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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. 1) Rachel in Bellingham, WA. Veggie lover and mom of 2 kids who won't eat their veggies. Agh!

    2) I found your blog about 2 years ago. I think I stumbled across it during a search for SBD recipes when I was going back to phase 1 after a 3 year hiatus.

    3)I like to cook with whole, fresh foods, heavy on the vegetables.

    4)Vegetarian dishes. Simple (but tasty) recipes with few ingredients. You already rock at this.

    5) I don't eat red meat, so I just skip over those recipes. But I don't mind that they are there!

  2. Happiest of Birthdays to you Kalyn!! Wow!!!

    Here's the answers to your questions…

    1. Amy Green – I live in a northern suburb of Dallas. I love your blog and would eat at your house every day of the week. 🙂 I love cooking healthier. Though I love my recent adventures in Culinary School, I deeply miss the days of spending a few hours cooking, writing, and taking pics.

    2. I can't remember how I found you but I do know that I've been loyal since then. I may not comment but I always read.

    3. I author Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free, hence my gluten-free, sugar-free spin on food. I love a good challenge so taking any recipe and making it taste great without white sugar or wheat is my thing.

    4 & 5. Five foods…don't change a thing. Seriously. What you're doing works!

    Again, wishing you the happiest of birthdays and many, many more!! Sending big birthday hugs your way!!!

  3. Happy Birthday, how exciting!

    You already know my answers, oh yeah.

    xo, Biggles

  4. My name is Alice & I'm from the Pacific Northwest. I've been reading your blog off & on for about a year. I found it when I was surfing for good, on-line sources of lower-carb recipes. After failing on South Beach (couldn't get past phase 1), I've started doing the Sugar-Busters low-GI way of eating, and it's working for me! As for my cooking personality, I work FT, and I have a school-age child, so life is busy. I love to cook, but I want it to be quick & easy, at least on weeknights(think R-Ray's 30-minute meals). So that's what I love to read about on food blogs: recipes that are quick, easy, and healthy. I don't like to read about stuff that is too fussy or too many ingredients. Even though I love to cook and I'm not afraid of a cooking challenge, I just don't have the time! 🙂

  5. Hi, I'm Angie in Orlando, Florida. Congrats on 5 years. As the old saying goes, you are now an expert food blogger (5-10 years or 10,000 hours), we need you to write a book now, hint, hint.
    I found your site through Foodbuzz I believe, and have been coming since I have been blogging, about a year now.
    I would describe my cooking as healthy and classical comforting American and Southern cuisine, click on my name to get to my blog, Southern Grace Gourmet.
    5 dishes that I'd like to see regularly here whatever you would like to share!
    Please don't feature, who I am to tell you that, feature what you'd like, its you're place! I love to read about all dishes, foods, food events and anything else incorporated with food.

  6. 1) Katerina based on Vancouver, BC Canada

    2) I don't even remember how I found you, it has been so long and I have been reading since I started by blog back in 2006.

    3) I like comfort food (usually carb heavy) but also fresh dishes which feature beautiful in-season veggies. My site is Daily Unadventures in Cooking .

    4) I love your slow cooker recipes, your fresh salads and side dishes. I also love all the southwestern flavours which I don't get much of where I am.

    5) … can't think of any?

  7. Trying again….

    Congratulations, Kalyn! Five years!

    1) My name is Sally, I live in Oklahoma, but I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Now I am a naturalized American.

    2) Gosh, Kalyn… I have no idea how I found your blog, probably a search for low carb recipes. I've been reading you forever, definitely more than 3 years.

    3) I like to eat and cook pretty much all kinds of food, except Japanese (too intimidating, for some reason). Sushi I eat exclusively at restaurants.

    I do have a blog now, only 10 months old, it's called Bewitching Kitchen

    4) What are five foods/dishes you'd like to see featured regularly on Kalyn's Kitchen?
    No preference. I like your style and prefer to be surprised by whatever happens to be featured in your site.

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

    – nothing made with cream of condensed soups… you know, the semi-homemade nightmare 🙂

    – I am not a fan of the raw food movement. Salad is one thing, taking raw food to extremes turns me off

    Nothing else comes to my mind….

    Congratulations again, wonderful milestone!

