Frequently Asked Questions About the Blog
How can I find recipes using a certain ingredient?
Where do you get the recipes featured on Kalyn’s Kitchen?
In 2004 I got sick of being overweight and went on the South Beach Diet, losing 42 pounds before I reached my goal weight. I actually started the blog when friends kept asking me for recipes for the kind of dishes that helped me lose weight. Of course many people enjoy my recipes who aren’t following the diet, but I am happy that these recipes can be a resource for people who are using South Beach to help them lose weight. (In 2016 the South Beach Diet trademark was sold to a company that will sell pre-made food, which is why I no longer link to their site, since they don’t provide support for the original diet any more.)
What are the buttons for at the top of each post?
Buttons at the top of the posts are for people who want to share recipes to the social media sites Pinterest, Facebook, Yummly Twitter, Google+, StumbleUpon, or Flipboard. There is also a green button you can click for more sharing options.
Why don’t you provide nutritional information for the recipes?
I started my carb-conscious eating journey in 2005 as a fan of the South Beach Diet, which is based on the Glycemic Index (a measure of how quickly foods affect blood glucose levels.) The South Beach diet doesn’t limit carbs as much as some low-carb eating plans, and actually encourages a diet of what are called “Good Carbs,” or those which don’t raise blood glucose very much. This includes things like dried beans, lentils, whole grains, and some complex-carb vegetables like sweet potatoes and winter squash. Through the years I’ve transitioned a to more of a traditional low-carb way of eating, but I do still eat a few of those good carb foods occasionally.Why do you sometimes use brown sugar or sugar in recipes?
I’ve discovered that using a small amount of brown sugar or sugar combined with Stevia (or Splenda if you prefer) in baked goods gives much better flavor than using Stevia or Splenda alone, and since I don’t eat a lot of sweet treats I feel comfortable using sugar and brown sugar in small amounts this way. If you’re actively trying to lose weight or if you need to limit sugar for medical reasons, you may want to make my low-sugar desserts and baked goods with all Stevia or Splenda and skip the sugar.
What camera do you use for photos?
Unless the photo is credited to another source, all photos featured on Kalyn’s Kitchen are taken by me. Learning about photography has been one of the most fun parts of blogging, although I still have a lot to learn! When I started my blog I hadn’t entered the digital camera age, but right away I got a little Panasonic point and shoot camera. There are still a few early photos on the blog taken with that camera, although I’ve slowly been replacing those photos with better ones!
In 2006, I started my foot photography with a Canon Rebel XT. (The current model of that camera is the Canon Rebel T2i , which is a great camera for beginning food bloggers.) In 2009 I bought a Canon EOS 40D, which I used until 2012 when I upgraded just a little to the Canon EOS 60D. A few years later I got the Canon EOS 70D, a camera I still use for process shots and some final shots. My next camera purchase was a Canon EOS 6D full frame camera, and I love that camera. Then in 2016 I really took the plunge into professional equipment and got the Canon 5D Mark IV, which is an amazing camera.
I also have a number of good lenses which help me make the food look as appetizing as possible. My current favorite lenses are the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Zoom Lens and the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro Lens, which are both great for food photography. I also use the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 for some photos. (And if you’re just starting out in dSLR photography, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens is almost as good as the 50mm 1.4 lens. That’s the lens I started with.)
Can I post one of your recipes on my own blog?
I love having other bloggers try my recipes and share the results on their own blog. If you’re featuring one of my recipes, I ask that you take your own photos and re-write the recipe in your own words, plus provide credit with a link back to the original recipe on my site.
Can I use one of the photos from your blog?
All photos on Kalyn’s Kitchen are copyrighted, as is the text that accompanies the recipes. I generally don’t mind having thumbnails of my photos republished on other sites as long as there is a link back to the recipe on my blog. However, I never give permission for any photo from my blog and the recipe that goes with that photo to be republished together elsewhere on the web. I maintain the right to ask for removal of my photos and/or recipes at any time for any reason. (Please contact me if you’d like to ask about using a full-size photo.)
Who designed your blog?
The newest version of my blog, including a WordPress transition was done by Lindsay from Purr Design. Other techie web stuff for both my blogs is done by Jennette from Makeworthy Media. Anything remotely artistic or design-related is done by my brother Rand who’s uber-talented in everything he does. Thanks everyone for helping me keep my blogs looking good!