Kaitlin Flannery

Kaitlin was the Social Media Manager for The Kitchn. She bakes as often as possible, chronicling her kitchen adventures over on her blog, Whisk Kid. She lives in mid-Michigan with her husband and their puppy.
I Took My Oven Door Apart to Clean It — Here’s How It Went
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
It's actually not all that hard!
Nov 28, 2020
I Installed $20 Tip-Out Trays in My Kitchen — And It’s the Best Money I’ve Ever Spent
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
It's super simple to install them, too.
Nov 22, 2020
The Potential Dangers of Sugar on Early Childhood Development
No one expects good news to come from research on sugar, but a recent study revealed some particularly grim results. According to the report, eating excessive amounts of sugar as a child could severely impact a person’s ability to deal with stress throughout their life. Shockingly, sugar’s effects on a developing mind were so severe that they were found to be similar to the lasting effects of neglect and abuse.
Sep 30, 2020
Is This a Loaf of Bread or a Baby’s Arm?
The Internet’s latest “this-or-that” posts compare baby rolls to bread rolls. Can you tell which is which? Parents in Japan are using this Twitter hashtag to show the striking similarities between their babies’ roly-poly arms and a pull-apart snack bread from 7-Eleven. It’s a little different from the this-or-that posts we’ve seen before, but I think this is the best yet. It’s certainly the cutest, at the very least.
Sep 30, 2020
6 Life Lessons from This Adorable Kid Who Can’t Find His Fork
Speaking as someone who’s had to enlist the help of her fiancé twice in the past month to find something she misplaced, I can say with certainty that it’s not cute when an adult loses something. Generally speaking, I’d imagine kids aren’t quite cheerful either when something goes missing, but the cute toddler in this video is an exception.
Sep 30, 2020
Why Be a Disney Princess When You Can Be a Hot Dog?
Imagine that you’re 5 years old and it’s Princess Week at your dance class. Obviously, this is a momentous occasion, so you have to consider your options carefully. You could go classic and dress as Belle or Jasmine, or go the more obscure route and dress as Thumbelina or the Swan Princess. But what if you decide that frilly dresses and musical numbers aren’t your thing?
Sep 30, 2020
IKEA’s $8 IDEALISK Is the Single Best Colander to Ever Hit the Market
Stick with us while one Kitchn staffer professes her love.
Jul 11, 2020
Recipe: 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter and Banana Popsicles
The magic of one-ingredient banana ice cream is truly undeniable. Freeze some bananas, give them a turn in the food processor, and presto — easy, dreamy, dairy-free ice cream that you can feel good about eating. Banana ice cream is a simple, modern classic that shuns fuss and finesse at its core, but why let that stop you from making it a bit more exciting? With just a little extra effort (only two more ingredients!), you can make this frozen dessert into something super special.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Mini Pancake Tacos
I have a special place in my heart for pancakes — especially flat ones like these. Technically, they’re probably a lot closer to crêpes, but to me these are pancakes. Dad always served ’em up in the size of dinner plates, ready to be painted with butter, honey, powdered sugar, and cinnamon.
Jan 22, 2020
Recipe: Muffin-Tin Monkey Breads, 3 Ways
It makes me sad how much of my life was spent “hating” monkey bread. It was an unfounded loathing, solely rooted in my own lack of understanding of how glorious such a thing could be. What is there, after all, to hate about buttery, cakey, cinnamon-sugar bread? Absolutely nothing, that’s what. There’s even less to hate when it’s served up in three single-serving sized flavors.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Mini Cheese Danishes
Who doesn’t love a cheese danish? The smooth, creamy filling is such a perfect foil to the crispy, flaky shell. The combination hits every crave-worthy taste and texture a person could want in a pastry, which is why it’s easy to eat so many in one sitting that you feel you’ve overdosed on butter and cream cheese. Until today!
Jan 21, 2020
3 Stunning Ways to Shape Brioche
A plain loaf of brioche is wonderful, but sometimes it’s fun to put in a little extra effort to make it extraordinary. The classic braid makes an excellent sliceable loaf with flair, while the star and bouquet options are eager to offer their pull-apart charms to a brunch near you. I know this all looks like a ton of work, but I promise it’s not! With these three easy-to-memorize techniques, you’ll take your brioche game to a level that’ll make even your grandma jealous.
Jul 30, 2019
Foodie Dream Vacation: Spend a Week in Julia Child’s Home in France
As if vacationing in the French countryside wasn’t already swoon-worthy enough, the coolest accommodations a home cook could ever ask for just hit the Airbnb market: Julia Child’s Provencal home, La Peetch! I tend to avoid my hotel when I travel, but this discovery might change things. Can you imagine how cool it would be to cook in what was once Julia’s kitchen?
