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.

No-Bake Valentine’s Day Desserts

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 12th, 2012

Whether or not you have elaborate Valentine’s Day plans (or a valentine) on Tuesday, it’s practically required that you indulge in a few sweet treats to mark the holiday. But what if you’d prefer to spend time with your someone special instead of baking the perfect Red Velvet Layer Cake or indulgent Molten Lava Cakes? Then rely on our quick-to-prepare, no-bake recipes to serve up a lovingly made dessert in a flash. With chocolate candies, mousse, strawberry cheesecake and more, our list of Valentine’s Day desserts is sure to please your sweetie’s sweet tooth.

A generous splash of brandy offers after-dinner decadence to Alton’s two-bite Chocolate Truffles (pictured above), made with bittersweet chocolate and cream. Gently roll these beauties in soft cocoa powder, sweet coconut or crunchy chopped nuts to add a touch of texture and flavorful elegance.

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Best 5 Valentine’s Day Recipes

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 11th, 2012


Nothing says love like a home-cooked meal, right? This Valentine’s Day, forget about making restaurant reservations and serve your someone special a romantic dinner or dessert for two at home. Food Network’s top five Valentine’s Day recipes are elegant yet traditional dishes that you can easily make with love.

5. Shrimp Scampi With Linguini — A quick-cooking seafood, shrimp dress up classic pasta with garlic, lemon and white wine.

4. Chocolate Covered Strawberries — These two-bite treats are covered in smooth semi-sweet chocolate.

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Best 5 Pork Tenderloin Recipes

by in Recipes, February 8th, 2012


Much like chicken, pork is a hefty meat that can handle the robust flavors and textures of any number of dry rubs, marinades, stuffings and more. When it comes to shopping for pork tenderloins, you have a few options. You can pick up a single, multi-pound tenderloin or look for several longer, skinnier ones that each hover around one pound. Fix your family a dinner of tender, juicy pork using Food Network’s top five pork tenderloin recipes, which are an ideal mix of classic and creative preparations.

5. Pork Tenderloin With Seasoned Rub (pictured above) — Equal parts garlic powder, oregano, thyme, cumin and coriander complete Ellie’s herbaceous dry rub.

4. Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin — Sautéed cremini mushrooms, breadcrumbs and garlic are easily stuffed in butterflied tenderloins.

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Skillet Eggs With Squash — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, February 6th, 2012

Not just for breakfast anymore, eggs are a filling, go-to lunch and dinner option that can be ready to eat in mere minutes. Instead of simply scrambling or frying, try baking them atop sautéed squash and scallions with jalapeno and nutmeg. Sprinkle the skillet with pepper jack cheese before you put it in the oven to ensure decadent eggs and a richly satisfying dish.

Boasting beets, carrots, potatoes and fresh herbs, Food Network Kitchens’ Root Vegetable Hash With Horseradish Cream is a hearty side to round out the meal.

Get the recipe: Skillet Eggs With Squash 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.

Not a Sports Fan? Super Bowls of Soup

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 4th, 2012

Have you heard? This Sunday is the Super Bowl. We have wing, nacho and chili recipes galore, all to ensure that your Big-Game Bash will not leave you fumbling in the kitchen. But what if you’re not a sports fan or simply prefer to stay away from those deliciously decadent dishes? Then this weekend, the name of the game is rich, hearty, bold-flavored soups instead. Below, check out a few of our most super bowls of soup, perfect for game day or any other.

With buttered croutons, rustic potatoes, salty bacon and a generous splash of cream, Food Network Magazine’s Potato-Leek Soup With Bacon is a no-fail recipe that is ready in only 40 minutes. Pureeing just half of the soup is an easy way to ensure the broth’s smooth consistency while preserving its chunky texture.

Though Ellie Krieger lightens up traditional Tomato-Tortilla Soup by cooking with chicken broth instead of heavy cream, her recipe from Cooking Channel promises classic flavor from lime juice, sautéed garlic and plenty of tomatoes. For a crispy, crunchy touch, garnish with golden tortilla strips before serving.

