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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. 1. I first started following you around 2008 or 2009, I think. I had your blog bookmarked because I was doing low carb before my wedding in November of 2009. I dropped 45 lbs! Yours along with Linda’s Low Carb were on my bookmarks bar, and I constantly tried recipes from there. I’m not much of a chef, but my husband got really good at cooking some of these! 😉

    2. My family is just my husband and two dogs, but we really love the breakfast muffins. My husband adds his own twist to things, so he started experimenting making all kinds, and he starting setting them out for me before work with a sweet note in the mornings. It was a great way to start my day!

    3. Ooh! A fun challenge might be to look up videos by celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsy, Alton Brown, Alex Guarnaschelli, or Ree Drummond and convert something into a low carb option. (Gordon Ramsey’s classic Beef Wellington, for example.) Kind of a “fine dining” challenge in a way, but with your twist and your low carb conversion!

  2. Happy Birthday Kalyn! I think I have been with you almost since the beginning, and I don’t remember how I found you or exactly when. It was shortly after I moved home to care for my mom and that was over 15 years ago. I have loved our recipes and following you over the years. I hear you about the technology changes, computering isn’t quite as fun as it used to me…a bit more complicated eh? I hope you have at least another 15 years more!!

    • Thanks Jackie! I’m happy to hear other people share my experience with the technology changes. Glad you are enjoying the blog.

  3. I found your blog about 4 years ago while looking for low-carb blogs. Yours has stayed my favorite low-carb site. If I have to pick just one (which is extremely difficult), I would have to choose LOW-CARB LOADED CAULIFLOWER MOCK POTATO SALAD. I LOVE this and it even had my family fooled — we are potato salad lovers. I honestly can’t think of anything specific I would like more of. I look forward to ALL of your posts. Thanks for asking for my input. Looking forward to your next post. Congratulations on 15 years and an outstanding blog.

  4. I don’t even remember how I found you. Might have been something written in the food section of the Tribune way back at the beginning. I live in Utah too, so that attracted me at the start. I remember you were still teaching at the time.
    My family really likes the leftover turkey and pinto bean white chili with lime and cilantro. I always know if I try something from you it will taste good. I’ve learned so much from you about various spices.
    As far as what I would like to see in the future, I think anything in the soup and salad category. I like exploring dishes I’m not as familiar with, such as Thai. Everything you make is healthy and you always give ideas if we don’t have a certain ingredient or you might give an opinion of the brand you use. You’re a good informative blogger and one I can count on for excellent flavor in the dishes.

    • Maureen, I *was* featured in the Tribune very early on, so that might have been it. So glad you are enjoying the recipes (including that chili recipe from my sister in law!) I appreciate your kind thoughts about the blog!

  5. 1. How did you first find my blog and how long have you been following me?   I was searching for South Beach Diet recipes way back in the day- around spring of 2012-ish.
    2. Is there one particular recipe that has a memory attached for you or your family?  Avocado Frittata with Cotija and mozzarella cheese. Love all the recipes though. I’ve tried several & have lot’s of your recipes saved on Pinterest.

    3. What types of recipes would you like to see more of in the future? healthy recipes, more soups/salads & meal prep ideas. Thank you & happy 15! 😀

  6. Congratulations and thank you!  I found your site while using the South Beach Diet around 2007.  I have shared your site with more people than I can remember.  A particular favorite of ours is SlowCooker “Browns in the Crockpot” Spicy Ground Beef for Tacos,Burritos, or Taco Salad.  I make this for family and the neighborhood friends.  It’s a perfect Taco bar buffet.  I recently bought an Instant Pot so I would love to see more of those recipes but honestly I pretty much love all of your recipes.  Keep up the great work.❤️ 

    • Thank you Phyllis, I make that CrockPot Spicy Ground Beef and love it too. So glad you are enjoying the recipes; thanks for the nice feedback!

  7. I don’t even remember when I disovered your blog because it was so long ago but I think it was that weekly herb thing we did at the beginning of times. I’m happy you are still going strong but I’m sad we’ve lost touch, I blame it on my increasing asocial behaviour but I want you to know I still care for you! ❤️Happy 15th!

    • Ah, yes. Weekend Herb Blogging! Those were the kinder, gentler days of blogging for sure. I think this must be synchronicity because I’ve been thinking of you lately as well (and admiring your success as a photographer. We have to do a better job of getting in touch; still love you too!

  8. I think it was one of the commenters at Mark’s Daily Apple who pointed me here in Dec. 2012, when you had a post of a month’s worth of Phase 1 recipes. I still have that one saved.

    My personal favorite is the spinach salad with bacon dressing, but the family favorite is the Alice Springs Chicken. I would appreciate you converting old slow cooker recipes for the Instant Pot, keeping both methods, like your green chile pork post you did some time ago.

    • Hi Miria,
      So glad my way of adapting to progress is working for you. It’s a dilemma how to keep up with things that are always changing, but I do try. Glad you are enjoying the recipes.

  9. Congrats on the anniversary!

    1. My sister-in-law told me about your blog about 4 or so years ago. She was following one of the low-carb diets and I had recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

    2. Your Asian Chicken & Broccoli Bowls recipe was a big hit with my kids. (I even commented as such on the post when it came out.) My younger daughter has minor Autism Spectrum issues and at that time the only Asian food she would even consider was “Sesame Chicken.” So I went heavy on the sesame seeds and told her that’s what the dish was…And it worked. We’ve made it ever since.

    3. I would love to make the breakfast egg cups more often. (I know that you have a lot of them already.) What I would like to see is a recipe that takes your deconstructed pizza and adds eggs so that could be a breakfast option.

    • Hi Steve,
      Glad you are enjoying the recipes! I love hearing that so many have worked for you. There is a Pepperoni Pizza Crustless Quiche recipe (enter that into the search bar and see if it appeals to you as a pizza-for-breakfast option.)

