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
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
The Creator of the Crack Pie Just Released a New Book and You’ll Want to Read It ASAP
When I learned legendary baker Christina Tosi was releasing a new cookbook, All About Cake, I snagged a copy as soon as I could (it’s out now!). You see, I’m a longtime fan: When I first visited Milk Bar in New York in 2009, my mom and I ordered basically one of everything. On my second visit, I bought my favorite tote bag (a simple blue bag with the classic Momofuku peach), plus a few pork belly baos and a corn cookie, of course.
Nov 1, 2018
Here’s How My Painted Cabinets Have Held Up — One Year Later
One year ago, the fabulous folks at Swatch Out came to my house to show all of us how to paint drab wooden cabinets white. The end result was incredible. My house looked brand new — even more so than when I’d painted the walls around my kitchen cabinets earlier that year. Instead of being a dark, depressing void, my open-format kitchen became an inviting, bright space. All at once, the house seemed bigger, brighter, and just plain happier.
Oct 22, 2018
What Everyone’s Missing About That Gross Mac & Cheese on Twitter Today
I think it’s safe to say that most people would consider waking up to mac and cheese to be a very good thing. I know I certainly fall into that camp (regardless of the fact that it isn’t exactly a traditional breakfast food) because, I mean, come on: It’s mac and cheese. That said, waking up to mac and cheese this morning in particular was an unpleasant surprise. When I opened my phone, the offensive image you see above crossed my screen.
Oct 20, 2017
I Tried the Instant Pot and Didn’t Love It. What Am I Missing?
When the Instant Pot went on sale for Amazon Prime Day last year, I barely thought about adding it to my cart. I’d long read about the wonders of the Instant Pot, so I knew I had to have one. Two days later, my precious new seven-in-one appliance arrived, and I was elated. But I was also busy.
Mar 29, 2017
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.
Jun 27, 2016
There’s Only One Thing Wrong with the New Girl Scout Cookie Baking Mixes
Good news, everyone! Pillsbury recently partnered with The Girl Scouts of The USA to release a series of Girl Scout Cookie baking mixes. It’s exciting news … until you realize one thing. They’re not Girl Scout Cookie baking mixes, they’re Girl Scout Cookie-flavored baking mixes.
Jun 24, 2016
Maybe Don’t Call 911 over This Kind of Food Problem
Calling 911 is a serious matter. It’s an emergency line, reserved — exclusively — for situations that require immediate medical, fire, or law enforcement assistance. We learn this simple fact when we’re children, and file it away in the backs of our minds with the hope that we’ll never be put into a situation where we have to dial those three numbers.
Jun 23, 2016
If You Love the Golden Girls, Start Planning a Trip to NYC Now
Do you often find yourself catching Golden Girls reruns in the wee hours of the morning, or late hours of the night? Perhaps you’re an avid viewer, despite the fact that you own all seven seasons on DVD. Certainly, the amount of times you can watch each episode is infinite, but after a while things start to get tired. So, if you’re hungry for new Golden Girls goodness, you’re in luck. Michael J.
Jun 22, 2016
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.
Jun 20, 2016
This Baker Makes the Cutest Bread You’ll Ever See
Few things are as satisfying as preparing a jaw-dropping meal. Except, perhaps, for being the lucky guest instead of the cook — or baker, in this case. These loaves of bread are so intricate, so joyful, and just so darn cute that I can’t even imagine how delighted I’d be to see one sliced open in front of me. @konel_bread, a talented baker from Tokyo, Japan, shares her colorful creations on Instagram.
Jun 20, 2016
This Map Shows Where Your Favorite Foods Actually Come From
You would think that Thai chilies originated in Thailand, but you’d be wrong. Researchers at The Royal Society mapped out the origins of some of the world’s most important crops, and many of their findings are pretty surprising. Do you really know where your food comes from? For a better look at the image below, check out this interactive map at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.
Jun 17, 2016
Can You Guess Which Countries Have the Largest Fast Food Portions?
Considering the standardization across fast food restaurants in the U.S., I always assumed that the consistency in their offerings extended well beyond our borders. Certainly, different countries offer occasional localized additions to their menus, but it just seemed a given that things would be, otherwise, the same. Not quite. An Australian agency investigated some popular food chains to see how their serving sizes differ across the globe, and then arranged their findings in an infographic.
