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Kalyn’s Kitchen turns 15 with Three Questions for Readers!

Fifteen years ago I sat down at the computer and typed out a few recipes that people had been asking for, and the rest is history! Thanks to my readers for all the support through the years!

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Mostly, I am just s0 grateful!

It’s hard to believe it really has been fifteen years since I first sat down at the computer and typed out a few recipes into a simple blog! There are so many reasons I’m grateful that happened and I want to start this birthday post with a THANK YOU to the faithful readers who’ve followed my blogging journey through the years. And huge thanks also to the web designers, techie experts, advertising specialists, fellow bloggers, and family members who have supported my work in a wide variety of ways (there are far too many of you to name, but you know who you are!)

This year’s blog birthday comes in the middle of a world-wide pandemic, and my heart is aching at the troubles so many people are having to endure. If you’re reading this, I hope you are safe at home and aren’t experiencing too much loss or economic pain. I’ve never been quite so grateful for having a job where I already work at home, and I’m doing my best to stay safe. And I’m trying to share recipes that are still accessible and relevant during this interesting time when everyone has to cook more but has less access to ingredients!

But I’m struggling with the changes in technology!

Last blog anniversary I talked about examining my bucket list, and I’ve tried to do more traveling and less sitting in front of the computer this last year. But the technical aspects of blogging continue to change much more quickly than my senior citizen brain can keep up with. So I’m not going to lie, some things about blogging have definitely become a chore. I spent about two years editing every post after I finally switched Kalyn’s Kitchen to WordPress, and since November 2019 I’ve been in the process of adding nutritional information to all those posts. (There are about 2,000 recipes on the site and I’ve done nutritional information on about 30% of them, so I have plenty to keep me busy while we’re stuck at home.)

But I still love creating new recipes and sharing them with others, which is what attracted me to blogging in the first place. Of course I don’t know what the future will bring, but I am planning to keep on keeping on with the blog (and promise I will never shut it down, even if I eventually decide to actually retire, which certainly isn’t something I’m thinking about yet.)

And there are three things I’d like to ask my readers:

One of the most fun things about blogging continues to be hearing from people who have enjoyed a recipe. So to celebrate this major milestone, I have three questions for you. (And thanks to everyone who takes time to write a reply on here, where it becomes part of the history of my blog.)

  1. How did you first find my blog and how long have you been following me?
  2. Is there one particular recipe that has a memory attached for you or your family?
  3. What types of recipes would you like to see more of in the future?

And thanks again to everyone who’s reading this and takes time to respond!

Birthday Posts Through the Years

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    152 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen turns 15 with Three Questions for Readers!”

  1. I found your recipes on Pinterest and I realized I was saving many of your food ideas. I had started a healthier eating plan and so many ideas appealed to me. There’s no one specific recipe. As a recent empty nester I can only cook so many things and I’m adjusting to smaller portions. Any ideas for cooking for one/two are always great at this stage in my life! Thanks for the great posts! 

    • Kelly, glad you are enjoying the healthy recipes. Do you know about the Weekend Food Prep category? Those are things that make a few servings but reheat well. That might work for you.

  2. I’ve been using your recipes since 2006 or 2007 when my South Beach cookbooks started falling apart. Your cauliflower mock potato salad has become something my kids and grandkids expect to have when we have our summer family get together. I share your blog with any friend who mentions trying to eat healthy or lose weight. The best thing you’ve done for me is through your discussions of creating recipes made me feel like I can make some changes and not have to follow everything exactly. I make your recipes several times a week. At first I saved recipes to Yummly or Pinterest, but now I just open my bookmark for your site and use your search features. Thank you for creating such a useful and easy to use blog, keeping up with the technology and with food trends. I hope you get to travel more and explore more foods. Thank you also for sharing so much of your life with us through this blog. And please more plant based options.

    • Hi Diane,
      I’m so glad to hear that my flexible (not so many rules!) approach works for you to. That’s my preference (both for cooking and for the dietary guidelines! Sounds like a lot of people are looking for plant based recipes, duly noted!

      I don’t know how well I am keeping up with technology, but I am sure TRYING!

  3. Congratulations on the milestone! I’ve been a follower for such a long time, I can’t remember how or when I first found your site. Like you, my diet has evolved over the years but I used to be a strict South Beach Diet follower so that was a big appeal. I plugged Kalyn’s Kitchen into my Google Reader back in the day and have been following since. I have SO many of your recipes pinned and I have made many of them but a highlight for me is your peanut cilantro slaw. SO good! Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh my, I remember Google Reader. I still miss that! So glad you have been enjoying the recipes all this time. I need to make Cilantro Peanut Slaw myself!

