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About Kalyn’s Kitchen

(or How I Lost 42 Pounds and Accidentally Became a Food Blogger)

Photo by Derek Smith

My name is Kalyn Denny, and I’m excited to welcome you to Kalyn’s Kitchen! This site is the home-cooking blog I started in 2005 after I’d lost over 40 pounds on the South Beach Diet and wanted a place to share my recipes with the world.  Now fast forward more than twelve years later, and I’m still focused on creating healthy recipes and have transitioned from teaching elementary school to life as a full-time food blogger.

My blog features Creative Recipes for Carb-Conscious Living and no matter what your reasons are for limiting carbs or following a certain way of eating, I hope you can find recipes here to help.  Most recipes on this site are low-carb, gluten-free and low-glycemic or South Beach Diet friendly, and some are also Keto, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30, meatless, or vegan.

If you’re reading this page, you’re seeing my newly-designed WordPress site, which hopefully will make it even easier to find recipes that fit your personal eating preferences! You can use the orange tags at the top of every post or the links at the top of each page to find recipes for your particular way of eating.

When I started blogging my site was focused almost exclusively on recipes suitable for the South Beach Diet, and because it was so life-changing for me, I’ll always be happy when recipes here are helpful for people who are following the low-glycemic way of eating that the original South Beach Diet books recommended. If you’re a South Beach Diet fan, this page may have some helpful information for you.

But in 2016 South Beach was sold to a company that now sells packaged food, which is never going to be a lifestyle I have any interest in, and through the years, my own approach to maintaining my weight had become more focused on carb-conscious eating in general and this site has gradually evolved into one featuring recipes suitable for many types of carb-conscious eating. And although my site is focused on recipes that can be helpful for weight-loss or controlling blood sugar, I’m not promoting one certain type of diet over all others, and I believe that anyone with those goals needs to find the way of eating that works for their lifestyle and food preferences. And I don’t believe I’m qualified to give diet advice, other than sharing what worked for me!

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Have questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions which might answer them. And if not, here’s How to Contact Kalyn and the Privacy Policy for this site.

How Kalyn’s Kitchen Got Started

Often people ask me how I started the blog, and Kalyn’s Kitchen actually began with an offhand remark made by my brother Rand. One day in early 2005 I was complaining about how hard it was to keep up with friends asking me to email them recipes, and he said, “Maybe you should just put your recipes on a blog.” At that time I had no idea there were people on the internet writing about food, and certainly could never have imagined how food blogging would ultimately change my life.

My Family is the Greatest

My talented brother Rand is still involved with this blog, and he creates beautiful pins and Facebook videos, and Kalyn’s Kitchen certainly wouldn’t be the same without him. (Thanks Rand!) He’s also a willing taste tester whenever he makes a visit to Utah.

I also have eight more brothers and sisters who do a lot to enrich my life. Thanks to my sisters, brothers, sister-in-laws, and brother in laws Sandee, Clayton, Pam, Kelly, Mark, Lisa, Janet, Dave, Amy, Laurel, Carl, Vida, Dan, Val, and Jon for all they do for me. There are also 39 nieces and nephews and more than 82 great-nieces and nephews who occasionally make an appearance here, including my nephew Jake  and my niece Kara, who are my cooking assistants on a regular basis.

My Life Before Blogging

In my previous life I had a business organizing catered houseboat trips at Utah’s Lake Powell.  That included a lot of fun trips to Lake Powell, but for my day job, I was an elementary school teacher for 30 years! It’s always fun when former students find me through the blog. During my teaching career I served as President of the Davis Education Association, and was also a board member of the Utah Education Association and the National Education Association. I retired from teaching in 2009 to become a full-time food blogger.

Other Blogging Adventures

In addition to working on Kalyn’s Kitchen I also feature slow cooker recipes and pressure cooker recipes from food bloggers all around the web for my site Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker, and my sisters Sandee, Pam, and Val work on that with me.

For years I wrote about food at BlogHer.com, and even though I have now “retired” from that position, I’m still a big fan of the BlogHer/SheKnows organization and am proud of my association with them.

I’ve been lucky enough to speak about blogging at a few conferences. I was the moderator of a panel on The Art of Food Blogging at BlogHer Conference 2007 and participated in a panel about Food Blogging Best Practices at BlogHerFood 2009. I was also on a panel about Secrets of Successful Food Blogging at SXSW Interactive 2009, a panel about Food Blogging: Beyond the Basics at the IACP Conference in 2011, a panel on Building Blog Traffic Through Social Media at BlogHerFood 2012, and a panel on Pinterest at BlogHerFood 2015.

Kalyn’s Kitchen has received some nice mentions in print media and other places on the web, and I appreciate all the publications and sites who have featured my work (although the last few years I’m not doing a good job at all of adding things to that page!)

Kalyn’s Kitchen Through the Years: