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.

5 Salmon Recipes That Answer the Question, “What’s for Dinner?”

by in Recipes, May 20th, 2015

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and SalmonWhile chicken breasts may get most of the praise in the quick-fix dinner department, salmon shouldn’t be forgotten. In fact, this speedy seafood may even give its meaty counterpart a run for its money as far as the clock is concerned. When portioned into individual fillets, salmon takes mere minutes to cook, and it pairs well with a variety of flavors and ingredients — think savory glazes, sweet sauces and spicy spice rubs. Since it’s a hearty fish, salmon stands up well to high-heat cooking methods like grilling, though the key to turning out moist, tender results is to not overcook the fish, no matter if you’re preparing on the grill, on the stovetop or in the oven. Read on below to check out six of Food Network’s best-ever speedy salmon dinners, each ready to eat in 35 minutes or less.

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon (pictured above)
A single recipe that delivers a complete, well-rounded meal — healthfully and in a hurry? Yes, it’s possible, and Giada De Laurentiis has the answer. In just 20 quick minutes she tops a bed of vitamin-rich spinach with a scoop of lemony pasta with capers and finishes with pan-seared salmon for a satisfying dose of protein.

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Food Network and Intel Make Cooking Easier Than Ever — Plus, Enter to Win a $500 Microsoft Store Shopping Spree

by in Contests, May 20th, 2015

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If in the process of making pie dough you’ve ever found yourself elbow-deep in a bowlful of flour and butter, unsure of which recipe step comes next, then you know how frustrating it can be to have to stop what you’re doing to wash your hands before you can tap to see the recipe on your computer. That’s all about to change, thanks to some brand-new technology on Microsoft computers that allows you to voice-activate and motion-control FoodNetwork.com recipes — so it’s OK if your hands stay full of flour.

Intel® RealSense™ technology, available on PCs and tablets, uses depth-sensing cameras to allow you to take and edit 3D photos, to gesture commands and to create lifelike videos on your computer. Food Network has teamed up with Intel to put this groundbreaking technology to work on more than 100 of our most-popular recipes to make your time in the kitchen that much easier. From party-ready picks like Classic Deviled Eggs to sweet Banana Bread and comforting Perfect Roast Chicken, these Food Network recipes are optimized for the Intel RealSense 3D camera, which means that once you open up the recipe on an Intel RealSense-enabled computer, all you have to do is gesture your hands up and down in front of the camera to scroll through the recipe and read the directions. To start the video, just hover your hand over the play button and gesture with a push motion, or use your voice to activate the “play the video” command.

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Your Summer Burger To-Do List

by in Recipes, May 19th, 2015

Your Summer Burger To-Do ListThis coming Memorial Day weekend marks the (unofficial) start of summer, and with that comes longer days, warmer nights and, perhaps most important, the beginning of grilling season. From smoky, saucy barbecue to snappy hot dogs and even treats for dessert, there’s no shortage of savory and sweet items to grill this summer, but what we’re most looking forward to is a juicy, meaty classic: the burger. Simple and classic, stuffed with cheese, piled high with potato chips, stacked with double patties, topped with green chiles — the opportunities for building the ultimate burger are endless, and lucky for all of us, we have more than three long months to enjoy every single one of them. Add all 11 of these must-try recipes to your Recipe Box, and don’t miss out on a summer of burger loving.

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Giada’s Easy Farro Salad — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 18th, 2015

Farro Salad with Tomatoes and HerbsQuinoa may be the ultimate superfood seed, but when it comes to versatile grains, farro — a hearty, chewy wheat — deserves its moment in the spotlight too. The beauty of farro is that, like quinoa and barley, it can be prepared once on its own, then kept on hand and mixed with your choice of add-ins to create an array of quick-fix salads.

Giada De Laurentiis starts with a batch of cooled farro, then adds to it fresh tomatoes and half a sweet onion for an Italian-focused salad (pictured above) that’s a cinch to pull together. She opts for a duo of fresh herbs — chives and parsley — for a fragrant note, while a garlic-laced balsamic vinaigrette promises a tangy bite and a bold punch of flavor. Since this recipe can be assembled the night before (just let it come to room temperature before enjoying it), it’s a go-to pick for make-and-take lunch salads.

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Smarter Supermarket Shopping Guaranteed with Melissa’s Easy Tips

by in Food Network Chef, May 18th, 2015

Given your work commitments, the kids’ activities and the bumper-to-bumper traffic on the road, it can seem like a feat simply making it to the supermarket at all, let alone enjoying the experience and feeling prepared for family meals — and checking out under budget. That’s where Melissa d’Arabian comes in. The host of Ten Dollar Dinners and the Web-exclusive Picky Eaters Project just launched the all-new Web series Smart Carts: Winning the Supermarket, devoted to making your experience at the grocery store simpler and more strategic with just a few good-to-know tricks for conquering the aisles no matter where you shop.

Over the course of eight videos, Melissa shares her tried-and-true secrets for saving time and money at the market, including ways to know when is best to bulk shop and how to get the job done in a hurry. Click the play button on the video above to watch the first of her all-new videos, then read on below to pick up Melissa’s supermarket savvy with six of her top tips.

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