Kalyn's Kitchen

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! My site features Creative Carb Conscious Recipes, with options for lower-carb diets, but also many other different types of eating styles.

This site is the home-cooking blog I started in 2005 after I’d lost over 40 pounds on the original South Beach Diet and wanted a place to share my recipes with the world. Now fast forward more than fifteen years later, and I’m still focused on creating healthy recipes and have gone from teaching elementary school to life as a full-time food blogger.

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 has become more focused on carb-conscious eating in general. Even though 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 everyone 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!

In 2018 I had a milestone birthday  and decided to start working on my bucket list a bit more. Since then I’ve been trying hard to do more traveling and less blogging. (Of course travel restrictions in 2020 put a bit of a wrinkle in that plan, but I’m hoping to get back to more traveling as soon as I can.) Even with that long list of places I want to visit, I’m still far from being retired (or even semi-retired), and I plan to keep creating recipes and sharing them here for quite a few more years!

How to Use this Site:

My site has a great Recipe Index where you can look for recipes by diet type, category, or ingredients. If you’re following a certain eating plan, use the Diet-Type Index to help you find recipes for the type of diet you prefer. Recipes on my site are tagged as low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic (or South Beach Diet friendly), gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, meatless, or vegan. You can use the orange diet-type tags at the top of every post to see which diets I think each recipe is suitable for.

And the easiest way to find a recipe for certain ingredients is just entering it into the search bar to see what comes up!

If you’re reading this page, you’re seeing my WordPress site, which will make it even even easier to find recipes that fit your personal eating style! When I switched to WordPress in 2017 I had to edit posts for several years to get them all formatted correctly! Then I spent more than a year calculating nutritional information! I’m so happy those projects are finished and I hope those improvements make the site easier to navigate for you.

Information That May Be Helpful:

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, and their spouses, 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 70+ great-nieces and nephews who occasionally make an appearance here, including my nephew Jake  and my niece Kara, who are my cooking assistants when I have a big recipe testing day.

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.

For years I wrote about food at BlogHer.com and I’m still a big fan of the BlogHer/SheMedia organization.

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: