Just a Taste Celebrates 10 Years

Take a walk down memory lane as we recap the past decade on Just a Taste, including how many people have visited the site and the #1 most popular recipe!

A purple and green drip cake with sprinkles and a girl in the background holding it

It was 2 a.m. on a Thursday in October of 2008. I was up at 2 a.m. writing my journalism graduate school thesis in my New York City apartment, when on a whim, I indulged my procrastination efforts by typing up my mom Noni’s famous baby back ribs recipe.

Rather than email the recipe to my family, I decided to register a domain and post the recipe (along with several other Noni classics) online. But first, I needed a blog name. I scribbled down a dozen or so ideas, from “Always Eat Dessert” and “Room for Dessert” to “A Taste with Kelly Ann.” I grabbed a red pen and circled the name at the bottom of the list. “Just a Taste by Kelly Ann.”

If you’d told me that I’d be writing about this very moment in a decade, I never would have believed you. But here we are. Ten years later!

Many life-changing moments have taken place since I first hit “publish” on Just a Taste. The site has grown from a weekend hobby to a full-time business. In the past 10 years, more than 60 million people have visited Just a Taste from six continents across the globe. And I am thankful for each and every one of you!

Here’s a look at a decade of Just a Taste, by the numbers:

  • 60 million visitors
  • 870 recipes
  • 3,000 photographs
  • 1.6 million Facebook followers
  • 216,000 Pinterest followers
  • 146,000 Instagram followers

Add one husband, one dog and two babies to the list, and it’s been quite the eventful decade!

A purple and green 10-year anniversary cake with drips and sprinkles

While it’d be impossible to name my all-time favorite recipes, I can share what your top five favorites have been. Drumroll, please!

Two white plates on a grey background containing strawberry cheesecake chimichangas

5. Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas: I transformed a savory entrée into a sweet treat by stuffing tortillas with tangy cheesecake filling and fresh strawberries. A quick fry and then they’re rolled in cinnamon-sugar for a 5-star favorite.

A baking sheet filled with rows of homemade Samoas Girl Scout cookies drizzled with chocolate

4. Homemade Samoas Cookies: My all-time favorite Girl Scout cookie got a DIY makeover. This recipe stars a buttery shortbread cookie topped with caramel-coated toasted coconut and a dip-and-drizzle of semisweet chocolate.

A white bowl containing shredded chicken topped with scallions and sesame seeds

3. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken:  This fan favorite from 2013 continues to receive 5-star ratings. What’s not to love about tender shredded chicken doused in a sweet, tangy garlicky soy sauce?

A blue bowl containing homemade glazed doughnut holes stacked on top of each other

2. Homemade Glazed Doughnut Holes: More than 450 comments and a 5-star rating make this DIY recipe for my all-time favorite carb a guaranteed breakfast winner.

And the #1 most popular recipe of the past 10 years is…

Two white plates containing stacks of zucchini fritters topped with sour cream

5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters (a Just a Taste classic I cooked on The TODAY Show)! It’s easy, but impressive, which is what we’re all about around here.

I feel so blessed and thankful for the journey Just a Taste has taken me on and the people who have supported me on this adventure since day 1, especially my parents, my siblings and my husband.

Over the past 10 years, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some of the best people in the business, and I am ever-so-grateful to my social media guru and all-around marketing master, Libby Becker, my tech manager, Charles Smith of WPopt, as well as Eric Hochberger and the entire Mediavine team.

Cheers to the next 10 years and beyond!

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  1. Happy Anniversary, Kelly! It’s such a pleasure to receive your emails, try your delicious recipes and look forward to what’s coming next! One of my personal favorites is the French Toast Sticks…the cream makes all the difference and they always receive rave reviews!!! Here’s to many more years of deliciousness!

  2. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing so many delights with us. Continue with your wonderful energy !!!

  3. Congratulations, Kelly! I’m so glad to be a part of this team. Cheers to all of your accomplishments and all of those yet to come!

    1. You are the best, Libby! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication! Here’s to 10 more years!!!

  4. Happy blogging birthday, Kelly! We are so happy for you and so very glad to play a part in your success. Cheers to you!
    — Susannah at Mediavine

  5. This is a phenomenal accomplishment. Good for you kelly, and I hope the next decade is just as rewarding if not more so.

  6. Congratulations Kelly!!! I have enjoyed watching you flourish and grow! Best Wishes for many more years of success!!!

  7. Congratulations Kelly! I’ve been a huge fan of Just a Taste from the very beginning. It’s wonderful what you’ve accomplished here and in your life!

  8. Congratulations Kelly on a brilliant “Just a Taste” from a sunny South Africa :) Here’s to next ten years ! I love all the
    posts and the ease with which I can produce your great food. Many thanks for all the hard work – long may it last!

  9. Beautiful anniversary photo, Kelly!
    Congratulations from your biggest fan on your hard work and much deserved success. Bravo!

    1. Thank you! The cake was made by French’s Bakery in Costa Mesa, CA. I just provided artistic direction :)