About

Hai!! My name is Natasha and I am the Ukrainian foodie. Vadim is my handsome man ❤️. We happily run this blog together full time (more on that below).

Natasha's Kitchen

I come from a family of fantastic cooks and I’m here to share generations of Ukrainian-American recipes that are homey, fresh, healthy, family-friendly, sometimes bizarre and occasionally naughty. We also have unique and decadent desserts from Europe and around the world.

My family:

I used to be so shy I thought no one would marry me until my husband came along and swept me off my feet. I married (up) to my wonderful husband Vadim over 13 years ago. We are blessed with two littles. Every recipe is tasted and approved by each of us and is often critiqued by relatives and friends. We live in Idaho, “Ida-who?” Potatoes, people. Potatoes! Our family is actively involved in a Christian Slavic church. We strive to walk in love and live our lives by the word of God and life of Jesus.

My background:

We’re so thankful to be full time foodies. We’re living our dream because of you and I can’t thank you enough!  I feel like God has worked all of my experiences together like a puzzle to bring me to this point. It took me a little bit to discover what God had in mind for me. I thank God for everything, without Whom I would be merely human (and that would suck).

Here’s the rundown:

*Starting as a teen, I worked for 7 years as a business intern
*I have a bachelors degree in Business (long story)
*I worked as a Realtor for 4 years during which I had an early mid-life crisis and cried alot (lets just say it wasn’t for me).
*I also have a Bachelors degree in Nursing (shorter story, but still long).

So, I’m  a wife, mom, food blogger, entrepreneur, worship leader, and nurse. If I were a sandwich, I’d be a chicken bacon avocado on focaccia.

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About Natasha’s Kitchen:

I started this food and family blog in 2009 as a way to share favorite recipes and events with family and friends. It has grown much larger than I could have imagined with well over 800 recipes and more than 3.2 Million hungry visitors per month.

My goal for this site is for people around the world to really discover and fall in love with Ukrainian and Russian cooking. I know its a big dream, but why would someone want a small dream?

This is a personal website and all of the recipes are tested and approved by my family. All of the photography is done by myself and I’m the one showing up in our videos. My husband edits the photos and videos (and he’s the videographer).

Much of the knowledge I share comes from my Mama, Mama-in-law and family members #majorprops. I am so thankful to have such amazing people in my life who generously share their rich knowledge of Russian/ Ukrainian Cooking.

The ingredients we use are simple and easily accessible; not overly hoity-toity. My motto: if you can read (a well-written, tested and trusted recipe), you can cook

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How I got Started Cooking:

I wasn’t always excited about cooking. When I got married in 2003, it became a necessity – “must eat to live” and Mom wasn’t doing the cooking anymore. We had a lot of frozen meals (pizza, corn dogs; #ewe #ewe #ewe) – and we ate out too much in the first year of our marriage. I had a free summer (and decided I would improve my cooking skills so we could live and eat healthier. I dove into cookbook after cookbook and plundered my mom’s recipe books. I was at the library all the time bringing home piles of cookbooks; I was hooked! I even read my mother’s cooking textbook from her college days (Mom completed her culinary program when we moved to the US). I had discovered the joy of cooking. Within a few months, my husband and I each lost about 5 pounds just from cooking more at home! Now I can’t stop cooking and thinking about cooking and dreaming about cooking… I was born for this!

Culture and Background

My family moved from Ukraine to the US as refugees when I was 4 years old. I grew up eating authentic Ukrainian and Russian food. No doubt many of my recipes will have a Slavic origin and influence. I do love Russian/Ukrainian food and I hope the recipes on this site invoke the same love in you for the rich variety of foods of the Slavic culture.

My recipe collection continues to grow. I love to try new recipes and will share my favorites with you. I hope you enjoy this blog and find recipes that will become your family favorites as well.

Thank you for visiting my recipe blog, commenting, pinning and sharing the recipes with your peeps. And come back soon!

If you would like your recipe featured on this site, email it to me by clicking here (warning: spammers will get hit in the face with unripe avocados).

Please note: This blog includes only my own opinions and is not professional advice. It is not intended to be a diet plan, although I try to post healthy-ish recipes, please talk to your Dr. for medical or dietary advice. I am not liable if you eat too many piroshki.

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  • Aaron Callahan
    September 23, 2018

    Hi Natasha,

    I have truly enjoyed making your recipes and look forward to many more. I am sure your family loves dinner time and the yumminess you make for them.

    I see numerous recipes that specify how garlic should be prepared; minced, crushed etc…does it really matter if I mince garlic if the recipe calls for crushed garlic? I noticed a dish of yours, I believe it was a chicken and rice dish. You sliced a whole garlic bulb in half and pushed it into the dish. If I decided to press the garlic, would it make the dish not as yummy?

