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Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 12 Years Old!

Today I’m celebrating 12 years of Kalyn’s Kitchen with a question for all my faithful readers! And it’s been so much fun sharing recipes with you for 12 wonderful years; thanks for all the support!

Today Kalyn’s Kitchen is turning 12 years old, can you even believe it? I absolutely never imagined that happening or how blogging would impact my life when I wrote this humble little post 12 years ago today. I’ve shared the story about how I lost 42 Pounds and Became a Food Blogger many times, so I won’t repeat those details again, but what a life lesson this blog has been about how if you just keep working at something it can turn out to be so much more than you ever imagined!

Twelve years have brought so many changes in blogging and this blog that I couldn’t begin to list them all, but one thing that hasn’t ever changed is how absolutely rewarding it is when someone tells me how my recipes are helping them to eat healthier meals, lose weight, or control their blood sugar without having to give up delicious food. And this blog would never have lasted 12 years without the wonderful people who visit here often, and that support from readers means the world to me.

Along the blogging journey my personal way of eating has changed from a strict South Beach Diet approach to one that’s more focused on carb-conscious eating in general, and the blog has evolved into a site that features carb-conscious recipes for every type of diet.

And more changes are coming in the fall of 2017! I’m on the waiting list with a web designer who’s created some of the most popular food sites on the web for some big blog updates. That means I’m finally going to take the plunge, switch to WordPress, and add lots of new functionality to Kalyn’s Kitchen that I hope my readers will really like!

Fellow bloggers will understand what a big deal it is to change blogging platforms after 12 years, but for readers who don’t know much about the mechanics of blogging, you can be sure that I’ll do my best to keep the parts of the blog that work well now, while adding features that will make it easier to use and more professional looking.

Which brings me to the question I’d like to ask of everyone who’s reading this:

If you could change one thing about Kalyn’s Kitchen,
what would you want to change, and why?

Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance for your feedback to help me improve Kalyn’s Kitchen for you. And THANK YOU again to everyone who has helped make this blogging journey so rewarding and fulfilling for me. Blogging has enriched my life in countless ways, and I am grateful every day for all the blog helpers, blogging friends, readers, and family members who have been a part of that. And even though occasionally people ask when I am going to actually retire, right now I’m looking forward to happily sharing recipes for many years to come. 

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 (!!)

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140 comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 12 Years Old!”

  1. I love your blog as it is. But if there were a downloadable ingredient list, we could get a both a shopping list and nutritional info. Maybe it could be as simple as copy and paste for both you and us.

    • I wouldn't have the slightest idea how to create something like that. And if I did figure it out, adding it to 2000+ recipes doesn't seem like an achievable task. I guess I am not sure why you couldn't copy and paste the ingredients list from the printer-friendly recipe page.

    • By the way, I typed that on my phone and it came out sounding more dismissive than I intended. If there is more info you could provide about what you mean, I am willing to investigate it a bit when I get on WordPress. But as for now, it doesn't sound like something I could do. Glad you are enjoying the blog.

  2. Glad you are enjoying the blog! I can definitely try to be more consistent at offering side dish suggestions for main courses. But I don't think menus or menu planning are something I could ever offer here. (I don't even do it for myself!) Not only do I have no experience with it, but since the idea of this site is carb-conscious recipes for many different diet types, it seems impossible to plan a menu that would work for all those varied diets.

  3. Happy Birthday! I really like your site. I would like to see more full menus and menu planning. Also some suggested side dishes to serve with the main courses. Thank you.

  4. Hi Kalyn, Your blog is fantastic – for myself it's great and the pictures are super helpful. As a Librarian, I mention it to patrons who are looking for nutrition and diet books.

    My only suggestions would be more articles and information about cooking with spices to boost flavor; for example, garlic (using minced, fresh, etc.), peppers (fresh – and what to do with the seeds, black pepper, red pepper, etc.), onions (the different varieties), paprikas, cayenne, cumin … well, you get the point!

    Lastly, less articles about asparagus – LOL, I'm just not a fan of asparagus!

    Thanks for your hard work and doing such a great job!

    • HI Patty, Thanks for the nice feedback! I appreciate you giving me a shout-out. Thanks for the suggestions. I will try to tone down the asparagus love a bit, but unfortunately the blog always has to be mostly about what I am cooking for myself!

  5. Hi Kalyn, I love your blog. For me though I would love to have Weight Watcher recipes!! I know that's not your speciality but you did ask!! Keep up the good work.

  6. I count on your blog for good information about a carb-conscious diet, as I'm insulin-resistant. After being bored with tasteless low carb, dairy-free, sugar-free food, I've found a new interest in cooking — because of you! Change nothing, and please don't give up the good fight!