  4. Wow. It seems like I’ve been loving your site forever… But I’ll guess around 10-11 years. I’m always on/off South Beach, and the two sites I originally used went bye bye. So I googled and found you. And I’ve referred many people to you over the years. I don’t really have memories attached to recipes. My current fave is the nut crusted mustard salmon, delicious hot or cold. I’m a comfort food gal, so I would love to see comfort food reimagined healthy – trying to keep close to the same flavor but low carb, low sugar, etc. Maybe you could accept recipe modification requests? Many thanks for the hard work you do.

    • Hi Marcia, happy to hear you found me and have enjoyed the recipes. I think there are quite a few modified comfort food recipe here if you search keywords like “lasagna” or “pizza” you can find a few. And man, I need to make that nut-crusted salmon again!

  5. Kalyn, I’ve been following you since 2008. I distinctly remember first discovering your blog when I was preparing to attend a potluck and searched for a healthier version of falafel. Your baked falafel didn’t disappoint. Since then, I’ve probably made at least 50 of your recipes, and I make some so often that I sometimes forget they came from you in the first place (refried bean chili, pepperoni chicken bake, green chile and chicken mock enchiladas, mexican red lentil stew, amy’s white chicken chili). I’m so glad that you’re still blogging, and I welcome all kinds of new recipes (well… any that don’t have olives :)).

    • Hi Katie,
      How fun hearing all the recipes you have tried and enjoyed! Thanks for following so long, I’m sure I will keep at it a bit longer, lol!

  6. Fifteen years! It’s hard to believe. I’m so amazed by you and all that you’ve accomplished, and for never giving up while the technology changed CONSTANTLY, and without warning. I’m SO grateful, and feel blessed to have been a tiny little part of this journey.
    My favorite recipe is the “Spicy Grilled Eggplant!” That’s the recipe that had me believing that eggplant was actually AMAZING if prepared properly. Who knew? It’s SO, SO good. And as for what I’d like to see more of in the future? Anything with LOTS of veggies!!! I love you! 

    • I can never thank you enough Rand, both for the initial nudge to start and then for SO MUCH HELP through the years. My blog never would have been so successful without your talent. I love you and feel blessed to have such a talented brother!

  7. I have followed you for about 10 years – learned about KK through a friend – Valerie Phillips. Yours is my favorite food blog of all time – not fussy recipes but delicious and healthy.
    Favorite recipe: Egg Muffins. They are now a staple in my home!
    Would like to see more meatless recipes!

    • Hi Donna,
      So glad Val told you about my blog so we could meet and eventually become friends! I’ve enjoyed knowing you so much and am honored that my blog is your favorite. Can’t wait until we can socialize again and TRAVEL!

  8. Thanks for all the great recipes!

    I can’t remember how I found you or when (maybe 2009). I do know my first recipe was https://kalynskitchen.com/take-two-on-delicious-grilled-fish/ and I use it to this day. I am not a salmon fan (I love all other fish) but this recipe makes it taste no so salmony to me and we love it! 🙂

    I personally always appreciate seafood recipes because we are eating more of it as we get older and I just don’t always know what to do with it!

    • Hi Lynn! How fun to hear you have enjoyed that recipe. I’ve been thinking I should make an Air Fryer version of it! I’m always up for more seafood recipes, thanks!

  9. I found your site thru via starting South Beach Diet in 2008, and there was a group of us on 3 fat chicks that talked of your site all the time! Many of us are still friends on fb, whether or not we follow SBD. Two of them have passed on, and I think of them lots.
    I love love love your cauliflower with ham au gratin, but I make it without ham as a side dish. I tend to do a cross between keto and SBD – good carbs, but higher fat for satiety.
    I love easy recipes that you have most things in your pantry/freezer/fridge. And that kids will eat!
    Congrats on 15 years! I’ve been here for 12 of them!

    • Twynn, how fun hearing from such a long-time follower. My own diet has evolved into something similar to what you’re describing! So glad you have enjoyed the recipes and found them helpful!

  10. Ok…I am your lame reader…..I have no idea how I found you…and I tell everyone about you.  I have no idea how long I have been following you but your website Is booked on my iPad home screen!  I have not tried all your recipes yet, when I retire I will work my way through them..some faves are your lentil olive salad, could eat it all day,  mock chicken enchilada casserole, shrimp sheet pan dinner and an  egg dish with pepperoni and olives.  Love your sheet pan dinners…anything with lentil and beans and egg dishes.  My Kalyn Pinterest board has a huge list of must tries!  Thank you for being out there in my cyber world!  Congrats on 15 years.

    • Hi Dee, thanks for being such a faithful follower! So fun hearing about all those recipes you’ve been enjoying!

  11. Congratulations to you Kalyn, fifteen years is a great milestone! I started with you from day one 67+ years ago and with the blog at the beginning. Best sister ever and also best food blog out there.
    I have made many of your recipes over the years, the first love that came to mind was Rosemary Mustard Chicken,. I’m sure I tasted it before the blog started and it has always been a favorite! I also love anything zucchini , especially the zucchini and Italian sausage Soups  are always delicious..

