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.

Easy Spanish Tortilla — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 11th, 2015

Spanish TortillaIf your first thought upon reading the title of this post had anything to do with chips or taco shells, you’re not alone. Yes, tortillas come in corn and flour varieties, and they can be fried into crisp, dip-ready chips. But the tortilla pictured above isn’t a wrap or a chip at all. This tortilla — a traditional Spanish dish — is a savory baked pie, of sorts, with a base of hearty potatoes.

Featured in Food Network Magazine, this easy-to-make dish is ideal for both brunch and lunch. It features thinly sliced potatoes, which are first sauteed with onions so they turn out tender. Before baking, the potatoes are combined with beaten eggs, which helps to bind the spuds as they cook and ensures they can be sliced into even wedges upon serving. Since the tortilla moves from the stove to the oven within minutes, be sure to start the process in an ovenproof skillet — using just a single pan will help to build the flavors. For a welcome burst of freshness, serve the golden-brown tortilla with a simple but bold lemon-laced salad of fragrant parsley and sweet piquillo peppers.

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Meet Cutthroat Kitchen’s Newest Models — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, May 10th, 2015

Just when you think you’ve seen it all on Cutthroat Kitchen, host Alton Brown unveils a next-level sabotage that just may take the cake in terms of creativity — and downright hilariousness. During tonight’s Heat 4 of the Evilicious tournament, the Round 2 dish was veal Milanese, and in true Milanese style, fashion was the name of the game. Two chefs strutted their stuff and struck more than a few poses as they walked from one catwalk to another, donning culinary getups complete with all of their allowed cooking tools. For Chef Tregaye, who, along with Chef Yaku, was saddled with this sabotage, the fashion show was less of a challenge and more of an enjoyable time for dress-up. “This might be the funnest sabotage ever,” she said. And it appears that Alton and Simon Majumdar, the guest of the day, would likely agree after the two of them attempted this very sabotage as well.

“No, you look like a deranged Terminator,” Simon jokingly told Alton after the host showed off his runway moves. To show Alton how it’s done, the judge took the floor, ending his impromptu catwalk with a fierce “sizzle.”

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Cheesecake Flan — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, May 10th, 2015

Cheesecake FlanIt’s no secret that Food Network fans enjoy culinary mash-ups. From Meatloaf Lasagna to tiramisu a la banana pudding, savory and sweet creations are endlessly comforting, and this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is no exception. Boasting the classic cream cheese center of a cheesecake and the golden caramel base traditional of flan, this impressive dessert is made with only a handful of ingredients, including a can of sweetened condensed milk, which promises a rich texture. For a wow-worthy presentation, serve these crowd-pleasing treats in ramekins for individual servings.

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

Get the Recipe: Cheesecake Flan (pictured above)

Chewy vs. Crispy: How Do You Like Your Chocolate Chip Cookies?

by in Shows, May 9th, 2015

Chocolate Chip CookiesThis morning’s brand-new episode of The Kitchen was all about moms. From brunch-ready recipes like baked eggs to pretty, edible gift ideas, the Mother’s Day celebrations were in full effect, especially when it came time to make a treat Mom’s likely known for: the chocolate chip cookie. Katie Lee’s go-to cookie (pictured above) featured brown sugar, which promises a chewy bite. As the cast explained in their go-to guide to chocolate chippers, if you were to leave out the brown sugar, the end result would be a bit crispier.

FN Dish wants to know what the ultimate chocolate chip cookie looks — and tastes — like to you. Do you prefer it a dark-golden color with a crispy, crunchy texture, or do you prefer the cookie with a soft, chewy center? Let us know by voting in the poll below.

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We Asked, You Cooked: Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole — Fan Photos

by in Recipes, May 9th, 2015

We Asked, You Cooked: Cheesy Cauliflower CasseroleMacaroni and cheese, hold the mac — that’s the idea behind this week’s We Asked, You Cooked dish: a top-rated Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese Casserole that’s garnered nearly 200 fan reviews on FoodNetwork.com. In place of the traditional pasta, the recipe swaps in better-for-you cauliflower for a lighter, vegetable-forward dish, but thanks to the creamy cheddar sauce, there’s no shortage of richness. As in weeks past, in true Food Network fan fashion you all answered the call in droves when we asked you to show us your food-photo skills by making this casserole and snapping a photo of it. We’ve scanned the submissions and narrowed it down to two entries that stopped us in mid-scroll. Read on below to find out who submitted our top picks.

From Cooking for Kishore: Pictured above

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