comes face to face with a stove full of pans i...

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WATCH: Ana Sets Her Sights on Victory

by , July 7th, 2016

In this seventh week of Food Network Star, the competition among the finalists is more intense and the rivalries more poignant than ever. Sunday night's elimination was the first decidedly emotional exit this season — and for more than just the o...

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“My Finest Sabotage of All Time” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, July 6th, 2016

With a statement as bold as that from Alton Brown, you’re likely expecting the challenge in question to be shocks of electricity, a cage-fighting match or a contraption that would (nearly) paralyze the chefs, right? We’re happy to report that none of those sabotages made an appearance during tonight’s all-new special judges’ episode of Cutthroat Kitchen. Instead, what Alton deemed to be “my finest sabotage of all time” was nothing more than a makeshift stool in a dingy, dimly lit “holding area,” where one judge had to sit. How bad could that be? Well, it turns out that it was bad enough to ultimately doom Simon Majumdar and just about guarantee Antonia Lofaso‘s win in Round 3.

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Watch Episode 4 of Star Salvation

by , July 6th, 2016

This marks the halfway point of the Star Salvation competition, which means that the remaining hopefuls are just three weeks away from one person claiming redemption and returning to Food Network Star, and in true Salvation fashion, the contest is ...

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PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes of Episode 7

by , July 5th, 2016

Food Network StarFrom a frozen baking task in the Mentor Challenge to an impromptu tiki party in the Star Challenge, the Food Network Star finalists were pressed for patience, time and entertaining this week. The drama unfolded both in the kitchen and onstage, and it...

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , July 3rd, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

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What Your Ice Cream Is Missing: Sweet Sundae Sauces

by in Recipes, Shows, July 2nd, 2016

What Your Ice Cream Is Missing: Sweet Sundae SaucesOn its own, ice cream is great. Actually, it’s really great. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make this staple summertime dessert into an even more indulgent and sweet-tooth-satisfying treat. That’s where the sundae sauce comes in. Just a drizzle of these rich toppings is all it takes to make you feel like you’re eating an extra-special dessert. Bonus: These sauce recipes aren’t tricky or time-consuming to make. In fact, they’re easy enough to prepare on a weeknight when you’re feeling decadent. The co-hosts of The Kitchen showed off three must-try takes on sundae sauces on this morning’s brand-new episode. Read on below to get a trio of ideas from Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Jeff Mauro.

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Caption It: You’re Invited to a Tiki Party

by , July 1st, 2016

Food Network StarThis Sunday marks the seventh week of the competition for the remaining Food Network Star finalists. With just a few challenges standing between them and potential Stardom, it's high time they celebrate with a party, right? Right. Well, kind of. This...

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