Hi there! My name is Natasha Kravchuk. My handsome husband, Vadim, and I started Natasha’s Kitchen in 2009 and develop recipes and recipe videos full time together.
I come from a family of fantastic cooks and I’m here to share generations of recipes that are homey, fresh, healthy, family-friendly, authentic, and adventurous. Most importantly, our recipes taste great and you can trust that they actually work.
My parents came to the US as refugees from Ukraine when I was 4 years old. They brought 5 tiny girls and had nothing but a stack of suitcases. They didn’t know the language, but worked hard and achieved the American dream. Watch the TV News Segment about our incredible story.
Growing up, I used to be so shy I thought no one would marry me until my husband came along and swept me off my feet (true story). I married my wonderful husband Vadim (who is also Ukrainian) over 16 years ago. We are blessed with two children. Every recipe that I develop is thoroughly tested and approved by each of us and is often critiqued by relatives and friends. We only post the recipes we love and make over and over.
We live in Idaho, “Ida-who?” Potatoes, people, potatoes! Our family attends Life Church Boise. We strive to walk in love and live our lives by the word of God and the life of Jesus.
We’re so thankful to be full-time foodies and recipe developers. We’re living our dream because of you and I can’t thank you enough! I draw on all of my past experiences which make me the recipe developer, video creator, photographer, writer, and business owner that I am today. We set the bar high so you can expect great recipes and videos here. God has made all of my past experiences working for my good.
- Starting as a teen, I worked for 7 years as a business intern (my most valuable ‘education’).
- Earned my bachelors degree in Business (long story)
- Worked as a Realtor for 4 years during which I had an early mid-life crisis and cried a lot (let’s just say it wasn’t for me).
- Second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and worked as an RN in telemetry (shorter story, but still long).
- Blogging since 2009
So, I’m a wife, mom, food blogger, video creator, photographer, writer, influencer, social media boss, entrepreneur, and worship leader. If I were a sandwich, I’d be a chicken bacon avocado on focaccia.
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 about 1,000 recipes and about 7 Million hungry visitors per month. In March 2021, we passed 2,000,000 subscribers on Youtube and our channel is growing fast.
My goal with Natasha’s Kitchen is for you to really discover and fall in love with cooking and find many new favorite recipes your family will love. 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.
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 single-handedly running 3 cameras at once).
Much of the recipes I share come from my Mom and Mother-in-law, family, friends, and experience in the kitchen. I am so thankful to have such amazing people in my life who generously share their rich knowledge of cooking.
How I got Started Cooking:
To be completely honest, 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 and 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 weight 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!
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.
Get Featured: 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).
Disclaimer: This blog includes only my own opinions and is not professional advice. It is not intended to be dietary advice or 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 cheeseburgers.
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Tried a few of your recipes and they are so tasty. Thanks for sharing. God bless!!!
You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed my recipes, Mandy! Blessings to you!
Hello Natasha, me and my son (2 years) often watch and cook according to your recipes. I love them, thank you.
Actually, I have a foodblog as well, here in Czech Republic. And you might know, we are having a lot of people from Ukraine here now. I would like to make some traditional recipe and there is a czech web page saing that typical ukrainian cake would be made from poppy seeds with no flour. And topped with whipped cream and strawberries.
I would like to use the recipe as a welcome gesture. If you could give me your advice, I would be very happy. My reading of ukraine texts is not well enough for exact recipes 🙁
The czech page about cake
Hi Minnie, honestly I am in the same boat. I can read Ukrainian but I would be relying on google translate quite a bit so I might not be the best source for that. Thank you for all you are doing to help!
Hi Natasha, I have been a super fan for sooooo long. My favorites foodie file is 80% all you. I want you to know I am praying and doing what I can do short of fighting in Ukraine. Keep strong.
I googled “meatloaf recipes” and when I saw yours, I immediately knew I had to make it because your chocolate chip cookie recipe is the best and so is this meatloaf!! Thank you so much for saving the day!!
You’re welcome, Pamela. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try.
I absolutely love your videos and your wonderful recipes. I do have a question, what pans to you recommend, I would like to purchase some new ones and there are so many choices. I appreciate your feedback.
I also want you to know that we are all praying for the people of Ukraine. I hope your family and relatives there are safe.
Thank you so much for your time.
Thank you so much for your prayers. You can see the kitchen use that I use and recommend on my Amazon Affiliate shop. I hope that helps!
Hi Rosemarie, I think that would be alright. I haven’t tested that yet but feel free to experiment!
My husband introduced me to your recipes and haven’t found one we didn’t love!!
Your beloved country is in our prayers.
