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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. Congrats on they 5 years, Kalyn. Wow, it doesn't seem that long…
    Katie, From Thyme for Cooking, Lot et Garonne, France.
    Haven't a clue how I found you – lost in the mists of time. Just glad I did. Have a lovely trip!

  2. Congratulations Kalyn…You've had a great five years! Hope there are many more…I'm coming up on my five year anniversary too, next month, at stephencooks.

    I'm Stephen and I live in Portland, Maine.

    I can't remember how I found you but I know that I was surfing the web for old-hand food bloggers around that time, to see what I could learn. Little did I know that you were nearly as new as I was!

    My food personality is restless – I'm constantly trying something new, making a variation on a variation, etc. If I use a recipe at all it's usually a jumping-off point for my take on it. Other factors: I love to use traditional tools and techniques and I almost always use only fresh, unprocessed ingredients. And lately, I'm constantly aware of the health implications of my cooking, especially with respect to weight control and blood glucose levels.

    In terms of the future for KK, I say please keep doing what you are doing. I love the variety and the healthy recipes. Since I'm an urban dweller I don't have a garden (except for some herbs) so I get a lot of vicarious pleasure from your gardening posts.

    In terms of what I wouldn't want to read about or eat…let me put it this way: I was a little peeved when Jeffrey Steingarten named his book of essays "The Man Who Ate Everything" because I thought that would be a good description of me!

    Have a great time on your trip and once again, congratulations on an amazing achievement.

    best, Stephen

  3. 1) My name is Rachel and I live in Champaign, IL. I'm always making and sharing your recipes with people and love all the fresh ingredients you use. Thanks for turning me on to a lot of new ingredients, like agave syrup and greek yogurt.

    2) I found your blog while looking for South Beach recipes. Although I don't follow the South Beach Diet anymore, I agree with many of its principles. I love your creative uses of vegetables, herbs, and flavors. I'm also a fan of Penzeys Spices.

    3) My family cooks a lot of Indian, Mexican, and other ethnic dishes. We try to cook from scratch whenever possible. I would describe my cooking style as healthy, adventurous, and efficient. I'm especially interested in ways to cook healthy, family-friendly recipes while saving time and money. I also garden, and I'm slowly changing my little suburban landscape to be both decorative AND edible.

    4) I love your recipes and gardening posts. Your technique for freezing herbs has saved me a lot of money. I'm always looking for new crock pot dishes, and foods that pack well into lunches. I take my lunch to work most every day, and I have a child entering kindergarten in the fall.

    5) There aren't many foods I won't eat, as long as they are natural and minimally processed. I don't use artificial/chemical sweeteners for health reasons, so I appreciate your use of agave syrup and other natural/low glycemic alternatives.

  4. I just wanted to say Happy Anniversary to one of the nicest bloggers on the internet. Thanks for your years of support and virtual friendship.

    It seems I've always known about Kayln's kitchen. Life is much more delicious and healthier because of you!


  5. Kathi
    Columbus, OH

    Been reading for about 4 years, I think someone referred me to your blog/site.

    I love the fresh food recipes, especially vegetables, though I'm not a vegetarian.

    Really enjoy when you post recipes during the gardening months based on what you are harvesting at the time!

    The recipes I wouldn't want to see are likely related to my preferences but okra, lima beans are at the top of my 'do not call' list. : )

  6. Congratulations, Kalyn! You are a constant source of inspiration to me in so many ways. My name is Dara and my blog is Cookin' Canuck. Yours was one of the first blogs I came across (and immediately bookmarked) – it was that tzatziki recipe that brought me straight to you.

    I enjoy an eclectic range of recipes, from light and healthy to indulgent. However, I do prefer savory recipes.

    Here's to many more years of wonderful recipes, writing, and photos from you! Enjoy your roadtrip.

  7. Congrats on five years of blogging – I've enjoyed getting to know you via your wonderful blog over the years πŸ™‚ I am coming up for 6 this year – scary how time flies!! Hope you have a spectacular road trip πŸ™‚

    1) I'm Jeanne and I live in London, although a large part of my heart is still in my native South Africa. I spend all my free time buying, cooking, eating, photographing and writing about food πŸ™‚

    2) Found it on a blogroll but can't remember whose, possibly Alanna's??

