Meet Kalyn Denny, a food blogger living in Salt Lake City. Kalyn is a former third grade teacher from Salt Lake City, Utah, who discovered blogging when she wanted a place to share her recipes online. Now she’s an inspiring full-time blogger who’s busy keeping up with Kalyn’s Kitchen, her blog focused on low-glycemic recipes, gardening, and healthy eating and sharing from-scratch slow cooker recipes at her new blog, Slow Cooker from Scratch.
New Orleans. I’ve had memorable culinary experiences in cities around the world, but my vote for the most interesting food city would have to go to New Orleans, Louisiana. Dishes like “barbecued” shrimp, crawfish etouffee, spicy jambalaya, red beans and rice, seafood gumbo, and muffaletta sandwiches are all part of my New Orleans food memories. There are even a few New Orleans foods that are forever associated in my mind with the restaurant where I first tried them, like shrimp po’ boy sandwiches at Mother’s, soft-shell crab salad and turtle soup at Commander’s Palace, and Debris Sauce at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen.
My Favorite Dish
Red Beans and Rice. Many of the New Orleans foods I’ve enjoyed are things I probably wouldn’t eat regularly, and certainly wouldn’t try to cook at home, but the dish from this city that I did decide to make at home was red beans and rice. After I first visited New Orleans in about 1992, I experimented until I came up with a version of Red Beans and Rice that all my friends seemed to like. Then after I started my blog I posted my Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice, a recipe which now has a lot of fans. I learned from a friend who had lived in Louisiana to love Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, so I use that in my version to recreate the flavors I remember. I prefer my red beans and rice like I remember them in New Orleans, with the beans cooked until they are completely falling apart, and then combined with the rice at the table.
- Top 10 Things to Do in New Orleans (Besides Mardi Gras)
- Take a culinary tour of New Orleans, or pedal your way around the city (helps digest all that amazing food!)
- Some great city guides to New Orleans by The New York Times, GQ Magazine and Food & Wine Magazine
- Great Recipes from Top New Orleans Chefs, including Emeril’s Muffuletta
Next Week on Edible Cities
Next week, Mary Lamontagne, a food blogger and sustainable food advocate living in South Africa, is taking us to Cape Town. Don’t miss it!