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Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Three Today: Thanks for Reading!

Three years ago I started this blog, a spontaneous decision that changed my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Last birthday I shared how Kalyn’s Kitchen got started so I won’t repeat it, except to say I didn’t know what a food blog was at the time, and I’d never owned or used a digital camera. Who would have predicted that three years later I’d be happily and passionately blogging about my kitchen experiments?

As the anniversary approached, I’ve been thinking about what was new this year. I tried agave nectar, Greek Yogurt, sweet potato fries, escarole, roasted radishes, roasted chickpeas and made bread by hand for the first time. I also got more friendly with brussels sprouts, swiss chard, and grilled eggplant, and tarragon joined my herb garden. I fine-tuned how things were organized on the blog, got hooked on del.icio.us and added new recipe archives pages. Weekend Herb Blogging continued to travel, Kalyn’s Kitchen got a Facebook page, and Elise’s fabulous Food Blog Search made it easier to feature recipes from other blogs.

What didn’t change was the continual support I’ve gotten from this very first post to what you see on Kalyn’s Kitchen today. I couldn’t begin to thank everyone who’s helped me, but I do need to thank my brother (the fabulous Rand) and his partner Bradley, who have given me so much creative and technical assistance. I can cook, write up a recipe, and sometimes even take a fairly decent photo, but Kalyn’s Kitchen wouldn’t be what it is without their help.

And finally, I am constantly grateful for my blogging friends and faithful readers who continue to teach me new things and inspire and encourage me in so many ways. Blogging is an interactive process, and the nice comments and e-mails I get from readers and fellow bloggers mean a lot to me. Thanks for continuing to read Kalyn’s Kitchen, and here’s hoping the future will bring us all many more years of new friends, new adventures, and always new flavors to try.

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    68 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Three Today: Thanks for Reading!”

  1. Awesome! Happy Blog Birthday!

    Paz

  2. Happy Birthday Kalyn’s Kitchen!

    The recipes and photos are great, but you know it’s really because of you that causes us to come visit. 🙂

  3. happy birthday Kalyn – love reading about the delicious recipes you produce week after week! And WHB is such a great event for sharing what we are all up to. You are an inspiration to us all 🙂

  4. Congratulations Kalyn – I hope you keep on goin’!

  5. Happy Happy Blogday, Kalyn! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile (but am a pathetic commenter) and it’s a bright little spark of healthy goodness to my day!

    Thanks for sharing xxx

  6. I found you on Holly’s blog at Phemomenon. So glad I did – your blog looks amazing! Can’t wait to look around.

  7. You are such a blessing! I appreciate your wonderful recipes and your generosity in promoting the food blog community. Your hard work makes my family smile!

  8. happy birthday, beautiful blog!!!

  9. Brady, the rice salad sounds fantastic. First change I’d make would be (drum roll) MORE CILANTRO! But you already knew that. Thanks, I will be making it for sure!

  10. Hi Kalyn,
    Congrats! I actually logged on to send you a recipe. I just opened this month’s Gourmet and saw a recipe for Rice Salad that made me think of you!
    1/2 cup long grain white rice
    1 garlic clove
    2 TB olive oil
    1/4 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp seedless cucumber
    1 1/2 TB chopped cilantro
    1 tsp fresh lemon juice

    Cook rice in med saucepan of boiling salted water until tender.
    Drain in a sieve and rinse under cold water. Drain
    Cook garlic in oil in a small skillet over med heat, stirring, until pale, golden, about 1 minute. Add cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 20 seconds, then scrape into a medium bowl.
    Halve cucumber lengthwise and core, then cut into think slices, transferring to bowl. Add cilantro, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and rice, tossing to combine.

    Can you see now why I thought of you? I know you’ll put your own spin on this one. Can’t wait to see it!

    Brady

  11. Congratulations on 3 years of tasty blogging!

  12. Happy Birthday to you and your blog, Kalyn! This is one of the first blogs I was introduced to. I loved it then and love it now! Here’s to another great year!

  13. Congratulations, Kalyn!! Here’s wishing you many many decades more of happy cooking, eating and blogging.
    I learn so much from your posts both here and at BlogHer. Your gardening posts are always an inspiration and WHB is like an encyclopedia, only much more interesting and alive 🙂 Thank you for everything you share with us!

  14. Happy Blog Birthday, Kalyn! Your work is an inspiration to so many of us, and I hope you’ll be celebrating many, many more blogging milestones. Thanks for all you do!

  15. Happy Birthday! Here’s to the next 33 years!

  16. Happy Blog Birthday! Your blog is an inspiration Kalyn 🙂

  17. Happy Blog Birthday, Kalyn!

    Can you believe it has already been 3 years? Wow.

    Talk about a fabulous adventure.

    Thank you for being the positive spirit you are, for your generosity and your friendship.

    xo

  18. happy blog-birthday to you! 🙂

  19. Happy Birthday Kalyn! All your accolades all well deserved.

  20. Happy Blogoversary!