It’s hard to believe, but today I’m celebrating 19 years of creating recipes and sharing them on Kalyn’s Kitchen! And if you want to give me a birthday wish, I’d love to know which recipe from my site has become a favorite at your house.

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How Kalyn’s Kitchen Started:

On April 24, 2005, I sat down at the computer and typed out the recipes my friends had been asking for into a simple website, and Kalyn’s Kitchen was born. And what a great adventure it’s been for the last 19 years! Each year when I write this anniversary post I talk about how grateful I am for the support and kind feedback I’ve received, and what a life-changing undertaking food blogging has been for me.

How it’s Going Now:

As the internet has evolved, blogging has gotten harder, more frustrating, and more competitive every year, so in my last anniversary post I asked readers to support the site by doing things that make a big difference in the success of a website. The response has been wonderful, and I appreciate everyone who’s helping out in those ways! And I’m also grateful for the support of my family, especially my talented brother Rand who has the dreamy voice you hear narrating the videos and reels on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

My 2024 Birthday Request:

Nothing is more gratifying to a recipe creator than hearing from readers about recipes they love and make over and over! So for my 2024 birthday, I’m asking you to let me know in the comments on this post about the recipe that’s your favorite from this site.

What’s Ahead for Kalyn’s Kitchen:

Every year people ask me how long I plan to keep this site going, and even though I’ve slowed down the last few years to work on my bucket list I’m hoping to make it to 20 years of blogging for sure! And I repeat my pledge from earlier years that I will do all I can to keep my recipes online as long as possible, even if there comes a time when I’m not actively blogging.

Kalyn’s Kitchen Through the Years:

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