    3) I blog at http://www.cooksister.com. I am a bit of a lazy cook, ummmm, no fuss cook! πŸ˜‰ When I go out, I want to have foams and stacks and granitas, but at home I want to cook simple food that's bursting with flavour – the kind of food that Nigel Slater does so well. I love to entertain and use it as a perfect excuse to try out new recipies. I love canape and salad recipes – you can never have too much inspiration!

    4) Filling salads, low-carb breakfasts, low-fat recipes, Southern food!

    5) Bananas are my worst, but that's just a personal thing! Don't really bother with low-sugar or sugar-free recipes.

  8. Happy Fifth Anniversary, Kalyn!!

    I'm Sarah Caron from Connecticut. I don't remember exactly how I found you, but I am pretty sure it was because of Weekend Herb Blogging. You were one of the first food blogs I read, and I immediately feel in love with your photos, writing and recipes. I've been reading for about four years.

    I love all food — but particularly fuss-free meals made from fresh ingredients. The food I cook is usually kid-friendly too. But I love big flavors, new ingredients and creativity in cooking as well.

    Five foods/dishes: salads, grilling recipes, fresh herb-enhanced dishes, marinated chicken and black beans

    The things I never want to see/eat: anything that has a really high calorie/fat content. Huge portions. Fussy dishes that take all day (hands on) to make. Zucchini.

    Here's to many wonderful years to come!

  9. Yay, a trip! Such a nice time of year to go and so well deserved, too! πŸ™‚

    I am Rebecca from Chicago, IL. I am getting married in June! I found your website around the time I started dating my fiancΓ© (2.5 years ago). I had just moved to Chicago (after years of eating only fast food) and realized that what I was eating was making me very sick. So, in light of my new relationship, we both decided to eat healthier! Neither of us knew anything about cooking, so I used the internet to find some recipes. I stumbled on your blog from Weekend Herb Blogging.

    I love your website because the recipes are healthy – low in sugar, high in whole foods. Also, the step by step instructions helped me along the way as I learned how to maneuver around the kitchen and basic kitchen techniques. I have learned so much about ethnic food (I always thought I hated it!), I have learned to like both onions and mushrooms (thanks to your soups!) and I have learned that haricot verts from Costco are the best πŸ™‚

    More importantly, you (through your blog) have taught me how to do more than follow instructions – I have learned to actually cook. Your recipes always encourage adaptations of all kinds and this is what makes my healthy eating possible. I can improvise based on time, what's in the fridge, and what I'm craving. I can't even tell you how much that means to me! I use this knowledge every day when I cook; it's something that will stick with me forever!

    I would love to see more vegetarian meals on your blog, but only for the selfish reason that we are trying to eat less meat (cost, health). I also would like to see more baking – but again selfishly because I don't know how πŸ™‚ I know it's almost impossible to make a healthy baked anything (although you do a great job with the stuff you post!).

    I really appreciate the time and effort you put into your blog. It really has made a difference in my life and I hope you continue to blog for many more years πŸ™‚ Have a safe trip!

  10. Mindy from Philomath, OR. I don't remember how I found your blog but I've been reading it for at least a couple of years. I try to cook the low glycemic way with as much fresh food as possible. I don't have anything in particular I do or don't want you to feature, you're doing just fine. Happy birthday to your blog and I hope you have many more.

  11. Happy 5th anniversary Kalyn! You are one of the first bloggers I started following when I began blogging in early 2006, and I was thrilled to finally meet you at BlogHer 08. Even though I don't comment all the time I read all your posts and enjoy the dishes you create. And of course I love reading about your garden. πŸ™‚

  12. 1) Stephanie–SF Bay Area

    2) I found you through BlogHer in 2008

    3) I'm a very lazy cook. I like to read your recipes for inspiration.

    4) You have a very good mix of food and a variety of dishes. I like your bean and soup dishes the most. I've learned a lot about combining ingredients from you.

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

    anything with weird body parts. tongue, guts, eyeballs..

    happy blog birthday! have a wonderful and safe trip.

  13. Congratulations Kalyn, I was talking with someone in a store about a receipe I found on another blogg and she gave me yours. I've been reading yours for about 6 months.

    I enjoy your low carb South Beach diet recepies. I have enjoyed a lot of your recepies.