May 30, 2019
I Tried Meal Kits from Chef’d and Here’s What I Thought
Item: Chef’d Meal Kits Price: Prices vary pretty widely, but most two-serving meals are around $30. Shipping is extra for orders under $40, but it’s free above that threshold. Overall impression: Interesting recipes with high-quality ingredients. Although Chef’d might be a little too expensive to have every day, that’s not really their aim.
May 30, 2019
I Tried Tiny Toast, the Brand New General Mills Cereal, and Here’s What I Thought
I was absolutely fascinated when I heard that General Mills was introducing its first new cereal in 15 years. Can you believe it has been so long since their last product launch? With feelings of nostalgia brimming in my heart, I couldn’t wait to give it a try. Here’s what I thought. The packaging is cute and easily recognizable among a sea of busy and colorful boxes.
May 30, 2019
Recipe: Bomb Pop Cocktail Pitcher
The ice cream truck may have shunned the streets of the deep-woods neighborhood I grew up in, but my parents made sure that my brother and I didn’t miss out on the joy of a Popsicle on a hot summer day. They kept a second freezer in the basement, and though I’m sure it was used for important things like storing meat, vegetables, and the odd set of important documents, it was reliably stocked with what seemed to be a never-ending supply of Flav-Or-Ice Pops.
May 29, 2019
5 Tasty Bites for a Tiny Brunch Party
Breakfast and brunch have long been my favorite meals, largely thanks to the huge variety of options. You can go savory, you can go sweet, or you can even combine the two for the best of both worlds. Honestly, the only thing I don’t like about brunch is having to choose. What if I want the french toast and a lox-topped bagel? One option is to just overindulge, but here’s a better solution: Just make everything mini!
May 29, 2019
This Vending Machine Is Your One-Stop Shop for Raw Meat
When I think of vending machines, things like Snickers and Twix bars come to mind. Maybe a crinkle-packaged cookie, or a bag of Sun Chips behind a bold F4. But here’s something I never considered purchasing from a vending machine: raw meat. My initial reaction to the news was disgust, but really, why should it be?
May 24, 2019
This Imaginary Beach Vacation Is the Break You Need Today
Even though it’s been a pretty mild winter as far as Michigan is concerned, I’m more than ready for a warm escape. And in the event you’re also itching for sun and sand, and that you didn’t jaunt off somewhere tropical this holiday weekend, — or worse, you didn’t even get the day off from work! — you deserve a virtual break (at the very least). And cocktails — fruity frozen drinks and sparkling refreshing ones, too.
May 24, 2019
The 6 Foods You’ll Never See on This Food Poisoning Expert’s Plate
There are general rules for food safety that I’d argue most people are familiar with: Wash your hands often, don’t mix raw meat/fish with raw vegetables, be careful about keeping food at the correct temperature for the correct amount of time. Rules like these keep us healthy and our food safe, but how far does it go? Do your concerns over food safety keep you from eating entire categories of food?
May 1, 2019
Thomas Jefferson Liked Mac & Cheese Before It Was Cool
Would you ever guess that our third president was — gasp — a hipster? Okay, he might not have been sporting skinny jeans or talking about bands you’ve probably never heard of, but he did help bring some well-loved treats to prominence during his time as president. If you couldn’t live without mac and cheese, fine wine, and ice cream, then thank your patriotic stars for President Jefferson — you might not have them without him!
May 1, 2019
Do Yourself a Favor and Make Your Own Boozy Shamrock Shake
Shamrock Shakes are back! And yeah, that’s exciting news and all, but you can’t ignore the fact that you have to actually leave your house to get one. First-world problem, I know, but sometimes I just don’t want to put on my normal functioning adult disguise (i.e., something besides pajama pants) and drive all the way to McDonald’s to indulge my sweet tooth.
May 1, 2019
Watch Jacques Pépin Teach You How to Turn a Tomato into a Rose
Slicing a tomato is pretty boring. In general, just use a serrated knife and aim for uniform steaks. Pop one or two on your burger or salad and dinner is served. But sometimes plating calls for something more inspired. Maybe you’re trying to impress someone, or maybe you just want to treat yourself. Whatever the case may be, you’re in luck! Jacques Pépin has spilled his technique for turning a humble tomato into a work of art.
May 1, 2019
Research-Backed Excuse to Drink More Wine: It Could Help You Lose Weight
Trying to lose weight? Don’t be so quick to completely cut alcohol out of your diet. A recent study revealed that drinking a glass of red wine before bed could make it easier to shed pounds. Researchers determined that resveratrol, a polyphenol found in red wine, helps turn white fat into brown fat. Okay, it’s still fat, but the good news is that brown fat can be burned more easily than white fat.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Mini Bagels and Lox
On my last trip to New York, I stopped at Russ & Daughters for a bagel sandwich. I didn’t know the “right way” to order it — I felt anxious and shy with a serious fear of missing out — so I asked the kind man at the counter to make it the way he liked. My prize was heavy, loaded with chive cream cheese, bright red onions, a slice of tomato, and a generous portion of lox.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Bananas Foster French Toast Kebabs
French toast is incredibly delicious, but it’s not exactly portable — especially when topped with bananas and caramel. Because of this, it’s never been an option for my brunch parties since I just don’t have enough chairs around my dining room table to accommodate my guests. Thankfully, threading French toast cubes onto kebabs totally solves the problem while, at the same time, making the dish more fun.
