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.

Bobby Reveals His Own On-Camera Nerves and Gives Advice to Nervous Finalists

by , May 18th, 2016

Bobby Reveals His Own On-Camera Nerves and Gives Advice to Nervous FinalistsPicture this: Multiple cameras are mere inches from your face. You're learning your way around an unfamiliar kitchen. Your dreams are riding on the success of your next move. Oh, and two of the biggest names of the food world are watching your every ...

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Haters Gonna Hate Karma: Penny’s Attack on Matthew Backfires

by , May 17th, 2016

Penny had but one goal this week: "I want to see Matthew crash and burn today," she said simply. And thanks to the Star Challenge advantage she earned after winning the Mentor Challenge, she was well on her way to realizing that goal. She had the p...

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Warm Tortellini and Roasted Vegetable Salad — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 16th, 2016

Warm Tortellini with Roasted Vegetable SaladYou know those pasta salads in which elbow macaroni are caked with gloopy mayonnaise and mixed with too-crunchy carrots and celery? This pasta salad isn’t that — at all. Food Network Magazine reworked the traditional picnic side dish into a lighter, fresher alternative, and there’s not a dollop of mayo in sight.

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Chefs Reveal Their Greatest Lessons Learned from Being on TV

by , May 16th, 2016

Chefs Reveal Their Greatest Lessons Learned from Being on TVFor this year's 12 Food Network Star finalists, this competition is square one: It's the beginning of a brand-new journey and the start of what has the potential to be a life-changing career. There's no telling what could await them if they possess t...

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A First-Timer’s Introduction to Eviliciousness — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, May 15th, 2016

With nearly 12 full seasons under their belts, the Cutthroat Kitchen judges are pros at the ins and out of all things evilicious, from host Alton Brown‘s surprise antics to the makings of an especially diabolical sabotage. But on tonight’s all-new episode, guest judge Monti Carlo experienced sabotages in all their glory during her first-ever visit to the Cutthroat arena. And of course, her initial reaction to the extent of the eviliciousness before her was downright shock when she appeared on the After-Show.

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Top-Rated Cinnamon Rolls — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, May 15th, 2016

Cinnamon RollsTender and fluffy on the inside with layers of buttery cinnamon sugar throughout, The Pioneer Woman’s five-star cinnamon rolls, featured in Food Network Magazine, are the ultimate in morning indulgence and this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. After baking the rolls until they’re golden and puffed, blanket them with a sweetened coffee-maple drizzle for an over-the-top treat.

For more sweet-tooth-satisfying ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls Featured in Food Network Magazine

KFC Unleashes Edible Nail Polish That Actually Tastes Like Chicken

by in News, May 14th, 2016

KFC Unleashes Edible Nail Polish That Actually Tastes Like ChickenKFC fans, take note. The chain has just unveiled the ultimate in wearable fan paraphernalia: edible nail polish!

Yup, this is for real. Though it’s not exactly considered a top purveyor of beauty products, the national fried-chicken joint partnered with Ogilvy & Mather and McCormick (the company that produces KFC’s secret spice blend for its famous chicken) to create a nail polish that can be applied just like any other nail polish but that also tastes just like fried chicken, according to a recent article on Fortune.com.

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2-Ingredient Desserts That Won’t Disappoint

by in Recipes, Shows, May 14th, 2016

Peanut Butter Ice CreamForget everything you know about homemade desserts because these two-ingredient beauties are reinventing the sweet-treat wheel. Neither tricky nor time-consuming to make, fuss-free picks like flavorful ice cream, fruity sorbet and chocolatey ice pops are indeed easy to make with products and produce you likely have on hand. Read on below to see how the cast of The Kitchen put them together on this morning’s new episode.

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Caption It: High-Five to Us

by , May 13th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12Let's be honest. The stress of Comeback Kitchen is real and likely all-consuming for the competitors. After all, finalists have just three weeks to prove themselves worthy of a second shot at Stardom — and one of those weeks is already behind them....

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Chefs Answer: What’s the Job of a Food Network Star Like?

by , May 12th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12After 11 weeks of camera challenges, timed cooking tasks and seemingly unending competition pressure, one finalist will be shining the brightest — and Food Network's newest Star will be crowned. It's then that the winner will be part of the Food Ne...

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