Frequently Asked Questions About Kalyn’s Kitchen
How can I find recipes using a certain ingredient?
Finding recipes to use an ingredient you have on hand is super easy. The new Filtered Recipe Search will let you choose the type of recipe, cooking method, diet type, and/or ingredients you want to show up in your search results. I posted complete instructions for using the filtered search if you want tips.
You can also still find ingredients just by using the search bar (upper right hand side or on the drop-down menu on mobile) and typing in the ingredient you have, then hit search. Google will search my blog and find recipes with that ingredient.
How can I find recipes on the blog that will freeze well?
Whenever I’m writing up a recipe that I think will freeze well, I try to say “this freezes well” at the end of the recipe instructions. To find all the recipes that I think will freeze well, just visit the category for Can Freeze. You can also enter “this freezes well” into the search bar which will show the most trafficked recipes first.
Where do you get the recipes featured on Kalyn’s Kitchen?
Kalyn’s Kitchen features recipes I’ve created myself or found and adapted to my lower-carb and South Beach Diet friendly way of eating. There are recipes from cookbooks, food magazines, and other food blogs as well as recipes I’ve come up with on my own. For recipes that are not my own, I always credit the original source of the recipe if I know it.
Why do you talk about the South Beach Diet on your blog?
Read South Beach Diet Resources on my site to hear about how going on the original South Beach Diet eventually inspired me to start this blog!
Why are there recipes that seem high in carbs?
I started my carb-conscious eating journey in 2005 as a fan of the South Beach Diet, which is based on the Glycemic Index. The South Beach diet doesn’t limit carbs as much as most low-carb eating plans, and actually encourages a diet of what are called “Good Carbs,” or those which don’t raise blood glucose as 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 from South Beach to a generally carb-conscious way of eating, but I do still have plenty of recipes here suitable for those who are following the original South Beach Diet.
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 I got a little Panasonic point and shoot camera and for years and years I’ve slowly been replacing those photos with better ones!
In 2006, I got 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 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. (all links for cameras and lenses are affiliate links.)
Can I post one of your recipes on my 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?
My blog design was done by Lindsay from Purr Design. Other techie web stuff for both my sites is done by Jennette from Makeworthy Media. Anything remotely artistic or design-related for social media is done by my brother Rand who’s uber-talented. Thanks everyone for helping me keep my blogs looking good!