    Keep on cooking and everyone keep on enjoying the best blog ever!

    • Thanks Pam, you are a great sister too. Thanks for the support and for all your help through the years! And for being such a great recipe tester! Love ya!

  12. Love your blog!  Been following for a long time.  Love the healthy recipes, and the easy to use website.  The printing options are excellent.  Your happy, generous personality shows through the recipes!  Keep up the good work!!!!

  13. I must have found you through a recipe on Facebook. It seems like I’ve been following you for many years. We love your Crustless Quiche Lorraine! It is so easy to make! Whenever I find fresh flounder I make it using your almond flour and parmesan cheese preparation… SO GREAT!! I’ve used it with chicken tenders too. I appreciate all you do! You’re very tasty! 😉💕👍

    • Thanks Linda, so glad you have been enjoying the recipes. That Crustless Quiche Lorraine is something I love myself!

  14. Congrats on 15 years!

    1. I found you while looking for low carb and South Beach compliant recipes. 2. My favorite recipe has to be an asian cabbage salad with chicken and nuts. I’ve made it many times and like to experiment with different ingredients. Try it with bacon sometime! Yummo! 3. I’d love to see more low carb dessert and snack recipes, especially with coconut as an ingredient.

    Keep up the good work and continue to have fun!

    • Thanks Lauri. I am always in favor of adding bacon! Will see what I can come up with for desserts and snacks, definitely desserts are something I don’t feel I’m that good at!

  15. 1. I’ve been following you since 2007 after my husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was searching for low glycemic but not sad recipes. Through you I discovered my love of Penzeys and all things spicy and wonderful. My husband no longer is diabetic and I’m currently a size 8, which knew I could be a single digit!
    2. I made two of your recipes yesterday! Sauerkraut and beef soup is always a favorite on cold rainy days and we had strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar for dessert! Spicy chickpeas and beef is one of my personal favorites.
    3. Keep doing what you do! I reccomend your site often!

    • Thanks so much Kati! And wow, congratulations to both you and your husband on the success. The Chickpeas and Ground beef is on my list for better photos!

  16. I’ve been reading your blog for about three years now, and I’ve created delicious dishes from many of your recipes. 

    It’s hard to pin down one recipe because there are so many great ones out there, but one that stands out is your Gluten free turkey soup. That one is a clear winner.

    I love soups and salads, so keep posting more of those in the future. Thank you for considering different tastes, tolerances, and cooking methods. You rock!

    • Thanks Bev! It’s been so fun becoming friends with you and I always look forward to the events we support together. And very glad to hear you have been enjoying the recipes!

  17. I started following you when I was SBD about 7-8 years ago. Now I prepare plant based meals half the time and look for the nutritional information for recipes. I’m loving Asian inspired meals. I love your tips and favorite product posts. My very favorite recipe and used countless times is Salmon with Maple-
    Sriracha-Lime Glaze, with real maple syrup. Congratulations!

    • Thanks Donna; so glad you have been enjoying the recipes. I love that salmon recipe and it’s on my list to take new photos too!

  18. Congratulations! This is a huge milestone.

    1. Let’s see, I’ve been with your email service for 7.5 years, so somewhere in there and I’m glad we made friends along the way 2./3. We’ve made a lot of your recipes, but over the last year that has increased as my eldest is hoping to go to Clemson on a football scholarship and has dramatically reduced his carb intake as part of that process. (Don’t worry, he’s under strict supervision). When I’m asking for recipe requests, I tend to send him to your sites for ideas. Your target demographic may not be teenage boys, but your site has been really helpful with his cooking journey.

    • Thanks Heather. I appreciate you and everyone at Feedblitz so much; your help has been invaluable to me. And it was so fun to finally meet you in person a few years back. So glad to hear the recipes are making it with the teenage boy audience!

  19. I first found Kalyn’s Kitchen recipes via South Beach discussion through FB groups. 
    All time favorite recipe is white chicken chili, I won several chili cook offs with it.
    I’d like to see more snacks and desserts.

    • Hi Sue, fun to hear about the chili cook-offs! Glad you have been enjoying that recipe and thanks for the feedback. (Desserts are not my strength, but I will try to work on it more.)

  20. Happy blog birthday!!

    1. I have been following you since you started, back in the golden age of food blogs when we were such a fun community!

    2. I remember making and loving your flourless pistachio cookies- I think it was the first time I made a flourless dessert and it opened up new ideas for me.

    3. I’d love to see more plant based recipes!

    Love you, Kalyn, and I wish you the very best.

    • Thanks Nupur; still have good memories of meeting you. I have been working on more plant-based recipes and recently made the Meatless category more prominent in the site navigation. Thanks for the feedback, and best wishes to you always!