  8. Congrats on making it to five years!

    I think you "know" me by now – Cara from Cara's Cravings. I don't remember how I found you, but I'd say I've been reading for about 3 years – as long as I've been blogging. Speaking of blogging, I blog about cooking – cooking healthfully, that it is! Always trying to experiment with interesting new recipes to add to my moderately-low-carb lifestyle. I don't know that there is any one dish or food I'd like you to feature regularly – I love variety! Things I never like to see in a food blog? Lots of processed ingredients, unoriginal recipes and crappy photography. Of course I don't have to worry about that here!

  9. Hey there, Kalyn –

    1) AG here from Buxton, near Manchester in England. I'm 43 (nearly), part time doctor, married with a 2 year old girl.

    2) I found your blog only a couple of months ago when I'd just started a SB-type diet and was looking for recipes. I love to cook and therefore frequently need to diet but a diet where you get to plan and cook real food suits me much better than some faddy regime. 4 kgs off so far and another 6 to go.

    3) I'm half English/half Italian so I can already "do" European-style food (up to a point). But we love spicy southern food and for the SB diet, that's also sometimes easier than European with its emphasis on bread/potatoes/pasta. Your blog is a great fund of spicy, tasty recipes – the breakfast casseroles are a revelation. It's also really helpful when I've run out of ideas and I'm desperate for something different.

    4)My five top picks? Quick breakfasts, snacks, desserts, stuff to do with/for children. Not easy, I know.

    5) Five turn-offs? Nothing really. I do occasionally get jealous when you do a recipe that needs 5 different types of chilli. In Buxton, it's just chilli.

  10. Happy blogversary Kalyn.

  11. P.S. Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary!!

  12. Hi Kalyn, My name is Joanne I'm from Toronto, Ontario and I stumbled on your blog while doing a search on the South Beach Diet in January 2010. I started the diet in January of this year and so far I've managed to lose 12 pounds. Your dessert recipes have helped me satiate my craving for sweets (my weakness) without the added carbs.
    As a pesco-vegetarian, I don't eat meat so I rely heavily on fish, grains and legumes, salads and fruits. And chocolate – of course!
    I love foods from foreign countries: Indian, Japanese, Thai, etc, so adding some ethnic cuisine to your blog recipes would be welcome. As for foods I'm not keen on – well, the obvious ones are beef, lamb, chicken, pork and anything with gelatin/jell-o.

  13. 1) Marcia, Atlanta, GA. I collect cookbooks and consider them Kitchen Literature. I want to know how everything is made because I have some odd allergies.

    2) I found you with a mention of SB a few years ago. Get you RSS, and also on FaceBook.

    3) I cook with the season, love everything except coffee–but that is NOT a food! Cooking for one is not easy, but I have finally mastered it. I use SB as a type 2 diabetic and have lost 56 lbs, and working on 18lb of the last 20lb.

    4) Asparagus, spinach–both raw and cooked, garlic, sweet potatoes, breakfast–anything but eggs. Seldom eat them. Usually left overs from dinner for breakfast. How about some recipes and directions for canning-freezing-preserving–and dehydrating food. I made low sugar-Splenda freezer jam last week and it was my 2nd batch.

    5) No recipes with canned soup, no french fried onions on top, not crazy about casseroles because a food I am allergic to might be hidden in it.

    Love my iPhone too; just think, and iPad would be super duper for a trip.

  14. Sawasdee and congrats from Bangkok, Kalyn! I'm Ping and I came to your blog when I was living in India in 2007 but now living in outside of Bangkok. I heard about SB diet and read your blog but wasn't interested in SB until last year as you can get more varieties in Thailand.
    Anyway, I like your veggie and fruits page. Also the different ways you prepare meat. With the other bloggers I would like see more low carb desserts as my husband needs his sweets:)
    Keep writing as I look forward to more posts from you! Have a great road trip!

