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Kalyn’s Kitchen is Sweet Sixteen!

Break out the birthday cake because today this blog is turning sweet sixteen! For my birthday I’d love to know about a recipe you’ve enjoyed enough that it’s become a favorite on your family’s menu rotation!

Kalyn's Kitchen is Sweet Sixteen! graphic for sixteenth birthday post

I’m old-fashioned in the blogging world with these birthday celebration posts, but I love taking a moment each year to think about how happy I am I started this site back in April of 2005! And I say it every year, but I had absolutely no clue about how starting a blog would end up changing my life. 

The blog is a constant work in progress, and in January I celebrated completing the nutritional information for every recipe! In that post I mentioned that I was cutting back on my posting schedule. But (much to my surprise) I am finding I prefer the old schedule with recipes on M-W-F, and the weekly round-up post on Saturday, so starting next week I will be switching back to that schedule.

Those who follow the blog by e-mail will get the round-up in your inbox on Sunday morning. If you decide you prefer less e-mail, every e-mail from me has a link at the bottom that says “Too Many E-Mails? Try Weekly.” Just one click and you’ll be switched to a digest version that gives you one e-mail on Sunday with all the recipes from that week. 

One Question I’d Like to Ask My Readers:

This is the sweet sixteen question I’d like to ask my readers: Do you have a favorite recipe you’ve made from my site that you’ve enjoyed so much you make it over and over? (Knowing what recipes people have enjoyed most can help me develop more recipes like that, thanks!)

And Something Else I’d Like to Say to My Readers:

And more than anything, I’d like to say thanks for the support! I’m grateful for every person who comes here and tries my recipes, especially all the nice people who take time to give me feedback on what they’re making from the site!

Kalyn’s Kitchen Through the Years:

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    120 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen is Sweet Sixteen!”

  1. Congratulations on 16 years!! I have loved so many of your recipes!! Green chili enchiladas is one of my favorites.

  2. Congratulations and Happy Blog anniversary Kalyn!
    My husband and I both love your recipes!

    These are the favorites that I have made MANY times.

    I always look forward to reading your latest recipes.
    Thank you for them all.

  3. I’ve made several of your recipes over the years and they’ve all been great.  One of my favorites is the Hungarian Pot Roast.  I just bought the ingredients to make it this week!  

  4. I love your blog. Here are some of our favorites:

    1) Barely-Cooked Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette
    2) Penne Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage, Mushroom, and Spinach
    3) Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pecans
    4) Recipe for Roasted green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan
    5) Roasted Wild Salmon with Soy-wasabi-agave Glaze and Green Onions
    6) Chicken Breasts with Cilantro and Red Thai Curry Peanut Sauce

  5. We love the Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad.  Such a yummy way to eat zucchini.  

  6. Happy Birthday to Kalyn’s Kitchen! I always find something good here.

  7. We have at least five that we make regularly:

    1. Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna
    2. Cauliflower and Ham Au Gratin
    3. Better Than Mom’s Chicken, Broccoli and Quinoa
    4. Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili
    5, Mujaddara

    These are the one’s the my teen enjoys as well.

    • Thanks Nicole! That Mujadarra recipe is one of my favorites and I’ve wanted to upgrade the photos on it for years!

  8. A favorite Kalyn recipe, oh my, this is tuff! We love your recipes, but if I had to pick one that is our favorite, go to, it would have to be the Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas (full disclosure – I use corn tortillas). Just made them last week for my daughters birthday dinner, as she requested!
    Some others that deserve a mention are – the Chicken Broccoli Curry Casserole, the Chile Rellenos Bake, the Red Lentil Chickpea Stew, the Asian Lettuce Cups with Ground Turkey, the Gyro Meatball Lettuce Wraps and the Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Sheet Pan – all of these are delicious dinners that we have enjoyed many times over!
    We appreciate all that you do and just love the meals you come up with!
    Thank You Kalyn,
    Bill and Maureen Ogilvie

    • Thanks for the nice feedback Bill and Maureen! And I believe firmly that everyone gets to make their own food choices, so no judgement from me on using corn tortillas. Glad you are enjoying the recipes!

