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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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!

  11. Thanks for all of the great recipes and tips you've shared over the years! I am on Low Carb, High Fat for Weight Loss and Type 2 Diabetes control. I have also blogged about your recipes in the last 8 years. Here's to another 12!! Congratulations. Keep up the good work. I wouldn't change a thing, but if you do, I'm sure it will be awesome!

  12. I love your recipes and blog! I just wish you'd publish a cookbook with pictures of the final product! I'd buy it in a second! Happy Anniversary!

  13. Congratulations on 12 years! Always look forward to your next recipes – love low carb recipes! My daughter and I make your orzo salad every annual summer bbq – and it's everyone's favorites. I would love to see videos for some recipes that are more complex! Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Lisa, so glad you are enjoying the recipes. I am not enthused about the idea of spending even more time on recipes making videos, I'll be honest about that. But I will give it more thought.

  14. Kalyn, I have been reading your blog for years and your recipes are staples in our diet. We would definitely not be eating as well or as deliciously without your vast contributions over the years. My one request is that you go a little more into technique with some recipes. I find I change the order of doing things in some recipes because I have learned from other sources, like Cooks Illustrated, techniques that enhance flavor or make the process go more smoothly. Perhaps a regular feature or guest blogger focused on technique, the whys, wherefores and science of doing it a certain way? Thank you so much for all you do and keeping the blog going. You are amazing!!!

    • Candace, glad you have been enjoying the recipes. I write the recipes the way I make them so unless I learn how to cook all over again, I'm not sure I can change the techniques. And I am not going to have guest bloggers, but I could link to some other pieces on certain techniques. I will think more about this.

    • BTW Candace, despite Cooks Illustrated and sites like that, I don't think there is anything wrong with different people using cooking techniques that are slightly different!

  15. Big happy birthday Kalyn! For me the best change would be not too many changes. I'm also a fan of not having so many gadgets to cook with, other than a slow cooker,I like to even use the stove,and oven once in awhile,and keeping it simple. You've done a great job of helping us all,and it is appreciated.

  16. Congratulations on you 12th blogging anniversary. Your site is one that I read faithfully (and get your email notices when a post is up). Great recipes! I hope you keep offering cooking methods when you make instant pot recipes – I have no plans to get another gadget to clutter up my kitchen.
    I like the way your recipes are organized – the cabbage ones, the zucchini ones, etc.
    Great site, great job!

  17. I found your blog just 6 months ago but your recipes are the ones I return to again and again! I agree with those who encourage you to keep it yours, with your style. There are many programs and recipe grabbers that can do nutritional info for those who want it. I recommend your site to everyone I know! Congratulations on 12 years!

  18. Happy Anniversary!

    12 years of blogging such great content is a serious achievement 🙂

  19. You know I'm one of your biggest fans, Kalyn! Twelve years is incredible, so hearty congrats to you! I actually thought that you have been smart to stick with Blogger (like Karina and a few others have). While there are limitations, there's a lot that you don't have to worry about with Blogger because the platform itself takes care of so much. WordPress requires constant updates and most of them come with a cost. That said, I hope you really enjoy having the freedom of choice that comes with a WordPress blog.


    • Thanks Shirley! You have captured completely why it's been so difficult for me to make the decision to switch. But it has gotten to the point where my google search traffic has gone down, down, down, every year and I've realized I just can't compete in search without a recipe plug-in. I know it will be endless headaches. I am glad to have Jennette to do the maintenance stuff, and I know some of the new functionality will be good; I just hope I end up feeling it's worth it. I am switching Slow Cooker from Scratch right now, so I can learn it on that site!

    • That's a really good idea on the latter, Kalyn. I have had a recipe plug-in for years and my traffic still goes down with every Google update. Then I have to build readership back up. It's very frustrating. Certainly having Jennette on your team is a big, big plus. I'm hoping it will all work out for you. I know that you usually relish a challenge, and you certainly have a huge readership base, both of which should make it all work out!

  20. I love it the way it is and any changes you make im sure will be great! I've made many many of your recipes and never had a bad one!