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.
counter customizable free hit

68 comments:

  1. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  2. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  3. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  4. 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:)

    ReplyDelete
  5. 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!

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

    ReplyDelete
  7. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  8. 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:)

    ReplyDelete
  9. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  10. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  11. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  12. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  13. 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!)

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

    ReplyDelete
  15. 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

    ReplyDelete
  16. 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!

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

    ReplyDelete
  18. Happy Birthday, "old" friend!!!
    xxxooo

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

    ReplyDelete
  20. happy blog-birthday to you! :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. 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

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

    ReplyDelete
  23. Happy Birthday! Here's to the next 33 years!

    ReplyDelete
  24. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  25. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  26. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Congratulations on 3 years of tasty blogging!

    ReplyDelete
  28. 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

    ReplyDelete
  29. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  30. happy birthday, beautiful blog!!!

    ReplyDelete
  31. 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!

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

    ReplyDelete
  33. 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

    ReplyDelete
  34. Congratulations Kalyn - I hope you keep on goin'!

    ReplyDelete
  35. 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 :-)

    ReplyDelete
  36. 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. :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Awesome! Happy Blog Birthday!

    Paz

    ReplyDelete
  38. Happy belated blog birthday, dear Kalyn!!!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Happy third birthday! Keep up with the great work!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    ReplyDelete
  40. 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!

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

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  45. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Happy Bloggy Birthday and many happy returns!

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

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  51. 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!

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  54. Happy blogversary, Kalyn, and wishing you many more.

    ReplyDelete
  55. 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

    ReplyDelete
  56. 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!)

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

    ReplyDelete
  58. Sorry I'm late. Happy blog birthday Kalyn.

    ReplyDelete
  59. 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

    ReplyDelete
  60. 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! :)

    ReplyDelete
  61. 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 :)

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

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for joining the conversation! I love hearing from readers and even though I can't always reply to every comment, I will always answer specific questions on a recipe as soon as possible.

Comments don't appear on the blog until they're approved by me, so no need to try again if you don't see it! Feel free make your signature a link to your site if you're a blogger, but links posted within the body of the comment will never be published.

Blogging tips