  9. The first time I was shopping for ingredients for the low-carb sausage and kale mock lasagna, my husband literally said “What? No noodles in lasagna?” He likes it so much now that it’s a part of our regular rotation and he requests it if I haven’t made it in awhile  

  10. Kalyn, I’ve cooked so many of your recipes over the years that I don’t know where to start in identifying a favorite. I’ve certainly used a number during the pandemic lockdown. We are just beginning to enter a grocery store again. We’ve been very cautious because of our ages—I turned 81 earlier this month. Anyway, when I saw the happy occasion and the recipe, I went right to my bean recipes to see if I had the one in the article. No and it will be made as soon as I replenish my pine nut supply. I ran out a week or two ago and we don’t just run to the store anymore. I also learned from your article that I need to sign up for your recipes. I’m Laura and my husband is Phil and he’s enjoyed your recipes too. I don’t have a website. Thank you for being so generous with your time and best wishes in the future.

    • Thanks Laura, so glad you are enjoying the recipes! It sounds like you are making it through the pandemic quite well, and I am happy about that. Best wishes to you and Phil. I am 72 and hope I am still doing this site when I get to 80!

  11. We just started following your blog and recipes in Feb this year. We are trying to lose weight and love that you have South Beach recipes as this is what we are following mostly with some Keto components. We have loved almost everything we have tried from this website.
    The Turkey Larb Salad sticks out as a real favorite and we had it for lunch today.

  12. I’ve enjoyed so many of your recipes over the years, my son loooves the instapot Greek chicken bowls recipe I honestly just make the chicken for him and he will gobble it up. This weekend I’m making the layered chicken green Chile casserole and I’m already looking forward to the leftovers. Which I hardly ever eat leftovers. sausage bean and kale soup! And a number of your salads the spicy tuna pinto bean or the one with arugula mozzarella and chicken! I found  penzeys because of you! You have so many good things going on! I appreciate so many of your recipes!! 

  13. Kalyn, our life changing recipe is Better Than Mom’s Chicken and pick your variant casserole. We’ve used quinoa, cauliflower rice, and couscous on the bottom and have always loved it. Thanks for what you do so well!

  14. Congratulations! Thank you for all of your recipes. We love your Shepherd’s Pie with Garlic-Parmesan Cauliflower Topping and the Pesto Chicken! Shepherd’s Pie is frequently on the menu. It is one of the first things I made with cauliflower substituting for potato. 

    • How fun, I have literally had that Shepherd’s Pie on my list of recipes to update the photos for years, so maybe this can inspire me to get it done!

  15. Have loved your blog from the beginning!!  Thank you keeping me on track with your delicious posts!  Joy

    • Thank you Joy! So glad the blog has been so useful for you. It does keep me on track too, at least some of the time!

  16. pesto chicken at least every other week…..and make enuf to freeze for another meal!!!!

  17. Fish taco bowls are on regular rotation at our house!

  18. I have made the vegetable dip recipe you gave Geri probably 40 years ago. I love it so much I make it at least once a month (a big batch) or sometimes every 2 weeks. When they quit making the McCormick Bon Appetite spice they gave the ingredients so now I make my own just so I can keep the original recipe. It is still the best dip ever!

    • Susan, how fun! Every one in my family (including me) still makes that regularly too. I use Beau Monde seasoning now to replace the Bon Appetit! Fun hearing from you!

  19. Kalyn, congratulations on such a successful & popular blog! I’ve been receiving your recipes since jumping on the South Beach bandwagon around 2008, and have always welcomed your friendly and detailed posts. Appreciate the addition of nutritional info, too! Some of my favorite Kalyn recipes and tips: how to grill chicken breasts, savory low-carb marinade for chicken and pork, chicken & avocado salad with lime dressing, sugar-free coleslaw with agave.

  20. I discovered SBD in 2004. I have followed you since you started your blog. I’ve made so many recipes. I always have a batch of your taco seasoning in the pantry. I have made it for gifts as well.