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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!