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.

Food Star Kitchen by the Numbers

by , June 16th, 2016

Food Network StarWe recently released a brand-new photo tour of Food Star Kitchen, complete with an exclusive look inside the massive arena in which finalists cook, mentors deliberate and journeys end week after week. Now, with the help of the Season 12 culinary prod...

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Wherein Alton Dons a Disco Ball and Richard Wears Eyeliner — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, June 15th, 2016

If Cutthroat Kitchen has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. And it’s a good thing we’re ready for anything: In tonight’s Heat 3 of the Time Warp Tournament, host Alton Brown and guest judge Richard Blais shocked fans with over-the-top get-ups worthy of the ’70s.

Clad in a shiny human-sized disco ball costume, Alton welcomed Richard, who donned his own costume of mixed-patterned tops and bell-bottom pants, plus bold eyeliner and a wig, to the After-Show for a review of the day’s challenges. “How hard is that?” Richard asked jokingly as he took his place on the makeshift dance floor, which was revealed as a Round 2 sabotage during the quiche test. But in true Cutthroat fashion, the challenge indeed turned tricky, as Richard found out when he hooked his wrist through a weighted loop connected to a disco ball. After doing a few disco moves to reach the prep station, Richard felt the weight of the challenge — literally and figuratively, that is — as he worked on prepping his own dish of the day: crepes suzette.

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Watch Episode 1 of Star Salvation

by , June 15th, 2016

In the first several episodes of Food Network Star, hopefuls Havird, Aaron and Yaku came to the end of their journeys and were ultimately sent home — but not for long. This week they returned to Food Star Kitchen for a second shot at Stardom in t...

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The Latest Winning Recipes You’ll Want to Try

by , June 14th, 2016

Rainbow Chard and Carrot Top PestoEach week Food Network Star finalists are tasked with putting their personalities on a plate in inspiring, creative and, perhaps most importantly, delicious ways. Most competitors manage to get the job done, but in any particular challenge there's of...

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WATCH: 2 Cringe-Worthy Presentations That We Can’t Unsee

by , June 14th, 2016

You know those moments on TV that make you wince and curl up into a ball as you watch the action unfold through your fingers over your eyes? That happened not once but twice during this week's episode of Food Network Star. The stakes were high as f...

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Everything-Bagel Guide

by in Recipes, Shows, June 13th, 2016

Everything-Bagel Guide

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

by , June 12th, 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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A Regional Guide to Barbecue Sauce

by in In Season, Recipes, Shows, June 11th, 2016

Sweet and Sticky BBQ Sauce (Kansas City Style)Just as those in Northern cities and states lay claim to different styles of pizza, hot dogs and clam chowder, many in the South have passionate ideas for what barbecue sauce should be. Sweet, smoky, tangy, sticky, crimson and white — there’s no shortage of flavors, looks and textures when it comes to creating the ultimate meat accompaniment. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts broke down barbecue sauces by region, looking at the signature elements of each — and sharing how simple it is to make them all at home, no matter where you live. Read on below for four of the most-common ‘cue sauces, then tell us in the comments which is your favorite.

Sweet and Sticky BBQ Sauce (Kansas City Style)
Featuring a base of ketchup, molasses and brown sugar, this thick sauce is indeed packed with sugar, but the sweetness is hardly overwhelming. The key is balancing those ingredients with a splash of tangy apple cider vinegar and the umami-like funk of Worcestershire sauce for well-rounded results.

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Caption It: Call-Waiting Edition

by , June 10th, 2016

Food Network StarIf Food Network Star finalists think their mentors, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, have particular requests when it comes to their presentations and offerings on the plate, just wait until this weekend when two special guests drop by unannounce...

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Star Salvation Exclusive: Eddie Jackson Returns to the Competition to Judge Ousted Rivals

by , June 9th, 2016

Food Network Star: Star SalvationIt was just one year ago that Eddie Jackson was in Food Star Kitchen, battling 11 other hopeful rivals with the goal of earning the coveted title of Food Network Star. Now, with that victory secured, he's returning to this hallowed arena, this time n...

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