Thursday, April 24, 2008

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:

blest said...

ALL HAIL Kueen Kalyn!!!

Hand her the Spatula Scepter and enthrone her on the cookbooks of lesser chefs!

Seriously, thank you thank you thank you for your hard work, your great recipes, and your all-around awesomeness!

Happy Blogiversary!

Karen said...

Congratulations Kalyn!

As a regular reader for over 2 years now, I can say that your blog has grown by leaps and bounds. I loved your recipes and ideas from the start, but your photographs just get better and better and really add to the blog. Keep up the good work!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Congrats on a great blog! I think it is great that you went from not knowing what a food blog was to having something that is successful and respected. Great job!

Pille said...

Happy Blog Birthday, dear Kalyn - it's an inspirational daily must-read! (I should have remembered that my day is also your blog's day:)

ms said...

Hi kalyn,
Ive been a silent reader of your blog for a while. Thank you for your original and informative posts. Happy third and keep blogging!

Haalo said...

Three cheers on your blogiversary and here's to many more to come!

Peter M said...

Congrats Kalyn, it's been only 3 years?

From the blog layout, posts, photos...it rund like more like a well-oiled, road-tested Cadillac!

Nanditha Prabhu said...

congratulations. kalyn.
I am new to your place and realize i have missed much. will drop by often.
thank you for visiting my blog spot and leaving your comments:)

Simona said...

Your blog is a treat for readers in so may ways. Happy blog anniversary! I am note sure I mentioned to you that I tried agave nectar thanks to your suggestion and it has become a staple in my kitchen: thank you!

Maria said...

Happy Birthday to you!! I am SO glad you keep blogging. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! You do a wonderful job!! Keep up the good work!

Kalyn said...

You guys are the best! Truly it's this kind of support and kind words that keep me going with my hectic schedule. Thanks everyone.

Dianne said...

Happy third blogaversary! :)

rand said...

Three years? It doesn't feel a day over five! (OK. That's a joke.) You give us way too much credit. Our work is easy compared with what you do and the time you devote to this site. Bravo. And many many more.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Happy, happy blogiversary! Thank you so much for setting the bar high, always looking for ways to make your blog more interesting, practical, and attractive for readers -- and for challenging the rest of us to do the same. Thank you, too, for being so generous with your wisdom and advice, willingly shared whenever I've asked. May Year Four be as much fun for you as we know it will be for us. (and, by the way, I hope that is a sinfully rich cupcake!)

Brilynn said...

Happy Blog Birthday Kalyn!
I've bookmarked that roasted tilapia recipe you just made, it looks fantastic!

Katerina said...

Congratulations!

Holly Schwendiman said...

A thousand congrats! I'm a new reader but happy to have found you and share you passion of learning how to utilize a blog to store and share so much good stuff!

Hugs,
Holly

Ricki said...

Kalyn,
Congratulations on three fabulous years! You are truly an inspiration to all of us neophyte bloggers, and you continue to teach us so much by your great example.

Here's to many more years of Kalyn's Kitchen!

Alanna said...

Happy BlogBirthday! I do so love "our class" of food bloggers who all started our blogs about the same time three years ago.

cookiecrumb said...

Happy Birthday, "old" friend!!!
xxxooo

Simple Fancies said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday Kalyn! All your accolades all well deserved.

Anita said...

happy blog-birthday to you! :)

Elise said...

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

Holler said...

Happy Blog Birthday! Your blog is an inspiration Kalyn :)

elkit said...

Happy Birthday! Here's to the next 33 years!

SusanV said...

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!

Nupur said...

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!

creampuff said...

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!

Kevin said...

Congratulations on 3 years of tasty blogging!

Anonymous said...

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

Kalyn said...

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!

bee said...

happy birthday, beautiful blog!!!

Natalie said...

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!

Melanie said...

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

Christine said...

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

Joe said...

Congratulations Kalyn - I hope you keep on goin'!

Johanna said...

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 :-)

Wandering Chopsticks said...

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. :)

Paz said...

Awesome! Happy Blog Birthday!

Paz

Patricia Scarpin said...

Happy belated blog birthday, dear Kalyn!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy third birthday! Keep up with the great work!

Cheers,

Rosa

Cynthia Samuels said...

Happy anniversary! I was so lucky to meet you at BlogHer and have used many of your recipes since then. There's a reason this particular KITCHEN is so popular - a gifted writer, share-er and cook. Thanks for sharing it all with us - here's to many anniversaries to come!

Dana said...

CONGRATS!! My blog isn't even a year old, so I have such respect for your amazing efforts. Thanks for sharing with us :).

lucette said...

Congrats! Kalyn's Kitchen is one of the pleasures of my day.

Ruth Daniels said...

Bravo!!! Thank you for all the goodies you've shared with us. I'm looking forward to at least 3 more years!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! My entire family adores your recipes! Thanks for 3 years of hard work.

Katie B. said...

Hurrah! Happy Blogday! :)

Pam said...

Happy blog birthday!

joey said...

Happy Birthday, Kalyn. You are a cookin' DIVA for sure. Your site is a MECCA for many that run from my 'humble' site to yours.

Dani said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday and many happy returns!

São Diniz said...

CONGRATULATIONS KALYN!!!!
work very well done, I love it
Sao Diniz

Bron said...

You're an inspiration Kalyn!
Huge congratulations and best wishes, so looking forward to the next 3!!
Happy Happy B-Day!!

Helen said...

Congratulations Kalyn and happy blog-birthday! You consistently do a wonderful job with the site - keep up the good work.

katiez said...

Happy, Happy Birthday.... And many more...
Doesn't seem possible, does it?
And hard to imagine life without it, as well...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

A very happy and wonderful thing happened when you jumped in here and opened Kalyn's Kitchen. I'll always be glad you did.
Happy Blogiversary!

Y said...

Happy 3rd Blog Birthday, Kalyn! Am enjoying reading every word thus far. Can't wait for more.. :)

Ann said...

Happy Birthday to your blog! Wishing you many more wonderful successes!

Trig said...

Happy blogversary, Kalyn, and wishing you many more.

Karina said...

I am so late to this party- but you know I love love love you! Sending warmest wishes and kudos for all your hard work on this blog- and for being the Goddess of South Beach (and so much more!) xoxo

Anna Haight said...

Very Happy Blog Birthday!

Kalyn said...

Thanks again to all of you for all the nice comments. It's been a great birthday celebration. (I even took cupcakes to school for the kids, since everyone knows you have to take a treat on your birthday!)

kathryn said...

Many, many, MANY congratulations Kalyn. What an achievement - three years of excellent blogging. Thank you for all your hard work and generous recipe sharing.

Barbara said...

Sorry I'm late. Happy blog birthday Kalyn.

chefandrea said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I just found your site this last week in a random search for something, and now it keeps coming up in all my recent recipe searches. You have been busy these last 3 years! I look forward to reading through more of your recipes.
Andrea

noobcook said...

Happy belated blog birthday! I've read the links in this post so now I know a little more about your blog history. Congratulations on your success! :)

Jeanne said...

Hey - happy blogiversary to you! It's only a couple of weeks till my fourth (!!), can you believe. It's been a pleasure getting to know you via your blog and I hope to spend many more happy hours browing at Kalyn's Kitchen :)

Kalyn said...

Jeanne, I remember finding your blog when I barely started blogging and trying to figure out what EoMEoTE was!

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