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
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
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
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
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
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!
May 1, 2019
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
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
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
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
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