    Sorry, I am garlic conflicted 🙂

    Thank you,
    Aaron Reply

    • Natasha
      September 23, 2018

      Hi Aaron, I love how you put that “garlic conflicted” 🙂 Placing in the whole garlic head into the plov allows the flavor to infuse into the rice without overwhelming it and you can enjoy the cloves in the rice if you want more of a garlic punch – those cloves pop right out of their shells when squeezed and they have a sweet roasted flavor to them. If garlic is being cooked (sauteed, roasted, etc), it’s nice to minced, otherwise it can get too juicy and can cause splatter and sticking to the pan – if you’re cooking longer than a minute, sometimes pressed garlic and become bitter tasting. It really just depends on the texture you are going for and the cooking method. I hope all of that makes sense, but there is usually some reasoning to using minced versus pressed and I suggest following what the recipe calls for , for best results :). Oh also, crushed garlic – sometimes I crush garlic to get the flavor out into a stock or other recipe where I want to remove the garlic clove after it infuses it’s flavor and discard it. Reply

  • Deanna Drouillard
    September 22, 2018

    Hi Natasha:

    I love your recipes and have made several of them.
    My name is Deanna and I am of Ukrainian descent. I was also brought up on Ukrainian/Russian food. However, by the time I really got interested in learning to cook, my mom had passed away when I was 13. My father was not much of a cook so I took over the cooking duties. I learned a lot on my own and from recipes from my aunts. The one thing I really miss is the bread my mom made at Christmas time. I would love to have a recipe to make it for my family. If you know what this could be I would really appreciate the recipe. I remember it had lots of dried fruits in it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 22, 2018

      Hi Deanna! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I’m so happy you had your aunts to help with your recipes. Could it possible be something like this loafReply

  • Danny Fullbright
    September 21, 2018

    Missing your great recipes and God given smile and personality but understand you have a lot to do sence moving into your new house. God bless, hope you and family are doing well. ——In Gods grace Danny Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 21, 2018

      Hi Danny! Thank you for that! We are still posting twice a week! The blog had all of our latest recipe! Thank you! Reply

  • Sigma
    September 20, 2018

    Hi natasha I love love love your sponge cake. Could you please make a chocolate spong cake and share with us… Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 20, 2018

      Thanks for the great idea, Sigma! Reply

  • Irene Celani
    September 20, 2018

    I am intrigued. You are so cute. I lime your site. Cant wait to try your recipes. From one Uki to another…Дякую! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 20, 2018

      You’re so welcome, Irene! Reply

  • natasha
    September 19, 2018

    thank you for your recipe of the ptichye moloko. i am adopted from Russia and am doing a presentation on Russian food and culture. I am excited to try it out and share it with my American friends and family. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 19, 2018

      You’re so welcome, Natasha! (Hey, great name!). I’m so honored you will be sharing our recipe to represent the Russian culture. I love that! Reply

  • Cathy
    September 15, 2018

    Hi Natasha and family! just happened across your web site of recipes… Just printed out a few (15 to be exact; LOL) Can’t wait to try them all!
    Thanks,Cathy Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 15, 2018

      THat’s so awesome! You just made my day! Enjoy! Reply

  • Sue Fleenor
    September 15, 2018

    Hi Natasha… I just discovered you yesterday while browsing You Tube. You were doing the Chicken Gloria recipe and it sounded and looked so good. I will be trying it soon. And I will also be following you to see what other yummy recipes you have. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 15, 2018

      Hi Sue! I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Welcome! I look forward to hearing how you like the Chicken Gloria! Reply

  • Sunette Pretorius
    September 15, 2018

    I love your recipies. They are so easy, colourful and delicious!
    Thank you for sharing these lovely foodies, your beautiful family and Christianity.
    Lots of love from South Africa Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 15, 2018

      Wow! I’m so happy you discovered our blog all the way in South Africa!! Thank you so much, Sunette! 🙂 Reply

  • Suzi A
    September 12, 2018

    Hello Natasha!!
    I am an Indian living in Budapest.
    I just saw your recipes and they are amazing. I am a dietitian and definitely gonna recommend your channel.
    Lots of Love and good wishes. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2018

      Wow! Thank you Suzi! That is so nice of you! Welcome to our blog! Reply

  • Natalie S
    September 10, 2018

    Hi, Natasha! My name is also Natasha and I’m also from Ukraine 🙂 I’ve just discovered your blog on Yummly while looking for an apple pie. Browsing trough your recipes, I’ve discovered a lot of similarities with my own recipes. Thank you for bringing our wonderful and tasty recipes to more and more American readers and tasters 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 10, 2018

      Hey Natasha! Nice name 😉 . I’m so happy you discovered our blog! We are so happy to share our recipes and culture with our readers! 🙂 Welcome to the blog! Reply

  • Susanne
    September 8, 2018

    Natasha I love your recipes . Even my family love the meals. And they are easy to cook , bc you show how easy it is. Thank you for sharing this to us. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 8, 2018

      You’re so welcome, Susanne! I’m so happy you enjoyed that Reply

  • Pattykate
    September 7, 2018

    I am so thrilled that I found this site–your recipes look so yummy! I can’t wait to start trying them!! Do you deliver? Just kidding!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 7, 2018

      Hi Patty! This just made my day! I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Welcome! Reply

  • Lina Greenland
    September 6, 2018

    I’m a Brazilian living in the US. I love cooking as a hobby, and your recipes are simply amazing! Yours are the first ones try before checking other cooking blogs or sites. Thanks for sharing your talents with the us! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 6, 2018

