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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. Kalyn, Happy 15th Anniversary of blogging. When I retired in 2009, I was searching online for a recipe (I do not remember what recipe, at this point), Kalyn’s Kitchen popped up and I’ve been hooked ever since.
    I do love your personal stories included in your recipes. I especially love your one pan/one dish recipes as well as your make ahead, take with eats. Thank you for many years of recipes, personal stories, suggestions and research!

  2. I first found you when my mom read a book about The South Beach Diet years ago. Gosh, that was probably in your early days because it had to be more than 10 years ago. I’ve made many recipes from your site but our family favorite is twice baked cauliflower – yum! As for future recipes, I’m a big fan of my Instant Pot, so I always love recipes that can be made in it 🙂 Thanks for continuing to share your yummy recipes with us 😋

    • Hi Claire,
      So glad you have been enjoying the Twice Baked Cauliflower! I need to make that myself. I appreciate the nice feedback!

  3. 1.  I’m married to your brother 🤣🤣🤣 and I’ve followed you the whole time! ♥️

    2. We use the egg muffin one the most, so it’s got lots of good memories. All the summer grilling recipes and salads that are always used for family parties, especially the shrimp salad that was Dad’s favorite! 

    3. Nothing really, just keep coming up w easy yummy things ♥️💋


    • Hi Lisa,
      Yes, those grilling recipes and salads I’ve made for parties through the years are definitely some of my favorites too. Thanks for all the support through the years. Love you guys!

  4. Hi Kalyn, Happy 15th Anniversary! I really can’t remember how long I have been following your blog, but it must be at least 5 years now. My favorite recipe of yours is your Faux’tato Salad recipe. I  brought it for a 4th of July picnic some years back and not only did everyone rave about how good it was; they didn’t even realize it was made of cauliflower at first! I have come to rely on your blog whenever I am looking low carb entrees, salads, and side dishes that are easy to prepare and deliver a high quality authentic flavor. I know with your recipes that I will never be serving a ‘second best’ version of traditional food. All of your recipes stand on their own and those that are offered as low carb versions of traditional recipes are every bit as good (if not better!) than the original versions. I, too, get frustrated with the constant updating of technology, but please know your recipes are loved by many and we definitely appreciate your efforts.

    • Hi Amy,
      So glad you are enjoying the Mock Potato Salad. I was surprised what a hit that was in my family. Thanks for the nice thoughts about the recipes; I will try to keep hanging in there with technology!

  5. I have been following Kalyn’s blog for 15 years AND about 2 to 3 years BEFORE THAT when she posted recipes for her houseboat followers. She cooked delicious meals for us on her weekend houseboat tours and we always asked for her recipes.
    Kalyn, I admire your work in keeping up this blog.  I admire your tenacity.  I only know one other person that is as consistent and willing to do all the work it takes to publish every day and taking the extra  time to update your blog.  It looks very appealing, making me want to  dive in to those posts and print one out for a  next delicious meal.

    The egg muffins are delicious and easy to take along when I need to eat something before a meeting or while waiting for my flight when we get back to normal social togetherness.

    I would love to read more take-along bites instead of being so hungry i have to buy whatever fast unhealthy food at the airport or on- the- go recipes between the time I pick up my grandkids at school and dropping them off at dance or basketball practice.  They are very hungry at 4 pm and I am too while waiting.
    Congratulations on 15 years! 

    • Hi Wanda,
      I guess there are some good things about updated technology because I was able to combine your comments into one!

      Wow, I had forgotten about that sending out recipes to the houseboat trip people. That was such a chore pre-internet. It’s been a long time, but those are sure good memories.

      Thanks for the nice thoughts about the job. Glad you and those cute grandkids have enjoyed the egg muffins! We need to get together when things get back to normal!

  6. Hi Kalyn! Happy 15th anniversary! That is so wonderful. I have always admired your work ethic, commitment and creativity, and have appreciated even more in recent years your willingness to speak up about the things that matter. I remember having drinks and dinner with you in Austin once. Mexican. Maybe Chuy’s?  It’s a fond memory. 

    I met you through the original BlogHer editors’ list, 14 years ago! Unbelievable. 

