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.

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The Next Iron Chef Caption It: Final Four

by in Shows, December 9th, 2011
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Sunday’s next-to-last episode of The Next Iron Chef brings the finalists to Montauk. But for the four remaining contestants Chef Chiarello, Chef Falkner, Chef Zakarian and Chef Guarnaschelli this trip is anything but a day at the beach.

Here, the rival chefs take a moment to regroup and think about the last seven weeks of the competition. Are they reminiscing about past challenges? Guessing what’s to come next?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to watch the final four face off for a spot in the finale, we’re challenging you, Next Iron Chef fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.

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A Holiday Cocktail Party

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 9th, 2011

Nothing brings people together around the holidays quite like good food and drinks. Whether you’re hosting a Saturday night cocktail party, an after-work soiree or a casual get-together with your friends, a few festive cocktails, bite-sized snacks and good cheer are all you need to ensure your gathering goes off without a hitch. Food Network Magazine caught up with Chopped host Ted Allen and asked him what makes his Holiday Happy Hour such a success.

Instead of sweating it out over the stove, Ted suggests making simple dishes that can be cooked in the oven instead. “And serve a few dishes that work at room temperature. You’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time eating and drinking with your friends,” he says. As for drinks, Ted prefers crimson-colored Due Campari Nuovo cocktails from Food Network Magazine, complete with bubbly prosecco and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

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Bobby’s Throwdown Chocolate Chip Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 9th, 2011


It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

A timeless cookie that can be enjoyed all year round (what cookie can’t, really?), Bobby’s classic chocolate chippers are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and bursting with both milk and semisweet chocolate chunks. Bake at your own risk: You might just find yourself on a midnight run to the cookie jar for a few of these sweet treats.

Get Bobby’s Throwdown Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Anne’s Meringue Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 8th, 2011

It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

Lighter than air but full of flavor, Anne’s cinnamon-laced cookies are made with just five ingredients, including crunchy chopped almonds. Try to resist the temptation to taste one of these beauties right out the oven — letting them dry out for a bit after baking will help ensure their crispiness.

Get Anne’s Meringue Cookies recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Jeff Mauro’s Cherry White Chocolate Almond Sandwich Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 7th, 2011


It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

Sandwich King and Food Network Star winner Jeff Mauro can make a sandwich out of anything, including holiday cookies. Here he bakes sour cherry-white chocolate chuck dough balls and spreads a layer of decadent almond butter filling between them. Don’t be afraid to use the filling liberally — you won’t want to miss this rich, creamy schmear.

Get Jeff’s Cherry White Chocolate Almond Sandwich Cookies recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Giada’s Holiday Biscotti — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2011

It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

These light and crunchy Italian classics get their famed crispiness from a double baking process. First they bake in the oven for 40 minutes as a 13”x3” log — then again for 20 minutes as slices. Dried cranberries and pistachios offer both color and texture while a quick dip into a pool of creamy white chocolate adds an extra splash of sweetness. Giada serves them with a cup of coffee for delicious early morning dunking.

Get Giada’s Holiday Biscotti recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Buckwheat Crepes — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 5th, 2011


No longer just a sweet breakfast treat, crepes can be filled with decadent, savory fillings perfect for lunch or dinner. Here, these light, fluffy pancake-like crepes are made with hearty buckwheat flour and stuffed with sautéed spinach, wild mushrooms and fresh thyme. For a simple weeknight supper, prepare citrus shrimp or sweet onion fillings and let everyone build their own perfect crepes.

For a quick side dish, serve Giada’s rustic Tomato Vegetable Casserole. Baked with potatoes, yams, ripe tomatoes and creamy Parmesan cheese until the vegetables are tender, this dish is warm and comforting.

Get the recipe: Buckwheat Crepes from Food Network Magazine

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.

The Neelys’ Spiced Gingerbread Piggies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 5th, 2011

It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

While I cannot confirm this for sure, I imagine that Santa’s favorite cookies are gingerbreads, with a classic holiday taste, warm spices and fun shapes. Let your kids help you roll out the cayenne-infused dough and leave a few of the reindeer cutouts on Santa’s plate. Gina Neely prefers the pig-shaped cookies, telling Food Network Magazine that her home has a “pig parlor” with many pig decorations.

Get The NeelysSpiced Gingerbread Piggies recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Melissa’s Delicate Mint Sandwich Holiday Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 4th, 2011

It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

The best part about sandwich cookies is that you get double the cookie in each bite. Melissa nestles a cool mint-butter filling between two tangy cream cheese-based sugar cookies and dusts them with fine colored sugar. Bake up the tiny pieces of dough left over from the window cutouts they made an ideal quick sweet snack.

Get Melissa’s Delicate Mint Sandwich Holiday Cookies recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Paula’s Loaded Oatmeal Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 3rd, 2011


It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite Food Network chefs. Visit Cooking Channel’s blog for even more great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike.

There’s no need for a rolling pin or fancy cookie-cutters in this recipe  Paula just drops the dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bakes these two-bite treats for 12-15 minutes. Her soft and sweet cookies are packed with chewy raisins, crunchy chopped walnuts and nearly a half dozen ground spices. Best of all, they are drizzled with a decadent brown-butter icing, made from butter that has melted, foamed and developed a rich golden brown hue with a nutty taste.

Get Paula’s Loaded Oatmeal Cookies recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this holiday season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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