      Aw thanks again Lina. You’re so sweet! Reply

  • Lina Greenland
    September 6, 2018

    I’m a Brazilian living in the US. I love cooking as a hobby, and your recipes are simply amazing! Yours are the first ones try before checking other cooking blogs or sites. Thanks for sharing your talents with the us! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 6, 2018

      Hi Lina! this made my day! Thank you for the amazing feedback! I’m so happy to hear that. 🙂 Reply

  • Dave Hallbach
    September 6, 2018

    Hi!
    Normally when its dinner time I pull out my expert culinary skills and make a mean bowl of cereal. Today however, I learned how to spatchcock a chicken and it was amazing. My wife was so happy with the meal and we started picking other recipes on your site to try. Thanks for your hard work and God bless. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 6, 2018

      That’s so great, Dave! I love that you went from cereal to spatchcock and survived just fine 😉 Your wife must’ve been thrilled! Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! God bless! Reply

  • Bruce Palmer
    September 5, 2018

    Thank you. I am British and my wife Olga is Russian. I am making Kvass for her. We live near San Francisco, Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 5, 2018

      Hi Bruce! I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Enjoy the Kvas! Reply

  • HELEN
    September 2, 2018

    WAS WONDERING INSTEAD OF SHRIMP CAN I USE SCALLOPS ALERGIC TO SHRIMP BUT LOOKS SO GD FRIED Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2018

      Hi Helen! I would love to answer that. Which recipe are you referring to? I received this comment on my “about” page thread 🙂 Reply

  • William Dunn
    September 2, 2018

    Keep up the great work !! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 2, 2018

      Thank you William! Reply

  • Alexis Trefry
    September 1, 2018

    Hi Natasha, I too am half Ukrainian Half Spanish withand 100% Christian hehe :0)….Love all your healthy recipes. The avocado tuna salad is the #1 favorite in our home. We are currently working on making Piroshki’s for the first time! Thank you for sharing. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 1, 2018

      You’re so welcome, Alexis! I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Reply

  • Norwati Jaapar
    August 31, 2018

    Hello from Singapore ! Hi Natasha. I’m Norwati. Your avocado and chicken salad was the first recipe I saw on fb and it was also the first time I decided to try avocadoes and boy I’m hooked. I have 4 kids all with different preferences when it comes to food. However when I cooked something from you they all loved it. Thank you for the recipes. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 31, 2018

      That’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Esther
    August 30, 2018

    Hi Natasha…..I’m always looking for one of your videos on Facebook…..I haven’t tried any of your recipies yet but have so many saved to my facebook page. I didn’t know you had a blog until a few minutes ago! Haha. I was looking for a recipie and thought I’d type in your name and here you are! I love it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 30, 2018

      Hi Esther! I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Welcome! I hope you get to try some of them soon! Reply

  • Kathy Holley
    August 29, 2018

    Natasha, I have enjoyed so many of your recipes. Are you considering writing a cookbook? If so, I want to be first in line. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 29, 2018

      Hi Kathy! I’m so happy you enjoyed them! Yes! Stay tuned! Reply

  • Brycee
    August 27, 2018

    Just came across your recipes, delicious. Videos well put together, clear. Wonderful little family. But even happier to know that you know Jesus. Keep up the good cooking Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2018

      Thank you for watching Brycee! I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Reply

  • Danette Jenkins
    August 26, 2018

    Hi Natasha and family, just found your blog and already made 2 dishes today, tuna avocado cucumber salad and tzatziki sauce with chicken. I’ll be looking forward to more things to try, love your cooking style and faith : ) Danette Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 26, 2018

      Thank you so much for following the blog and trying our recipe! I love that you have tried so many! Reply

  • Dr. Howard Weiner
    August 26, 2018

    You are without doubt one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen.And it’s not just an external thing; your beauty radiates from within and it shows in your smile, your wit and your absolute love of what you do. I have tried four of your recipes thus far and they have all been received with joy and admiration—so thank you for that. Whenever I log onto Facebook, it is with anticipation of seeing another of your videos. Your husband is unbelievably lucky and I feel such intense joy reading about your happy family. Keep on keeping on!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 26, 2018

      Wow! Thank you for your amazing feedback and kind words. I appreciate you taking your time to leave such a thoughtful comment. I’m so happy these recipes have worked out for you! Reply

  • Sandra
    August 25, 2018

    Just made the Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine and my husband said “better than any he has ever eaten, even in restaurants. Thanks so much. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 25, 2018

      Wow! That’s a great compliment! Thank you, Sandra! Reply

  • CAROL ANDERSON
    August 23, 2018

    Looking for advise on whether I can pre prepare shrimp cakes the day before? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2018

      Hi Carol! You definitely can make them ahead! Quick Tip: Our readers have reported reheating them in the oven is much better than the microwave. Reply

  • Paul Villeneuve
    August 22, 2018

    Wow! Just saw your shrimp salsa on Facebook and took the time to look at your site as well. Congratulations on making it nine years and on a beautiful family anchored by Christ. Wishing you guys continued success. Paul Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 22, 2018

