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.

Poll: Who’s On Thin Ice?

by in Uncategorized, June 14th, 2012

Week after week Star hopefuls are sent to the pitch room, and one by one they are eliminated while others remain. The pardoned finalists have survived to cook another day, but how long will they remain safe? Whether it’s because the clock has be...

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Best 5 Father’s Day Recipes

by in Holidays, Recipes, June 13th, 2012


Sure, tool sets, golf lessons and automotive magazine subscriptions are all fine Father’s Day gifts, but those presents are pretty been-there-done-that, right? This year, give Dad the one thing he never can have enough of: home-cooked meals. Below is Food Network’s list of the top five Father’s Day recipes, made into a can’t-miss menu of Dad-approved breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert dishes that are easy to prepare and beefy enough to satisfy the heartiest appetites. Check out our favorites below and tell us what you’re cooking for Dad this weekend.

5. Baked French Toast Casserole With Maple Syrup – Warm, soft and laced with fragrant cinnamon and nutmeg, Paula’s five-star breakfast bake can be prepped at night and quickly cooked the next morning.

4. Baltimore Beef Bad Boy – Guy’s mile-high sandwich is stacked with slices upon slices of herb-marinated grilled beef, a generous spread of a creamy horseradish sauce and crunchy raw onions.

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Grilled Lasagna — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, June 11th, 2012


Though grilling season is in full swing, you don’t have to forgo your favorite plates of pasta until the fall. Lasagna, in fact, can be cooked just as easily on the grill as it can in the oven. Just a few simple steps is all it takes to prepare traditional lasagna in a very nontraditional way.

Food Network Magazine’s Grilled Lasagna (pictured above) is made in easy-to-assemble aluminum-foil packets that are sturdy enough to hold the classic ingredients inside of them. No-boil noodles form the base of the lasagna, which is layered with sliced ripe tomatoes, fresh spinach and a garlic-laced mozzarella-Parmesan cheese mixture. Thanks to the steam cloud that forms in the pouch while it’s grilled, the noodles become soft, the cheeses melted and the spinach wilted. For an added dollop of indulgence, open the packet before serving and top each square of lasagna with creamy ricotta cheese and in-season basil.

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Chilled Soup — Weekend Cookout

by in Recipes, June 9th, 2012


This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free, and for dinner this weekend, we’re starting with a cup of chilled soup.

Unlike hot soups that can weigh you down and fill you up, chilled soups, like gazpacho and fruit purees, are light, refreshing and ideal for steamy summer days. Most chilled varieties come from no-cook recipes, meaning that the ingredients — fresh, seasonal produce, herbs, olive oil and more — are quickly blended then left to rest as their flavors combine.

Food Network Magazine’s Chilled Cucumber Soup (pictured above) is a bright bowl that is bursting with sweet and savory tastes from cucumbers, sherry vinegar, dill and a touch of garlic. If you’re hosting guests this weekend, ditch traditional serving methods and pour the soup into tall shot glasses, so that guests can simply drink this cool, smooth blend.

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Best 5 Sangria Recipes for Summer

by in Drinks, Recipes, June 7th, 2012


The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, which means it’s time for one thing: summer cocktails. Simple to mix with on-hand ingredients, Spanish sangria is traditionally made with red or white wine, flavored liqueurs and a heaping pile of fresh fruit — oranges, apples and berries are classic choices. Food Network’s top five sippers below will quench your thirst in the sweltering heat and easily serve a crowd.

5. Sangria Perea – Guy’s fruit-filled glass boasts a refreshing mixture of juicy pineapple, grapes and slices of lemon, lime and orange.

4. Red Sangria – For best results, refrigerate the prepared pitcher (pictured above) for at least one hour before serving, so that the red wine, brandy and orange liqueur can adopt the bright flavors of citrus and apple.

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Spinach and Feta Frittata — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, June 4th, 2012


Ready to enjoy in mere minutes, eggs are a go-to meatless meal option that are as versatile as they are easy to prepare. Though a quick scramble or plate of sunny-side up beauties are classic breakfast options, frittatas are hearty enough to be served as lunch or dinner dishes, too. Much like an omelet, frittatas are made by whisking eggs and are cooked with fresh vegetables, creamy cheeses, herbs and more, but there’s no flipping or folding required.

Food Network Magazine’s frittata (pictured above) boasts a healthful combination of baby spinach, whole-wheat breadcrumbs and tangy feta cheese, and is best finished with a side of just-roasted red pepper. Be sure to cook the frittata in an ovenproof skillet, since it needs to bake for just 15 minutes until golden brown and set on top.

Served with juicy plum tomatoes, nutty Parmesan cheese and fresh cilantro, Bobby’s light but filling Frisee Salad With Roasted Garlic Dressing is a simple accompaniment to the fluffy frittata.

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Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

Best 5 Turkey Burgers

by in Recipes, June 1st, 2012


This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a roundup of stress-free summer favorites and this weekend, dinner will feature easy-to-prepare turkey burgers.

As juicy as beef patties, but leaner and milder in flavor, turkey burgers are an ideal canvas to showcase any number of flavors and textures. Before grilling, add to ground turkey a selection of sauces, fresh vegetables, herbs and spices to flavor the burger and ensure its moistness, and top with soft cheeses, crisp greens, mayonnaise, mustard and more to complete it. Check out Food Network’s top five turkey burger recipes, each with a different tasty twist and all go-to main dishes for your weekend cookout spread.

5. Perfect Turkey BurgersFood Network Magazine’s mushroom-laced burgers are topped with smooth avocado slices and built atop toasted English muffins.

4. Stuffed Turkey Burgers – Inside Ellie’s moist turkey patties is a combination of creamy mozzarella cheese and roasted red peppers.

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