About Kalyn’s Kitchen
(or How I Lost 42 Pounds and Accidentally Became a Food Blogger)
My name is Kalyn Denny, and I’m excited to welcome you to Kalyn’s Kitchen! My site features easy and creative carb-conscious recipes with options for every kind of lower-carb eating plan.
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 fourteen 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.
You can sort my recipes using the diet-type index to help you find recipes for the type of lower-arb diet you prefer. You can also use the orange tags at the top of every post to see which diets I think each recipe is suitable for. And 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!
Recipes on this site are almost all low-carb, gluten-free and low-glycemic (or South Beach Diet friendly), and some are Keto, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30, meatless, or vegan.
When I switched to WordPress I had to edit posts for several years to get them all formatted correctly! Now that project is done and I’m focusing on adding nutritional information to the recipes, something that certainly wasn’t a thing when I started blogging. This project will also take me a few years to complete. I’m doing recipes in order of popularity, but you can leave a comment on a specific post where you’d like nutritional information if you want to move it up in the line!
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. 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 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!
Information That May Be Helpful:
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 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:
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns One
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Two
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Three
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Four
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Five
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Six
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Seven
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Eight
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Nine
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Ten (!)
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Eleven (!!)
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Twelve (!!!)
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Thirteen (!!!!)
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Fourteen (!!!!!)