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Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Five Years Old (and five questions for readers to answer in the comments)

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On April 24, 2005 I wrote the first post on Kalyn’s Kitchen, never imagining for a moment how starting a food blog would change my life. Now I’m retired from my teaching job and spend at least a few hours every day cooking, photographing, or writing up recipes for the blog. It’s been a great five years with new blogging friends, new foods to try, and new things to learn all the time. To celebrate five years of blogging, I’m going on a road trip with my friend Bonnie, but in the meantime, I’d love it if readers would answer some or all of the questions below the comments.

Thanks for your support of Kalyn’s Kitchen! Here are some things I’d really love to hear about from everyone who’s reading:

1) What’s your name and where do you live? Anything else you feel like sharing about yourself?

2) How did you find Kalyn’s Kitchen, and how long have you been reading?

3) How would you describe your food/cooking personality? What kind of recipes interest you most? (And if you’re a food blogger, be sure to tell us about your blog!)

4) What are five foods/dishes you’d like to see featured regularly on Kalyn’s Kitchen?

5) What are five foods/dishes you’d never want to eat or read about on a food blog?

Thanks for participating everyone! I’ll be back on Tuesday with a new recipe. Meanwhile, I’m not even taking my computer on the trip (gasp), but I’ll have my iPhone to read the comments as people respond.

More Blog Birthdays:
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns One
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Two
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Three

Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Four

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127 comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Five Years Old (and five questions for readers to answer in the comments)”

  1. I just found your blog a few weeks ago and really enjoy it. My husband and I are changing our eating habits and your low glycemic recipes are a real help. Thank you so much. I know diet-friendly sweet treats are not easy to find, but I would appreciate any of those that you could feature.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KALYN'S KITCHEN!!!

    Have fun on your road trip – I do hope you post about the fun when you return. πŸ™‚

    1) Danica Pike and I live in California!

    2) I LOVED listening to your panel at BlogHERFood09 last year and have been reading ever since even though I may not always comment πŸ™‚ You are truly inspirational in more ways than you know….

    3) I am definitely all about making over not so healthy recipes into healthy versions that are CLEAN and delicious. I am an AVID Weight Watcher so most of the time I enjoy showing people how good you can eat while eating healthy…although, I always manage to find room for treats.

    My style…it's sorta random and depends on what sounds good. I am often inspired by what's in season and often have my own cooking show going on in my head as I cook πŸ™‚

    Oh my site…Danica's Daily http://www.danicasdaily.com

    4) I pretty much have drooled over everything you make – how do I pick just 5?! I LOVE your salads, chicken dishes (especially when you guest posted for Danispies – that crispy chicken!), I could probably go on but I will stop because my comment is already so long πŸ™‚

    5. I think you should always post what you love and inspires you….so I can't say I have anything I think you shouldn't make/post about πŸ™‚

    5) What are five foods/dishes you'd never want to eat or read about on a food blog?

  3. 1. Irene from Audubon, PA – I started a compost pile this weekend

    2. Googling for SB soup recipes

    3. Adventurous – I'll try anything once (I thank my mom for forcing this upon me) I love seeing new twists on old favorites or completely new/different

    4. More snacks, veggie dishes, foods that freeze well, desserts and ethnic food!

    5. Hard to find/only only ingredients, 'other' animal parts except for maybe pate

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY!

  4. Happy Birthday, Kalyn, and congratulations on 5 delicious years! In terms of my food personality, I would say I'm an explorer – I love discovering new things, and always enjoy the fact that there's so much more to learn! Hope you have a great trip!

  5. Happy Happy 5th year Kalyn! You have a fantastic blog, you're creative and talented. Cheers to you!

  6. 1) Jessica, New York

    2) I found your kitchen after google-ing "South Beach Recipes" πŸ™‚ aobut a year ago.

    3) My cooking personality is very laid back. i like simple, flavorful recipes with few ingredients. I don't like to spend hours in the kitchen, but I love to eat for hours!

    4) Side dishes, fish… I can't think of too much. You cover most of the bases already!

    5) Eggplant.

