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.

Think Beyond the Sandwich: 3 New Ways to Use Pita Bread

by in Recipes, Shows, June 6th, 2015

Crispy Personal Pita PizzasWhen it comes to dressing up an ordinary sandwich, opting for pita bread instead of the sliced stuff is a welcome change of pace. But beyond stuffing the pita with deli meats and cheeses, the options for putting this bread to work may seem somewhat limited. That’s where The Kitchen comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode, the co-hosts took to this everyday pantry staple to show how simple it is to let it shine in three different dishes — one of them a sweet treat. From family-friendly pizzas to a 15-minute dessert, get the chefs’ best-ever ideas, each ready to eat in 30 minutes or less.

When the pizza craving strikes — and it always does, of course — but you don’t have time to roll out the dough, skip delivery and opt for Jeff Mauro’s Crispy Personal Pita Pizzas (pictured above) instead. He tops the pita rounds with melty cheese, then fresh tomatoes and garlic salt to create a traditional pie layered with flavor. Perhaps best of all, it takes just minutes to cook these pizzas in the oven.

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No Matter Your BBQ Menu, You’ll Want to Make These Smoky Baked Beans Too

by in Recipes, June 3rd, 2015

The Ultimate Baked BeansBurgers, hot dogs and ribs often steal the show at summertime cookouts, but side dishes are not to be forgotten. From creamy macaroni salads to vinegar-spiked potato salads and simply grilled vegetables, these accompanying plates help round out the meal, but perhaps no side dish screams true ‘cue quite like baked beans. Tender, hearty and oftentimes a tad bit sweet, baked beans are a Southern specialty and surely worthy of a place on your outdoor buffet. Read on below to get both classic and creative takes on this seasonal staple from Food Network stars like The Pioneer Woman and Trisha Yearwood.

5. Quick and Easy Baked Beans — For guaranteed ease and simplicity, Ree Drummond starts with a few cans of baked beans to make this big-batch recipe, which can be conveniently prepped in a single pan. She boosts the flavor with smoky fried bacon, then stirs in additional ingredients, like fresh peppers and barbecue sauce, for next-level taste.

4. Mama Neely’s Baked Beans — “Once you make these beans, there is no going back,” Pay Neely says. “If you want to put your own spin on it, you can use kidney beans instead of pork and beans, but I say my mama’s way is best.”

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Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About Burgers

by in Community, Shows, June 2nd, 2015

Fans Show Us Their Guilty Food Pleasures: All About BurgersA buttery, crisp bun, a blanket of gooey, melty cheese and a hunk of hot meat that oozes juice — there’s nothing quite like an over-the-top burger, especially for Food Network chefs Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli, who just recently revealed on Guilty Pleasures that some of their most-sinful food cravings include a mac and cheese-topped burger and one served up with sweet griddled onions.

Recently Food Network asked fans to tell us about their burger bites, and in true superfan fashion, you delivered in droves, not just writing back but also showing photos of some of the most-epic between-the-bun creations we’ve seen so far this season. When it comes to layering meat, cheese and veggies — and more meat and more cheese — on top of bread, you all are surely up for the challenge. Keep scrolling below to see some of FN Dish’s favorite selections.

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Bobby and Jamie Deen to Scour the South for Authentic Eats on Upcoming Road Trip

by in Shows, June 1st, 2015

Bobby and Jamie Deen on Southern Fried Road TripFrom Southern traditions to down-home eats and drinks, no one knows the true personalities and flavors of the Deep South quite like Bobby and Jamie Deen. This summer the brothers, both Georgia locals, are teaming up to showcase the culture of their native region, as well as the best-ever culinary treasures in the area, on their all-new upcoming series Southern Fried Road Trip.

Beginning Monday, July 13 at 10|9c, Bobby and Jamie will set off on the ultimate regional adventure as they track down tried-and-true classics, like hearty barbecue ribs, fried green tomato sandwiches and over-the-top burgers, and get to know the local legends who create them. From West Virginia to Louisiana and Mississippi to Georgia, the guys will scour the South for specialty favorites the locals love, all in an effort to celebrate the culture and cuisine for which the South is now known.

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Arugula and Watermelon Salad — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, June 1st, 2015

With Memorial Day officially behind us, summer has (unofficially) kicked off. If this season is all about striving for easy, stress-free days, then there’s perhaps no simpler dish to make than a fresh salad. You could opt for a classic preparation of fresh greens, veggies and your favorite dressing, but in true Barefoot Contessa fashion, Ina Garten takes the traditional to the next level in her Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad (pictured above), featuring a craveable combination of peppery greens and juicy seasonal fruit.

Since watermelon is a sweet fruit, Ina balances out those natural sugars with plenty of savory tastes in the other ingredients: The olive oil-based dressing features a duo of bright citruses, plus minced shallots for a subtle bite, while crumbly feta cheese rounds out the salad with hefty richness and welcome tang. For an added burst of freshness, Ina mixes in fragrant mint leaves, which complement the fruit and the arugula alike. Click the play button on the video above to watch her make the salad.

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Bringing the Heat to Hollywood: Bobby Flay to Receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

by in Food Network Chef, News, June 1st, 2015

Bobby FlayOn Food Network Star, premiering Sunday, June 7 at 9|8c, Bobby Flay and fellow mentor Giada De Laurentiis are on a mission to discover budding talent. But tomorrow it will be Bobby who’s recognized for superstardom, when he’s honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The first chef ever and the first Food Network personality ever to receive a star, Bobby has been in the culinary industry since he was just 17 years old, and his first appearance on Food Network was more than 20 years ago. The host of Food Network’s Bobby’s Barbecue Addiction and Beat Bobby Flay, the co-host of Food Network Star, and an acclaimed Iron Chef, Bobby’s no stranger to awards and achievements. The Walk of Fame star comes after several of his programs have earned Emmy Awards and James Beard Awards, both prestigious industry accomplishments, and he’s also at the helm of multiple restaurants from coast to coast.

At a ceremony tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, Bobby will celebrate the dedication of his star, the 2,553rd star on the Walk of Fame, during a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The festivities kick off at 11:30 a.m. PST (2:30 p.m. EST), and he’ll be joined by his close friend and fellow Iron Chef Michael Symon, as well as Brooke Johnson, the president of Food Network; both are set to speak about Bobby as the star is dedicated to him.

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