  15. I am Gwen Greer, 62, from Lubbock, Texas. I was diagnosed at age 7 with allergy to wheat and several other times during my lifetime was told to avoid wheat after various allergy testings, but it was always so hard to stay off wheat that I eventually gave up. Last year I was feeling so ill and nothing seemed to make me feel better that I finally got on Google and started googling my symptoms. Repeatedly the answer pointed to gluten intolerance. Rather than taking any more tests, I embarked on a gluten free diet–quite an expedition for sure!! I found a local grocery who carries an abundance of GF foods and also discovered Amazon and other online grocers that carried GF foods. As I rid my diet and my home of gluten, I began to feel better. After about 12 months of this, I began to have the old symptoms return regardless of how hard I maintained my GF diet. Then I discovered the GlutenFreeGoddess blog. She said she had experienced the same thing and tried South Beach to her advantage. I had tried SB some years ago, but found it too restrictive. Of course GF is WAAAAYYY more restrictive, so I have learned to live with restrictions. Anyway, her suggestion was to look at your blog–WALLA! I have been a faithful reader now for several months and love the helpful tips and recipes. I love to try to convert my old faithful West Texas recipes to SB and thus GF. Thanks to you, I have discovered quinoa!!! LOVE IT!! I fix it like fried rice with meat, veggies and a little GF soy sauce and sometimes egg or egg white. I hate eggs for breakfast everyday, so I love any idea that is GF and protein based for breakfast. I love Spanish or TexMex style food, and steak or beef in almost any dish. I Hate spaghetti squash–in fact not much of a squash fan at all except fresh grilled zuchini or yellow. I don't like curry or Indian style dishes. I am not much of a poultry fan, although I make a pretty good GF fried chicken using brown rice flour. My 93-year old mother lives with my husband and I (poor guy) and has recently been diagnosed as a diabetic. Since I am the household cook, she is eating much more SB and hopefully will see the good results although she does not need to lose the weight that I lost (25 lbs. YEAH!!) I just want to say thank you for your energy, your wit, and most of all your creativity. It has truly blessed me and my family. Keep up the great work you are doing and be blessed!!

  16. Happy Birthday Kalyn's Kitchen!

    1. Dani Spies – Los Angeles, CA

    2. I honestly don't remember how I found you, but you are one of the first blogs I ever began to read… it's probably been about four years.

    3. Clean and Simple. Easy, healthy, nutritious meals based around real, whole foods. (which is also why I love your recipes)

    4. Wish I could be more help here but honestly – I tend to love whatever you are doing so I'd say just keep on doing what you do! Although on second thought – I'm always looking for new ways to make chicken!

    5. I believe that we need to consider nutrition and health along with taste when we are cooking and eating SO for me I am not interested in food that it only taste driven. In other words, I'm not interested in reading about a bacon cheese burger being served on a donut as a bun:).

    Enjoy your trip Kalyn!

  17. Hi Kalyn, congrats on 5 years!

    I'm Laura, from New Jersey (but about to move to Seattle this summer). I found you last summer when I was a member of a CSA group getting kale every.single.week. along with other greens I didn't know what to do with. Your kale & sausage soup (I've forgotten the name!) was an instant hit and I've been following ever since. The next on my list is that wheat bread you posted ages ago.

    I like that your easy style of explaining the recipes makes everything seem do-able. I'm not intimidated in the kitchen, but I live by myself, and don't always want to put a lot of effort into dinner after a long day. I love the fresh ingredients and inspiring options (esp. herbs) that you offer. And tips on freezing/storing things are really helpful to me!

    Thanks for your hard work!

  18. Hi! I'm Danielle and I live in Redondo Beach CA. April 24th is my bday too! I have just been reading for a few months. My husband and I love doing South Beach diet because we really see the results from it, but I get so burned out so quickly because it's sooo time intensive and hard to keep up the energy. And I get really sick of eggs! I would love to see more Phase I egg alternative breakfasts! And I don't eat sea food, so that would be what I personally don't want to see. But that's just me so don't worry about that! 🙂

  19. Happy Birthday from Le Bélier! I found your site just a few months ago while on a round of South Beach Phase I, looking for some breakfast ideas… egg cups become so boring, you know. In this particular case, Google was my friend (and yours, too, I suppose). Can't say that I'm a regular reader, but I do stop by when I'm looking for something new. Food personality, hmmm… wants to eat well, has minimal time to do the prep, and bores easily of the same ol' same ol'. I'm not an avid blogger, but I do have a small, but slowly growing recipe collection at http://www.domaine-le-belier.us/. I hope that you'll take a minute to stop by.

  20. Congratulations – I can't wait for five more years! 🙂