I think the video says it all. I’m so blessed to know you all. Thanks a gazillion!
2014 is gonna be Aaaaa-mazing. 😉
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Natasha, I would like more “plyacki” recipes (cakes from Western Ukraine, I’m sure you know you know what I mean 🙂 ). Love all your recipes ! Reply
Oh you know I haven’t heard of plyacki. I bet we call them something different. Can you describe them? Reply
I discovered your blog few days ago and I’m loving it!!! I can see that you put a lot of work in it and I love your recipes!!! Keep up the good work!
May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family!!! Reply
Ligia, welcome! Thank you so much for your sweet words and blessings. I look forward to getting to know you 🙂 Reply
Natasha thank you so much for everything you do. I am spending a lot of time on your page and trying every little thing. You are very sweet girl and keep up buzy 🙂 I would love to see more videos it make our job a lot easier .
Thank you for the suggestion Margarita, I’m actually planning to shoot a video probably next week so stay tuned :). Reply
yum, yum, yum, yummity, yum Reply
I just discovered your website/blog. It’s amazing and so are your recipes. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2014. Best wishes and Happy New Year! Reply
Thank you Jamie and welcome to the blog! I hope you find tons of new favorites. There are nearly 400 recipes now; lots to choose from 🙂 Happy New Year to you as well! 🙂 Reply
Hey Natasha! I love your recipes!! I’d really love to see more crockpot recipes if possible! Reply
Thank you for the suggestion Alinka :). Reply
Crock pot ideas would be welcome! I am working full time so enjoy meals I can do ahead and that heat up well so I can take them in my lunch. All the best in 2014! Hey I saw you on Dr. Oz!! Diane Reply
Thanks for your input Diane!! You’re the best. You know I didn’t even see it. Completely missed the episode. Oh well. 🙂 Not too dorky I hope? lol Reply
Hello. First of all, I’d like to express my sincere appreciation for your blog. I barely cooked before my sister told me about your blog last year (2013). Since I found that following your step by step, detailed instructions makes amazing food, I have been cooking and baking A LOT. My hubby absolutely loves it and my friends are shocked when I show up to a gathering with homemade, delicious goodies. Everything I’ve made from your site is absolutely delicious and definitely a crowd pleaser (and I end up getting all the props!) I would love to see more crockpot recipes and quick recipes. Also, would it be too much trouble to add the amount of ingredients in your step by step directions? Since I don’t pre-measure my ingredients I constantly have to scroll up to see, “how much flour was that again?” Anyway, thank you for all that you do. Really looking forward to see what you come up with in the future. May this New Year bring you prosperity and blessings. Reply
I’ve been trying to add the amounts of ingredients in my recipes. If I miss them, do let me know! I love the same thing and it bugs me to have to look back at the list at every step. Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback and encouragement! I’m so happy you have enjoyed the recipes 🙂 God bless you in all of your cooking adventures 🙂 Reply
Happy New Year!!! I would like to se also more healthy recipes and 30 amin or less recipes. It would be nice to see kids friendly recipes and snacks. Thank you for sharing all your yummy recipes with us! Reply
I love all your ideas!! I’m on it! 🙂 Reply
Rarely do I leave comments on any threads, but after referring to your site for a few years I feel obligated to thank you personally. Thank you!!! You do an amazing job and seem like such a wonderful person. May God bless you and your sweet family with love, joy and peace this New Year. I make recipes from your site often and sometimes wonder what I would do without it! I look forward to seeing more healthy dishes, including soups and salads. 🙂 Reply
Thank you so much Anna! I’m so happy to hear from you and I’m so glad you enjoy the blog 🙂 God bless you as well! Reply
Natasha thank you so very much for all the recipes that you share with us. I love your blog and use it all the time. I discovered it last year and already tried about half of the recipes on here. Some of our favorites is sweet and spicy chicken, cherry buns, ptiche moloko, chebyreki which are much easier then actually making he dough from scratch and rolling it out takes so much time. I would really like to see more ressian food, bylochki, crock pot recipes, and everything else 😉 God bless you Natasha Reply
Vera thank you so much for your feedback. What nice comment to wake up to. You’re awesome! 🙂 Reply
thank you for all the wonderful work you do! Our daughter, second grader, goes to a small private school where lunches are not provided. I am so in need of ideas on what to pack for her snack and lunch, something healthy and tasty, something that doesn’t require refrigeration or warming up. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated 🙂 Have a great 2014!
