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 Ukrainian church. We strive to walk in love and live our lives by the word of God and life of Jesus.

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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 700 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.

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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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  • Sarah Jaime
    November 20, 2017

    The Canadian flour you talk about is it available at the Sams clubs in the usa? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2017

      Hi Sarah, I’m not sure since we don’t have a Sam’s Club – it may be region specific. I would suggest calling first to save yourself a trip 🙂 We have it locally in Cash and Carry and in Winco. Reply

  • Jarmila Polte
    November 18, 2017

    Hello Natasha, I thank you for your very clear instructions for Baklava. I have made this many times, but your directions are so clear that I feel so much more organized doing it your way.
    I’m making baklava for 18 (for tomorrow); it makes me laugh when everyone praises this and they think that it’s possible only through magic!
    So glad I came across your blog. I’ll be a regular now. ~ Jarmila
    P.S. I’m an immigrant too; from the former Czechoslovakia. At this time of the year, I really miss my mother’s baking. She certainly could make Christmas cookies! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 20, 2017

      I’m so glad you found my site and are enjoying the recipes! Thanks for following Jarmila! 🙂 Reply

  • Mary
    November 15, 2017

    Hi Natasha thank you for the yummy recipes. Please it will be great if we can have healthy recipes for the kids to take with the to school. Thank you Reply

  • Michelle-Rose
    November 15, 2017

    Hi Natasha,

    Love your recipes. Are you planning on having a stuffing recipe in the future? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2017

      Hi Michelle, we don’t traditionally make stuffing in our family. I don’t know why but we have never had stuffing served at our family Thanksgiving dinners. If I come across something really great in the future, I will be sure to share it! Reply

  • Fungai
    November 14, 2017

    Hi Natasha I recently stumbled upon your recipes on you tube and have been inspired to try them at home.Love that your ingredients are easily accessible. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 14, 2017

      Hello! I’m so glad you found my page! Thanks for following and please let me know what you think of the recipes! Reply

  • Margit
    November 13, 2017

    Hello Natasha! I recently found your blog, it is just super. I get a lot of inspiration from there. Thank you, and hello from Estonia. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 13, 2017

      Welcome to the site Margot and you are very welcome😬 Reply

  • Vanessa L Sims
    November 10, 2017

    I just “happened” upon your food blog. As a Children’s Minister, most of my time has been spent on or with others and cooking was a very rushed or non-productive time for me. I now care for my widowed 83 yr old mother and while still serving in ministry as a support roll, I’m enjoying the process of LEARNING how to cook and be adventurous in the kitchen learning to prepare meals that both my husband and mother will enjoy according to their personal tastes. I’m excited to follow your blog and am inspired by your story and Christian foundation. Looking forward to sharing your recipes! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 10, 2017

      I’m so glad you found my blog Vanessa! Please let me know what your family thinks of the recipes! God Bless 🙂 Reply

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