  7. Kalyn, thanks for all your delicious recipes throughout the years! You've helped me become more efficient and streamline my time spent in the kitchen. I often refer to your recipes which have helped me to prepare so many dishes with rave reviews! As always, I'm looking for one pot or sheet pan meals where everything can be baked together in under an hour. After all, my favorite part of the meal is spent enjoying good health with my family! Thanks for your continued inspiration!!

  8. I love your page and wouldn't change a thing! You have no idea how much you have helped me on my weight loss journey. I've gone from a SNUG size 16 to a size 10-working on an 8. I love that your recipes are easy to follow and not so time intensive to make. Thank you and HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! Keep up the good work!

  9. As you know, I LOVE your site and your recipes and use several of them every week. I've referred many people to your site, both on Facebook and whenever anyone asks for good, healthy recipes. Like other commenters, I would like to see nutritional information on your recipes; however, I use CRON-o-Meter all the time, so I manage on that front just fine. I often adapt them to be more in line with The Zone diet. What I would REALLY like to see, though, are more fish and seafood recipes and in general, more veggies in all of them! JD 🙂

    • Hi Judith! Thanks for being one of my most loyal followers! The comments about the nutritional information have been duly noted. Will work on more fish and seafood and more veggies!

  10. Wouldn't change anything. Keep the veggie-full recipes!

  11. I love your column; I can't say I love to cook, but for that reason, I need good recipes. I wrote you many years ago when my husband got cancer and I needed recipes to keep him eating. I have made so many of your recipes over the years and I'm glad to report that my husband is cancer free, and he didn't lose any weight over five years of chemotherapy!! Thank you.

  12. I think the biggest compliment I can give you is that I didn't even realize your recipes were carb-conscious until I'd been using them for awhile. They were just so delicious. Now I do try to limit carbs, and your site is even more useful to me. Not sure I understand what is meant by the recipe "plug-in"; I use MasterCook to store my recipes on my computer, and I can usually import them from your site with MasterCook's import assistant. It's important to me to continue to be able to import to MasterCook. And if I had one other wish, it would be that you didn't use so much cilantro 🙂 . I know–lots of people love it, but to some of us it tastes like soap. The advice just to leave it out doesn't usually work because it's an essential part of the flavor package for those recipes that use it. Perhaps a suggestion of a substitute that would add a compatible flavor would help. Thanks for all you do, and good luck in making the change of platform.

    • I love that you didn't realize the recipes were carb conscious, and that now that you know you like it. So glad you're enjoying the recipes. A recipe plug-in is just a section in the post that formats the recipe into a box; most recipe websites use one. I think it will work fine with Master Cook, can't imagine why not. Have you had trouble importing recipes from any other website?

      I wonder if the recipes you're seeing with cilantro are older ones because for quite a few years now I've been offering the suggestion of thinly sliced green onion, which I think works perfectly as a substitute?

    • Thanks, Kalyn. I guess I've not been looking too closely at the dreaded cilantro recipes. I had not realized that you are now suggesting thinly sliced green onion as a cilantro replacement. That sounds like it would work. I've seen some recipes that suggest parsley, but somehow, to me, parsley just isn't right. I'll give green onion a try.

  13. Add me to the would love to see nuetritinal information added list. I do however understand you have a literal ton of recipes already posted so that would be a huge undertaking. My husband is a diet controlled type 2 diabetic and we use a lot of your recipes. I find that a large percent of the time even when I am perusing other recipes sites such as yummly the recipes I am drawn to are from Kalyn's Kitchen! Between us my husband and I have lost over 190lbs since he was diagnosed 2 years ago and it certainly would have been a much blander journey without your blog. Thank you and keep the lovely recipes coming! We love them!

    • So glad to hear my recipes have made your weight loss and lowering blood sugar journey much tastier! And thanks for understanding about the nutritional information. It really is a HUGE undertaking. And it's also very hard to do it correctly because you never know for how much people will eat, what products they will use, etc. But I do realize how helpful it would be for some people, and if I can make it work I will.

  14. Hello, I love your website, especially the search by diet type option. Like others have said… nutritional info. would be very helpful. That is something I take into consideration before deciding whether or not to even try a recipe. Also, I know this is asking a lot but I'm having a really hard time finding high fiber, low carb recipes. Any of those type would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all you do!

    • Glad you like the recipes-by-diet-type options! I will do my best on the nutritional information but can't promise until I check into it more. Thanks for the nudge about high-fiber / low-carb. I am not sure where to start there but I'll give it some thought.

    • I know… high fiber/low carb is very difficult… thank you!!

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