About

Welcome to Natasha’s Kitchen! I’m Natasha Kravchuk, and together with my husband, Vadim, we’ve been passionately developing and sharing tried-and-true recipes since 2009. Over the years, we have created a trusted recipe resource beloved by millions.

In 2023, I published my debut cookbook – Natasha’s Kitchen Cookbook, which quickly became a New York Times Best-Seller for three consecutive weeks. The book is an extension of our blog with top-quality recipes you can trust.

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 are meticulously tested and guaranteed to be delicious and reliable.

Natasha holding a lasagna casserole

My Family and Faith

My culinary journey is deeply rooted in my family’s story. My family came to the U.S. 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. My parent’s resilience and passion for food inspire every recipe I create.

Natasha with family posing on steps next to a house
Natasha with her parents and 4 sisters (Natasha is the middle child)

Growing up, I was so shy that I thought no one would marry me until my husband came along and swept me off my feet (true story). Over 20 years ago, I married my wonderful husband, Vadim (who is also Ukrainian). 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 (famous for its potatoes) and we love the quieter pace of our beautiful state. 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.

Natasha and Vadim slicing vegetables in the kitchen

Professional Background

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! My heritage and diverse professional background, including years in business and nursing, have uniquely equipped me to be 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.

The Resume

  • 2003-2007: I worked for 7 years as a business intern, which I consider my most valuable education. My boss and mentor taught me the importance of excellence in business and meticulous attention to detail, which has served me well.
  • 2007 Earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a double major in human resource management
  • 2007-2012 – Worked as a Realtor for 4 years. Fun fact: it was during my realtor days that I learned about blogging (although blogging about real estate was undeniably more boring than food)
  • 2012 Earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse in Telemetry. The courses I took in nutrition, as well as being in a caring profession, made for a natural transition into serving my audience with recipes and connections that nurture body and soul.
  • Blogging since 2009 – What started as a way to share my family’s recipes and culinary journey, has turned into a vibrant community of millions of home cooks.

To summarize all of the many hats I wear – I am a wife, mom, food blogger, cookbook author, recipe developer, video creator, photographer, writer, influencer, social media boss, and entrepreneur, and I love to sing in my church choir. If I were a sandwich, I’d be a Chicken Bacon Avocado on Focaccia.

Natasha with family serving food

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 (like our internet-famous Meatloaf and beloved Banana Bread Recipe). I hope you enjoy this blog and find recipes that will become your family favorites as well.

Natasha with mom and daughter making pierogi

Natasha’s Kitchen Today

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 1,300 recipes and about 19 million hungry visitors per month. In 2024, we passed 3,500,000 subscribers on YouTube and our channel is growing fast. We’ve been featured on:

  • Forbes
  • Good Morning America
  • ABC News
  • New York Times
  • Associated Press
  • USA Today
  • And hundreds more (see Press page for more)

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.

Most of the recipes I share come from my mom and mother-in-law, family, friends, and my own experience in the kitchen. I am so thankful to have such amazing people in my life who generously share their rich knowledge of cooking.

Natasha's family prepping food in the kitchen

Natasha’s Kitchen Recipes

It’s very important to me to share trusted recipes that are reliable and work well in every kitchen and for every cooking skill level. This is why I develop and perfect all of my recipes through careful research and several rounds of testing.

Every recipe is tested and approved by my family, and often friends, relatives, and even neighbors. 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).

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 Doctor or nutritionist for medical or dietary advice. I am not liable if you eat too many Cheeseburgers.

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  • Stephanie
    February 12, 2018

    I fell upon your website last year and it has been a huge blessing and lifesaver for this single working mom of one athletic teen boy and one busy ballerina girl! Your website is peaceful and user friendly! Not all websites have that. Some sites are cluttered and too busy for my eyes and I can’t see myself making the recipe, but with your site I can read thru the recipe and see myself putting it together with simple ease yet still with amazing flavor. Your website is saved in my favorites at work so that when I am blank on what to cook for dinner, I just pull it up and BAM! I know exactly what I am going to cook that night and how I am going to do it! Thank you so much for doing this website/blog! Bless you and your family!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 12, 2018

      My pleasure Stephanie! I’m happy to hear how much you’re enjoying my site. Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging, thoughtful comments! πŸ™‚

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  • Julianne Olmstead
    February 10, 2018

    Love your web page…….. I am Russian Orthodox………

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 12, 2018

      I’m happy to hear that Julianne! Thanks for following!

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  • Debbie Delim
    February 9, 2018

    Hi Natasha, I love you and your videos and try to cook these as much as possible.

    You are one funny cook too haha.

    Keep them coming!

    Love from the Philippines!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 9, 2018

      Hello Debbie! I’m glad to hear how much you are enjoying my site. Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging comments!

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  • Angela
    February 8, 2018

    Great videos! I seriously cannot wait till one pops up on Facebook each day.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 8, 2018

      Thank you Angela! I’m glad you enjoy watching them as much as we love making them! πŸ™‚

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  • Daniela
    February 6, 2018

    Your receipes are amazing!!! Gives me courage to bake

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2018

      Thanks Daniela! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the recipes so much! πŸ™‚

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  • Josephine Salvador
    February 6, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I enjoy your videos and recipes! I too am a nurse( hemodialysis) here in Oregon:) I love to cook and am always on the lookout for healthy recipes that are kid friendly and approved. Keep up the good work. I love trying different foods from different cultures:)

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2018

      Hello Josephine! I’m glad to hear how much you’re enjoying my site. Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging comments!