  7. I Amy from Wakefield, MA. I found you just today since I am attempting to start the SBD today and I love reading blogs. I love to cook and love to try new recipes. I am a total carb addict and really need help on finding good things to eat that aren't carb loaded. I am enjoying vegetarian type recipes recently. I haven't had a chance to really check out your blog totally, but I would love help with breakfasts and making veggies fun and interesting to eat. I would also love to see easy simple recipes that I can make for my whole family. I am trying to decrease my meat intake and feel like I can make different meat dishes so I don't need to see more meat dishes. I am also not a tofu fan so I wouldn't want to see that. Otherwise I look forward to reading your blog and looking for new recipes!

  8. Kalyn,

    1) What's your name and where do you
    live? Anything else you feel like sharing about yourself? Barbie and I live in Tualatin, OR — currently I am a substitute teacher

    2)
    How did you find Kalyn's Kitchen, and how long have you been reading? I found your blog not long after my husband and I started on the South Beach Diet. I have been reading for 3 years now. My husband needed to be on a low glycemic diet and the South Beach looked like the best choice. After awhile, I needed to expand my recipes and I found your blog.

    3)
    How would you describe your food/cooking personality? What kind of
    recipes interest you most? (And if you're a food blogger, be sure to
    tell us about your blog!) I am not a food blogger but I enjoy cooking. My husband is a plain food kind of guy but he really likes the recipes I have found on your blog. I am trying to adapt some of his old favorites — he loves pie for example — he likes Spanish food — tacos, burritos and he likes pizza. I also cook a lot of salmon — easily found here. Costco also reports salmon is a leading food product for them as well.

    4) What are five foods/dishes you'd
    like to see featured regularly on Kalyn's Kitchen?

    Fish, especially salmon, cookies, fruit pies using fruits that are in the low numbers on the glycemic index, chicken, and simple lunch ideas. I like your holiday suggestions and look forward to checking out what you have come up with. Brownies — chewy so they could be used to make home made ice cream sandwiches with no sugar added low fat ice creams. I like to hear about different types of things that can be done with products found at Costco.

    5) What are
    five foods/dishes you'd never want to eat or read about on a food blog?
    venison, lutefisk, overly spicey food,

    Thanks for sharing your book marks — I have gotten some great ideas from them. I also enjoy the Friday night pictures. We lived in Rock Springs, WY for several years and became familiar with the Salt Lake area. I remember the French Chateau restaurant fondly.

    When I find a recipe I like the print out becomes tattered soon. If you have Microsoft Word on your computer, check out the online templates. They have some nice recipe cards and I retype the recipe using the template. Just remember to rename the file to the name of the recipe and that will save the template for reuse. After I get a stack of cards, I take them to Kinkos or any other copy place and laminate them. Cut the cards apart and then file them in your card file.

    Thanks for writing your blog — I look forward to reading it and have recommended it to several friends. Hope you have a nice trip with your friends.

    Take care
    Barbie

  9. 1) Hi I am Kelly from Ontario, Canada

    2) My sister introduced me to your site, I just started South Beach 8 days ago and needed recipe ideas.

    3) I love cooking and trying new things. Any kind of ethnic recipes interest me especially Thai.

    4) I would love to see more chicken, pork tenderloin and beef recipes. Maybe more stir-fry and easy recipes, cooking for one ideas.

    5) Can't thing of any, well maybe just strange ingredients that are hard to find.

    Thanks for your great site and recipes, it has made my first week of South Beach a success!

  10. Hi Kayln. My name is Wendy and I'm from Orange County, CA. I discovered your blog around 3 years ago when I was surfing the web and have since cooked many of your recipes. A few have become family favorites. I greatly enjoy your blog and stop by to read it on a regular basis. I don't have a cooking blog per se, but I do have a gardening blog called "A Salsa Garden" where I muse about my chile garden and chile recipes from time to time.

    I like to prepare foods with natural ingredients, with a distinct ethnic flavor or traditional americana in a low carb, low sodium style. If they can be frozen for later, even better. In fact, I prefer my recipes to have freezing/reheating instructions included.

