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.

Star-a-Day: Melissa Pfeister

by , April 11th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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When You Don’t Have Eggs, Make Do with “Essence of Egg” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, April 10th, 2016

You know that Cutthroat Kitchen is all about the ingredient swap-out, often replacing chefs’ quality meat, produce and dairy with lesser versions, all in the name of a good old-fashioned sabotage. Such a challenge was the name of the game in Round 2 tonight, when two chefs faced off in an air-hockey death match over nice and not-so-nice poutine ingredients. On the After-Show, host Alton Brown used the inspiration from that evilicious sabotage to challenge the judge of the day, Simon Majumdar, to a one-on-one battle over ingredients for scrambled eggs.

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Rachael’s Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, April 10th, 2016

Chicken Piccata Pasta TossLeave it to Rachael Ray, the queen of 30 Minute Meals, to turn out a satisfying recipe that’s not just quick to prepare but also a complete all-in-one dish. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week brings together the heft of pasta and the lemony, buttery flavors of chicken piccata that you know and love. Rachael cooks the chicken in the garlicky white wine-lemon sauce, adds capers for a welcome briny bite, and then tosses the meat with noodles to create a fuss-free dinner in just a half-hour.

For more hearty standbys, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

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Star-a-Day: Joy Thompson

by , April 10th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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Going Green at the Steakhouse: 2 Classic Side Salads

by in Recipes, Shows, April 9th, 2016

Iceberg Lettuce SaladThere’s no doubt about it: When you sit down at your favorite steakhouse, you’re likely focused on little else but a hunk of meaty, savory beef. But while the steak may be the star of the show, a few things will surely round out the meal: a crisp martini, a cool salad and hearty potato side dishes. All of these timeless eats and drinks made appearances on this morning’s brand-new Steakhouse Favorites episode of The Kitchen, which means that tonight just turned into steak night. Read on below to learn two reinvented takes on steakhouse salads: the wedge and a garlicky Caesar.

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Star-a-Day: Jernard Wells

by , April 9th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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Calling All Cupcake Fans: How Do You Take Your Treats? — Vote Now

by in Community, Polls, April 8th, 2016

Calling All Cupcake Fans: How Do You Take Your Treats? — Vote NowCakes are great, sure. But you know what’s even better? A whole personal-sized cake that you can eat with your hands — otherwise known as a cupcake. At their simplest, these fan-favorite desserts require little more than a base cake-and-frosting combo, but with a little dressing up, they can become extra special and even elegant with the use of fillings, intricate decorations and over-the-top flavor features.

When it comes to your cupcake cravings, how do you satisfy them? Tell us all about your cupcake preferences in the polls below.

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Star-a-Day: Havird Usry

by , April 8th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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Star-a-Day: Erin Campbell

by , April 7th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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Star-a-Day: Damiano Carrara

by , April 6th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contes...

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