      Thank you so much Paul! I appreciate you taking your time with this thoughtful comment! Reply

  • Josie R.
    August 19, 2018

    Hi, Natasha–My husband has been asking me to make a dish that his Ukrainian grandmother used to make. He’s not even sure of the name of it–he says it’s like a piroshky and he calls it “Varanix,” or “Varenke”, which I don’t think is correct. He said it’s a dough that’s stuffed with cabbage and/or a soft cheese like cottage cheese. He seems to remember his grandmother baking it in the oven, in milk. Then he says maybe it was cooked on top of the stove? Any idea what it is he wants me to make? Any answer/suggestion would be greatly appreciated! Reply

    • Natasha
      August 20, 2018

      Hi Josie, If they are baked, it is probably one of our baked piroshki recipesReply

    • Jennifer Ammerman
      September 2, 2018

      When I lived in Russia in 1994, they had a dish called vareneke. They are dunplings that are often a little larger than what are called piroshki, (it is hard for me to even write them in the names in English and this alphabet) and filled with either mashed potatoes with dill, cabbage sauteed with onion (lots of oil), or tvorog, which is a soft farmer’s cheese, smoother than ricotta, with honey added and often served with jam. I made vareneke in the home of several Russians in the far east of Siberia (Khabarovsk). After you prepared After you filled and formed them, they were placed on large baking sheets, and often put outside in the cold to be frozen. Then they were always boiled and reheated by sauteeing. The sweet ones, with tvorog, were sometimes briefly simmered in a sweet milky sauce.
      The ones with meat were smaller and called pielmeni.
      Happy memories for sure…. even of electricity outages, no hot water in summer, city-wide bread, butter, sugar, and flour shortages. But generous, hospitable people. Reply

  • Jane Frentz
    August 19, 2018

    Why are the instructions deleted from so many of your recipies? The ones I can get I love. Reply

    • Natasha
      August 19, 2018

      Hi Jane, the instructions are on every recipe. If you come across something that seems missing, please let me know which recipe since that is definitely not normal for instructions to be deleted. Thanks! Reply

  • Judy Whitford
    August 19, 2018

    Do you have a way I can message or email you? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 19, 2018

      Hi Judy, comments here are usually the best way, but my direct email is: natasha @ natashaskitchen.com (no spaces) 🙂 Reply

  • Amy
    August 19, 2018

    Thank you so very much for your recipes! My husband grew up eating his grandmother’s Polish food and I have been searching for authentic dishes to make for my husband. Reply

  • Toni thacker
    August 19, 2018

    I have made a Lot of your recipes and enjoyed them all. Thanks so much Reply

  • Brenda
    August 16, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    Do you have a recipe for Ukrainian beet leaf buns? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 16, 2018

      Hi Brenda. At this time I do not. I would love to know more about it Reply

  • Milda
    August 13, 2018

    Hi Natasha! Your recipes as well as methods for preparation look delicious, and I will be trying a few soon. My grandmother was from the Ukraine. I am Lithuanian. There are many similar dishes. Connie (3 Aug), below, seems to be describing piroshki, no? There is a bakery at Pike Street Market in Seattle named “Piroshky Piroshky” which prepares many different varieties. Reply

    • Natasha
      August 14, 2018

      Hi Milda! It is so nice to meet you and welcome to my blog! 🙂 Reply

  • Lois
    August 13, 2018

    I live in Canada and want to make Chicken Madeira, but can’t find the wine – if I google it says substitute sherry or a few other dry drinks – your recipe says a “sweet white wine” so I’m confused. Could you help me pick a substitute? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2018

      Hi Lois. I’m sorry you are having trouble finding it! We purchased ours at a local liquor story, I would recommend looking there if your grocery store doesn’t carry it. If you are looking for a different wine, Marsala is a good option. If you are looking to make it wine-free, you could just use more broth but the flavor profile wouldn’t be quite the same. The madeira wine gives it a unique, sweet flavor profile. One of our readers used “Portuguese white – Vinho Verde” and loved it. I should add that some of our readers reported that there can be redder varieties depending on the types of grapes used. Maybe someone else has some insight into this? I definitely don’t claim to be a wine connoisseur. Reply

      • Tami
        September 5, 2018

        Could you use a Sweet Red Muscadine wine? Reply

  • El
    August 13, 2018

    Love your recipes Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2018

      Thank you El! I’m so happy you enjoy them! Reply

  • Наташа Стефанова
    August 12, 2018

    Hi, Natasha! I am glad to “see” you 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 12, 2018

      🙂 I’m glad you can see us here Reply

  • Dales Kent
    August 12, 2018

    Hi Natasha, the Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Parmesan is really superb. Unfortunately. Now I will eat waaaaaaay to much of these delicacies and gain tons of weight. I’m an engineer…please do an extremely minor correction to the recipe at: https://natashaskitchen.com/stuffed-chicken-parmesan-recipe/

    Approximately 1/2 way down in the section with detailed text for the recipe, the calories are listed as 535 kcal. That’s 535,000 cal. I am certain it is actually 535 cal…without the “k”. Here’s a copy of the section:

    Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
    Skill Level: Easy
    Cost to Make: $7-$12
    Calories: 535 kcal
    Servings: 4 people

    In the nutrition label near the bottom calories are listed as 535 cal…I’ll bet it is the right value.