    My favorite recipe is the black bean, cilantro and lime chili. I’ve made it several times and it’s so good. Now I think I’ll make it in lockdown! I have all the stuff here. 🙂 

    I don’t have any requests for new recipes. You always know what to do! Happy 15 and many more! 

    • Hi Laurie,
      I remember that dinner! Those were fun times in the BlogHer days. I miss that kind of atmosphere; now blogging seems to be so much about competition.

      So glad you have enjoyed some recipes during the years.

  7. I’ve been following your blog and cooking recipes from it for probably 12 years now. I can’t recall how I found it for certain but I think it was probably a google search for low carb recipes and a recipe here came up. I read your personal health story and found it so motivating I’ve been living this low carb lifestyle every since. I love that your blog includes pieces of your personal story. I love reading these. I love your blog and recipes and constantly recommend it to others. 

    I’ve made so many recipes from your site, and most of them over and over again, so
    It’s hard to pick one. Probably the one I’ve made the most, and maybe first I ever made is the egg muffins in many varieties. These are a go to week day breakfast our whole family loves. 

    Lately I’ve had the time and been in the mood for baking. So I would say more baking recipes. Other ideas would be looking at new recipes for different vegetables. 

    Your blog is the resource I go to more than any other place for recipes. I appreciate all of the technology challenges you are having to overcome, but I sincerely hope you keep going. I love your site. 

    • Hi Shawn, thanks so much for that nice feedback! It does seem like baking is one thing a lot of people are thinking about now. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

  8. I think it was about 2007 when I discovered your website and have been a big fan ever since.

    There are so many beloved recipes to choose from but that pizza casserole is really something. Mmmmm 🙂

    No suggestions- I already love the variety and am never disappointed.

  9. I can’t remember exactly when I discovered you, but it was when SB diet recipes were only found in the book. They didn’t spin my wheels, I googled, and there was Kalyn’s Kitchen! You became my “go to” site. I love your conversational style but especially I appreciate and value that you work on and refine recipes. So many food bloggers have recipes that they ”rush in at 5 o’clock, grab 3 cans from the pantry and refrigerated leftovers” and…voila, they find the best thing since sliced bread!  Congratulations on 15 yrs!!  Oh… sauerkraut ground beef soup is my favorite, pesto chicken is my most shared. 

    • Sharyn, thanks for that nice feedback! I think it was the original SB diet recipes that motivated me to start creating my own, lol!

  10. Kalyn, I found you back in 2006 when I was looking for a vegetable side dish. I found you and your roasted vegetables recipe you would make when you would spend your summers at Lake Powell cooking for houseboat guest. To this day I still use that recipe. It my go to when I want a light supper. All the recipes are easy and delicious. Thank you for making recipes that are healthy and easy. Wish you many more years of blogging success! 

    • Wow, that was a flash from the past. Those were good times at Lake Powell. So glad you have enjoyed the recipes Ana!

  11. 1. How did you first find my blog and how long have you been following me?
    I was probably just looking online for a particular vegetarian recipe and came across one of yours. I’ve been a vegetarian for 47 years(!) and a type 1 diabetic for 42 years so was quite attracted to your low-carb approach to cooking. Have also really enjoyed your low key approach to meals, utilizing many common ingredients as well as some shortcuts.

    2. Is there one particular recipe that has a memory attached for you or your family?
    Spicy Vegan Peanut Butter Tofu with Sriracha! I make it all the time!

    3. What types of recipes would you like to see more of in the future?
    More vegetarian recipes! I’m not vegan and don’t know how many of your readers are so I welcome recipes that include milk products or eggs. Since all your recipes have a low carb aspect, they all are great for diabetics, whether type 1 or 2.

    Thank you for your delicious meals!

    • Thanks Jeff! I just thought about that peanut butter tofu recently and wished I had some tofu in the house. So glad the recipes are helpful for you!

  12. Found you on the South Beach FB group. Love all your recipes I have tried. Always trust them as we must have similar tastes!

    I have no idea how to pick a favorite but I have been making the breakfast pizza for a few weeks now and ita a current favorite.

    I love that you categorize by phase and doet type. I like when you try recipes before you list them from other sites. Thanks!

  13. How did you first find my blog and how long have you been following me? In 2008 (?) I found your blog when I was searching for SB diet recipes. Your spin on the standards was so lovely and exciting. 