Jun 16, 2016
Just Wait Until You See the Inside of This Japanese Omelet
I hate overcooked eggs so much that I tend to make my scrambled eggs a little on the runny side. If my sunny-side-up eggs come out of the kitchen a little loose in the whites, I’m not fazed. But this volcano-esque presentation of a Japanese omelet known as omurice … well, I don’t know if I’m sold. Before the egg is split, you think maybe it’s ice cream or some kind of fancy foam. Certainly a quenelle of something innocent.
Jun 15, 2016
Sorry, Your Senior Photos Will Never Be as Cool as These
A unique backdrop certainly makes senior photos more fun. When my photographer saw the car I pulled up to his studio in — a powder-blue Dodge Omni that was older than I was — he promptly suggested we drive it to a nearby junkyard and take photos there. So, naturally, we did. It was dusty, dirty, and a little bit awkward (“You want to do what in my junkyard?”), but I got to immortalize something that was honestly very important to my adolescence.
Jun 14, 2016
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.
Jun 13, 2016
What If Brand Names Were Replaced with Calorie Counts?
When I tuck into a bag of my favorite potato chips (Meijer’s Kettle-Cooked Jalapeño Chips for life!), I don’t do so with false hope. I know they aren’t good for me, but I’ll be damned if they aren’t the most satisfying snack mankind has ever known. When a craving hits that I just can’t resist, I tend to just pretend the nutrition label isn’t there. But what if that wasn’t an option?
Jun 10, 2016
Talenti Wants to Tell You What Ice Cream Flavor You Are
There are some things we’ll just never know, like how “Bohemian Rhapsody” is so catchy, why cat GIFs are so hilarious, and what the 11 herbs and spices are in KFC’s secret recipe. And until now, discovering what ice cream flavor you were seemed like a far-fetched dream. But thanks to technology, we no longer have to wonder. In the interest of helping curious ice cream fans determine the true flavor of their soul, Talenti launched Flavorize.Us.
Jun 9, 2016
Science Says It’s Impossible to Overcook This Fresh Ingredient
We’ve all been there. You get distracted while cooking, and oops — that perfectly season chicken breast turned to leather. If only there was a food that couldn’t be overcooked; a food you could ignore as if it were Kanye West. Fortunately, science has the answer to your short-attention-span dreams. It turns out that mushrooms are extremely forgiving when it comes to cooking. So much so that America’s Test Kitchen has declared them “impossible to overcook.
Jun 8, 2016
This Video of Clams Emerging from the Ocean Is Truly Horrifying
My culinary experience with clams is pretty limited. I’ve only prepared them once, and — truthfully — I didn’t particularly care for them. The real fun, I find, is in hunting for them on the beach. When I was quite young, my dad taught me to spot hiding clams by the telltale thumbprint-shaped indents they leave in the sand. We always tossed them back into the water, but it was fun to unearth a few, just because, with a few gentle scrapes into the wet sand.
Jun 7, 2016
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?
Jun 6, 2016
12 Absurdly Delicious Ways to Celebrate National Doughnut Day
If you aren’t aware, today is a very important holiday: It’s National Doughnut Day! This doughy and delightful holiday falls on the first Friday of June each year. It’s time to bust out your fryers and get to work. Up first, the Inception Doughnut from Cinnamon Snail. I don’t have a recipe for this, and its limited-edition debut ended after just two days, but I think it could be recreated at home with a little creative recipe blending!
Jun 3, 2016
Read This If You Love Bacon and Hate Your Job
Does your day job have you feeling down? Do you long for mornings spent eating sizzling strips of porky goodness, and evenings spent sipping bacon-infused bourbon? If you answered yes to these questions, then there’s a new life path that you need to consider. Extra Crispy, a new site dedicated to all things breakfast and brunch, officially launched yesterday. And with the launch came a call for help — in the form of a breakfast critic, natch.
Jun 2, 2016
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.
May 27, 2016
Can You Guess the Flavor of This Jet-Black Ice Cream?