I’m so happy to hear that, Connie. Thanks to your husband too for recommending you to us!
Hi Natasha, I want to make your rugelach cookies for my best friend when I visit her this coming Saturday morning. Can I prepare them the night before, put them in the refrigerator and then bake them the next morning? Thanks 😘🙋🏼♀️
I love your you tube Shows. Your sense of humor slays me!!!!🤣🤣 you are now my “GO TO” recipe find. Thank you!
Your newest fan
Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Marta! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my youtube recipes! I hope you try more recipes soon!
Hi Natasha, I am a big fan of you and your cooking. We as a family in India really adore you, you are a great bleesing. So moved and in tears to know you were from Ukraine and you are doing your best in support of the crisis. God bless you more and more.
Thank you so much for your kind words and support. It means a lot to us!
Hi from the Southeast Asia. Really love your cooking show and basically I find most of recipes are easy to make and the ingredients are on the shelves 😀
Looking forward for more brilliant recipes and tips from you! x
Hello there, I’m glad you’re enjoying my recipes! Thank you for your good comments and feedback, we appreciate it.
I am loving your recipes! There are two elderly gentlemen without teeth that I prepare food for. They love your meatballs—soft, flavorful, and easy to eat. You are crossing generations with your culinary expertise. Keep it up girlfriend!
Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles
Praying for Ukraine, we have many friends currently in Ukraine, and have visited Kyiv twice. Such a beautiful country with such kind people
Thank you for your prayers, Linda and for thinking of the people in Ukraine. It means a lot to us.
Dear Natasha, you are in my – and everyone’s here in Germany-thoughts and prayers. May God keep your family and your friends there safe from harm. We hope for a speedy end to this horrible war.
You’re so kind! Thank you Roesemarie!
God bless you & your family!
I am praying for peace to be restored in Ukraine.
Thank you so much Rose!
Hi Natasha – Could you please list the organizations you are suggesting for donations…I know you’ve put them on your FB Story, but those links are gone after 24 hours. We continue to pray for Ukraine and her people – our hearts are breaking over this ruthless and evil aggression against Ukraine – may peace, humanity, justice and sane minds prevail! <3
Hello Caroline, thank you for that suggestion. I have the link in my Instagram profile and I also share this organization that I trust, Samaritan’s Purse. Thank you so much for thinking of the people in Ukraine.
Would you consider putting all of your recipe into some sort of print format or book that the public can purchase? Admittedly, trying to follow your recipes, with all the advertisements on these pages is extremely frustrating! Nine chances out of 10, I’d get so flustered that I’d give up and leave. If you ever do, please let me know and I will be first in line to buy one!
Hello Patty, I am actually working on a cookbook now. Stay tuned, I’ll make sure to share it with you all when it’s done.
I love all of your recipes. We’re praying for Ukraine and alll of their wonderful people.❤️
I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes, Anita! Thank you so much ❤️
We are outraged at what is happening to your country of birth. We pray everyday this all gets resolved. Very , Very impressed by the power and courage of the Ukrainian people. Badass folks.
Thank you for thinking of the people in Ukraine. Your prayers will be ver helpful.
Natasha, I want you to know that all of America is praying for you, your family and your fellow countrymen and women as you all go through this horrible tragedy in Ukraine. This may not be the most appropriate place to send you this message, but I felt it was important.
Thank you for your prayers, we appreciate it.
Long time lurker and lover of your recipes! The chicken mango avocado salad is a family favorite! Just came here to say during what must be a difficult time for you and your loved ones, my prayers and thoughts are with you and the Ukrainian people. Take care of yourself!
Thank you for your prayers, we appreciate it. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try.
Hello Natasha. I want to thank you from all the bottom of my heart for all yoir wonderful videos recipies you have put up. You are such an inspiration and joy to watch. Everytine I click on Natasha’s Kitchen I feel inspired because of you. You are a shining light in these dark days..I am praying for all people in the Ukraine and any of your friends and family that are affected. In the name of Jesus I pray for peace and this nightmare will end. Bless you Natasha and thank you for all you do. xxx
Hi Lynda, thank you for your kind words and good feedback. I also appreciate you thinking of us, it means a lot to us.
My heart hurts for the people of Ukraine, as no doubt yours does, too. Joining my prayers with yours and those of millions more around the world for protection and for peace for the people of Ukraine.
Thank you so much Teresa!
I’ve been following you for several years and love your recipes and easy to follow videos. Next, I’m praying daily for the citizens of Ukrain. Lastly, I have a question about a recipe. My grandmother was from Lithuania and used to make a soup she called Sauerkraut Soup. I know it was made with short ribs, sauerkraut and had some carrots and maybe potatoes. Does this sound at all familiar to you and if so, do you have a recipe or a link to one?
