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.

Best 5 Hanukkah Recipes

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 20th, 2011


No menorah lighting is complete without a few snacks to mark the occasion. This year, switch up tradition and try our top five Hanukkah recipes below. Each is quick and easy to make and boasts classic holiday tastes.

5. Apple Cider Doughnuts — A pureed red apple-apple cider mixture gives these doughnuts their sweet, seasonal flavor, while a cider glaze and cinnamon-sugar topping adds extra decadence and decoration.

4. Challah Crowns — This dense but light egg bread is scented with warm honey, sprinkled with poppy seeds and baked until the crust achieves a glossy, golden hue.

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Fettuccini Alfredo With Zucchini Ribbons — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 19th, 2011

Ellie Krieger uses low-fat milk to lighten up this decadent dish, but she adds garlic and creamy Parmesan cheese to maintain its full flavors and traditional textures. Slices of sautéed zucchini offer layers of bright color and healthy freshness to this easy 30-minute recipe.

For a light but satisfying side dish, serve Michael Chiarello’s Frisee Salad With Spiced Walnuts, Pears, Farmhouse Cheddar and Port Vinaigrette. Sugar-coated walnuts are tossed in a cayenne-cinnamon mixture and add a sweet and spicy crunch to the bed of greens, fresh fruit and rich cheddar shavings.

Get the recipe: Fettuccini Alfredo With Zucchini Ribbons 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.

How to Make Challah

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 16th, 2011


Whether you’re prepping for Hanukkah or just looking to spruce up the bread basket at your holiday dinner, challah is a versatile, easy-to-make bread that is sure to impress your guests. Often made with silky honey or dried fruit, this light but dense loaf gets its consistency from several rich egg yolks. Take a look below at how Food Network Kitchens fashions Challah Crowns (pictured above), a unique twist on traditional bread braids.

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The Next Iron Chef Caption It: The Moment of Truth

by in Shows, December 16th, 2011
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After eight weeks of Chairman’s Challenges, Secret Ingredient Showdowns and trying eliminations, this bicoastal competition wraps up on Sunday night. But before Chef Falkner or Chef Zakarian is finally declared The Next Iron Chef, these two Super Chefs will compete in one final battle to prove to the judges that his or her cuisine reigns supreme. Who will Judges Symon, Joo and Majumdar grant a permanent place in Kitchen Stadium earning the ultimate culinary title in the process?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to find out who is The Next Iron Chef, we’re challenging you, Next Iron Chef fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.

Last chance! Cast your Fan Vote up to 10 times per day.

Food Network Kitchens’ Apple Cider Snickerdoodles — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 13th, 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.

Celebrate seasonal apple cider with these thin and crumbly snickerdoodles. Ground cinnamon and brown sugar give them their classic warm taste while a quick dip in a sweetened apple pie spice mixture guarantees them their famed sugar coating.  Chopped apple chips are baked inside and added on top of the cookies to add a bit of crunch and subtle fruity flavor.

Get Food Network KitchensApple Cider Snickerdoodles 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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Spicy Lentil Soup — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, December 12th, 2011

Ready in just 35 minutes, this warm and hearty bowl gets its heat from a serrano chile pepper, its robust flavor from garlic, fresh ginger and ground turmeric, and its thick consistency from boiled red lentils. Dollop with tangy Greek yogurt for a refreshingly cool contrast.

For an easy, non-leafy salad, try Food Network Magazine’s Warm Farro Salad, made with roasted sweet cherry tomatoes and vibrant squash. Barley is a go-to substitute if you can’t find farro at your supermarket.

Get the recipe: Spicy Lentil Soup 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.

Guy’s Blondie With Dark Roots — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 12th, 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.

Soft, chewy and packed with chopped hazelnuts, shredded coconut and dark chocolate chips, Guy’s blondies offer a unique take on traditional holiday cookies. Use a snowflake- or candy cane-shaped cookie cutter to slice these bar cookies into fun, festive designs.

Get Guy’s Blondie With Dark Roots 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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Alex’s Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies With Toasted Almond Cream — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 11th, 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.

For the indecisive dessert eaters amongst us, whoopie pies are the ultimate holiday present. A combination cookie and cake, they boast a decadent, frosting-like filling sandwiched between light and fluffy pies. Alex makes indulgent dark chocolate whoopie pies that are laced with lemon zest and fills them with a rich cream, made with egg yolks and almond-infused milk.

Get Alex’s Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies With Toasted Almond Cream 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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Sandra’s Macadamia-Coconut Cookie — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 10th, 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.

Sandra Lee puts a Semi-Homemade twist on her cookies by using store-bought dough and adding weetened coconut flakes and chopped macadamia nuts to it. Just drop and bake these sweet treats and drizzle each with rich and creamy melted white chocolate. Ready in a little over 30 minutes, Sandra’s cookies are a quick weekend baking project that the whole family can enjoy.

Get Sandra’s Macadamia-Coconut Cookie 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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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.

There’s still time! Cast your Fan Vote up to 10 times per day.