    Thank You for your recipes!…I am viewing more of them and may purchase one of the Staub Braiser pans from Amazon that you recommended. I assume you will get some commission for such a purchase. How do I do it so you get commission, if this is a possibility? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 12, 2018

      Hi Dales, thank you for pointing that out! That formatting is part of the print-friendly program that I use and I’m not sure if it is changeable but I will look into it! We do earn a small commission when someone clicks on a link to Amazon from our blog (such as the shop tab or from a link within a post), but your price is never changed for the product, we just get a small commission from Amazon for using an affiliate link on our blog. That’s so nice of you to ask! 🙂 Reply

  • Z
    August 11, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I have a recipe request – since there is still a bit of summer left, can you do a video of you making a cake that looks like a swimming pool? I would like to see that and I think it is perfect for summer. 🏊‍♀️ Reply

    • Natasha
      August 12, 2018

      Hi Z! That sounds like a fun project, although I’m not sure if I’ll have time to film and post that kind of very summery recipe 🙂 We have our filming done a few weeks out currently. Reply

  • Sherry Branch
    August 8, 2018

    Hi Natasha, I want to make my Slavac grandmothers pierogi for a family dinner. When we lived in Portland, OR there were many eastern European grocery stores to find ingredients for her recipes. Now we live in Bend, Or and there is nothing like that here. She always made some potato and cheese pierogi and some with lekvar. Found some on Amazon. Have you ever used Solo brand? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 8, 2018

      Hi Sherry, I am not familiar with that brand so I’m not able to recommend it one way or the other. Amazon is pretty good with ratings and reviews though – I would use that as a gauge. Reply

  • Susan Lauer
    August 8, 2018

    Hello dear, I am 70 years old and of Polish descent. I also love cooking and your recipes give me more ideas. I see you have two beautiful children. Do you have recipes for children, who are fussy eaters? Seems kids want to live on pizza, french fries and chicken nuggets. I would like to see more of a variety, since I cook for my grandchildren. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2018

      Hi Susan! Yes kiddos tend to be picky! In fact I recently sent out a newsletter about picky eaters! We do have several recipes that readers have responded to their picky kids loving! You can try these here Kids love this soup These fritters are always a hit! I would recommend searching the blog for “kids” or “picky eaters” and that should narrow the search down. Let me know if I can offer any other suggestions Susan 🙂 Reply

  • Cynthia A Robinson
    August 8, 2018

    I forgot to add… I made them gluten free by using ground flax… I have an allergy to wheat. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2018

      Cynthia! That is impressive! We often have readers looking for gluten free and healthier options! I’m sure they will find this useful! Thank you! Reply

  • Cynthia A Robinson
    August 8, 2018

    Hi Natasha! Love your blog, your story & your recipes!
    My 1st recipe chosen we’re the salmon patties! I loved the idea of using fresh salmon I stead of canned and they are phenominal.

    I made my own “tartar sauce” using Greek yogurt, a little mayo, sweet pickle relish, garlic powder & Worcestershire sauce. At the last minute I added dill. I think it could have used some fresh lemon juice but they are amazing & I am sharing the recipe & you blog link.

    One of my friends if from Ukraine, her grandmother lives in Boston. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes, and one day surprise her!

    Thank you!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2018

      That’s so great Cynthia! Thank you for sharing your version with us! I’m so happy you discovered our blog! I hope you found a few favorites on here! Reply

  • Emily
    August 7, 2018

    LOVE – LOVE – LOVE your recipes! Would like to see more fish recipes please. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 7, 2018

      Thank you Emily! We do love our fish around here! Reply

  • Alex
    August 7, 2018

    Prevet Natasha!

    This is going to be so random, but did Vadim work at Verizon off of Eagle road? If so I used to always go to him for all my service. Reply

  • Lux
    August 6, 2018

    Hello Natasha!
    We have recently (less than one week!) welcomed an exchange student from Ukraine into our home! I found your site while searching for a recipe for Kielbasa and potatoes (which he requested.) I will be returning often to find dishes that will help him feel at home here in the U.S. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2018

      That’s so great Lux! I’m happy you discovered our blog! Reply

  • Neb
    August 5, 2018

    Beautiful family – beautiful and delicious food. What else can a person wish for.
    Thank you for sharing with us your talent.
    Love,
    Neb Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 5, 2018

      It is our pleasure! We enjoyed sharing our favorite recipes with our readers! Reply

  • betty
    August 5, 2018

    I cannot print this why not Please help Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 5, 2018

      Hi Betty! The print friendly recipe is at the bottom of each post. Once you scroll there, click on the print icon in that recipe card which will open a print screen, then you would need to click file —> print. I hope that helps! If not, please let me know exactly what steps you are taking and where you are navigating to print our recipes. Reply

  • Brigitte Martere
    August 5, 2018

    Natasha I grew up in Poland and Germany. I’ve enjoyed watching your blog and trying some of your recipes….. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 5, 2018

