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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. Happy big 5! I found your blog while searching for "low glycemic" recipes, as I have one near and dear to my heart that needs to eat that way. Soon after that I began receiving your RSS feed. I also blog and love it. It does take a lot of time, but it is my hobby. You can find me at: http://momssundaycafe.blogspot.com/

    I love family dinner and have one on the last Sunday of each month. The rest of the time it is playing with food, home and yard.

    I enjoy the no weights and measures of SB and have (slowly) begun to think and cook this way.

    I would like to see more vegetables, I love some of the combination you come up with.

    I am with Stephanie, no body parts!

    Enjoy your trip and see you back here.

    Melynda

  2. Hi Kalyn,
    Congratulations on five years! Hope you are having a great time on your trip!

    My name is Kim and I live in Maryland. I found you when I started the South Beach diet by googling healthy carb recipes in 2007.

    I love the many options for healthy carb recipes, I can always find something to make for dinner by doing a recipe search and know that I am eating with the SB guidelines.

    Favorite recipes are those which can be made quite easily and quickly and make the family happy (including husband, 16 and 12 year old). I very much enjoy trying new recipes and new ingredients and am inspired to do so by you!

    Wish for 5 regularly featured foods – just love your blog as it is!!! Can't come up with 5 foods that I wouldn't want to see either!

    Thanks, Kalyn!

  3. Congratulations on 5 years!

    My name is Jen and I'm in SLC. I found your blog through Google last summer, when I started doing South Beach and was searching for recipes. As of today, I've lost 53 lbs., but still have about a hundred to go. Your blog has really helped me get this far.

    What I love are the recipes, of course, and the SB-friendly restaurant recommendations and the product recommendations. It never even occurred to me to ask Cafe Rio if they have whole wheat tortillas, so that suggestion alone was invaluable! Also, the monthly round-up is a great resource.

    What I don't usually use is any recipes that are too fancy. I think they are interesting to read, and I'm glad you are exploring ideas, but if there are too many ingredients or unfamiliar ones, I generally don't even try.

    Anyway, I am very grateful that you take the time to put this blog together and you have made a big difference in my life. Keep up the good work!

  4. Hello Kaylyn, my name is Kevin and I discovered your sight about 2 years ago after switching to a south beach way of eating. I have enjoyed it and read it ever since I found it.
    I have tried a lot of the recipes on your sight. I like the variety and cant say I want to see more of one thing or another. I also appreciate the recommendations of various products.
    Thank you.

  5. I'm Sandy and I live between Wisconsin and Arizona, yes, a snow bird. I found you looking for South Beach recipes. My challenge is weight watching and a hubby with new diabetes. (He loves pasta.) I've been following just this past year. Favorites are grilled meat and fresh veggies. Bored with breakfast so would like any new ideas. Thank you so much for all the great ideas and recipes.

  6. Congratulations Kalyn! Five years is very significant. My name is Nancy and my husband and I started the South Beach diet in February when he was diagnosed with fatty liver disease. We are anxiously awaiting our return visit to the doctor when we KNOW we will be told the condition has been corrected. He has lost 15 lbs and I have lost 12. I discovered your blog because I am a "surfer" addict. I access it almost everyday. We both love your recipes. What I would like to see more of is cassaroles and low fat sugar free baked goodies. The things I skip over are recipes which contain ingredients I would need to obtain at specialty food stores. Although I like to shop in them the nearest one is 45 miles away. Thanks for the great blog.

  7. Congratulations on 5 years, Kalyn!

    1) I'm Kath in Seattle.

    2) I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I'm sure it was probably from surfing around in the food bloggers' communities. I just recently discovered you, so I have a lot to explore in your blog!

    3) I just started a blog this year to record recipes for my daughters. It's inthekitchenwithkath.com. I like to use "real food"; I do use canned chicken broth, tomatoes and beans. I love finding (or developing) desserts that are sweetened with honey or pure maple syrup. I won't use artificial sweeteners.

    4) Salads, one-dish meals, ideas for inexpensive cuts of meat, vegetables

    5) I won't use artificial sweeteners, canned cream of anything soup, bouillon cubes, cake mixes. I don't like okra.

  8. Congratulations on 5 years with your food blog, Kalyn. I am a 60 years plus retired woman who enjoys cooking and baking. About 6 months ago I discovered food blogs and yours is one of a few I keep up with regularly. I like a lot of your recipes because we are trying to keep our calories down but maximize flavor. Also we are eating more meatless meals and increasing our vegetables, grains and beans. I don't think there are any foods I would never want to eat or read about, however I do stay clear of expernsive ingredients that I think I may use only once or twice.

  9. Ack!! My apologies to Cori from Venice, Italy. I hit the wrong spot on the iPhone and your comment got rejected. I'll paste it into a new comment form when I get home.

  10. Congratulations dear Kalyn, will come back to write..r

  11. 1) Suek from Mpls MN.

    2) Searching the Net for SB recipes, as the books themselves are kinda boring in their food choices and flavors. Found you in 2007, been enjoying ever since.

