Kristina Vänni

Internationally recognized culinary authority Kristina Vänni is a well-known food writer, engaging TV host, award-winning recipe developer, food stylist, and photographer. In addition to writing for industry-leading websites including Better Homes and Gardens, The Spruce Eats, and Food52, she has been a featured expert on national media such as ABC News’ “World News Tonight” and CBS’ “The Talk” and has served as a spokesperson and recipe developer for national brands such as Finlandia, KitchenAid, Post Foods, Baileys, among many others. Kristina is currently writing her first cookbook, an exploration of the traditional and seasonal cuisine from her family's dairy farm in Finland. Kristina enthusiastically shares her creative content, behind-the-scenes peeks, and industry expertise with food enthusiasts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
It Turns Out You Don’t Need a Quarter for Aldi’s Shopping Carts — Not If You Have This on Hand!
The thing that finally put an end to my “Aldi quarter” stress.
Jan 25, 2024
The Best Thing I Ever Did for My Kid’s Bedroom Was Add a Play Mat That Looks Like a Designer Rug
I didn't want a cutesy pattern, so I went looking for something better.
Jun 7, 2023
I Was Looking for a Bike Trailer to Haul My Kid Around This Summer, Then I Found Something Way Better
It’s a bike trailer and stroller in one!
May 25, 2023
My “Impulse Buy of the Year” Ended Up Being the Best Storage Solution Ever – And I’ve Since Bought More
For $20 it’s more useful than I ever imagined.
May 11, 2023
My Daughter Had Trouble Sleeping Through the Night Until I Tried This Mattress
This bleary-eyed mom was ready to try anything, and that’s when I heard about a new FDA-approved baby mattress.
Apr 20, 2023
IKEA’s New Marimekko Collab Is Perfect for My Daughter's Nordic-Style Nursery
The shopping bags may be my favorite.
Mar 29, 2023
The Secret Way I Hacked My Daughter’s Nursery So I Could See at Night
It’s something I learned back in my theater days.
Mar 18, 2023
I Could Never Find the Correct Charger Until I Bought This Ingenious Charging Station
It’s a must-have product for new parents.
Mar 4, 2023
5 Essential Items for a 1-Year-Old That I Should Have Added to My Baby Registry
Take it from me: Get a head-start and add these to your baby registry now!
Mar 1, 2023
Before and After: I Could Never Solve My Laundry Problem Until I Got This Space Saving System
I even made space to store the carseat, which was a HUGE win.
Nov 30, 2022
I’m Transforming Our Backyard to Live Like My Nordic Relatives, and Here’s How I’m Doing It
How I'm bringing my Finnish roots to my Chicago backyard.
Nov 29, 2022
I Searched Everywhere For the Perfect Small Sofa and You’ll Never Believe Where I Finally Found One
Not too big, not too small, but just right. And affordable, too!
Nov 16, 2022
A Quick and Easy 4-Ingredient Meal from Trader Joe’s
It's a great way to use up leftovers.
Sep 7, 2022
My New Favorite Trader Joe’s Recipe Is This Indian-Style Garlic Achaar Chicken
The hero ingredient of this meal? The store's bottled Indian-style garlic Achaar sauce.
Jul 28, 2022
This 15-Minute Trader Joe’s Meal Is a Huge Hit in My House
Pork chops with a corn salsa? Yes, please.
Jul 16, 2022
This Sausage Casserole is Made Entirely with Premade Ingredients from Trader Joe’s
A meal you can make in only 10 minutes of hands-on time.
May 25, 2022
Pastina Is a 5-Ingredient Easy, Cheesy Pasta Your Kids Will Love
It's an Italian take on buttered noodles.
May 7, 2022
5 Snacks That Fit Perfectly In a Stroller Cupholder
Grab a mason jar! Your stroller walks are about to get a lot better.
May 4, 2022
10 New Kitchen Products That Promise to Make Family Life a Bit Easier
There are some exciting products on the horizon!
Apr 29, 2022
Cheeseburger Pizza is an Instant Favorite for Kids
It's all about the burger-inspired sauce.
Apr 22, 2022
The Unexpected Freezer Find I Always Keep on Hand for My Family
Mini burgers, makeshift pie topping, and more versatile uses for this grocery item!
Mar 14, 2022
5-Ingredient Trader Joe’s Fish Tacos My Whole Family Loves
The crunch factor is unreal. (And it’s great for busy weeknights, too.)
Feb 7, 2022
Comforting Stuffed Pepper Soup Will Chase Those Winter Blues
Don't forget the cheese!
Jan 10, 2022
Fiesta Chicken is a One-Dish Wonder That Comes Together in 30 Minutes
A cheesy skillet dinner that puts a brand-new spin on taco night.
Dec 1, 2021
I Can’t Stop Making This Loaded Pierogi Casserole
You'll love the sour cream sauce.
Nov 28, 2021