May 1, 2019
Watch This Patient Artist Skillfully Embroider a Cookie
Decorating cookies with royal icing is often saved exclusively for special occasions. It requires a ton of labor, with all the piping, decorating, and — you know — baking cookies in the first place. For me, it’s a lot of work, but for this talented artist, you can tell it’s a passion! Watching her work in the video below is truly mesmerizing. I kept thinking it was done, but then — no — just one more petal here, and a garden of pretty little flowers there.
May 1, 2019
Would You Buy a “Mini” KitchenAid Stand Mixer?
KitchenAids are big and clunky, but that’s not a bad thing. The weight comes from a powerful motor, and the clunkiness … well, I can’t think of a better shape for such an appliance. It is what it is, which is why I can’t quite wrap my head around the appeal of the mini version that KitchenAid will soon market to millennials and boomers. So what, exactly, do they mean when they say “mini”?
May 1, 2019
5 Gorgeous Ways to Decorate a Pie
Ah, the humble pie. Whether it’s a free-form galette, a double-crust slab, or a lattice-topped number, pies always maintain an air of rustic charm. But if you’re getting more comfortable with pie dough and are itching to try out something new, we’ve got your covered. Here are five pretty and unique ways to make your pie crust stand out. On butter: When making decorative pie crust, steer clear of an all-butter crust.
May 1, 2019
Okay, BuzzFeed — What’s the Deal with This Banana Slicer?
You’ve probably seen this little kitchen gadget making its way around the Internet. Yeah, it’s pretty much unnecessary. Yeah, people are probably just buying it as a gag gift. Yeah, the reviews are pretty funny. But three posts about it, BuzzFeed? What are you up to? As an aside, let me just say that one of my daily responsibilities as The Kitchn’s Social Media Manager is to find something trendy and buzzworthy in the world of food news to share.
May 1, 2019
Did You Notice This Big Change in Kraft’s Mac and Cheese Recipe?
Do you remember when Kraft said that it would be changing its classic mac and cheese recipe? They made an announcement that they planned to remove artificial preservatives, flavorings, and dyes from the product, and then they went quiet for a year. But they didn’t stop working! It turns out that their silence was a carefully planned marketing move. Since the announcement last year, Kraft has not only finished reformulating the recipe, but they also sent it to market!
May 1, 2019
Watch This Life-Sized Chef Fry Up Edible, Doll-Sized Donuts
You know, I’ve always thought the only thing that could make donuts better is if they were smaller. Okay, maybe not, but that doesn’t make this any less fun. Ever since I witnessed the joy that is a tiny hamster eating a tiny burrito, I just can’t get enough of these tiny food videos. I think it reminds me of playtime as a kid, only instead of just pretending to cook food for my Polly Pockets, it’s actually happening.
May 1, 2019
Would You Eat Faux Shrimp Made of Algae?
The efforts to combat overfishing have reached a new frontier: faux foods. Certainly most people are familiar with krab, but are you ready to dig in to a plate of faux shrimp? I have to admit, I’m a little wary. With an ingredient list that contains broken-down red algae and a production process that’s been compared to baking bread, New Wave‘s product doesn’t sound wholly appetizing.
May 1, 2019
This Is Why You Should Quit Passing Over Yellow Limes at the Supermarket
When you shop for limes, do you feel disappointed by a selection that’s anything less than the greenest of green? I certainly do. I always thought that yellowing limes were past their prime — but it turns out that’s really not the case at all. Mind-blowing fact of the day: Bearr’s limes (aka Persian or Tahitian), which are the most commonly sold limes in the U.S., yellow as they ripen.
May 1, 2019
Can You Believe This Classic Drink Was Created by Accident?
Maybe you’ve heard the legend of the accidental creation of potato chips; a tale of delicious, crispy-crunchy revenge, dished up hot after a vindictive cook received a complaint that his fries were too thick. But have you heard the story of how one of the world’s most well-known cocktails accidentally came into existence?
May 1, 2019
Another Important Reason to Start Saying “Yes” to Ugly Food
There’s more to welcoming ugly fruit and vegetables into your home than simply doing your part to stop food waste. According to recent research, ugly food might actually be the healthier choice. The thought that prompted the research was that produce with scars and scabs — so-called “ugly food” — could be using the stressors of its environment as an impetus to grow stronger (read: more nutritious) in an effort to survive.
May 1, 2019