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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. Wow. MASSIVE congratulations!

    1. Rand. Venice, California. I have a back studio at my house if any weary food bloggers feel like visiting. But you do have to cook for us! And share a bathroom.

    2. My talented sister told me about it.

    3. I'm a foodie that is SUPER LAZY when it comes to following recipes. I think I have a fairly intuitive palate, but I'm often guilty of thinking, "If a little is good, then a LOT is even better." It's usually not true. I'm also mostly organic. I'm most interested in interesting things to do with vegetables. I'm madly in love with this eggplant recipe: http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/08/spicy-grilled-eggplant-recipe-with-red.html

    4. Garbanzo Beans, Leafy greens, Soups, anything middle eastern-ish, egg dishes.

    5. Liver, head cheese, veal, peanut brittle, whipped salmon.

    Much love.

  2. Hello, Kalyn!

    1. Judith Dutton, age 63, from Calgary, Alberta

    2. I can't remember how I found your wonderful blog but I've been following it for about 3 years.

    3. I am a great cook who specializes in only delicious, truly nutritious food. I have been following mostly The Zone diet for about 4 years, having lost 52 lbs over the first 3 years using its concepts (although not following it to the letter). I now include South Beach and other low carb recipes in my repertoire, as well as those posted on April Smith's Calorie Restriction blog (http://www.mprize.org/blogs/) — which you should definitely check out, although she covers a lot more than CR and recipes!

    4. I would love to see even more vegetable recipes and perhaps more for lean pork. (BTW, you've got me happily eating Brussels Sprouts for the first time in my life!) We love recipes that mix up veggies & fruits.

    5. Since I eat very little bread, pasta, rice & potatoes, I usually ignore those recipes completely and would be quite happy if you left them out.

    Your blog is fabulous! I have directed many people to you, as soon as I find out they are "foodies" and especially if they express any interest in losing weight and becoming healthier.

    If you're ever coming to Calgary, we'd love to have you visit! Blog on! JD ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. CJ from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, married, young at heart

    I don't really remember how I found your blog. I think it was linked to Elise's Simply Recipes. I've been reading it since it's early days.

    My food/cooking personality? Adventerous. Good homestyle cooking with a twist. The recipes I enjoy most feature fresh, seasonal foods that are fairly easy to prepare. Nothing that takes many days, many steps or many dishes to make it.

    Five foods to see regularly- soups, salads, grilled meats and seafood, slowcooker recipes, anything with a Latin or Mediterrenean flair.

    Five foods or dishes I'd never want to eat- fast food, overly gooey, cheesy casseroles, recipes that use canned vegetables. Everything is is fair game.

    Have a great weekend and Happy Anniversary Kalyn!

  4. Happy Anniversary!

    Here are my answers:
    My name is Meg and I live in Asheville, NC. I have lost 23 pounds since January on the SB diet!

    I found Kayln's Kitchen by googling for South Beach Diet Recipes. I am a big fan and it has been a wonderful resource.

    I'm a messy cook! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love to cook, but normally I don't have a ton of time to do it. So I love the recipes that are healthy first but quick/easy second.

    This blog is pretty extensive. If I had to pick 5 foods: artichokes, shrimp, salads, spinach and cabbage.

    Not sure on the 5 I don't want to read about? The ones I can't eat or don't want to! Bad carbs (rice, pasta, bread), turnips, radishes, carrots and prunes.

  5. Congrats on the five years!

    I'm Mrs. L from Pages, Pucks and Pantry here in San Jose, CA. I believe I found you blog 4 or so years ago when I was searching for South Beach recipes. When I'm looking for something simple and low carb (and that tastes good) I usually check what you have in your archives. I've started using several products because you've talked about them here.

    As far as dishes I wouldn't want to see, I really like looking at all recipes but doubt I'd cook any that included offal of any kind!

  6. Kalyn –

    No time to answer all the survey questions, but wanted to give a happy blog birthday shout out.. Five years! That's fabulous!


  7. 1)Hi Kalyn. My name is Janet and I live in Auckland, New Zealand.

    2) I found your blog when looking for low carb recipes on google. I have been a fan for a few years now.

    3) My blog is at http://www.pantrybites.com and I focus on eating real food that is easy and simple to cook. My diet is lower in carb and sugar which is why I love your website. I adore your crockpot recipes and your black olive salad dressing.

    4) More crockpot recipes please.

    5) Never want to see on a blog- pasta, chicken ( as I've had food poisoning a few times), anything sugar laden (ie. candy), anything fake or processed.

    Keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing more in the future.

  8. Hello there.. Kelly from Vermont here.. I found your blog a few years ago and have been getting your emails and now follow you on facebook as well.