Hi Kathy, I have a similar soup recipe. It doesn’t use short ribs but it may be close enough to what you are looking for. I’ll attach the link here. https://natashaskitchen.com/sauerkraut-soup-recipe-kapustnyak/
Let me know what you think if you try this recipe.
we here in Czech Republic, only 300 km away from the Ukraine, we do pray for the people there. We are so sad and honestly scared too. We know very good from the past how danger and bad Russians are. I truly hope Mr. Zelensky will get all the support and hele he asks for. I do admire him how he is ready to protect his country. Hope your friends and family will be safe.
Hi Natasha. I am needing to replace our old, warped cookware set and would like to know what you would recommend for some excellent quality pots and pans. We cook on a gas stove so I ‘m thinking something more compatible to gas. I would appreciate hearing your reviews. Thanks. Michelle
Hi Michelle, my favorite kitchen tools are linked to the blog titled “Shop”! You’ll find my most used items linked there, I hope you find what you’re looking for 🙂
NATASHA – I AM SO GLAD YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE HERE IN AMERICA. I FEEL SO BAD FOR UKRAINE AND I HOPE ALL OF YOUR LOVE ONES THAT ARE IN UKRAINE ARE SAFE. MY PRAYERS TO GOD THE SON JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT — BE WITH ALL OF UKRAINE
Praying for Ukraine from Houston, Texas. Blessings! Thankful for your story and the work you do.
God bless you and your family . Praying for your families in Ukrain. Jesus is in control. We just need to believe that . We are praying for my coworkers that has families there. Filipino churches in Canada and here in Philly are doing the same thing . Let’s join together to pray and bang the doors of heaven for a miracle for those people. 🙏
Just wanted to let you know that you, your family and all the people in the Ukraine are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for all your recipes, I have tried and love many.
Hi, Natasha and Vadim. I was scrolling through your videos, and noticed that almost every one starts with “Hi everyone, it’s Natasha from Natashaskitchen.com”.
I’m from Texas. Can you at least think about starting some videos with “Hi, y’all”?
I love your videos, especially the stellar camera work and special effects. But still waiting for a kolache recipe!
Thats cute! I love that suggestion. I definitely have a habit formed but I’ll keep that in mind 🙂
Where in Ukraine are you from? Do you still have family there, adn if so, have you heard from them since the invasion?
Hi J.D. I am from Krivoy Rog and the last I heard, everyone is well but there is panic over there and grocery stores are empty, people are trying to get out. It’s a scary time. Please pray for the people of Ukraine.
Hope any friends and relatives in Ukraine are safe and sound. The trouble is all over the news and it’s so sad. Wish you and your family the very best.
My heart goes out to you and your family at the atrocity happening in Ukraine.
I will pray for the safety of the people and a quick resolve to this terrible nightmare.
We are thinking about you and your extended family right now. Hoping all of your friends are safe. Wishing for a peaceful resolution in the Ukraine, somehow.
We love your recipes. Each one is perfection. We are so grateful for your work.
Sending all the best wishes.
Thank you for thinking of us, we appreciate it.
Hi Natasha, thanks for the many great recipes! My compliments to you also for the entertaining and personal way you show us how to cook your recipes, and also compliments to the cameraman, your hubby. Good work! Thanks so much. Keep up the good work! I visit you website OFTEN:-)
P.S. I‘m an American living in Germany…
Hello Rosemarie, thank you so much for your kind words and good feedback. It helps inspire us to do more videos and recipes. We appreciate your support.
Love so many of your recipes. thank you. I want to know with your chow main recipe is “cook noodles” what kind of noodles do you use?Georgia
They are egg noodles, most grocery stores carry dry chow mein noodles in the Asian aisle. But, if you are lucky, you will find pre-cooked chow mein noodles in the refrigerated section that can be thrown straight into your pan.
I just wanted to tell you that every one of your recipes that we’ve tried, my family LOVES! I recently made the stuffed shells and my son asked to take the leftovers for lunch! When I tell my kids that I’m make a “Natasha recipe” they are get so excited.
Tonight I’m making the Broccoli Chicken Stir Fry! So excited! Thank you for sharing your gift with us!
Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Rosalie!
Do you sift your flour before measuring or do you call for it when you specifically want it?
Hi Stephen, I don’t always sift my flour but because it settles to the bottom and becomes dense over time as it sits in its container, I fluff it up a little bit using a spoon. Then I spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level off the top with a straight edge.
You are such a wonderful breath of fresh air on social media! I have made several of your recipes and am eager and excited to try many more! Your content is professionally and beautifully created! Thank you for sharing your gift and passion for cooking with us!
Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Sarah! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes.
Natasha , U are the cutest ever!!!
Your videos are so fun to watch!
Thank you for your compliment and for always watching!
Congrats on a succesful blog! My boys would often ask if we are having a Facebook meal again, meaning they saw me getting “tips and pointers” from your Facebook page. Even for us South Africans your meals are “relevant” and easy to prepare. All glory to Him for blessing you with such a talent!
Jothea, thank you so very much for the kind words. I am so happy you and your family enjoy my recipes. God bless!
My Dear Natasha,
Your recipes and videos have widened our repertoire and enhanced our skills. Our Shabbos meals are made more holy because of you.
As we watch the terrible events unfold in Ukraine, my heart is with you and your family.
May the G-d of us all bless you and your family and keep them safe.
Thank you, Chana. I appreciate your kind words and good feedback.
I’ve only tried the one recipe,so far, so I’m a newbie 😆 but it DID turn out great. I trust your ingredients and can actually follow the instructions! On a side note though; are you related to Marzia from the little spice jar?😜
Hi Suzanne, haha no but thanks for the compliment. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!
Hello Natasha. Love all you recipes. I need a good recipe for backed corned beef for sandwiches
Hi Rosetta, good to hear that you are enjoying my recipes. I don’t have a recipe for a corned beef sandwich yet but here are my sandwich recipes.
Looking for a recipe for Osso Bucco. You are always my first go to for recipes cause I know it will work and I know it will be good.
Hi there, I don’t have a recipe for that yet but thanks for the suggestion. I’ll make sure to share if I find a great recipe!
When making rice could you use olive oil or canola oil instead of butter? If so how much!
Thanks, love your site and the pictures
Hi Bernie, yes that would work fine. You could substitute in equal amounts or use a little less. Some people don’t use any butter or oil at all.
Would love to have actual cookbooks – have you ever considered publishing any? I apologize in advance if you have already – just haven’t seen them. I do love your recipes!
Hi Peggy, no worries at all. I am actually already working on the cookbook, I will surely share it with you all when it’s available.
Please help. I’m looking into getting an air fryer and see you use the Cuisinart 60. Several reviews indicate that the thermostat doesn’t work and it gets really hot. Cuisinart is a good name, but I’m hesitant. Thoughts?
Hi Stephanie, I haven’t had any issues with it, but as with all things, there could be a few issues out there. PErsonal we have enjoyed it. BTW, you can find our favorite kitchen tools in our Amazon Affiliate Shop HERE I have other air fryers we have tried listed there.
Russian tea cakes – Secret 🤫 or mom will kill me 😂. I use your recipes so it’s only fair.
Try with King Arthur’s flour – shift TWICE.
Use a mix of 3 nuts – walnut, pecan, almond
Hi Natasha – would you consider doing an Asian cold noodle salad with grilled chicken, a bit of red cabbage and raw snap peas – it’s all about the dressing and I would love to see your rendition of it – cheers from Canada 🇨🇦
Thanks for the suggestion, Marnelle. I’ll try to add that to our list.
I love your website and your recipes but I would like to see an excellent recipe for Baba Ghanoush! I love this dish and it is so healthy! I would also like to find roasted sesame seed paste! I’ve tried liquid smoke but the dish is not the same without that. Keep up the good! You are such a blessing!
Thank you so much for that suggestion, Anita! I don’t have a Baba Ghanoush recipe at this time, but I do have a Hummus recipe HERE. We also have an Eggplant spread you may enjoy HERE.
Hi Natasha! I’ve been making your recipes for several years now and absolutely love them! I just started my own blog and would love your feedback on how I can make it better. You are my inspiration! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes!
Hi Tracy, glad you’re enjoying my recipes. Good luck on your new journey!
Hi Natasha love your recipes & trying new things..Will continue to enjoy your tummy food.
I’m happy to hear that. Thank you for your support.
I have tried many of your recipes and continue to do so. Though I am Canadian I have lived in Vienna, Austria for over 45 years so I’m closer to your home country than you are! Smile! Thank for making cooking so easy and delicious! Best to you and your family! Jo-Ann
You are very welcome! I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try.
Where did you grow up after you moved to the U.S if so was it in Boise?
The cream puffs I made with Caputo Fioreglut gluten free flour came out amazing with your cream pufd recipe. I can’t attach a pic here but the looked beautiful.
Hi Julie, great job! I’m sure it looks beautiful and it tastes great.
Really interested in your Jura coffee machine. What coffee beans do you recommend.
Hi Reba, we have been using the organic san francisco blend from Costco. Nearly any blend we’ve tried works well since that machine makes amazing coffee.
