|Kalyn's Kitchen has changed a bit through the years, and repeat after me, "Change is Good!"|
For a few months now I've been working with my brother Rand (the design guy) and the fabulous Jennette (web designer and coder extraordinaire) to create a new look for Kalyn's Kitchen. (Thanks guys!) Rand and Jennette are two of the smartest and most talented people I know, and I'm excited to reveal the new design and explain how the new features can help you find the kind of recipes you're looking for on the site.
Why I Wanted a New Design
My commitment to sharing recipes suitable for the South Beach Diet is never going to change. However, through the years I've realized that many people who read my blog are following other kinds of diets such as gluten-free, vegan, meatless, low carb, or Paleo, and that I have plenty of recipes suitable for those diets. I also know my recipes can be helpful for people who need to eat a certain way for blood sugar issues. With those things in mind, I decided to add features to make it easier for everyone to find the recipes they wanted.
Why I Switched to a Permanent Blog Header
Although it's been fun to have a header design that changed every month, for today's crowded internet I've been feeling the need for a look that's instantly recognizable and descriptive of the focus of my blog every time someone lands on the site. At the top of the page there's now a new permanent header that I hope achieves those goals (designed by the uber-talented Rand.) The two of us worked hard to come up with a tagline to make it clear what this blog is about, and decided on Seasonal low-glycemic recipes for healthy eating, weight loss, and blood sugar control. (And special thanks to my great friend Lydia for her advice on the tagline as well!)
Why I Think You'll Love the New Second Row of Tabs
The new second row of tabs will make it easier to find recipes that are suitable for a certain diet.
--The first tab (Recipe Index) opens the current recipe index from the left sidebar in the center column. (This is to make it easier to see on mobile devices and tablets. Per your request on Facebook, I also kept the index in the sidebar, so people can use it in either place now.)
--All the rest of the tabs in the second row load a category of recipes that are tagged with the same label. (I've spent months tagging recipes and I'm about 3/4 done.) Clicking the tab loads 20 recipes at a time; you can scroll through them and click on a title if you want to open the recipe. When you get to the bottom of each set of 20, clicking Older Posts at the bottom right will load the next twenty. (Loading 20 posts at a time takes a few seconds, so be patient!)
These are the Categories in the New Row of Tabs
Favorites - my personal favorite recipes.
Vegan - recipes containing no animal products at all.
Can be Paleo - recipes I believe are suitable for the Paleo diet, or can easily be adapted to be Paleo. (Definitions of Paleo are highly varied, but I did my best!)
Gluten-Free - recipes with no ingredients containing gluten. (I'm assuming if you're gluten-free you use products such as gluten-free soy sauce, etc.)
Low Carb - recipes that are very low in carbs, even eliminating some foods allowed on Phase One.
Can Freeze - recipes I believe are suitable for freezing. (Yaay!)
Phase One Fridays - the favorite Phase One Recipes I feature every Friday.
More New Categories and How to Find Them
There were a few other categories I thought would be useful, but I couldn't fit them in the new row, so I created an index page for all the Recipe Labels. You can access this through the Recipe Index (still in the left sidebar, and now also in the new row of tabs.) The other recipe categories you can find here include Easy to Cook, Kid Friendly, Meatless Monday, and Slow Cooker.
Whew, Anything Else That's New?
My goal was to improve things, but keep the feel of the blog essentially the same, and everything else is in exactly the same place as it always was!
That's All for Now!
I hope the new features are easy to use and useful for you. Hopefully there won't be any glitches with the new design, but if anything seems weird, please let me know with a comment or an e-mail. And thanks for your interest and the support if you've read clear to the end of this post!