    I found you shortly after I had gastric bypass surgery. Your recipes work really well for those of us that have had weight loss surgery.. particularly your phase 1.. but even phase two work sometimes as well. I've now lost over 130 lbs and still working at it. Your recipes help!

    Also I've passed your blog info on to my friends on my online surgery support group because your recipes are work so well and are tasty!

    Don't know how to describe my style of cooking. I like easy and tasty! I adore greek yogurt (Fage is the BEST, IMHO) and love to see anything made with that.. desserts that would work for phase 1/2, chicken and chili recipes are favorites.

    I NEVER eat anything with fish or seafood so I just gloss over those.

    Thanks for a fantastic blog and congrats on your five years!

  9. 1) I'm Sara, a university student from Vancouver, Canada.

    2) Via Google when I was searching for South Beach Diet recipes. The last time I did the SB diet (which was probably around four or five years ago) I never came across your blog, so it was a treasured find this time!

    3) I love foods that can generally be put together with what's on hand, but still taste great. I love the stews and curries that you have posted so far.

    4) I'd love to see more curries/Indian foods since I love those. Being a student, I also tend to favour cooking that is low maintenance with a high return (i.e. you just put it on to simmer for a couple of hours and then you hvae leftovers for a week).

    5) Overly complicated recipes or things that require a huge amount of ingredients. But everything I have tried so far tastes fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hi Kalyn,
    I am Linda from Canton, Georgia (NW of Atlanta). Happy 5th birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ I found your blog totally by accident one day when I was surfing the net for South Beach friendly recipes. I was so impressed by the variety of dishes you presented, the mouth-watering photos of them and the user-friendly recipes. I have made several dishes which my family has enjoyed. You introduced me to the wonderful world of agave nectar, which has led to further rabbit trails into the world of grinding my own grains/beans, etc., and eating more healthy all around.

    I like the recipes with all the different veggies and ingredients combined in ways I would never think of on my own. I am really impressed with the difference in the flavor of veggies, nuts, etc., when roasting them. Wow! The flavor just pops out.

    I love the holiday recipes which give some healthy alternatives to old favorite recipes and the dessert recipes.

    Favorite foods/what do I want to see more of? Low glycemic index dessert recipes. meat marinades, grilled/roasted veggie dishes, whole grain dishes.
    More Cuban style recipes…black beans, yellow rice, pork, etc., well-seasoned but not hot.

    What do I not want to see: Not into sushi, raw meats/fish, etc. Less really HOT seasoned recipes (with lots of hot peppers, etc).

  11. 1) The names Kirsten and I live in Ohio.
    2) Found out about your blog from a south beach post in lowcarbfriends. Been on South Beach for almost 4 months so reading for about 3 months.
    3) I have to keep our food interesting or else it gets boring. I'm only organized enough to make either an interesting side dish or an interesting entree. Never both! I LOVE the recipes where I learn about how to use a new ingredient and it is versatile enough to carry over to other dishes. Also, if I find a new ingredient that I love (like gorgonzola or sweet basil) I enjoy learning how to pair it with other flavors and creating new things.
    4) One dish meals with lots of veggies. Kid friendly meals. Lower calorie cookies/dessert so the portion can be larger.
    5) Tofu or anything too complicated.

  12. Congratulations, Kalyn! I'm Sra from India and I often take part in WHB.

    I don't remember how I found your blog but I think almost since I discovered blogging

    I love reading and writing about food but not necessarily to cook all the time. I read blogs for the life in the posts and not really for the recipes, and like to think of my blog as a slice-of-life blog. The food is just the vehicle for those observations.

    Substantial and filling low-carb recipes interest me the most – without rice, flour, and desserts without sugar or sugar substitutes.

    Well, I guess the above, but I would take them as they come. No strong feelings about this nor about the next question – if something doesn't interest me, I can just go on to something else.

  13. 1) Lori from LA.
    2) I think I found you from SImply Recipes but I am not sure, probably about a year ago. Since I liked the recipes you were making, I continued to read.

    3) My food/cooking personality/interests — hmmm I tend to cook quick meals during work days, like VERY quick since we have a short window between work/school and fussy time. I very rarely cook meat, love veggie recipes, and tend to cook with less fussy recipes — for example, I try to avoid recipes where I need to whip eggs whites carefully,etc. I also avoid making recipes where I need to buy a whole bunch of ingedients that I will never use again. But, that said, I love reading recipes even if I would never make them!! (Especially if there is a story that goes along with it)

    4) Right now, I am trying to eat more veggies, and those are the recipes I am reading carefully to see if I can make them/family will like them. But you have some many veggie recipes, so you don't really need to do anything different.

