Kalyn's Kitchen

Shop, Cook, Shoot, Eat, Edit, Blog, Publish, Repeat: Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Two Years Old!

Let’s start out this little birthday celebration with a story about how Kalyn’s Kitchen came to be. I started the South Beach Diet in July 2004, after an old boyfriend visited me and I realized how much I hated being fat. And I was fat; probably not as fat as I looked in this before photo, but fat enough. By early 2005 I had lost about 35 pounds, and everybody who’d known me as someone who loved to cook and eat wanted to know how I was doing it. I started sending out recipes on an e-mail list, which quickly became a bit of a pain. Then my brother (the fabulous Rand) suggested I start a blog as a place to store the recipes so friends could find them.

Here’s the part that seems unbelievable now when I look back on it. Neither Rand nor I had ever seen a single food blog when I started Kalyn’s Kitchen. He was using the internet a little at that time, but I rarely went online except for e-mail or Epicurious.com, and absolutely didn’t know there was a huge web of bloggers out there. I certainly didn’t imagine there were people on the internet blogging about FOOD.

I’m grateful for the many good ways my life has changed over the last two years. I’ve become a more proficient, more creative, and more diverse cook from the challenge of coming up with new recipes day after day. I’ve met talented, creative food bloggers from all over the world, some even in person, and a few who’ve become great friends. By accident, I started what I think is the longest running weekly food blog event, and in the process I’ve learned so much about unusual foods around the world from the Weekend Herb Bloggers. I’ve enjoyed writing about Food and Drink for Blogher and attending the Blogher Conference. Most of all the blog has been a wonderful outlet to indulge my life-long passion for creating interesting food and a way to keep my brain stimulated learning new things.

Kalyn’s Kitchen has improved so much in two years, thanks to the generosity of Rand and Bradley who’ve provided hours of creative and technical help. Some of what you see here is also due to photo advice and template consulting from my great food blogger friends. (You know who you are!) The latest improvement was a suggestion about a better way to print recipes from the wonderful Zoe who then helped implement it! I’m grateful to everyone who’s helped me along the road to this point, either through technical assistance, advice, input, or moral support.

None of this would have happened without YOU, the person who is reading this right now. It’s the people who read the blog, give feedback about recipes, leave comments, subscribe, participate in Weekend Herb Blogging, and send nice e-mails who give me the energy to keep creating new dishes and posting them day after day. People are often telling me how much they appreciate my blog, and now it’s my turn to tell you how much I appreciate all of you who are enriching my life and inspiring me in so many ways. Thanks to all my wonderful readers and food blogger friends, and here’s to many more years of delicious food and friendship!

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    38 Comments on “Shop, Cook, Shoot, Eat, Edit, Blog, Publish, Repeat: Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Two Years Old!”

  1. Happy Blog Birthday! I am at the beginnig of this beautiful road that you have started 3 years ago. If you’ll ever find time to stop by and have tips for me, please free to let me know. Congrats! Sidi

  2. Happy Happy BLOG Birthday Kalyn! Bit late on this hope you’ll excuse me. You know that I am a huge fan of yours. You inspire with your writing and creativity.

  3. Congrats and Happy 2 year!! Your blog is great!! Thanks for introducing me to the blog world:)

  4. Happy Birthday, Kalyn’s Kitchen! Wishing you many many more years of good food and great times!

  5. Now I think I’m blushing a bit at all these nice comments! (Ok, that’s not really true. I’ve never blushed in my life that I know of. But still I’m really touched by all the things people have written.) Thanks again everyone.

  6. Happy anniversary, Kalyn!!! And thanks for all the fabulous recipes and tips. Here’s to another great year.

  7. Happy Blog Birthday!

  8. Hooray! Happy Blogoversary. Here’s to many more.

  9. Congratulations Kalyn!!!!! Your blog has inspired me to create some wonderful healthy recipes!!! 🙂 Will come here for the same and much more….. and also to see your lovely smiling face. 🙂

  10. Congratuations on making it to the 2 year mark and so successfully too.

    Some recipes I’ve found on your blog have become regular meals for me and I hope to find more great recipes in the future.

  11. 2 Years!
    Well done!
    Happy Blogiversary (I love your B-day cake)

  12. Happy blog birthday Kalyn. Here’s to many, many more.
    You are an inspiration to bloggers everywhere, and most especially to me!

  13. happy birthday kalyn! can’t wait to see all the great stuff you produce this year. 🙂

  14. Happy 2nd Bloggy B-day! Your site is always such a pleasure to visit and everyone else is right: what makes this blog special is YOU!

    Ari (Baking and Books)

  15. Happy Blog Birthday Kalyn! You are an inspiration to so many, and I am constantly steering people your way who are looking for delicious and healthful recipes- both Beach friendly and otherwise.

    Best wishes for the year ahead- I can’t wait to see what it brings for Kalyn’s Kitchen!

  16. Happy Birthday! Congrats on 2 years. But, I am with Rhonda…I didn’t even realize this has been going for only two years! It is amazing. Kalyn’s Kitchen was one of the first blogs I came across then I began doing this, and have visited everyday since. Thanks for all you do!!!

  17. Dear Kalyn, I was surprised to learn that your blog is only 2 years old. It’s very well organized and pleasing to the eye (and the taste buds!). I’m an assistant principal in a high school in south Alabama with tons of family in the Salt Lake area. Six of my teachers were looking to improve thier health and I suggested South Beach and your blog specifically. They LOVE it! I ate lunch outside with them today (it was a spectacular 79-degree, sunny day here on the Gulf Coast). They were comparing lunches consisting of recipes from your blog. What fun! Congratulations! Yum!

  18. Wow. It’s nice to come home from what was a pretty awful day at school to find all these nice comments from so many great people. Thanks everyone!

    It’s interesting to hear that people have been mispronouncing my name in their head. That was something that happened to me all through school too! It’s actually pronounced like the double name Kay Lynn.

    And though I wish it was different, I’m laughing my head off about Nika saying “you are always positive.” The only thing I’m positive about is that I always have a goal to be more positive! I’m working on it!