      Hi Brigitte! I’m happy you discovered our blog and so glad you’re enjoying our recipes! Welcome! Reply

  • Donna
    August 4, 2018

    Can I make this in a air fryer? If so at what temperature and for how long. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2018

      Hi Donna! Which recipe are you referring to? I received this comment on my About link 🙂 Reply

  • Mayra Quiroz
    August 4, 2018

    hola natasha , I want to know whwre here on your page if I can buy some books thanks ! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2018

      We don’t have any yet! We are working on something special for the future however! Reply

  • Connie
    August 3, 2018

    These recipes look delicious. My mom used to make baked perogies. They were similar to boiled ones except she used yeast. She covered them with garlic and lard and baked them. She had to punch the dough down a couple of times and keep it warm to let it rise. She died many years ago. I do not have her recipe. It was like eating mini loaves of garlic bread filled with potatoes and farmers cheese. Let me know if you ever made these. Thanks. You have a personality that draws people to your site. It is Christ’s love shininh through you . Connie Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 3, 2018

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments Connie! What you described sounds amazing! I don’t think I have tried anything exactly like that but would love to learn more about it! Reply

  • Fathy
    August 3, 2018

    You all nice Reply

  • Martha Strayer
    August 2, 2018

    I’m so glad that you share your faith along with your excellent recipes, and I enjoy your videos! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 2, 2018

      Thank you so much Martha! I’m so happy you found our blog! 🙂 Reply

  • CLAUDIA MATELLAN
    August 2, 2018

    Hi to you and your beautiful family!
    I am new to your blog. I watched your chicken pesto rolls in facebook shared by a friend so thanks to her because I love your recipes. Simple, healthy, and great pictures by the way!! I have been in so many blogs but yours is the best. Your picture with all the ingredients at once (for photographic memory people is great), then a short video (if you know how to cook that is all you need) and the recipe to share or put it in my book of recipes. See you make everybody happy! Thank you for that! Reply

    • Natasha
      August 2, 2018

      Hi Claudia, your encouraging comment means so much to me! Thank you!! 🙂 Reply

  • Beatrix Goulet
    August 2, 2018

    I love your blog and your dishes, they are simple and delish. I was born in Budapest Hungary and miss my mom’s incredible cooking. I wish I could cook some of her favorites. You have a lovely family. Take care Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 2, 2018

      Thank you Beatrix! You’re so nice! I’m happy you discovered our blog! Reply

  • Mary
    August 2, 2018

    Natasha,
    My grandparents were from Russia and the Ukraine so I grew up on family recipes from the region. Love your site. I made the Blueberry and Lemon cake yesterday it was fantastic! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 2, 2018

      I’m so happy you discovered out blog, Mary! Welcome! Reply

  • Joe Gomez
    July 31, 2018

    I really like all your recipes A Lot ! I have noticed and have commented someplace else that for a Gal with Ukrainian roots you sure are not shy about using Jalapeño Peppers and cilantro on some of your recipes how did THAT come about? Also being I Ornamental Horticulture I was really excited on your video about all the plants that where used in your new home Congratulations When I lived in Boise for about 9 Years I did not see the emphasis placed on plant material like I’m used to in San Diego maybe one of these days do a video on what your Landscape looks like Blessings to you and your Family Reply

    • Natasha
      July 31, 2018

      Hi Joe! I’m not sure how it came about but my husband just developed a deep love for spicy foods and cilantro. 🙂 I am hoping to post something with the landscape once it’s had a chance to become established somewhat 🙂 Reply

  • David Kozlowski
    July 31, 2018

    I’ve been following you on Facebook for a while and came across you by chance. Love the recipes and thought it was kind of good that your name is the same as my daughter. Now that I realise more about your background I realise why I like you so much. Wishing you all the best and keep the interesting recipes coming. More best wishes from your Australian fan! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 31, 2018

      Thank you so much David! I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Welcome! Reply

  • Natalia Grapentine
    July 31, 2018

    Hi Natasha. My name is Natasha too. I live in California. Discover your blog few weeks ago. My kids are extremely picky eaters. I tried some of your recipes and my kids loved them !!!!!! Thank you very much. You have a very beautiful family. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 31, 2018

      We share a great name don’t we? That’s so great! I’m so happy you discovered out blog! Reply

  • Nara
    July 30, 2018

    Hello dear Natasha and your beautiful family!
    My name is Nara-I am mongolian, live in Chicago, IL and HAVE AN UKRAINIAN HUSBAND!
    I started following your blog since 7-8 yrs ago and it really helped me to keep me and my family happy throughout all these years!Love every single your recipes-I tried many of them-especially Spartak cake-my family favorite cake now!