    Is there one particular recipe that has a memory attached for you or your family? Twice baked pesto spaghetti squash was a huge hit with in-laws and has become an expected side dish at thanksgiving. Layered pumpkin cheesecake is a crowd pleaser!

    What types of recipes would you like to see more of in the future? I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2014 so I am fully keto now. Anything keto complaint would be very much appreciated!

    • Hi Beth,
      Thanks for following so long and so glad you have enjoyed those two recipes. There will definitely will be plenty of Keto recipes coming regularly!

  14. Kaylyn!  I wish I could remember how I found your blog, but I’v been following it for SO LONG I can’t remember!  You are such an inspiration to this fellow food blogger – I am constantly in awe of how great your content.  It’s impossible for me to pick out one favorite, but I will tell you that I love your casseroles – that pepperoni pizza chicken!!  I am always looking for veggie recipes – that’s the one thing that always stumps me.  I’m great on figuring out mains, but when it comes to sides I seem to run out of steam.  Anyway, CONGRATS and keep on doing what you do – you are amazing!!!

  15. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!   1. I have been following you so long I don’t remember how I first discovered your site. I was probably surfing the net for a recipe idea. I have been a fan from the beginning – 15 years.  2.  I was never a brussel sprouts fan until I discovered 2 of your recipes: Roasted brussel sprouts with pecans and gorgonzola +  Brussel sprouts with balsamic parmesan & pine nuts. I have converted many others to the love of brussel sprouts with these recipes.  3.  I love sweet potatoes but find most recipes uninspired. Would love something WOW. 

    • Hi Beverly. I am excited I got you to like Brussels Sprouts. I’m still working on a few people in my family! If you like goat cheese, search “Sweet Potato Gratin” on the site; I absolutely LOVE that recipe.

  16. A few years ago, a friend shared your deconstructed cabbage roll recipe. I don’t remember why she shared it, but it was a recipe that fit with a particular diet I was following at the time.
    I don’t really follow blogs, but it occurred to me sometime last year that you might be on IG, so I started following that page.
    No family memories associated with your food.
    No recipe requests – just like seeing what you come up with!

  17. I’ve been following your blog about 7-8years. The first recipe I made was pesto chicken. I made it at work (nanny) first and have since made it plenty of times at home.

    I love your recipes but there’s still plenty I need to try.

    I’m not sure what types of recipes to suggest, more Mexican perhaps?

    Happy 15th!!

    • Hi Christine,
      That Easy Baked Pesto Chicken seems to be a favorite of lots of people. I’m always up for Mexican; thanks for the suggestion.

  18. Wow 15 years! 1. I’m not sure how long I’ve been following you but it seems like forever, it’s probably been for most of those fifteen years. 2. No, no particular recipe. 3. I’d love instant pot recipes and anything any type of asian. Can’t get enough Thai, Indian, Chinese, etc. Thanks so much you are definitely one of the best blogs out there.

  19. 1. I first found you when I was on the SBD- your recipes were the BEST- a lot of different options, and good stuff. Love also your personality within. Also really appreciate the way you’ve made your site so user-friendly, easily accessible. As far as favorite recipes? hard to say-so many are so good! also don’t have any particular suggestions either. I HAVE recommended your page for friends. And just looking at it now…I’ve been on Weight Watchers for a few months, and really think I want to go back on SBD because it really became second nature for me when I was first on it, think i’m ready to ditch the W’s and go back to the Beach….so I’ll be back on your site as you have so much to offer there! Thanks

    • Hi Leslie,
      Thanks for the nice feedback! I don’t have much experience with WW. I know some people love it, but for me just following a carb-conscious eating plan (most of the time, lol) seems easier. I agree, it becomes second nature and you don’t have to calculate anything!

  20. Hi, I first found your recipes when I decided to try a lower carb lifestyle. Since then I’ve found my family and I love your recipes and eat them often! I think the go to recipe is the cottage cheese breakfast muffins , they are my before work staple and go on every camping trip for a good healthy quick breakfast. Just keep making these wonderful recipes and we will keep trying them . I do use my crock pot a lot when I’m not working from home so love those recipes. Happy 15 years! Thank you for all the great recipes

    • Hi Nora, you are so welcome, and glad you are enjoying the lower-carb recipes! And it seems like the crockpot is having a resurgence of popularity, duly noted!