    5) Frankly, I would read almost any recipe!

    Here's to the next 5 years!!!

  14. Hi Kayln! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging.
    1) Maggie Kasten from Salt Lake City, Utah
    2) Your blog was mentioned in a SLTrib article some months back (maybe even a year?) about Utah bloggers. I lost 24lbs on the South Beach diet 3 years ago and am always interested in recipes that more or less fit that way of cooking/eating.
    3) I like eating fresh foods. My husband does most of the cooking, but I love to bake. This is a bit of a conundrum for someone trying to keep her carbs under control, but what's life without a bit of paradox?
    4) I really love your salad and soup recipes. Your great oregano lentil salad recipe is a favorite of mine. I'd love to see lower carb desserts that don't include nuts (husband with allergies) but the others are fun to read about since I'm crazy about nuts.
    5) Can't think of anything I'd rather not read. I enjoy your site immensely.
    Have a great trip and here's to another 5+ years of wonderful recipes, pictures, and tidbits about your food life! Thanks for sharing them with us readers!

  15. 1) I'm Sacha in Indianapolis, IN, USA. I was born and raised in Philly but came to the Midwest about 10 years ago and now I'm married to a Hoosier so…well, you know.

    2) I have only been reading for about a month. I found Kalyn's Kitchen when I was looking up a recipe (probably on http://foodblogsearch.com) and stumbled upon one of yours. Since The Huz and I recently started the South Beach Diet and the blog looked wonderful, I immediately added the subscription to my Google Reader.

    3) More and more I want something easy and flavorful (e.g., prep-ahead stuff and slow cooker recipes). I just don't want to stand in the kitchen when I get home from work! I like the way I feel since eating the South Beach way and also how it forces me to be more creative about meals and snacks than I used to be.

    4) and 5) I just don't have answers for these. Sorry! I still wanted to take the survey. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Kalyn, I couldn't let the day pass without wishing you a Happy Anniversary. Five years is a very long time in this strange world we share and to blog consistently well for that amount of time is stranger still. I've come to love your blog and the recipes you present to us. I'm Mary from One Perfect Bite in Eugene, Oregon. I hope you have a fabulous day. Blessings…Mary

  17. Happy Birthday Kalyn's Kitchen !!!

    I discover awesome website while surfing the net for south beach related recipes …and I am addicted.

    This is one of the best website for healthy food. The recipes are easy…healthy..south beach friendly..and yummy.

    This is the first site which I go to whenever I need a recipe…

    ..and trust me… when I say I am addicted..I am..I checked your site everyday ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Diane, Pittsburgh, Pa, Was referred to your blog by my daughter who had just started SBD and was encouraged by your recipes. Your blog has been a lot of help to those of us just starting this journey.

    I love the more simple recipes but not afraid to be challenged by something new.

    Enjoying large crunchy salads these days; so glad summer is coming with fresh veg. and herbs from local gardens.

    thanks so much for you blog…

  19. Congratulations Kalyn! I am Kelly from Pittsburgh, PA. You were my very first introduction to food blogs. I was searching for a recipe online, and came across your site. I spent hours reading (almost) all of your previous posts. You quickly sucked me into the world of food blogging. For a couple of years I was just a food blog lurker, but last fall I finally decided to start my own blog-No Empty Chairs. Thank you for the inspiration.

    My husband comes from a diabetic family (luckily, he is not diabetic, and through food choices, we intend to keep it that way), so we try to keep sugars and simple carbohydrates to a minimum here. Although with 5 kids, I do delve into the world of sweets. But I love the treasure trove of fresh, healthy, delicious foods that I have found on your site.

    I hope you continue to write about fresh garden produce and ways to make healthy eating so delicious and sustainable long term. I also love when you introduce new products/spices and ways to use them. And especially when you provide source information for them. We are lucky enough to have a Penzeys in Pittsburgh, and I have bought several spices there based on recipes that you have included. Thanks for broadening my horizons!

    I tend to skip or just scroll through your restaurant reviews/trips, as I don't live in Utah.

    Enjoy your road trip celebration!

  20. Happy birthday Kalyn's Kitchen!

    My name is Susan and I live in Eden, NY. I discovered your bloc about a month ago, after getting through phase 1 on South Beach.

    I love healthy recipes with whole grains. I also garden, so anything involving fresh produce and herbs always appeals to me. I would like to see some low GI recipes for rhubarb, which is coming up very nicely in my garden right now ๐Ÿ˜€

    I have not seen a recipe on here that I would not try yet ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks Again so much for your blog!!!!!