Friday, December 30, 2005

A Year of Great Tasting Food

The new year is coming, and for many it's a time to resolve to lose weight. Although I'm an advocate of the South Beach Diet, (at least my own version which has morphed out of my own food preferences), I'm not a low carb diet missionary, trying to recruit others into the lifestyle! I consider Kalyn's Kitchen to be a food blog, not a diet blog, and I consider the way I eat to be good food, not diet food.

However, I do know that others who are eating the low carb or slow carb way use my blog as a resource. It would make me happy if learning about this way of eating could help someone who has struggled to lose weight due to a love of good food. For that reason, during the month of January I'm going to do a little more talking about dieting. I'll be featuring a few posts telling my experiences on the diet, explaining the glycemic index, and giving suggestions for low carb products. Most of my posts during January will feature ideas for yummy food for anyone who is starting a low carb or low glycemic diet.

I'm going to call this series of posts Who Knew Low Carb Could Taste So Good? That means if you're not on a low carb diet, and don't intend to be, you will find plenty of good tasting food here just like always. Just to show you what I mean, today I'm going to review some of my favorite truly delicious things I have eaten over the past year. (Apologies from Kalyn: since I'm having a big party in two days, I'm not going to take the time to make all these recipes into links. However, if one of these dishes sounds good, you can find the recipe by visiting my recipe index in the sidebar, or by typing the recipe name into the Google search box, also in my sidebar.)


I started my blog in April of 2005. However, for quite a few months before that I had been sending recipes to friends who I had put on an e-mail list after they asked what I was eating. The first day I created my blog I posted 18 recipes which I had transferred from that e-mail list. Some of my favorites from early 2005 were Greek Lemon Chicken, Baked Fish with Onions, Peppers, Feta, and Olives, Grilled Tilapia with Parmesan Crust, Chicken with Kalamata Olives, and the original recipe for "Egg Muffins".


Favorite recipes in May included Georgette's Greek Zucchini, Rosemary Mustard Grilled Chicken, Alice Springs Chicken Casserole, Cafe Rio Salad Recipes (my most frequently "searched for" recipe by far), and Very Greek Grilled Chicken.


In June school got out, and I was cooking lots of salads and grilled foods. Yummy favorites in June included Grilled Spicy Tuna, Ginger-Soy Pork Chops, Kalyn's Souvlakia, Kalyn's Low Carb Coleslaw, Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Basil, and Grilled Lime and Chipotle Pork Chops.


In July I was chowing down on Broccoli Cheese Breakfast Casserole (still one of my favorites), "Wake Up Your Mouth" Thai Cucumber Salad, Italian Sausage Pasta Salad, Garden Spagetti Squash (my number two most "searched for" recipe), Grilled Sea Bass with Lemon and Capers, "Creamed" Zucchini, and Curried Chicken on the Grill with Cilantro Chutney.


August favorites included yummy dishes like Trudy's Salad in a Cucumber Cup, Cuban Pork Chops Mojo, Block Island Breakfast Casserole, Block Island Zucchini, Grilled Chicken Thighs with Asian Marinade, Janet's Mustard Chicken, and Val's Kid-Friendly Zucchini Rounds with Cheese.


In September I posted about Basil Vinaigrette for Drizzling on Tomatoes, Chicken Stuffed with Chiles and Cheese, Green Chile and Cheese "Egg Muffins" (one of my favorite breakfasts now), Almond and Parmesan Baked Tilapia, Really Lemony Greek Pilafi, Chicken and Asparagus with Curry Sauce, and Turkey Cutlets with Dijon Sauce. The biggest thing that happened in September was that I entered the digitial camera age! Now I could take photos of my food. It was also so much fun taking photos at school that I started a student blog where my fourth grade students could blog to each other. (They love leaving comments and post things like "Do you like school? If you do, leave me a comment.)

In September I cooked Marianted Flank Steak, Italian Sausage and Zucchini Soup, Mary's Perfect Salad Dressing for Spring Valley Salad Mix, Low Carb Snickerdoodles, Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Lime, and Nick's Chipotle Grilled Shrimp with Black Bean Salsa. In September I also started Weekend Herb Blogging, which has turned out to be a wonderful way for me to meet new blog friends and learn about interesting plant foods from all over the world. I also took my first restaurant food photo, started cooking lessons with Sophie, and published my first cookbook review in October. Last, but not least, it was in October that Rand and Bradley designed and installed new headers for Kalyn's Kitchen as well as Kalyns Kitchen Recipes and Kalyn's Kitchen Links.

In November I blogged about Leftover Roast Beef Italian Stew, Kalyn's Tabbouli with Almonds, Parmesan Chicken, Chicken Adobo, Thanksgiving Gravy, and published my first Kalyn's Kitchen Cooks the Best Recipes in the World recipe for Ginger Chicken from Thailand. I celebrated Thanksgiving dinner with my family this month, and my wonderful father also turned 80 years old, both occasions for a little diet cheating, and when I did lose complete control and eat at McDonald's, I confessed about it on the blog. (Just for the record: I have not had the desire to go back!)

Of course there's always plenty of delicious food around in December. I was cooking things like Slow Roasted Asparagus, Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup, Low Carb Macaroni and Cheese with a Grown-up Twist, Forbidden City Chicken, Sauteed Scallops with Garlic, and lots and lots and lots of soup! I discovered how hard it is to get a really good photo of soup! I made one of my favorite new dishes for the entire year, Cauliflower Fried in Butter. In Decmber I was interviewed about my blog by Bloggasm, and I published Kalyn's Kitchen Christmas Message, my first podcast. (When the clock strikes twelve on New Year's Eve I will officially stop bragging about the podcast, but for now, I am proud as punch for two more days!) The Christmas holidays came, and I had time to re-organize my recipe archives with a separate page for each category. (And now my sisters and sister-in-laws are requesting a category for marinades, so I guess I will be adding a new one soon.)

Of course December is still not over, so I will be cooking some great foods the next two days, including a special New Year's Food for Weekend Herb Blogging #13. Be sure to check back tomorrow to read about that. And if you're a blogger and would like to participate, just photograph and write about any herb, plant, veggie, or flower, link to my blog with the words "Weekend Herb Blogging", send me the link by mid-afternoon on Monday (moved ahead a day due to the holiday) and I will feature you in the recap on Monday night. I've already received one link for this weekend, and it's for another new plant I had never heard of. For me, the absolute best part of writing this blog and doing Weekend Herb Blogging is "meeting" so many interesting people from all over the world. Thanks to all of you for enriching my life this year.
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  1. It's been a great year Kalyn, keep up the good work! (sorry, didn't mean to sound like a teacher then, LOL!)

    Likewise, it's been great to meet you (on the blogosphere).

    A great new year of 2006 to you and your family...

  2. Sweet Kalyn-I wish you a Happy New Year! With a lot of foodblogging in it!


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