Kalyn's Kitchen

About Kalyn’s Kitchen (How I Lost 42 Pounds and Became a Food Blogger)

Photo by Derek Smith

What is This Blog About?
My name is Kalyn Denny and Kalyn’s Kitchen is the home-cooking blog I started in 2005 when I’d lost over 40 pounds on the original South Beach Diet (affiliate link) and wanted to share my recipes with the world.  Now fast forward over 15 years later, and I’m still focused on healthy cooking and have transitioned from teaching elementary school to life as a full-time food blogger. My blog is focused on Creative Carb-Conscious Recipes, and you may want to read this post about different diet types and this blog to see how Kalyn’s Kitchen has evolved through the years.

What hasn’t change is the focus on carb-conscious eating and most recipes you’ll find here are low-carb and gluten-free, many are original South Beach Diet friendly and some are Keto, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30, and vegetarian or vegan. (If you’re following a certain way of eating you can use the Diet Type Index to see what recipes I have for your particular way of eating. There are also orange diet-type tags at the top of each recipe showing which diets I feel that recipe is suitable for.)

The carb-conscious recipes I like to create are often suitable for weight-loss or controlling blood sugar, even though I am not advocating one specific eating plan. And I’m not a low-carb fanatic and not every single recipe here is ultra low carb, but all the recipes on the site are geared towards carb-conscious eating and many thousands of people per day use this site as a source for the deliciously healthy low-carb recipes that I love to create.

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.

Support for the South Beach Diet:
Because The original South Beach Diet was so life-changing for me, I tried to make this site a resource for other people who are following it.  You can read more about that on the page for Low Carb Diet / South Beach Diet Information and Resources.

What Other Diets are My Recipes Suitable For?
I try to make my blog useful for people following many types of carb-conscious diets.  You can use photo-index pages for the following diet types:

Low Carb  Recipes that are low in carbs and suitable for any type of Low-Carbohydrate Diet.

Can Be Keto The lowest carb/highest fat recipes on the site, suitable for Ketogenic diets.

Low-Glycemic Carb-conscious recipes suitable for Low-Glycemic Diets. These are recipes that might not be strictly low in carbs, but have ingredients that don’t raise blood sugar.

South Beach Diet Phase One  Recipes for Phase One of the original South Beach Diet.

South Beach Diet Phase Two  Recipes for Phase Two of the original South Beach Diet. (Remember any Phase One recipe can be eaten for Phase Two.)

Can be Paleo  Dairy-Free and Grain-Free recipes that are Paleo or Whole 30 or which can be with specific ingredient changes.

Dairy Free  Recipes with no dairy products.

Gluten Free  Gluten-Free recipes.

Meatless Both Vegetarian and Vegan recipes.

Vegan  Recipes with no meat or animal products.

What Other Categories Can Help Find Recipes of a Certain Type?

Besides the diet-specific categories mentioned above, you can also find categories that show my personal Favorites, recipes that Can Freeze, recipes that are Easy to Cook, Kid Friendly recipes, Slow Cooker  or Pressure Cooker Recipes, and recipes I’ve featured with only Five Ingredients. And for people (like me) who like to cook on the weekend and have leftovers to eat during the week, there’s a category for recipes suitable for that called Weekend Food Prep. Check out the entire RECIPE INDEX to see all the different ways to find recipes by diet type, by recipe preparation method, or by ingredient!

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 for 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 still does graphics for the blog and 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 75 great-nieces and nephews who occasionally make an appearance on the blog, 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 was a lot of trips to Lake Powell, but for my day job, I was an elementary school teacher for 30 years, and 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 from-scratch slow cooker recipes from food bloggers all around the web for my other blog Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker.

For years I was also writing about food at BlogHer.com, and even though I have now “retired” from that position, 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 for quite a few years now I haven’t been doing a good job at all of adding things to that page!)

Kalyn’s Kitchen Through the Years:
(These are the anniversary posts I’ve made each year on the birthday of my blog.)
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 14 (and Kalyn Examines her Bucket List)
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 15 (and Three Questions for Readers)

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    212 Comments on “About Kalyn’s Kitchen (How I Lost 42 Pounds and Became a Food Blogger)”

  1. Hey Kalyn, I’m going to Utah for 2 weeks this summer – where in Utah are you? I’d love to be able to meet up with you at some point! Send me an email?

  2. Ameliyatlar, you’re very welcome, and thanks for letting me know you like it.

  3. I am everyday reading your blog …

    Thanks…

  4. Diyetler, you’re welcome to link to this page, but maybe Why I Love the South Beach Diet would be more interesting for your readers. Either page is fine to link to, thanks.