    Love your family and wish you JOY and HAPPINESS! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 30, 2018

      Aww you’re so nice! Thank you for following our blog all these years! I’m all smiles! Reply

  • Baila
    July 29, 2018

    I feel so privileged to have come across such a lovely blog. I have no, absolutely NO, idea about Ukrainian/russian cooking. But I’m very eager to learn more about them. As you go by your recipes, could you point out any hints of Ukrainian and Russian cooking for fools like me? I tried your Parmesan stuffed chicken it was great. I modified it by using cheddar, cream cheese mozerella, mushrooms and hint herbs: Italian seasonings, thyme, oregano . I covered it with flour, egg and crumbs as usual . It turned out to be really great. I later replaced the mushrooms with jalapenos and that was a great idea too Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 30, 2018

      Hi Baila! I’m so happy you discovered our blog and willing to give our recipes a try! We try to add photos with all of our recipes to help with the process. If you have any recipe specific questions please let me know! Reply

  • Viktoriya Kuzmenko
    July 29, 2018

    Just want to say “Hello” from Brisbane, Australia!
    It was so surprising to meet with your blog in the worldwide Internet’s jungle, Natasha!
    Immediately going to cook Lamb stew now! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 30, 2018

      Hi Victoria! I’m so happy you found our blog and all the way in Australia! Welcome! Reply

  • Deborah
    July 29, 2018

    Love your Blueberry lemon cake. I made it and took it to work. The nurses I work with had it gone in 30 mins. This one is a keeper Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 30, 2018

      That’s so great Deborah! Thank you for sharing that with me! 🙂 Reply

  • Heike Keohane
    July 28, 2018

    Hi from Germany. Just found your page and happy to be a part. I am german, ex hubby is Scottish, now hubby English with Irish background. I worked in Texas back in 79, now we live at the North Sea Coast of Germany. Would love to hear from you. A good young friend of mine is from Kasachstan. Do you still speak Russian? Regards Heike Reply

    • Natasha
      July 28, 2018

      Hi Heike, welcome to my blog! I do speak some Russian and Ukrainian. I hope you love everything you try from our blog 🙂 Reply

  • Maggie
    July 28, 2018

    i was going to ask about a cook book that would be awesome. love your recipes and they are very easy to follow. i am Maggie from miami florida.best of luck with your cookbook hope is soon so i can purchase. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 28, 2018

      You are so nice Maggie! Thank you! We will keep our readers posted! Reply

  • Angela M Goddard
    July 27, 2018

    Hi, Natasha! I love watching you cook and your recipes are the best!! Do you know is you will be coming out with a print cookbook? I have been saving most of the recipes in a facebook file, but I’m old fashioned and love the written page!! Thank you, Angela Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 27, 2018

      Hi Angela! Thank you for the compliment! I’m beginning to create my first cookbook this year, stay tuned! Reply

  • Susan Carl
    July 26, 2018

    Hello, Natasha. I saw your Easy Allmond Cake recipe on Facebook. A friend had shared it. (It looks SO yummy and I can’t wait to try it!) So I decided to visit your blog and really enjoyed reading about you and your family. I myself am from Ukrainian heritage. All four of my grandparents immigrated to the US from Ukraine in the early 1900s. My parents were the first generation born in the US. I can’t wait to further explore your blog and recipes! My mother made many Ukrainian foods that I have recipes for. I attend a Slavic church picnic every year to also enjoy many of the foods! Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 26, 2018

      I’m so happy you discovered our blog Susan! Welcome! Thank you for sharing that with me! 🙂 Reply

  • Betsy Traylor
    July 25, 2018

    I’ve enjoyed watching your blog and trying some of your recipes. So happy to see this background information on you and your family. I knew there was something special about you! Thank you and Blessings to you! Reply

    • Natasha
      July 25, 2018

      You’re so sweet 🙂 Thank you Betsy!! Blessings to you as well! Reply

  • Rob Portaro
    July 25, 2018

    Hi Natasha, I too have Ukrainian heritage and my family loves our “specialty” recipes. Do you ever do any Whole30 recipes? Thanks in advance and we are big fans of Natasha’s Kitchen!!
    Best,
    Rob Reply

    • Natasha
      July 25, 2018

      Hi Rob, we do have recipes that would work in the whole 30 diet but they are not categorized in one specific category that way. I will keep that in mind in the future so they are easier to search. I’m so glad you enjoy our recipes 🙂 Reply

  • Laura
    July 25, 2018

    Finally someone willing to teach Slavic cooking! Everyone I talk to are all hush hush and seeing all these recipes.. especially piroshky… Makes me so happy. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 25, 2018

      I’m so happy you discovered our blog, Laura!! Welcome! Reply

  • Don
    July 24, 2018

    I made the Shrimp and Avocado salad today, also the marinated Cherry tomatoes. Both were AWESOME !!! My daughter Julie loved both. 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 24, 2018

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me :). That’s just awesome!! Reply

  • Sabre'
    July 24, 2018

    Absolutely LOVE your recipes, your instructional videos and YOU!!!
    Have made several of your recipes, and they never disappoint.
    Your family is awesome and I will continue to watch and share you with my friends 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 24, 2018

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughtful feedback! I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Reply

  • Vsevolod
    July 23, 2018

    Greeting from Volodymyr-Volynskyy, Volyn region, Ukraine. It’s very interesting and useful site, especially recipe of Borsch and Vareniki. Reply

