Kaitlin Flannery's Recent Articles
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Would You Pay $200 to Learn to Eat Like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen?
With all the information about food and recipes available online, it can be a tough decision to actually buy a cookbook. Some of them are certainly worth the investment, but eventually a line needs to be drawn — and I’m curious if Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s new cookbook falls within it. Would you be willing to lay down $200 to learn how to eat like this not-quite-Paleo, mostly vegetarian, world-famous duo?
May 1, 2019
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 1, 2019
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 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
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.
May 1, 2019
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.
May 1, 2019
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 But I was also busy. And despite the fact that this strange contraption had promised to save me time and change my life, I just didn’t have the focus to learn what I quickly discovered was a whole new way of cooking. I had questions and uncertainties, so it sat in its box in the basement for a week. And then I had guests over, so I hid it in the spare bedroom.
May 1, 2019
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.
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.
May 1, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Do You Share This Food Habit with Gorillas?
As a civilized species, there are certain rituals we’ve come to adopt when it’s time to eat. I’m talking about things like washing our hands, setting out napkins, pouring glasses of water (or wine!), and indulging in some healthy conversation … perhaps by way of song. Gorillas might not be civilized enough to adopt many of the aforementioned highfalutin rituals, but they have one of their own that’s pretty unique.
May 5, 2016
5 Terrible Truths About Food Waste in the United States
No one actually tries to waste food, but sometimes things just get forgotten. Maybe that bag of grapes got buried under your salad greens and became slimy before you could get to it (ahem, guilty). Or perhaps that lunch you packed for work was shelved in favor of going out for lunch with your coworkers (also guilty). While it’s definitely a bummer to throw your hard-earned cash into the trash, the implications of food waste are so much worse than the money aspect.
Apr 27, 2016
Pizza Continues World Domination and Is Now More Popular than Ever
Pizza is basically the most perfect food on the planet. If you saw this post yesterday, you would probably agree that it even makes a pretty great date. But if you thought that we had already reached peak pizza consumption, you’d be wrong. So very wrong. According to a trend report by Technomic, Inc., Americans are actually eating more pizza now than we have in the past four years.
Apr 22, 2016
5 Questions We Have for the Lady Stuffing Her Face with Pizza on Kiss Cam
If you haven’t yet met this amazing woman, allow me to introduce you. Well, maybe not introduce you since I don’t know her name, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think she’s wonderful. She was caught in the frame of the Hawks vs. Celtics Kiss Cam recently and used the opportunity to do the most wonderful thing anyone in her position could ever do: get up close and personal with her pizza.
Apr 21, 2016
Do You Know How Many Eggs a Chicken Can Lay in a Year?
People are so nosey when it comes to chickens. They’re always up in their business asking personal questions like, “Which came first — you or the egg?” and “Why are you crossing the street?” Personally, I think it’s time we left the poor chickens alone and let data answer a question for once: Just how many eggs can a chicken lay in a year?
Apr 20, 2016
You’ll Never Guess the Flavors in This Unicorn Grilled Cheese
It seems that the Internet’s fascination with rainbow-colored food is never-ending. But unlike many foods before it, the latest rainbow food fad isn’t sugary at all. Can you guess the flavors in this beautiful new sandwich creation? The rainbow-colored grilled cheese sandwich is not funfetti or cotton-candy. Instead, according to Instagram user @hkfoodiexblogger, this dream of a meal is flavored with lavender, basil, tomato, and cheese. Yes, that’s right!
Apr 19, 2016
IKEA-Style Guides for Eating Like You Know What You’re Doing
Some foods are more intimidating than others, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid them! Thanks to these handy how-to guides, it will be a piece of cake to enjoy all the hard-to-eat food you want to eat. A lot of the guides in this set are kind of silly, but that’s what I love about them. There are a few, however, that I think have been done quite well.
Apr 13, 2016
Move Over, Sushi Burritos: Sushi Burgers Are Where It’s At
So far, the most “American” sushi I’ve seen featured BBQ sauce and chicken tenders. But this … this tops that. In terms of, you know, eatability, sushi burgers seem to be a lot less effective than sushi burritos. They’re not strong enough to pick up and eat like an actual burger, but I’m assuming that’s a testament to the chef’s respect for the integrity of the rice.
Apr 5, 2016
How Much Would You Pay a Professional to Babysit Your Sourdough Starter?
If you’ve ever lovingly raised a sourdough starter of your own, you know that it’s not something you can just leave sitting around untouched. Sourdough starters need TLC to prosper over time, and will die — yes, literally — without proper pampering. So what are you to do if you’ve got a starter bubbling away, but you’re itching to travel too? Why, hire a sitter, of course!
Apr 1, 2016
Delicious History: Watch a Century of Family Dinner Trends in Just 3 Minutes
You’re probably familiar with new dinner trends: kale everywhere; grains everywhere; red meat approximately nowhere. But how well do you know the dinner trends of the generations that came before you? This short video by Mode Studios starts in 1915 with roast beef and potatoes, and ends in 2015 with a dish that is — no surprise — significantly greener. How does their selection line up with your memories of food over the years?