    As a empty nester I look for recepies that I can make and freeze the left overs for a later meal. I found that having meals already cooked is the only way for me to eat healthy. I do a lot of my cooking on Sunday for the week.

    Best of wishes and thanks to that stranger who passed you on to me.

    Cathie – Traverse City, MI

  14. Hi Kalyn and Happy 5th Anniversary. I have been reading your blog and enjoying it for over 3 1/2 years. I am from Brooklyn, New York residing in NYC and blogging at East Village Corner. I am an amateur cook and devise my own recipes.I am currently a photojournalist.
    I love veggie and healthy food. I love the way you incorporate healthy foods into interesting dishes!! I also love assembling foods without cooking as well. Raw is better sometimes too. Have a great weekend. I have followed you through the trials and tribulations of extending your house and agreed that you should add an extension and sun porch.

  15. Congratulations, Kalyn! Your blog is a gem and I wish you many more years of blogging bliss πŸ™‚

    My name is Nupur and I live in St. Louis, MO.

    I've been reading your blog for ever! Seriously, I don't remember how long it has been.

    My cooking personality: I love making tasty everyday dishes for my family and friends. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone enjoy the food I have cooked. My meals are always meatless. I blog at One Hot Stove, mostly Indian food with a sprinkle of everything else.

    five foods/dishes you'd like to see featured regularly on Kalyn's Kitchen: savory breakfast dishes, nutritious snack options, simple ways with vegetables, less-sugar desserts, whole grain dishes.

    five foods/dishes you'd never want to eat or read about on a food blog? Well, I click away when I see meat dishes because I don't eat meat. I don't usually like seeing dishes that call for really expensive or rare ingredients (truffles, fiddlehead ferns, that kind of thing). But I don't hold any kind of posts against the blogger, if you know what I mean. I can simply click away.

  16. This is SL we are in Texas and have been reading for a couple of months.

    We love veggies and I would say our pesonalities are easy-going and the same with food- I hate days when we have to rush, rush, rush. Used to do OAMC- once a month cooking- but got out of the discipline.

    We eat LOTS of salads and love food in general- from peas and bread- what we used to call a big bowl of field peas and cornbread- to fancy stuff like fusion cooking. Desserts are always interesting, even if we can't eat them all, I still like to read the recipes.

    Don't think we have seen anything so far in you site we wouldn't want to read about/eat so keep up the good work!

    I like to use the veg out of the yard and waste nothing so I dry or freeze the extras. Do you have any recipes with dried veggies- like tomatoes or onions in them? I normally use them in soups or pasta.


  17. Congrats on this milestone, you have a huge following and there's no end in site to the growth.

    As for the questions and my answers…we're well acquainted.

  18. Congratulations on 5 years!

    1) Maria Lichty, Salt Lake City, Utah

    2) I found your blog because I was your neighbor and lucky enough to taste some of your fabulous recipes and eat your wonderful garden produce. I have also watched you in action and have seen your office/blog set up and I am always amazed by you and your work.

    3) I like healthy, vegetarian, and baking recipes. It's all about balance, right? πŸ™‚

    4) I love your salads, herb recipes, soups, and grilling recipes. I also love your garden posts.

    5) I don't eat meat, so those dishes don't appeal to me, but my husband enjoys them.

    Thanks Kalyn for a great five years. I love reading your blog and making your fabulous recipes. Congratulations on all of your success! Enjoy your vacation.

  19. Congratulations on celebrating 5 years of blogging Kalyn.

    I don't remember how I found you. I started blogging in January 2005 so probably that year. I do remember thinking "ooh good someone nearer my age". I think I was the only blogger over 50 for a little while. Actually probably the only blogger over about 35.

    Have a wonderful road trip.

  20. Hi Kalyn, Lori from RecipeGirl here in San Diego, CA πŸ™‚ Congrats on the five years! I'm pretty sure that your blog was one of the first ones I discovered and started reading when I began following blogs in early 2008. I love the creativity that you bring to your recipes… you seem to enjoy experimenting with flavors and ingredients, and I like that you do research on your products to share with readers. I know it's tough to do, but I'd love to see more low carb desserts. The only things I don't like to see on blogs are things made with products I would never buy. Hope you have a grat trip!