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Best 5 Super Bowl Recipes

by in Recipes, February 4th, 2012

What’s the Super Bowl if you don’t have snacks to munch on during it? This Sunday, instead of ordering delivery pizza or resorting to frozen chicken wings, serve up a super spread of touchdown-worthy eats at your Big-Game Bash. Our top five Super Bowl recipes below are quick-to-prepare, traditional dishes that are sure to win points with your team of friends.

5. Guacamole — Alton adds a hint of heat to his classic guacamole with a pinch of cayenne.

4. Hot Crab Dip — Dunk crackers or toasted pita bread into this rich, cheesy dip, featuring lump crabmeat, sweet roasted garlic and Worcestershire sauce.

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Skillet Lasagna — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 30th, 2012


While some lasagna recipes require Bolognese and bechamel sauces, multiple pots and pans and a few hours in the oven, this one calls for just a single sauce and only 20-25 minutes on the stove. No-bake lasagna noodles are nestled between layers of fresh tomato sauce, sliced vegetables and creamy ricotta cheese, becoming soft as they cook in the skillet and absorb moisture.

Continue with the Italian-inspired dishes and round out your dinner with Giada’s Mixed Green Salad With Sherry Vinaigrette and Rachael’s easy, cheesy Garlic Bread, ready in fewer than 10 minutes.

Get the recipe: Skillet Lasagna 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.

Chinese Takeout at Home

by in Recipes, January 27th, 2012

Though it’s easy to pick up the phone and order Chinese food takeout, it can be just as simple to cook up those white-box favorites in your own kitchen — often without the extra cost and unnecessary calories and fat. Prep your pantry for traditional Chinese recipes by picking up a few Asian-food staples, such as soy and chili sauces, rice wine vinegar and fresh ginger, and you’ll be ready to serve up classic appetizers and main dishes in a flash. Find a menu of our favorite Chinese foods below, including stir-fried chicken, fried rice, dumpling soup and more.

Though they’re far more heart-healthy than their deep-fried counterparts, Baked Spring Rolls are every bit as light, golden and perfectly crisp. Those pictured above from Food Network Magazine are filled with delicate lump crab, green cabbage and fresh ginger and served with a salty, sweet soy-mirin sauce.

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Best 5 Meatloaf Recipes

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2012

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A go-to comfort food favorite that the whole family will enjoy, meatloaf is a foolproof dish that is as quick to prepare as it is easy on the wallet. Whether you prefer turkey or beef varieties, adding fresh vegetables, spices and a tasty glaze to your meatloaf promises that it will be rich in texture and bold flavors. Check out Food Network’s top five meatloaf recipes below and cook up one for dinner tonight.

5. New Classic Meatloaf — Quick-cooking oats and molasses are “new” ingredients Ellie adds to her traditional meatloaf recipe, featuring ground beef, button mushrooms and herbs.

4. Turkey Meatloaf With Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes — Chewy herb-marinated sun-dried tomatoes and tangy feta cheese offer texture and a Mediterranean flair to Giada’s easy weeknight meatloaf.

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An Italian Feast

by in Recipes, January 23rd, 2012

It’s not too early to start thinking about dinner this weekend. Ditch those jarred tomato sauces, grab the family and cook up an authentic Italian-style feast in your own kitchen. We’ve compiled an entire menu of trattoria classics, such as pasta with meat sauce, hunter-style chicken, traditional tiramisu and more, so that you can bring the tried-and-true tastes of Italy into your home. Check out our favorite Italian recipes below, then let us know how you prepare your best Italian dishes.

If your Sunday dinners are anything like those at my house, they inevitably involve pasta with meat sauce, and maybe some ravioli or gnocchi, too. Food Network Magazine’s heavenly Sunday Meat Sauce With Orecchiette (pictured above) is full of robust flavors and hearty ingredients, including almost a dozen garlic cloves, authentic San Marzano tomatoes, tender beef and moist meatballs. Instead of resorting to spaghetti or rigatoni, give orecchiette noodles a try — the sauce perfectly coats and seeps into the underbelly of this tiny turtle shell-shaped pasta.

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