This will be my situation as well in the Fall! I think I had better start a pinterest board for school lunch and start collecting ideas. Thanks for the tip! Also, for kids food in general, I recommend the weelicious website. She also has a book out called Weelicious Lunches
. Hope that helps 🙂 I’ll see if I can get a category like that going on my blog this year. Reply
Happy New 2014 Year to you Natasha and your sweet family! May God bless your family and your future amazing ideas on cooking in this new year. I can’t wait to see new things on your recipe list. I have tried many recipes and my family loved them all. Since I am more salad and soup person I would love to see more of fresh salad recipes such as kale or bok hoy, love those two greens. May your hard work bring you lots of joy and happiness in your life!!! LOVE YOUR SITE IT’S THE BEST ONE EVER!!!! Reply
Thank you so much for your sweet words. 🙂 I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes! Reply
How about more seafood/fish recipes? Yellow perch in particular? Reply
Thanks Ella! We just sauteed a bunch of perch at home but didn’t document anything because we took the easy route. Scale and gut the fish (we took off the heads), then add a good sprinkling of S&P on both sides, then dip them in flour and sautee until golden brown on each side. It was so simple and yet delicious! 🙂 Reply
Happy 2014 to you and your family!!! I pray this year brings lots of blessings and happiness for you guys. You are amazing, thank you for all of your hard work and your amazing recipes. We truely enjoy them. I’m not picky, any new post from your blog always sounds good and I try them all out, I like variety:) God Bless you! Reply
Thank you so much Marina! God bless you and your family this year as well! I’m so glad you have enjoyed the recipes. I hope to bring you plenty of new favorites this year 🙂 Reply
Once again, yours is my go to food site! Love and appreciate all you do! I always look forward to new posts 🙂
I agree on the weekly menu or by-weekly. For example dinners for 2 weeks with a couple of days for leftovers. Shopping list … mm that would be so helpful for a busy mama..
Love the video setting and you are lovely! God bless you and happy homeschooling! 😉 If I may recommend Home School Enrichment magazine, you can subscribe at homeschoolenrichment.com Reply
The setting was a chair in our bedroom 🙂 We get creative 😉 I’ll have to check that magazine out! We are homeschooling for preschool, but we are leaning towards sending our son to school for Kindergarten. We’ll see. Thanks for the tip! Reply
You are such a pretty lady Natasha! Your blog is awesome! I would like more crock pot recipes as well as just quick on the go meal put together. Cant wait for the exiting year and videos you post;) Reply
Loved the video Nathash!!! especially the wooot wooot part about your working part time. Cant wait to see what 2014 has coming.. Happy New Year darling… Reply
Aww thanks my dear. Hey I discovered a great new restaurant and they have 1/2 price happy hour sushi and it’s delicious!! It’s that Ling and Louis place in Meridian. Lets go there together and hang out! 🙂 Reply
Yes Ling and Louis is a must.. i keep forgetting about their sushi happy hour.. we used to go there with my co workers all the time.. they have some seriously delicious seafood dishes besides sushi too.. yes lets do a date soon.. Reply
I was surprised at how tasty their sushi was! I was brave too, I actually ordered something besides Cali rolls. lol 🙂 Reply
Also this year it would be great if you would post more russian recipes especially dessert recipes!!!
Thank you again!!! Reply
I’m with you on that! 🙂 Reply
Do you by any chance have a recipe for yezek (beef tongue)?
My mom has been making it for years and I never asked her for the recipe.
Thanks! Looking forward to more amazing recipes this year.