    I love crockpot dishes, low carb casseroles and creative vegetable recipes. I'd love to see more recipes that feature various hot chile peppers from time to time.

    I don't think that there is anything I don't want to see, except for dishes that use prepackaged or unhealthy ingredients. I cook from scratch most of the time and prefer my recipes to reflect that.

  11. 1) What's your name and where do you live? Anything else you feel like sharing about yourself?

    Margo, Framingham, MA

    2) How did you find Kalyn's Kitchen, and how long have you been reading?

    Searched for South Beach Diet recipes, and started reading last year around January πŸ™‚ I have since bookmarked you and come here VERY often!

    3) How would you describe your food/cooking personality? What kind of recipes interest you most? (And if you're a food blogger, be sure to tell us about your blog!)

    I am an adventurous "try anything" type of person. Gimme a recipe, and I will try it – and usually screw with it a bit HAHAH. I have been toying with the idea for a blog, mostly since I love the idea of Bentos and portion sizing. I would love to have a South Beach friendly Bento blog πŸ™‚

    4) What are five foods/dishes you'd like to see featured regularly on Kalyn's Kitchen?

    1) Small bite size things (like mini burgers or bean cakes, or tofu stuff – small things I can pack in lunches!), maybe things like SB friendly snack mixes like SB friendly Chex mix or the like. I love gnoshing and if I dont have something throughout the day I overeat at an actual meal (sucks).

    2) Low carb breads/crackers

    3) More fish dishes!!!

    4) More things I can do with pantry staples. I live alone and dont always have tons of fresh produce laying around. πŸ™

    5) I want to learn more about veggies that I am unfamiliar with – like parsnips and artichokes and whatnot. Rare stuff that I just usually have no clue how to use. Celery root too! Whatever I can to help me feel full during phase 1 of SB.

    5) What are five foods/dishes you'd never want to eat or read about on a food blog?

    1) Personally I hate squash. Zucchini OK, pumpkin, OK – squash makes me throw up (literally, since I was a baby, its weird).

    2) I hate lima beans.

    3) I don't really like seeing salads unless they are really hearty and robust – oh and lunchbox friendly!

    4) And nothing too difficult for me to make πŸ˜› But then again, I will try anything.

  12. I'm got home from my trip last night and am hopelessly behind on replying to all these lovely comments, but I can tell you I've had so much fun hearing more about the people who are reading. Thanks to everyone who has replied!

  13. Happy blogoversary, Kalyn! I'm Andrea at the blog Opulent Cottage, in Dallas, TX. I found your blog about a year ago when searching for South Beach recipes. We don't always stick to South Beach here at our house, but we love vegetables and lean meats, and I'm always looking for new ways to use herbs and spices. I put three healthy, most organic meals a day on the table for my husband, 15-year-old daughter, and any other teens who are hungry! A few of my recipes are posted on my blog, and have plenty more to share in the future. I also have a few that I hope to finally get submitted to your monthly phase one recipes someday! I really have enjoyed every recipe of that I have tried from your site, and try to comment to each blogger about my results with their recipes. I would love just to see more of everything you're already doing. The only thing I really wouldn't be interested in are recipes with too many processed ingredients, which I don't think I have ever even seen here! Thank you so much for your healthy cooking inspiration. You'll have me as a reader for life!
    Cheers, Andrea

  14. My name is Liz and I live in Redondo Beach, California. I've been following the SBD since January and as of this morning, I have lost 43 pounds! I found Kalyn's Kitchen through a link over at The Pioneer Woman. I've been reading Kalyn's Kitchen for about 3 months now. I love to cook and try out new recipes so your web site has been a God send for me now that I have changed my eating habits. I love your section that features your favorite products. I am hooked on the products from Pataks! I also love your recipes that lighten up old fattening ones. One of my favorites is Grilled Zucchini "Lasagne"…absolutely delicious and I felt like I was eating lasagne again! I agree with the other comments about more desserts. I also would like to see the nutritional data provided with each recipe. There really isn't anything I don't want to see as I'm very open to trying/eating new things. I always thought I had to use ingredients with lots of fat, sugar and carbs in order for recipes to taste good but now I realize that is so not true. I look forward to continuing on my journey and cooking the whole way! Happy 5th Anniversary!