  • dee
    July 23, 2018

    Wanting to make lemon blueberry cake but measurements are in cups. Your cup measurements are different to ours. Do you have cup measurements ie weights somewhere please. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2018

      Hi Dee, If you scroll down to the printable copy you can select the Metric version vs US Customary measurements. Simply click Metric and it will change the measurements for you. You may find this measuring guide useful as well. I hope this helps. Reply

  • ashlee
    July 23, 2018

    You are so stinking cute. I love watching your videos, and that we live in the same state! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2018

      You’re so nice! Thank you, Ashlee! Reply

  • marilyn
    July 23, 2018

    the cream cheese for the dasnish is it to be put into the danish before it goes into the oven or is it to go in after danish is cooked? i lookede and it doesnt say anywhere Reply

    • Natasha
      July 23, 2018

      Hi Marilyn, add the cream cheese to the danish before it is cooked. If you are referring to this danish, it also helps to watch the video tutorial. I hope you love the recipe! Reply

  • Kelly
    July 22, 2018

    Natasha, you are a beautiful person inside and out and I look forward to your recipes… I have made a couple of them and have never been disappointed. Keep up the amazing work ! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2018

      Thank you Kelly! I appreciate the thoughtful comment! Reply

  • Kouky
    July 21, 2018

    Really ur amazing…i am following u here in instgram and on u tube.not only ur food is great and nice…but ur soul even…love ur food&the way ur presenting the food with love…thanx for everthing💕 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 21, 2018

      Thank for so much for your sweet comment! You’re so nice! Reply

  • Judy
    July 21, 2018

    Hi Natasha,

    I’m so glad I came across your blog. A couple of generations ago, my family on both sides immigrated from Russia. Unfortunately, it seems that the influence of Russian cooking did not get passed down to the current generation.

    I’m looking forward to trying out some recipes on your blog.

    Regards… Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 21, 2018

      Hi Judy! I hope this blog and my recipes allow you to make that connection with your roots! I know how important that can be. I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Welcome! Reply

  • Shirley Ward
    July 21, 2018

    Natasha, Sooooo glad I found you on Face Book!!!! You have some awesome recipies…I love cooking and am always looking for new and “exciting” recipies…yes….I get excited about food!!!!! Been cooking for many, many years and am always wanting to try new ideas in the kitchen!!! Keep up the good work… Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 21, 2018

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy you found us on Facebook and discovered our blog! Welcome! Reply

  • Omar
    July 20, 2018

    I absolutely love your recipes! I try to make every one I see, please never stop! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 20, 2018

      Thank you so much Omar! That’s so great!! Thank you for following our blog! Reply

  • Brock Lightning
    July 19, 2018

    The recipes are WOW!!!!!! love it Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 19, 2018

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment! I’m so happy you discovered our blog. Reply

  • Morgan Jones
    July 18, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I just discovered your blog yesterday when I was looking for a salmon salad recipe. We had your salmon avocado salad and LOVED it. My family and I spent five years teaching in Kyiv and spent much of that time learning what Ukrainian cuisine was all about (so much more than pork and potatoes!), so I was so excited to see that you’re celebrating your Ukrainian heritage through cooking. Can’t wait to explore more! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 19, 2018

      That’s so awesome! What a wonderful experience that must’ve been for you. Thank you for sharing that with me Morgan! Reply

  • Jocelyn
    July 17, 2018

    Hello from Dubai!
    I just found your blog, thanks to the cheesy potato pancake video. I cannot wait to explore more and try some of your recipes. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 18, 2018

      Hi Jocelyn, I’m so happy you discovered our blog! Welcome! Reply

  • Patrisha
    July 17, 2018

    HELLO! I sure am glad I found you’ll and the good recipes you share.

    I’m sure I will be spending too much time on here learning what Ukranians and others eat, as well as spending a lot of money and time in the kitchen now…;-)

    You know, when I saw that you’all were from another country, I was happy to read your story, but also saddened that people of all races and countries can not get along and share like we do on sites like this.

    I pray for love and peace for us all.

    Again, thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work. I am enjoying every moment I spend on here.

    Have a great day!

    P.S. Please DON’T share my info, o.k.? Reply

    • Natasha
      July 18, 2018

      Hi Patrisha, thank you for writing in! No worries, we never share your info when you leave a comment. I even masked your email address on the back end :). Have a great weekend! Reply

  • Daphnee
    July 16, 2018

    hola , vi tu receta de biscocho con fresas ,lo hice y salio delicioso,entonces decidi pertenecer a tu blog y poder disfrutar de distintos sabores en la cocina….muchas gracias. Reply

  • Melanie Afrikian
    July 15, 2018

    I just discovered your blog and am very excited to check out your pulled chicken recipe for my son’s going away party , as he will be leaving to be a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine this August. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 16, 2018

      I’m so happy you found our blog, Melanie! Welcome! Reply

  • Donna Kajfasz
    July 14, 2018

    I love your recipes! Anytime I have tried something of yours, has never let me down….Last thing I tried was the Avocado Corn Salad…my family loved it~thank you!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 15, 2018

      I’m so happy you all enjoyed this as a family! Thank you for sharing that with us, Donna! Reply

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