    3) I am a closest foodie and mom that works (overworks) FT so I look for recipes that are quick to make and tasty – visually as well as to the tastebuds. i like that you experiment and tell us about the successes and the flops! i'd love to write a food blog myself, but I'd have to have time to do it – so not going to happen anytime soon. SO….living vicariously through you.

    4) It would be nice to see more suggested menus or pairings. Also kid friendly foods desserts (low carb) and snack suggestions. More low cooker recipes would be nice, as well.

    5) Anything with beets! (ok, that's just my own dislike showing). Tofu leaves me flat as well. The restaurant stuff is interesting once in a while, but if they aren't local, then unless there are recipes to use from the restaurant, I could skip reading those.

    Congrats and keep em coming!

  12. Happy 5th year! Stephanie fron Naples,Fl.

    I found your site when googling for southbeach recipes. Been reading for about one year. I enjoy your southbeach style. I cook healthy,wholesome meals for my family. I like to see recipes that are good for making large batches and freezing for busy nights. I love fresh herbs, so recipes using lots of those. We are cilantro lovers like you. Maybe more vegetarian/bean dishes. Low-carb/sugar desserts. Maybe healthy muffin recipes also. I love your site. I check it everytime I am thinking about what to make for the week. Your pics are great. I also read your garden blog. Keep up the great job, your so much appreciated. I know it's alot of hardwork! Safe trip!

  13. Happy 5th year! Stephanie fron Naples,Fl.

    I found your site when googling for southbeach recipes. Been reading for about one year. I enjoy your southbeach style. I cook healthy,wholesome meals for my family. I like to see recipes that are good for making large batches and freezing for busy nights. I love fresh herbs, so recipes using lots of those. We are cilantro lovers like you. Maybe more vegetarian/bean dishes. Low-carb/sugar desserts. Maybe healthy muffin recipes also. I love your site. I check it everytime I am thinking about what to make for the week. Your pics are great. I also read your garden blog. Keep up the great job, your so much appreciated. I know it's alot of hardwork! Safe trip!

  14. Hi Kalyn,
    Congrats on the five years!!

    My name is Barbara, I'm in Toronto

    I found you when I googled for South Beach recipes.

    My favourite food to cook is the food of North India…all the different spices and spice blends used in their cooking make every dish a wonderful exotic experience, whether it's a vegetarian or non-vegetarian recipe.

    My favourite foods I would like to see are Rice ~ Breads ~ Chicken ~ Pork ~ Lamb

    Foods I would never eat or cook are anything containing Tofu ~ Parsnips ~ Coconut ~ Snails/raw Oysters ~ Octopus

    I enjoy getting your updates in my inbox…keep up the great work!!

    Have a great vacation!

  15. 1) Shelby from Hermon, NY (near the St. Lawrence Seaway)

    2) I found you a couple of years ago when I first discovered blogs existed. I read on a regular basis!

    3) I would call myself a loyal wife and wanna be grandma who loves to cook and feed everyone around her to make them happy. I also relate baking from all my childhood experiences with my Nanny and am putting together a cookbook of her recipes for the family. I write the blog The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch that really didn't start out as a food blog – it was going to be my diary. However finding all the food blogs out there I found a passion for something and became addicted.

    4) You have so many out there already but I really enjoy all of your South Beach Diet recipes. I am always looking for recipes with ground beef – to find ideas of ways to cook all the ground venison we have in our freezer. I wouldn't mind more low carb desserts either!

    5) Anything involving animal organs and blood. I do not get into that.

  16. Congratulations on the anniversary! I really like your blog since I love food blogs in general but having started on SBD recently made me look for less temptation and more healthy inspiration, which I certainly found here.

    1) My name is Tabea and I currently live in Brussels, Belgium

    2) I found it via google and have been reading for about 2 to 3 weeks

    3) I love cooking and also elaborate cooking, learning new techniques and experimenting. However, during the week I always go for fast dishes

    4) I think the balance of frugal, healthy, seasonal and yet tasty can be the hardest to get right, so I am always interested in recipes like this

    5) I try to eat foods that are as natural as possible, so recipes that use highly processed foods or artificial sweeteners generally are of no interest to me

    -Tabea

  17. Donna here from Fab Frugal Food, and huge KK fan.

    Yours was the first food blog I regularly followed, starting about 3 years ago. I learned about you from Valerie Phillips at the Des News.

    I love your no-nonsense approach to food and life. You are the genuine article. No pretense. No fussiness. No food snobbery. Just real genuine good food.

    I love your soups and salads best. I make my fruit salad with fresh dill and think of you every time I make it.

    Just keep doing what you do. And we'll keep following.

  18. Thanks everyone for responding. It's fun hearing from longtime blogging friends as well as readers I've never heard from (and brothers too.)

    Having a fun trip too!

  19. 1. BobG from West Valley City, Utah
    2. Found it searching for cooking blogs, have been reading at least a couple of years.
    3. Enjoy cooking Greek, Italian, Mexican, Southwestern, and odds and ends of some other styles.
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  20. congrats! look forward to many more!