Mar 31, 2016
Nike Immortalized This Classic Southern Dish with a Shoe
Clothing is all about expressing yourself, so what better way to proclaim your love for food than with your shoes? Thankfully, food-themed prints are all over clothing, totes, hats, and shoes these days and I, for one, can’t get enough. Can you tell which Southern classic Nike chose to feature in their latest food-inspired sneaker? It’s not just waffles — it’s chicken and waffles!
Mar 30, 2016
World’s Greatest Internship Pays $12,000 to Travel World and Drink Beer
This isn’t a joke. Three lucky folks are about to have the summer of their lives — and one of them could be you! Tampa’s World of Beer is hiring three interns to — again, I’m not kidding — travel the world, drink beer, and report back on the experience. And the $12,000 payment? That’s on top of travel and lodging expenses, all of which World of Beer will cover.
Mar 17, 2016
This Is Why Millennials Actually Don’t Eat Cereal
I’m not often bothered by the 20 to 30 “here’s more proof that millennials are an embarrassment” articles I come across on a daily basis. I’m long past offense and annoyance because, frankly, I just don’t care. But when I start reading that my generation is, allegedly, anti-cereal because we’re “too lazy” to clean a bowl and a spoon … that’s when I get mad.
Mar 1, 2016
Science Says: Organic Meat Is Better for You
Considering how nebulous an “organic” label can be, structuring your grocery budget around the available options isn’t always easy. However, a recent study might provide some helpful direction. Using a statistical technique called meta-analysis, researchers in Europe found that organic meat and milk contain 50 percent more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally raised alternatives.
Feb 18, 2016
Geothermal Greenhouses Could Bring Citrus Groves to the Midwest
Citrus groves are the stuff of dreams for this midwestern lady! We’re lucky to have some lovely peaches and cherries come summer, but oranges and lemons? Not a chance. Brutal winters and cold temperatures just don’t fit the bill for a juicy grapefruit to roll from the tree to my bowl. But thanks to the efficient nature of geothermal greenhouses, that could soon change!
Feb 15, 2016
The Delicious Ways Pastry Chefs Hide Engagement Rings
As an introvert, I would be absolutely horrified if a stranger asked me to help with their proposal. Heck, I’d be sweating bullets if a friend asked me to help — I can’t keep that kind of secret! But upscale restaurant staff? They’ve got it down to a science. It’s true that every proposal is special, but — thanks to them — some are definitely more delicious than others.
Feb 12, 2016
Discover the Most Popular Recipe from the Decade You Were Born In
If you were asked to guess the most popular name from the year you were born in, you would likely score close to the top of the list. Undoubtedly, you’d know a person with each of the top 10 names. But could you even begin to guess, if asked, what recipe was the most popular from the decade you were born in? The most popular recipe of the 1990s surprised me, but I suppose I should have expected that.
Feb 8, 2016
Watch This Pro Make Rainbow Bagels in Brooklyn
Instagram is a breakfast-friendly place, so it makes sense that these colorful rainbow bagels from The Bagel Store would find stardom there. You may have seen these beauties — the stuff of Lisa Frank’s breakfast dreams — crossing your feed late last year, but did you ever stop to wonder how the effect was achieved? Lucky for us, Business Insider went behind the scenes at The Bagel Store in Brooklyn to get the inside scoop on Scott Rossillo’s colorful creation.
Feb 3, 2016
Free Food Art & Photographs: Some Favorites from The New York Public Library Digital Collection
Did you know that The New York Public Library recently added nearly 200,000 high-res public-domain images to the NYPL Digital Collection? Just search the database with whatever keyword strikes your fancy, then use the treasures you uncover in any way you please. I’m tempted to turn the one above into a cheesy Valentine’s Day card that reads, “You make me feel some type of whey,” but the possibilities are absolutely endless!
Jan 28, 2016
The Most Popular Place to Get Coffee in Your State (and Everywhere Else)
When I first read the title of this article, I was sure that the most popular place to get coffee in Michigan would be my favorite shop in downtown Lansing. I was so wrong! How does your favorite place stack up against the rest of the coffee shops in your state? Although I was initially sad that Strange Matter Coffee Co. didn’t make the cut, the disappointment faded quickly.
Jan 27, 2016
This Is How You Dice an Avocado in 10 Seconds
I inherited my love of avocados from my mom. When I was in high school, she showed me how to prepare one for guacamole: carefully whacking the pit with a hefty blade, twisting to remove, and then cutting a grid pattern into the flesh before scooping with a large spoon. From there: mash, mash, mash. The task never bothered me — avocados are so delicious that the semi-annoying way that they exist is just kind of … well, fine, I guess.
Jan 21, 2016
The Weird Green Bread from “The Force Awakens” Is 100% Edible
Even if you haven’t seen the “The Force Awakens”yet — who are you? — you’re pretty safe to keep reading. What follows is spoiler-free coverage that can only add to the magic of the franchise. In the beginning of the film, after hours and hours of tireless scavenging, Rey receives but a quarter-portion of rations as her reward. She’s incredulous but accepting of the tiny green puck because, really, what should she have expected?
Jan 20, 2016