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  • steph
    February 5, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I just found your site last week and have tried a few recipes….WOW!! You are amazing! πŸ™‚ I look forward to trying more.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 5, 2018

      Hello Steph! I’m so glad you found my site and are already enjoying the recipes. Thanks for following! πŸ™‚

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  • M&C
    February 5, 2018

    Hello Natasha, We love your site and have found many recipes to add to our list of great food to enjoy.
    We also attend a Slavic Church.
    (Battleground, Wa.)
    although being English have been Blessed beyond measure by this ministry.

    M&C

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 5, 2018

      I’m so glad to hear how much you’re enjoying the recipes! Thanks for following and God bless!

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  • Angie
    February 3, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I found you on FB & watched several cooking videos at which I decided, this girl can cook & she’s funny! Love your up beat delivery. Thanks for sharing great cooking tips & recipes. Good luck with your next endeavor & thanks for letting us come along!
    Sincerely,
    Angie

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2018

      Hello Angie! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipes. Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging comments!

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  • julie gaffney
    February 2, 2018

    do you have a cookbook out. If not you should, i love your videos too

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 2, 2018

      I’m just beginning to work on my first cookbook this year! Thanks so much for following Julie!

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      • Christina Kitchens
        July 7, 2018

        Hello Natasha! Wondered if you attended HCC as I did a group project promoting Natasha’s amazing food. Sure hope so, as I always wondered if she obtained her dream. Best wishes. Best, Christina

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        • Natasha
          July 7, 2018

          HI Christina, what is HCC? And thank you for sharing our recipes!! πŸ™‚

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  • Daniel Kleymenov
    January 31, 2018

    Thank you for influencing my wife’s cooking! πŸ‘Œ Food is amazing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 1, 2018

      You’re welcome Daniel! I’m glad you are both enjoying the recipes! πŸ™‚

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  • Lynn tirrell
    January 31, 2018

    O am so happy to have found you I have several food sensitivities and finding something yummy isn’t always easy for me, but u have changed that love the recipes!!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2018

      I’m glad you found my site Lynn! Thanks so much for following! πŸ™‚

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  • Ilda
    January 27, 2018

    Hi Natasha, first of all…your amazing! I discovered your blog recently through FB 😊 Your recipes look delicious and simple to follow. At this right moment, while I’m writing this msg, I’m cooking the Chicken pesto rolls and cannot wait to try it. Thank you Love from Australia

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2018

      My pleasure Ilda! I’m so glad you found my blog. Thanks for following and please let me know what you think of the recipes!

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  • Charlene
    January 27, 2018

    HI Natasha, My name is Charlene, I’m a single mom (by choice) of 2 beautiful teen daughters whom I adopted 4 years ago. We live in small town Ontario, Canada. I love you video’s and we all love your meals. thanks for sharing

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2018

      Hello Charlene! I’m so glad you found my site. I’m glad to hear how much you and the girls are enjoying the recipes! Thanks for following and sharing your thoughtful comments! πŸ™‚

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  • Jenny
    January 27, 2018

    Hi..saw one of your videos on fb, chicken fritters- looks yummy and easy to make! But where can I find the nutritional information?…

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2018

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you Jenny!

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  • brenda navas
    January 25, 2018

    Hi, Natasha, my name is Brenda, I live in Fontana Ca. I saw your recipes and Facebook, it’s very good and interesting, thanks, for sharing these recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2018

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

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  • Tammy
    January 25, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I just want you to know how much I love your recipes. Thank you so much! Oh and BTW your Family is darling!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2018

      Hello Tammy! I’m glad to hear how much you’re enjoying the recipes. Thanks so much for following! πŸ™‚

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  • Brian
    January 25, 2018

    Hi,
    Love all your recipes ( some a little too much lol) but I just wanted to say thank you for all the postings and amazing food you share with others. I do have a question do you have a diabetic friendly batch or book of recipes you can share?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2018

      Hi Brian, thank you so much for your inspiring comment πŸ™‚ I sure appreciate it! I don’t have a specific category for diabetic friendly. I’m certain we have a great amount of diabetic friendly recipes such as this chicken avocado salad, but we don’t have them categorized that way since we don’t have the man power to add nutritional information at this time. I will definitely keep that in mind for the future and thank you for suggesting that!

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      • Brian
        January 27, 2018

        Hi Natasha,
        Thanks for the reply. I can say that so far in my exploring the many awesome dishes so far all the avocado dishes have been very diabetic friendly in terms of glucose numbers post meal. All of the salad recipes have been awesome for my numbers on a personal level and we as a family are trying new ones all the time. Keep the awesome dishes coming πŸ™‚

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  • Ida Garcia
    January 22, 2018

    Hello Natasha,
    I love all your recipes but i always have trouble on the olive oil base dressing! Plz help. Never looks the same and i don’t get the same reaction as to when I taste it. Does the brand matter or is there a special oil brand you like to use?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2018

      Hi Ida, it depends on the salad, but I usually use 2 different olive oils for all of my cooking. For cooking/frying/baking, I use extra LIGHT olive oil that I purchase at Costco. For salads, I use extra VIRGIN olive oil, also from Costco. I hope that helps!

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  • Chirin
    January 19, 2018

    I love your kitchen…it’s so good and easy to apply the recipes ….in general kitchen is my favorite place a home…tomorrow I’m going to try your beefstew recipe…am sure it’s tasty 😊 keep going and good luck❀

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 19, 2018

      I’m happy to hear how much you’re enjoying the recipes. Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging comments!

      Reply

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