  15. Hi Kalyn

    My name is Jennifer, from Seattle WA. I found your website a few years back when I was looking for SB recipes – and wow, has it changed my life! My husband LOVES it when I make your recipes…when I stray and start cooking unhealthy, he is so happy when I decide to go back and start cooking your recipes again. I feel better and look better when I eat healthy using your recipes – thank you SOOOO much! I tell all my friends about your website πŸ™‚ I love all the different food combinations and flavors…I would never have tried some of them without your guidance. I really appreciate all your hardwork on your blog! Many thanks!

  16. Congrats on 5 years, Kalyn! I'm Katie and I'm currently living in Haslett, MI but will be moving back to Georgia in a couple of months. I found your blog about two years ago while searching for a baked falafel recipe. I loved your recipe and I constantly checked your site to see what else you were cooking.

    Soon after I discovered your blog, I began my own (Eat This) where I focus on healthy food (especially low sugar, whole grain recipes, and now gluten-free). I love the challenge of taking a rich unhealthy dish and changing it around so that it's lighter while still delicious. Your posts that I love the most are the simple vegetable ones (like your roasted squash, roasted onions, etc). I also love your soup and stew recipes, and I would love to see more. There aren't many foods that I don't like, but olives make the list (I've tried to like them, but I just can't do it). Otherwise, I love discovering new foods, so I love seeing all kinds of different ingredients in recipes!

  17. Hi Kalyn ,

    (1) My name is Katherine and I live in Georgetown S.C.

    (2) I cannot remember how I found you but really glad I did !

    (3) I love to COOK ! And of course love to eat as well so your recipe
    ideas inspire me to try new things and even though we live miles apart
    in different food cultures we have
    very similar tastes.
    (4)Dessert recipes with dark chocolate and oatmeal cookies too!
    They are our favorites and since they can be made low carb I am
    always looking for new ideas.
    (5) You do a great job with your selection of foods to write about
    so keep up the good work!

    Just want to thank you for your time on this great site .I love the look of it and your photos always make me hungry…If you are ever in the low country of South Carolina and come by for a tall glass of sweet tea (made with Splenda of course).

    Have a great day!

  18. Hi Kalyn,

    My name is Susan and I live in Sacramento, CA.

    I have been reading your blogs for a couple of years now, I found your site when I was looking for South Beach Diet recipes.

    I love your salad recipes, love experimenting with different ingredients and spices. Would like to see more veggie recipes since we are putting in a big garden this year. Also dessert recipes with less sugar.

    Not much I don't like and will try most anything once.

    I don't have a blog site yet, keep thinking I would like to start one on cooking since I love to cook so much. Maybe someday, not sure how to even get started.

    Keep up the great work.

    Susan

  19. Happy five years! You were one of the first people to discover my blog, so I've been reading your blog for at least four years. Even more than the treasure trove of recipes here, I am grateful for your generous spirit and support of food blogging and bloggers, and for all you do to build community. I learn something every time I come to Kalyn's Kitchen. Thank you for leading the way.

  20. 1. Magen, UT
    2. Searching for south beach diet recipes. (I'm starting tomorrow!)
    3. I love reading food blogs, but I don't have one myself. Mainly because I'm just learning to cook. Unfortunately, I've had quite a few disasters.
    4. I love the recipes that use vegetables in place of pasta. Perfect for south beach. I've really been interested in trying cauliflower pizza. Have you tried that?
    5. I don't own a lot of kitchen gadgets like a food processor, so I'd rather have recipes when you don't have to have fancy gadgets.

    Thanks for your great blog! And Congratulations on your anniversary.

  21. Congratulations on reaching 5 years! That is a rather impressive time!

    I am Simone and I live in the Netherlands. I cannot remember how I found you but it must have been through someone elses blog or perhaps foodgawker or such?
    I am a foodblogger (junglefrog-cooking.com) and I would say I love just about all food and any food.lol
    As for 5 foods/dishes; anything you write about is good with me, so not sure what to tell you there.