  10. 1. I found your blog at inception through our personal conversations since we have been friends for 15 times 4 years, and I have been following you ever since.
    2. One recipe–Brussels Sprouts with Gorgonzola and pecans–is attached to memories of Christmas Eve at my cousin Loretta’s since that is what we take. The whole family devours and raves.
    3. Ken, thanks to you, is a new fan of cauliflower rice. Bring it on.

    • Mary, so thankful for our friendship! So glad you have been enjoying the brussels sprouts (which is a big favorite of mine too.) And great news about Ken and the cauliflower rice, who knew?

  11. I have been following you for at least 10 years.  I don’t remember how I found your blog.
    The first recipe I made was Pesto baked chicken.  So easy and delicious!

    Is there one particular recipe that has a memory attached for you or your family?  Twice baked cauliflower was one of my Mom’s favorites.  I cooked for her weekly before she passed away and she always loved it.

    What types of recipes would you like to see more of in the future?  I like the recipes that are keto, or low carb, that every family member will eat.

    • Hi Debbie,
      So glad you have been enjoying that Twice Baked Cauliflower. I also made that often for my father who passed away a few years ago, so we have that memory in common.

  12. I only found you last year!  Where have I been for last 14 years!   I love your low carb Italian type recipes.  One of our favs is a recipe that tastes just like pizza but without the bread.  Love, love, love this recipe and make it every 2 weeks.  Being diabetic it is perfect for me and family also loves it.  

  13. Q1: I’m not good when it comes to time. I found you years ago on Pintrest when you where only doing recipes for South Beach. I’m thinking 7 or 8 years?

    Q2: One of my go to’s are the breakfast egg muffins. I make them every Sunday so I have them handy to grab and reheat for breakfast during weekdays.

    Q3: Nothing particular with the exception of less shredded meat Instant Pot recipes. They’re basically all the same except the spices.

  14. Happy Birthday Kalyn’s Kitchen!
    1. How did you first find my blog and how long have you been following me? Following you about 3 years. A friend would try your recipes and led me to you. I think the first recipe she treated me to was your Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole. This hit all the right notes to this first generation Mexican-American.
    2. Is there one particular recipe that has a memory attached for you or your family? Absolutely. The Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole
    3. What types of recipes would you like to see more of in the future? Always Tex-Mex, Mexican and Italian.

    Thank you for all you.

    • Hi Maria,
      So glad you have enjoyed that recipe. And definitely there will always be plenty of recipes here with those flavors you mentioned; those are also some of my own favorites!

  15. Looking for South Beach Diet recipes over 8 years ago. You’re my go to recipe source. I love your grilled chicken but my favorite is all your egg bakes, so easy and delicious. I even gave a class on how to make it and gave everyone your recipes and website!

  16. Happy Anniversary ! I have been getting your emails now for a few years. enjoy them very much I have used several of the recipes. Being Diabetic I look for low carbs and sugar type recipes. Wishing you many more years of recipes. Stay safe and well Mary Lou

    • Thanks for the kind note Mary Lou! I am hoping for many more years; we’ll see how that goes! And you stay safe and well too.

  17. On your Q&A, I first started following your blog about a year ago based on a tweet posted by Shirley from Gluten Free Easily. I love the healthy easy to prepare dinner options. I have maintained a travel blog since 2009 and also had a food blog (gluten-free/paleo recipes) for 8 years. I know it is a lot of work to maintain a blog, and I never attempted to commit to my blogs in the way you have.
    A favorite recipe would have to be Chicken Divan, this is something my mother prepared when I was growing up, and now my daughter is preparing it for my granddaughters. I updated the recipe first to a gluten-free version, and then to a paleo version, but it never lost the flavors that made it a favorite.
    I know keto is popular now, but I’d prefer less of that type of recipe though I can usually adjust them for my needs. BTW, I’m growing my green onions, what a great tip!

    • Hi Nancy,
      Shirley is so great; I have followed her for years. So glad you have been enjoying the blog. I know Keto is big now and yet many people don’t follow it, so I do try to give Keto recipes that can also work for other ways of eating. Hope I am successful with that. Enjoy the green onions!

  18. Congratulations!!! I must have found you when I was Googling for recipes. And I’m thinking it was at least 10 years ago, I’ve lost track. I love soups and could probably eat them every day. One of my favorite recipe is your Italian Sausage Soup w/ Tomatoes and Zucchini Noodles! The wonderful thing is I’ve learned how to take a recipe and make changes if need be due to ingredients on hand, etc., and it still turns out great! Thank you for all you do!

    • Thanks Joelle,
      I really do try to offer ideas for substituting when I can think of them, and certainly we need that even more these days! Thanks for the nice feedback!

  19. How did you first find my blog and how long have you been following me? – probably 7 years or so. I think I first found your site while google searching for recipes.

    Is there one particular recipe that has a memory attached for you or your family? – nothing specific, but a lot of low carb casseroles.

    What types of recipes would you like to see more of in the future? – I like savory keto recipes and low carb desserts. I like to use muffin tins to help me with portion control.

    Thank you for all of your great work!

    • Hi Bill,
      Glad you have enjoyed the recipes. Those low-carb casseroles are some of my personal favorites as well!

  20. In response to your Q&A – I first came to know and follow you in the early 2000’s (well over 10 years now) when the Dr. put me on South Beach Diet. Your recipes not only gave me variation but taught me how to adapt some of my family recipes. I thank you for that. The recipe that drew me in and my husband and I walked out of the house almost daily was your McMuffin written, as along with many variations. I know I am not alone when I tell you how much I appreciate your willingness to share you gift with those you do not know. Thank you for you time and energies.