Hi Natasha! What a joy to read about your life! (5 sisters! I can’t imagine!) I like you cooked out of necessity, but got good at it. My brother went to CIA Culinary School. I went to Nursing School. Now that I’m retired I use your recipes for my church’s meal train!
God Bless you & Keep On Cookin’!
Remember “Kissin’ Don’t Last…..
Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Christine!
Do you have a Chicken Fried Steak recipe? Can you use Sirloin? I see a lot of recipes using cube steak and I’m not a fan of that.
Hi Leala, I don’t have a recipe for that yet but thanks for the suggestion. I’ll try to add that to our list.
Just stumbled across your blog today and as a fellow Ukrainian, I was so excited to read about you and your family,,, also looking forward to trying your recipes!
Hi Natalia, great to have you here. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!
I love all your recipes. I am so grateful that you have this site. Thank you and God bless you and your family.
Hello Alicia, I’m happy that you’re enjoying my recipes. Thank you too for your support and I hope you’ll enjoy all the recipes that you will try.
I cooked one of your recipe one pan chicken broccoli stir fry for my family they loved. Thank you so much
I’m glad they enjoyed it! I hope your family will love all the other recipes that you will try for them.
Your video of 54 second Instant Pot Baked Potatoes Video is interrupted Hal by a 1.5 minute video and when the video is supposed to continue it never does. It moved on the to another recipe. Please fix.
Hi Charles, thank you for letting me know. I have never encountered this, usually, if a video or ad pops up you’ll be able to close it after a while if you click on the x button. Are you sure you’re not pressing anything to move to the next recipe?
Hi — Love your pita bread recipe! But I can’t for the life of me get rid of that dimple i the dough balls, even though I’ve watched your video several times. What’s your secret? Thanks.
Hi Jeff, for me, it’s just continuing to roll until it goes away (or is almost gone – it’s not always perfect). Also, is it possible you might be adding too much flour? I could see how that might be causing it? Make sure you aren’t flouring your counter when you roll them.
Thank you! Yep, I didn’t have a kitchen scale, so it’s possible I’m adding too much flour.
I am a baker too .What is your recipe for scones and french macarons?
Hi Hope, you can find our scones HERE and our French Macarons HERE. If you look at the top of the blog, you can find our different categories and recipes and a search box! I hope you try our recipes soon!
Hello Natasha,i love to cook and wondering how best to prepare lasagna. I still struggle with it. Thanks
Hi Hope, you can find our Lasagna recipes HERE.
I am not very good at cooking things besides following recipes. What would you say is the best way to expand someone’s cooking skills?
Hi Lane, practice makes perfect. The fact that you’re very willing to learn is already a good sign.
I made your chicken casserole (Chicken Gloria) we all loved it, I gave the recipe to my daughter who is making it next week. I will be keeping this and making it again and again.
That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Joyce!
What to do if my husband does not like mushrooms in Chicken Pot Pie? What would I add more of to, make it nice and full? Thanks.
Hi Heather, others replace the mushrooms with potatoes and liked it!
Yes, we don’t like mushrooms either, the potatoes work well.
Would love the recipe for the choc. Cupcake and frosting. It looked so good.
Hi Ann, you can find that HERE. I hope you love it!
I love your website. I see where over time, you recommend different Air Fryers. I do not have space for a large one. Which one do you, presently, recommend in the pull out drawer version?
Hi Beth, you can find our favorite kitchen tools in our Amazon Affiliate Shop HERE.
I absolutely love everyone of your recipes! I come home to a hungry husband ans son and I need to come up with a hearty meal every night, and fast! You never disappoint, you are my Go to Girl on Pinterest! Thank you!
It is my pleasure to share these recipes, Linda. I hope your family will love all the recipes that you will try!
NICE SHOW ON THE Q/A .. A GREAT JOB FROM THE FAMILY OF FOUR. THE KIDS DID A FANTASTIC JOB AS THE CAMERA CREW.. COME ON NATASHA- I NEED THAT ITALIAN BEEF RECIPE . I SEND YOU MANY BLESSINGS
Thanks a lot for watching that video, Frank. I’m happy that you enjoyed it! Here are my beef recipes at the moment. I’ll try to add more recipes on our list.
I’m in the middle of fixing your special meatloaf sauce and I don’t have onion powder!! I Have chopped onions and minced onions or a real onion. What can I substitute for the onion powder? This is a wonderful meatloaf and it is my second time fixing it. I love the sauce! Hope you can text me right away so my sauce will be perfect!
Hi Joyce, you can use try garlic powder or onion flakes (dried minced onion).