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 Team

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). As our blog has grown, so has our team. It truly takes a village, and we are so grateful for our amazing team who are just as passionate about our community as we are. We now have 10 people on our team including:

  • 2 Community Happiness Specialists
  • 1 Marketing Manager
  • 1 Pinterest Manager,
  • 2 Writers
  • 1 Video Editor
  • 1 Executive Assistant
  • Vadim and Myself.

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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Comments

  • Courtney
    March 29, 2018

    I just found your site and I love it. And your family seems so sweet. I’m happier already thinking about how nice your life must be! : )

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 29, 2018

      I am truly blessed! Thanks so much for following Courtney and sharing your sweet comments! πŸ™‚

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  • Silvana
    March 28, 2018

    Hello Natasha!
    I came across your baklava recipe on facebook!..and now your website! I haven’t made anything yet…BUT I WILL!
    My hubby and I are Italian, and foodies for all kinds of FOOD!
    I can’t wait to try your recipes! Keep up the great work!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 28, 2018

      Hello Silvana! I’m so glad you found my page, please let me know what you think of the recipes. Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging comments!

      Reply

  • Diane
    March 28, 2018

    Does your family make a Easter Cheese?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2018

      Hi Diane, I will be posting something similar today so stay tuned πŸ˜€

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  • Ilene Miers
    March 27, 2018

    I enjoy your recipes that are shared on Facebook and I have tried many. Every time I see Natasha’s Kitchen mentioned, I have to review the recipe. You are fun to watch and I enjoy your hint of humor. I’m getting ready to fix the chicken Madeira this evening, but I have to use chicken broth because I’m out of beef broth. Thanks for your posts.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 27, 2018

      My pleasure Ilene! I’m happy to hear how much you’re enjoying my videos and recipes. Thanks for following and sharing your thoughtful comments!

      Reply

  • Gary
    March 26, 2018

    Hi, like your site. Wanted to tell you to cheer for Kansas university basketball team. They are in the final four and one of their starters is from Ukraine. They play Saturday night. His name is Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 27, 2018

      Thanks for following Gary! I don’t keep you with basketball but I wish your team the best of luck!

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    • Ilene Miers
      March 27, 2018

      Yes, cheer for KU! They’ve reached the final 4!

      Reply

  • Cathy
    March 26, 2018

    Hi Natasha
    I happily came upon your blog and thank you for your clear statements about your faith and your family. I hope to try some of your recipes soon. My husband & I visited the province of Volhynia, UK in 2010, the province of our parents & grandparents.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 26, 2018

      Hello Cathy! I’m so glad you found my page. Thanks for sharing your encouraging comments and please let me know what you think of the recipes! God Bless πŸ™‚

      Reply

  • Jenya
    March 26, 2018

    Hi Natasha
    My family heritage is Russian. I am a foodie, love to cook/bake healthy recipes. I am so, so happy to find you and your recipes. I am trying out a couple of recipes this week.
    You are a blessing for me….

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 26, 2018

      Hello Jenya! I’m so glad you found my page and are enjoying the recipes. Thanks for following and sharing your thoughtful comments!

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  • Marina O
    March 25, 2018

    Hi Natasha!
    I am a foodie myself of Armenian-Russian-Georgian origin.
    I saw your videos first when my fb friend shared few…and you hooked me with your simplicity yet gourmet taste and, of course, your smile!
    I am making your Pavlovas right now and love them!
    Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 26, 2018

      Hello Marina! I’m happy to hear how much you’re enjoying the recipe. Thanks so much for following and sharing your encouraging comments, they mean a lot!