  22. 1) Tara, Boston area
    2) Boyfriend found it… somehow. He's an internet addict. Reading ~6 months, but only read very, very occasionally. I have lots of recipe sources. But I really like your posts, which are written so nicely. You have a polite and calm tone of writing.
    4) Grab random recipes from different places. Love ethnic food and new and big flavors. Not a south beach diet adherent at all. Trying to minimize meat.
    5) Does not compute. First, I would eat almost everything. I tend to avoid exceptionally lengthy/involved recipes, and even then I will make them occasionally when I get the yen. I learn not only from recipes I would jump all over, but also from recipes I would not. I am not eating beef these days. But I still want to read about it. And anyway I often substitute meat/tofu in various recipes.

  23. Hi Kalyn,
    Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen in New Paltz, NY here. Somehow I missed your blog birthday post until now! I hope you had a great trip and congrats on 5 years- amazing! Yours was one of the first blogs I found about when I started blogging a year ago. I think I found you when I started submitting to WHB. You know I love your recipes…all of them…I love how you combine different flavors and how you experiment with different ingredients. I think anything goes with food blogs and I personally like to see it all…just no processed food ingredients.

  24. Carolyn from Tasting Spoons . . . congratulations on your 5 years! Wow. You are amazing. Whenever I think of you, though, I visualize you in your new kitchen and back room and know you're having fun. Keep up the good work!

  25. Hi Kalyn.

    Congratulations on the fifth year bloggiversary. That's quite a milestone in Internet time. πŸ™‚ Here's to another five!

    1. I'm Stanley ("Stash" to my friends; only my mom calls me by my birth name) and I live in New York City.

    2. I found your blog from Appogiatura. I check in intermittently. One of these days I need to go through your archives, probably on a day when I have nothing else going on. One of the things that I find attractive about your blog (besides the emphasis on healthfulness) is the quality of food photography. I'm a fan.

    3. Hm, not sure how to answer the food personality question. I could probably tell you what I'm not, if that helps. I'm NOT a picky eater. Although I'm an omnivore, in the past year or so I've transitioned into a mostly meatless diet. I say "mostly" because I still have one foot in the door when it comes to eating meat. I do like my carbohydrates (I'm afraid my repertoire isn't exactly SB-friendly). Hopefully that gives you a clearer picture of who I am, food-wise.

    I'm also a foodblogger. The title of my blog is The Spamwise Chronicles. It has a focus on seasonal/local cooking, vegetables and farmer's markets.

    4. I can't think of anything that I'd like to see more of. I'm sorry if that wasn't as helpful as it could have been. It's a gold mine of inspiration, so keep on truckin'.

    5. Foods I'd never want to read about — basically anything that contains artificial flavors, colors or is highly processed. Anything with an ingredient label that takes you longer than a minute to fully digest. That's 180 degrees away from the type of food I'm interested in eating and cooking, if you know what I mean.

    Take care,

    Stash

  26. I am so far behind in replying to these comments (most of them are getting published on the iPhone!) but I am reading them all and appreciate everyone. Thanks!

  27. I'm very late in responding, I know, but.. Happy BlogBirthday!

    Matt here, from Dallas, TX. Bigtime foodie and one of those that thinks recipes are merely rough guidelines.

    I've been reading here for a couple of years now – definitely my go-to source for SBD friendly recipes. It's so great to see recipes for SB developed by someone who obviously LOVES to cook.

    I'd LOVE to see more freezer friendly recipes. The schedule around here is constantly changing, and it's VERY helpful to have homemade frozen meals ready to pull out and throw in the oven, rather than food spoiling in the refrigerator waiting to be prepared.

    I love the creative veggie recipes and am always happy to see those. I also really appreciate the accompaniment suggestions – while I don't always follow them exactly, they're always a great springboard to other thoughts and ideas.

    Kalyn – Congrats again on five years, and thank you SO much for all the time/effort you put into the blog!

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