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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 and have been following it for over five years now. It's the number one place I go to look for recipes. I'd like to see the calories and nutritional info for the recipes included.

  2. I love your blog and it is one of the few where I read EVERY post and usually add the recipe to pinterest. Nutritional info would be great going forward. But truthfully, after you have been watching carbs for a while, you can pretty much figure out the carb load of a recipe by looking at the ingredients. Your recipes are invaluable. Thank you for what you do!!

  3. I'd love to be able to search your recipes using more than one criteria, like keto + egg-free for example. We love your recipes!

    • I don't know if that would ever be possible. I'm pretty sure it's not possible with the google custom search (especially not egg-free, because that's not something I mention so there would be nothing for the search engine to find.) Have you experimented with combining search terms in the current search, for example "low-carb + Paleo". I know that will sometimes work. Thanks for the suggestion; I will definitely check into it.

    • If your search will allow you to negate ingredients, you could accomplish this. For example, in Google you can search for "keto" and "-egg"–thereby asking for something that contains the search term "keto" but doesn't have the term "egg." Could that work?

    • Kate's mom, that might work, will experiment.

  4. Been with you from year 2. You do a great job of being normal and real. Many other food blogs are good but endup becoming excessive and compulsive. Keep real just like you are.

  5. Congrats!!!! You've been my favorite since day one! I don't really have anything that I would change other than to welcome you to WordPress!

  6. Love your recipes and stories. Usually try a new one every week or 2. Definitely helps us eat healthy. Can't think of a thing to change.

  7. Kalyn, I love your website. It is easy to navigate and love the way I can print just the recipe to place in my Kalyn's Kitchen binder.
    The only thing I can think of to add would be your photograph. A picture of you cooking something with a long view of your cooking center, or with your adorable grand nieces and nephews. Your site looks like you put a lot of effort and energy into it. Keep it up and love to see the new WordPress site.

  8. You have always been my favorite food blog (for almost the 12 years you've been blogging your recipes!). The favorite recipe (for Holiday Ham leftovers) is Crockpot (or Stovetop) Ham and Cabbage Soup with Red Bell Pepper – always delicious.

    I am single and do make your recipes to divide into freezer containers. But I would like to see some food prep posts to divide into 4 or 5 lunches or dinners the you can make at the same time.

    • Hi Sandy, great to hear from you. So glad you are still enjoying the recipes! I'm afraid I have no idea how to do food prep like you're talking about; I've never done that in my life. But I will watch for it on other blogs and see if I can learn something!

  9. Honestly, I can't think of a thing. You and this blog have been a major part of getting my blood sugar under control when I was feeling pretty defeated in that fight. So many recipes that you have shared are favorites of mine and my family. I guess my only request is that you don't stop doing what you do! Happy anniversary! Here's to many more!

  10. I only started paying attention to your blog in the last few months when I decided to try a lower carb diet to help me control my weight. Since then, your site has become my favorite. I have never made one of your recipes that we didn't love. My only suggestion is to add nutritional data to your recipes. I know that isn't easy, but it would sure help me because I log all my food on SparkPeople (another great website) to keep track of calories, carbs, fat, etc. Some days I don't try a new recipe because I don't feel like doing all the nutritional input. LOL- I want you to do more of the work, but either way I will still love your blog.

    • So glad you have been enjoying the recipes. If you've read any of the comments above, you'll notice I am not promising nutritional data (so hard to add it to 2,000+ recipes and I CANNOT spend months doing something like that and keep up with the blog.) But I will look into it!

  11. I am away from home, with very limited connections and could not read your full post right now. Will do so later.

    to answer your question, I don't even need to read it – here it is: change absolutely nothing!

    it is your site, go with your flow, and that's what makes it so special and nice!

    Congratulations on a fantastic milestone! Proof of endurance, commitment, skill, wisdom, joie de vivre!

    YOU ROCK!

  12. Happy 12th anniversary.

  13. Nothing at all! It's perfect as it is. Your blog is one of the first blogs I used to read, probably the first food blog I came across 🙂

  14. Congratulations! Your blog is exceptional! You will enjoy the WordPress platform, although it takes a little adjusting (at least it did for me). Your new-look design will be lovely, I'm sure. I'll be following along… 🙂

  15. I love your site. The recipes have been great and have turned into family faves. I concur that adding nutritional info would be very helpful. You might also experiment with videos, too–if it's not too much work with the new platform. Thanks for your dedication and hard work. I appreciate it!

    • Thank you for that! I am considering nutritional info as I mentioned above, so I won't go through my concerns about that here. There are slide-show videos in some recipes, not sure if I will ever commit to doing live video though. Every change like that is tons of extra work and I work too much already!

  16. You are my absolute number one go to website for recipes. I always go to Kalyn's first! I love that you publish carb conscious recipes that really are adaptable for any diet. Your ingredients call for real food that is affordable and is a realistic lifestyle change, not a rigid diet.

    So I like that there aren't detailed calorie counts at the bottom of every recipe. I like that your site isn't full of sweet dessert recipes. I wade through sweet recipes anytime I visit another low carb bog. I love that you don't have weekly or daily diet plans. I love how I can search by recipe or ingredient and find something I want to make.

    This is your blog and is reflective of your tastes and personality. I admire you being open to constructive criticism, that's tough! You have evolved and grown on your own and are doing a great job! I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks Kalyn!!

  17. Congratulations Kalyn! You've created something amazing. No change requests from me! 🙂

  18. I enjoy your blog and recipes. No changes/

  19. I love your Posts! I started following you when I was trying south beach, and was excited to know you are local, and love herbs (kinda my passion too!) The biggest change I would love to see is the carb counts listed, as I am very carb conscious and it is hard to find the time to run everything through a nutrient calculator. I love that you mix all the different types of low carb so successfully. I do eat more keto, so this would really help in keeping my macros Straight!

    • I'm definitely going to investigate nutritional information, but as I have said to others, I worry about the time involved in converting 2,000+ recipes and it's not something I can spend months doing. So I can only say I will check into it when I do the new design, can't promise anything!

  20. Thai Chicken Soup is a go-to for me. People swoon when I make it. And I CANNOT cook. Happy Anniversary. I'm jumping back on South Beach, so please keep that tab up and updated. And I agree that pictures are always helpful.