Ice cream comes in a rainbow of both natural and unnatural colors. From red to violet — if you can dream it, you can eat it. That is, unless, you dreamt of black ice cream, in which case the closest you could come to living your dreams was ordering the deepest, darkest chocolate on display. But as of yesterday, there’s a truly black ice cream available for purchase. Can you guess which flavor you’ll have to order to get a scoop of this jet-black goodness? It’s coconut!
May 26, 2016
Do You Know How Much Added Sugar You’re Actually Consuming?
When the Food and Drug Administration announced a new template for nutrition labels, sugar manufacturers around the world rejoiced. Just kidding. Because the new template includes a long-overdue line for “added sugars,” the sugar industry is feeling a little, well, bitter. The FDA’s update is part of an ongoing effort to help Americans eat less sugar, which can be difficult to do considering how many aliases it hides under in ingredient lists.
May 25, 2016
Homemade Cheese Ball Machine Guns Are the Key to a Perfect Summer
I think most people will agree that cheese makes everything better. Cheese on a burger? Duh! Cheese with that glass of wine? Of course! And now cheese is here to make your summer playtime even more fun.
May 24, 2016
Justin’s Nut Butters Now Owned by the Same Company as SPAM
In the summer of 2004, Justin’s made its humble public debut at a Colorado farmers market. Today you can find Justin’s products in 40 percent of all grocery stores nationwide. Not surprisingly, the company’s strong growth and dedicated following captured the attention of industry giants, which led to their recent acquisition by Hormel. That’s right – Justin’s and SPAM are now owned by the same company.
May 23, 2016
This Edible Beer Packaging Could Help Save Marine Life
I remember watching a VHS tape about ocean conservancy in elementary school. The shades were drawn, the lights were dimmed, and my tiny little brain was assaulted with images of helpless sea creatures in various states of pollution-induced despair. The stand-out culprit? Plastic six-pack holders. We were taught to clip the rings before tossing the evil devices into the trash, and then to pat ourselves on the back for doing our part to save the oceans.
May 20, 2016
BBC Food to Close Its Digital Doors
Yesterday, BBC announced that they are scaling back to focus on their core responsibility: delivering the news. Unfortunately, that means that the food branch of their website is getting the axe — along with its catalog of 11,000 recipes. The announcement was made after negotiations with the government ended in new guidelines for the kinds of content BBC should create. After the final changes have been set into place, existing BBC Food recipes will become difficult to locate.
May 18, 2016
Look at This Couple’s Engagement Photos from Costco
Forget the woodsy, folksy engagement photos of yesterday, and welcome the new trendy thing: engagement photos taken in your favorite warehouse-style grocery store. Nothing says romance like giant vacuum-packed slabs of meat and packs of toilet paper large enough to TP an entire town. All jokes aside, I understand this couple’s shared devotion to Costco. When you’re into food, you spend a lot of time at the grocery store.
May 17, 2016
6 Celebrities Who Need to Get in on the Meal Kit Delivery Business
The meal kit business is absolutely booming – Amazon’s in on it, the New York Times is in on it, hell, Beyonce is in on it — but just because we have tons of options to choose from doesn’t mean we’re satisfied! Here are six celebrities that I think are long overdue to brighten the meal kit delivery landscape with their personalities. Pizza and french fries delivered hot to your door literally every time you think about food (which, let’s be honest, is 24/7).
May 16, 2016
I Can’t Stop Staring at These Gorgeous Glossy Cakes
I know, it kinda looks like a Roomba boogied its way into West Coast Customs and got “pimped” by Xzibit, but this pretty work of art isn’t a fancy vacuum — it’s a fancy cake. It’s so fancy and so mysterious that I’m beginning to think I’ll find the meaning of life hidden somewhere in all that glossy, glorious, goodness if I stare long enough. The creator of these beauties is Olga Noskova, a baker from Russia.
May 13, 2016
Mark Bittman Leaving the Meal Kit Delivery Business
It’s been an exciting month for meal kits. Just yesterday, Amazon announced that it would be joining the meal-delivery service alongside the likes of Plated, Terra’s Kitchen, Hello Fresh, and Blue Apron. Last week, The New York Times announced a partnership with Chef’d. All seems well and good in the industry, which is why the news of Mark Bittman leaving Purple Carrot comes as such a surprise.
May 12, 2016