  5. Hello,
    I have a Turkish diet site .I m surfing to collect people’s experiments about diets.And if you let I will publish this in my site 🙂

    Bye

    diyetler

  6. Hi lsh,
    Thanks for the nice words about my recipes. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog.

    It’s a conscious decision not to include nutritional information for the recipes, since South Beach doesn’t count carbs or calories (one reason I thought it might work for me; I’m not a numbers person!) Instead they focus on teaching what foods are “good” or “bad” carbs or fats. Once you know that, you can tell at a glance whether a recipe would be good for the diet. I recommend reading the South Beach book if you haven’t read it.

    BTW, fun to hear from two fourth grade teachers! 28 years for me, probably two more to go.

  7. Hi, I stumbled upon your blog about two weeks ago, trying to find some more interesting low-carb recipes, and boy, did I find them. Thank you so much for your collection. I have yet to make a bad recipe from here.

    My husband is on South Beach, and I am doing it with him as support. For me, it’s more to start eating healthier, as I am fortunate enough to not be very overweight. I lost about 8-10 pounds during Phase 1, and am keeping it off. More importantly, I am eating healthier. I shared your site with my teaching partner (we are both 4th grade teachers, too) who began South Beach last spring and looks GREAT. She also loves your site.

    I notice you do not list nutrition facts for your recipes. I can tell from the ingredients and comments that the many recipes are low carb/low glycemic, but I always wonder how much. Am I missing a link, or do you just not have it posted.

    Either way, I do love your site.

  8. Ashlee, of course I remember you. I used to see your mom and dad at Lake Powell and your brother Tyson was in my class too. Thanks for visiting. I hope you like the blog!

  9. Hey Ms. Denny!!! Do you remember the Taft kids at WB Elem.? We are so excited about your blog and plan on visiting often! We love you!

    Ashlee, Heidi, Tyson and Dixie Taft

  10. Hi there. I just wanted to say thank you — like so many people this month, I am just starting South Beach, and it’s great to read your friendly comments and interesting recipes. My husband has lost a ton of weight (not quite literally) over the past year doing Adkins, and so he’s more than willing to eat low carb with me. Many thanks.
    Sandy

  11. Kalyn~
    I came to your blog from Pille’s Nami-Nami. WOW, congratulations to you! I’m adding you to my ‘daily reads.’ I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!! Thanks!! 🙂

  12. hiiiii kalyn …

    came to ur blog from mahanandi … happy diwali to u … loooove your blog and congratulations on ur weight loss… i’m a new mom ( delivered a baby boy in may ) and gotta lose all tht pregnancy pounds (around 23lbs)… i hope to do this with ur recipes … wud loove to see more vegan recipes as well …

  13. Saw you on fat free vegan. Nice place! Congrats on the weightloss.

    I’m at:
    http://harmonia.bloggoing.com incase you’re blog hopping some day! 😉

  14. Hi Anonymous,
    You are completely correct that beans are allowed on South Beach phase one, different than other “low carb” plans. Beans are what South Beach considers a “good” carb.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Kalyn

  15. Hi Kalyn –
    Love the recipies.

    I started the South Beach Diet 5 days ago and am doing great on it. I made a nice batch of lowfat chilli at home yesterday (perfect on a “chilly” fall evening!) however, someone just told me that kidney beans are carbs and therefore not allowed in Phase 1. Since you seem to know quite a bit about it, any ideas on whether my friend is correct?

    I am praying that they are not (I’ve always beleived they were a source of protein and not carbs). What a pity it would be to ruin a whole week of staying off carbs completely by mistake!

    Your guidance would be so appreciated!

    Happy Thanksgiving! (that’s this weekend in Canada)

  16. Hazel, thanks for stopping by, and congratulations on the great accomplishment. I know what you mean about not being sure what number you want to be; I’m still kind of doing that too! Overall, I’m happy with how I look now, but there’s always that thing about, losing just a few more pounds! Hope you like the recipes.

  17. Hi there!! looking forward to trying some of those delicous looking food! I too have had much success with my 90lbs loss so far, i still have about 30 – 50lbs left to go (not sure what number I want to be on the scale as yet haha) But wanted to come by to congratulate you on your superb loss and tell you, you look fantastic 🙂

  18. Judy, way to go. That sounds like a real success story. I feel like it’s totally changed my life too. I’ve been amazed how easy it is to maintain the weight los and I’m planning to eat this way the rest of my life.

  19. Hi!
    I just heard of your blog and Congrats on your success on South Beach.

    I’m a South Beach person too. I am maintaining a 120 lb loss since this past December, 2005. It has changed my life!! I am truly loving eating the Low GI way. It took me 20 months to lose my weight.

    I look forward to trying your recipes.

  20. Hello :),
    Just recently discovered the “low glycemic index” and yes…it does seem to do the trick! I have lost 8lbs. in the last two weeks. Also walking helps alot. I am a foodie, love cooking and luckily love beans, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits too. But the real trick is not necessarily “low fat” but “Low glycemic index”. Thank you and keep up the geat blogging!