Kalyn Denny from Kalyn’s Kitchen

by Maureen Shaw

Kalyn DennyKalyn Denny was the first food niche blogger I ever followed. I’m not a food fadder by any stretch but her recipes and the reasons behind her eating plan have always interested me. Her blog at Kalyn’s Kitchen is full of inspiring recipes.

I know that I should follow her low carb / low G.I. South Beach diet and one day I’ll get there.  While I’m working my way up to giving up carbs, I often make Kalyn’s recipes and I’ve never been disappointed.

She’s proven that you can eat a delicious and varied diet and you won’t miss cakes, pies and bread. Proven? She’s been blogging a low carb diet for ten years. Yes, that’s right for ten years and it’s no wonder that she’s near the top of the list of popular bloggers.

Kalyn lives in Bountiful, Utah. Just writing that makes me smile. What better place for a recipe developer and food writer to live than Bountiful? Before her career in food, Kalyn was an elementary school teacher for thirty years and gave it all up to follow her passion in 2009. She also had a business that organized catered houseboat trips on Utah’s Lake Powell – so she’s had an interesting couple of jobs.

Parmesan Encrusted Zucchini

Kalyn’s Kitchen began in 2005 when her brother Rand suggested she put her recipes in an online blog when so many of her family and friends asked for recipes.  When you see someone who’s lost 42 pounds, you’d want to have the recipes, wouldn’t you?  Her brother created her first blog and still helps her with the graphics.

In addition to Rand, she has 8 more brothers and sisters who share their 39 children with Kalyn.  Her nephew Jake and neice Kara are regular cooking assistants. (and why wouldn’t you want to be there when she cooks food like this!) The recipes that helped her to shift all the weight have changed over the years but she’s remained true to low-carb cooking and recipes for weight-loss or controlling blood sugar.

Chocolate and Oatmeal Cluster Cookies

Chocolate and Oatmeal Cluster Cookies

Another thing about Kalyn that I appreciate is her opinion. You’ll see political commentary on her Facebook page and like Jamie Schler from Life’s a Feast, she tells how she feels about important issues.  Many of us, me included, are always worried that we’ll polarize our readers and they’ve both proven me wrong time and time again. We should all tell it like it is or how we’d like it to be.

Finally, the bit about Kalyn that I love, love, love is how helpful she is to anyone who asks her a question. I can’t remember the number of times that I’ve asked a question in any of the Facebook forums that Kalyn is in that she doesn’t answer with something really helpful. Not just to me but to everyone. As busy as she must be with a full-time blog of this size, she answers everyone with well thought out answers that put bloggers on the right track. She says it’s because she’s been doing this a long time and others have helped her and I think she’s just a mighty fine person through and through.

Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe

 

I’ve made Kalyn’s Southwestern Crustless Breakfast Tarts Recipe quite a few times already and sometimes I take the Southwest out of it and put other parts of the country in there – doesn’t matter because everyone raved when I made them.  I also make these for lunch with a side salad.

Southwestern Crustless Breakfast Tarts Recipe

If you haven’t met Kalyn and I’d be surprised that anyone interested in good food hasn’t, you can like her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram. You can also visit her site and sign up to get notified when she posts another low-carb recipe.

 

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Maureen Shaw
Maureen is the owner of OrgasmicChef.com, EasyRecipePlugin.com, Fooderific.com and shares FoodWriterFriday with Helene Dsouza from MasalaHerb.com. She loves to cook and really loves to eat and entertain. She's on a quest to prove there ARE recipes better than sex. She's come close a time or two so she's still searching.
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KalynsKitchen January 31, 2015 at 2:09 am

Well, wow. I am seriously blushing at all the nice things you’ve said about me. I hope I am just half as nice as you think (I do TRY to be nice!) Thanks so much for the lovely feature.

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Sherry January 31, 2015 at 5:25 am

Just wanted to add my vote of confidence in Kalyn’s Kitchen. She is an awesome person – great cook, great photographer and great friend. She has cooked some of her recipes for me and they were restaurant quality or better. So good that there are people in the world that help others like this. Nice article.

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Maureen Shaw January 31, 2015 at 10:20 am

I agree with you about her photography and recipe quality. I’ve made a LOT of blogger recipes and Kalyn’s are some of the few who are tested and end up a no-fail at my house.

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Dolores January 31, 2015 at 9:02 am

As a long-term friend of Kalyn’s from our careers in education and from several wonderful Lake Powell houseboat trips and more, I am always inspired by her recipes and have made quite a few. I need to get serious about the South Beach, but when I do, I’ll be back even more often.

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Maureen Shaw January 31, 2015 at 10:19 am

Those houseboat vacations sound amazing! I went to the states once and did a houseboat trip on the delta in California and it was one of the best holidays ever. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your appreciation for Kalyn’s talent and hard work.

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John@Kitchen Riffs February 1, 2015 at 2:59 am

Karlyn is a god. Goddess. Whatever. 🙂 Her’s was one of the first food blogs I discovered, too. She’s seriously good — I’ve tried a couple of her recipes, and they are tasty. And work — not everyone writes recipes that work. Never knew she lived in Bountiful (that makes me smile too!) — Utah has some gorgeous scenery. Really good profile — thanks.

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Letty/Letty's Kitchen February 1, 2015 at 9:42 am

Kalyn is so generous with her advice it is true. And I am so grateful to learn from her. Goddess yes!

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Angie Craven Lovell March 22, 2015 at 9:33 am

I was looking back years ago to the days I played school at your house. We were probably in grade school. I thought it was awesome. You had the old fashioned school benches at your house. Isn’t it funny how the memories become more vivid as the years go by? I just happened across your blog and am so impressed. I need to talk to you about your weight loss and cooking low carb. I lost 75 lbs. and have gained half back because I can’t eat high fiber anymore. It would be great to talk to you about your recipes. Angie

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KalynsKitchen March 22, 2015 at 11:00 am

Angie, fun to hear from you after all these years. I wish I had a secret formula for losing weight, but carb-conscious eating definitely does help. I’m no expert, but I’m always happy to answer questions by e-mail if you want to write to me. (Look under “About” on the blog to find my e-mail address.)

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Jamie May 11, 2016 at 10:06 pm

I am just discovering this great profile of a truly amazing power blogger! I’ve known and followed Kalyn for years and she has never changed, always kind and generous.

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