Friday, December 23, 2005

A Holiday Message from Kalyn's Kitchen: Kalyn's First Podcast!

At this time of the year, it's so hard to put into words that feeling of connection among men that the holiday season represents. Whatever form your personal celebration takes, the season when one year ends and another begins has meaning beyond the simple passing of the year. The holidays represent the possibility of a better tomorrow, the hope for peace on earth, and the remembrance of those who have touched our lives in the year that is ending.

This year, starting Kalyn's Kitchen has changed my life in ways that I truly never imagined. I am honored that so many of you have chosen to make reading my thoughts about cooking and food a part of your daily life. It's been great making new friends, learning new things, and sharing my passions through writing the blog. I hope the year to come will be a wonderful one for all of you.

Now, I've been hinting for a few days about a Christmas surprise message. I took a class recently where I had the chance to make a podcast. How amazing our world is that we can record ourselves talking, and then others can hear it by clicking a link on their computer screen. I marvel at all the things that the mind of man can imagine. You'll need to have a media player installed on your computer and the sound turned on to hear Kalyn's Kitchen Christmas Podcast Message. I hope you enjoy it.

I'm going to take the next few days off from writing the blog, but I'll be back on Monday evening to let you know whether anyone was herb blogging over the weekend. Also, I will report about the flavor of the Ponderosa Lemon that I featured for my own herb blogging post this weekend. If anyone wakes up Monday with a great herb blogging idea, just send it to me by midafternoon on Monday (kalynskitchen *at* comcast *dot* net) and I will include you in the recap. Meanwhile, over at Eatstuff, Kiri has returned so Clare is having the best Christmas and Weekend Cat Blogging ever! Be sure to check it out.
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  1. Excellent! Enjoyed your message and the music! Nice to hear your voice (which sounds great!)!

    Thanks, Kaylyn, and Happy Holidays to you.


  2. That was really lovely Kalyn, thank you so much :) Excellent quality of sound, and it was really so nice to hear your voice. I've played around a little with vlogging - I hope to do more of that in the next year!

    Anne in Sweden

  3. Hey Kalyn,

    I had no idea you pronounced your name KAY-LYNN. I always thought it was pronounced KAYLYNN. Anyway, it was great to HEAR you for the first time.

    I remember when you started your blog and I am so proud to see how far you have come in such a short amount of time. I am honored to know you and to have met you through the magic of the Internet.

    CONGRATS on your success and here's wishing you more in 2006!


    Jimmy Moore, author of "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb"

  4. Happy HOlidays! Will have to check the message later as I'm in the control room during our live TV show but can't wait...

  5. Paz, Merry Christmas again. (I'm forgetting who I have already given Christmas wishes too, but no harm in wishing it twice, right?

    Anne, thanks for visiting. I will watch for a v-cast on Anne's Food.

    Jimmy, Merry Christmas to you.

    Mona, control room? Live TV show? I must hear more about this soon.

  6. How fun to hear your voice, Kalyn! Very cool that you're taking a class at the U of U which requires you (that's a lot of U's) to do a podcast. 2005 has been a great year, hasn't it? I want to wish you and your family a happy holidays too. I also wish you luck in winning the raffle for my Kashmiri cooking kit. We're doing the drawing in a few days.

  7. Loved the podcast - have a fabulous holiday season! Great choice on the music, too (some of my first Xmas memories involve the orignal version - same old people fighting the same old wars, huh?)!

  8. That was great, Kalyn---I loved it. Merry Christmas to you also and I'll see you in a couple of hours.
    You are always saying what a wonderful brother you have [I agree we have many wonderful brothers and sisters], and I would like all your blog readers to know that you are a very wonderful sister!! Thanks for all you do for me ---I love you.

  9. Brett, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Seriously, I don't care if I win anything. I am so happy I could be a part of it.

    Rorie, thanks for visiting. I loved discovering you and your blog!

    Pam, Thanks so much for sharing that here. I love you too. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful family. (For those who don't know, I come from a family of ten brothers and sisters, all of whom are very wonderful. We are really lucky that way.)

  10. Merry Christmas Kalyn!!

    Enjoyed your podcast - How cool! :)

  11. Kalyn, enjoyed the podcast and hearing your voice! I hope the teacher gave you an A+ for the podcast assignment :) Wishing you very happy holidays!

  12. Hi Kayln,
    That was pretty cool! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

  13. Hi Kalyn!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for introducing me to yours. You have an amazing collection of recipes and I love your blog entries. I set you up as a link. Hopefully, your healthy recipes will balance out all my cookie recipes.

  14. Alicat, Rokh, Nupur, Elise, and Eggy, thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas to all of you! (Everyone go visit their great blogs!)

    Anna, do not tell the South Beach Diet secret Police that I am now linked to a blog called Cookie Madness or I may be losing credibility with all my low carb friends. (I hope the government is not monitoring this.)

  15. Kalyn, happy holidays and thanks for sharing your voice. Great message, great music and I look forward to lots more in 2006.

    Best wishes for a fabulous year ahead.

  16. Hi Kalyn,

    Wow, i've just heard your message and it was so sweet. You have a great voice! The music was so fitting too. Hope you had a fantastic christmas. Likewise, let's make it a great 2006!

    It's great to put a voice to a name.


  17. Wow,Kalyn,that was cool.Way to go..excellent voice quality and lovely voice..:):)
    Wishing you a wonderful NEW YEAR!

  18. That was a neat & warm Message-Kalyn,you have a great voice.

  19. Kalyn,
    You how out done yourself again!! You are definately an inspiration to us all. Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!!
    Aloha, Shawnae & O'hana

  20. What fun!! But oh, no! I've just finally gotten down the 'spelling' of Kalyn and now have to 'reremember' the REAL pronunciation! Have a great party with your family tonight!

  21. Hey Ka(y)lyn- I finally know the right pronounciation of your name- Lovely podcast, and it felt so good to hear the voice behind this wonderful blog...
    Wishing you great health and happiness.

  22. Oh man, that was so cool and I thought blogging was too much fun. You really are leading the way. Merry Xmas to you and yours. PS I won't give you up to the cookie cops.

  23. Kaylyn,

    Your Kitchen website is wonderful. I especially like the recipes for 100% white whole wheat bread since I am the baker of the family. However, I would like to suggest you publish a list of your measurements and abbreviations that you use. In the white whole wheat bread recipe it looks like the capital "T''s" stand for both tablespoon and teaspoon. I know what the proportions are & have made this bread for my family and a 1.5 lb loaf will be gone in a day unlike the other recipes I have used. Your's is the only recipe, I believe, on the web that really works. Other people might get confused about the measurements but I don't because of my experience with breads.


  24. Geoff, I always use T = Tablespoon and tsp. = teaspoon. That doesn't seem confusing to me. I can't go back and change that now in over 800 recipes!


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