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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'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!

  2. 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!

  3. Hi Kalyn.

    Congratulations on the fifth year bloggiversary. That's quite a milestone in Internet time. 🙂 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,


  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.