      Reply

  • barbara mishalkowsky
    March 24, 2018

    hello… my husbands aunt used to make the best honey cake I have every tasted. unfortunately the recipe went to her grave with her.. was wondering if you have come across any recipes in your ukranian searchs..? thanks so much

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2018

      Hi Barbara, have you explored the honey cakes on our site? We have a couple and they are very different types of cakes but hopefully one of them is what you are looking for! πŸ™‚

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  • Renee walton
    March 23, 2018

    Hi Natscha I have a lifelong friend who is Ukrainian. Her mother made an apple noodle dish called something like lugamina. Help me find the recipe

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2018

      Hi Renee, I have an apple rice dish but not an apple noodle. If I come up with something great, I will be sure to share πŸ™‚

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  • Kal
    March 23, 2018

    Hello there, thank you Natasha for all the lovely recipes. I’m going to make the apple rose tart very soon. And you and ur family look oh-so-pinterest-worthy πŸ™‚ Regards from Sri Lanka (not sure if you have even heard of my country)

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2018

      Hello Kal! Yes, if heard of Sri Lanka. I’m glad you found my page! Thanks for sharing your sweet comments and please let me know what you think of the apple tart!

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  • Mandy Estes
    March 21, 2018

    Hello. I have been following your FB page for the past year and have tried quite a few of your recipes. This weekend, I’m trying the cucumber-tomato-avocado salad. I’ll let you know how it goes.
    I’m anxious for this blog since it’s the first I’ve ever subscribed to, let alone left a comment for. But ALL of the recipes I have tried of yours have been a HUGE success in my family, so I thought, why not?! And I always believe that when someone has blessed you with something, you should let them know. So, Thank you!

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2018

      Hi Mandy! Thank you so much for writing in and sharing that with me. I’m so glad you are enjoying our recipes – it really means so much to me! πŸ™‚

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  • Lee
    March 20, 2018

    I was so excited to find your site. My husband and I are here in Dnipro Ukraine for fifteen months now and we love it. We had never liked beets but we love borsht. I decided early on to only cook with what I could find naturally here and not to import. Now I worry about going home and not finding what I have come to love here. Thanks for your great site.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 20, 2018

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

      Reply

  • catherine marchiano
    March 18, 2018

    I love her, she’s adorable. She makes everything seem easy. And she makes it simple to follow.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2018

      You’re too sweet Catherine! Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging comments!

      Reply

  • Sandra
    March 17, 2018

    I love watching your videos, and then I read about you. You are so amazing and so inspirational!! God bless you and your family!! I love everything you make.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2018

      I’m glad to hear you enjoy the videos! Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging, thoughtful comments Sandra! God Bless πŸ™‚

      Reply

  • Angie lilakos
    March 15, 2018

    Hi there, I have never made a cake from scratch! So I made your chocolate cake and icing. Icing turned out great, but the cake turned out dense! What did I do wrong? I followed recipe, ahead all ingredients.. The only thing I did different I used 1 pan, it took a long time to bake. I’m ready to try again next week. I have my 3 pans ready now..
    thanks Angie

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2018

      Hi Angie, I’m thinking baking in 1 pan for an extended period of time probably dried out the cake.

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  • Kathleen Simon
    March 14, 2018

    My husband lived in Russia for 2 years. He always says his favorite thing there was the black bread. Do you have a black bread recipe or something close to Russian black bread?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2018

      Hi Kathleen, I only have a bread with rye flour in it but it’s not even close to a black bread. I have it on my list and when I come up with something great, I’ll be sure to share it πŸ™‚

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  • Gayle L. Gordon
    March 10, 2018

    I love to watch your videos, I can make your recipes just from watching you do it, although when I snap my finders, things to not quite goes as fast, my husband and I love when you taste your recipes. thank you for coming into my kitchen.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 10, 2018

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

      Reply

  • Ellen
    March 10, 2018

    Hi! I came upon your blog because I was looking for a good vanilla cupcake recipe and found yours. Your recipe is amazing!! Then I started looking at all your recipes and saw that not only are you an amazing cook with an awesome food blog, but also a fellow sister in Christ! I love that you acknowledge Him here. πŸ™‚ I am going to continue following your blog! Thank you for the great recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 10, 2018

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

      Reply

  • Pamela Sheffield
    March 9, 2018

    Oh my goodness, just when this southern woman was ready to give up cooking…I found you!.I have fresh salmon from a fishing trip to Alaska and plan to make salmon cakes com your recipe.
    Keep cooking sweetie!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 10, 2018

      I’m glad you found my page Pamela, please let me know what you think of the recipes!

      Reply

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