Thank you for all your hard work . Love your recipes!!! Reply
Oooh dear. Beef tongue is way way way way way too brave for me. lol. 😉 Is there anything else that would make you equally excited? Reply
Hi girl!!! Lol so I’m the one that asked about sushi recipe and I got to the website to search for them and as you can see got a little distracted 😉 anyway I would love if you did some kind of meal planning for like a week or at least a few days.. So meals that require a little more prep on a Saturday and then it’s quick and easy to finish them off throughout the week.. (You know for us busy moms 😉 also definitely looking for healthy recipes using more superfoods 🙂 Reply
You did find the sushi tutorial right? Meal planning sounds like a good idea. That means I have to get better at it first. I’ll see what I can do. 🙂 Reply
Yes I did find the sushi tutorial! It is great, will be making some soon! And yes the meal planning could almost be like a next step for your blog/website and I am sure would really help a lot of women (or men 😉 ) and take it a step further you can even provide them with a shopping list. So for example this week these are the main 5 dishes, here is what you’ll need, etc. Meal planning saves a ton of money, when you know what meals you will cook you don’t buy unnecessary groceries that will either rot in your fridge or get frostbites in the freezer.. Anyway this is something you can think about 🙂 definitely not a priority.. Reply
I think that is a great idea! I do have a tool on my blog that makes a grocery list. Have you checked out my “Recipe Box” Tab at the top? It’s a great way to save your favorites and then create shopping lists based on what you want to cook. Reply
Love your website if u know the recipes for borshch Reply
Oh yes, yes yes!! I have 3 borscht recipes posted: https://natashaskitchen.com/?s=borsch Enjoy! 🙂 Reply
I am all for moderation, so a mix of healthy and un-healthy (well, *less* healthy) works just fine for me. I’ve enjoyed what you’ve posted so far! I feel like my taste is very similar to yours which is why this site has become a favourite. I’ve been to Russian family friends’ houses who make the usual Russian favorites (i.e. Olivie, Shuba, etc.) and they didn’t taste that good! But everything I’ve made from here tastes great!
I am not picky… would love to see a little of everything 🙂 Reply
Let’s call it “healthy-ish” 😉 I’m so glad to hear you’ve had great results with my recipes. Thanks so much Julia 🙂 Reply
I vote for more crock-pot, healthy and anything Russian! Reply
Hi Natasha! I have just discovered your blog (two days before New Year’s) as I was looking for some ‘home’ food (I am a Ukrainian) to make for some of my Ukrainian friends who were coming over. I left Ukraine pretty young and did not get enough time to cook with my mom and learn all the wonderful Ukrainian cuisine, so I suddenly felt home sick for all those good times and meals my mom prepared over the years I lived at home. And that is when I seeked advice from my good friend…’Google.com’ :). I found your blog and instantly zeroed in on the ‘kotleti’ from your mom-in-law. I made them and they were everything I was looking for and more!!! They made my New Year’s and I can’t get enough of them. I have my eye on your pomegranate cake next :).
Thank you SO much for doing this wonderful blog and for not letting the wonderful art of cooking die in the hastiness of today’s everyday life.
If I may add my ‘vote’ to suggestions, I want to say that I treasure all the Ukrainian/Russian recipes and ‘how to videos’ and would love to see those continue. I love baking, and my dream is to learn to make all those super complicated ‘torti’ and ‘pirozhennie’ that our old countries are known for. Also, any ‘old’ good dinner recipes, etc., anything authentic Ukrainian/Russian.
Thank you again for all your work and sharing! Reply
Thanks so much for your input! Your “vote” definitely counts 😉 Reply
easy crockpot recipes please Reply
Happy New Year!!! Thank you for all those recipes that you shared with us. I am looking forward to see more Russian recipes. Reply
More Russian recipes for sure! Happy New Year to you too, so thankful I found your website!
How about some 100% RAW recipes? Just a thought. Something that’ll actually benefit the body. We love your recipes and our goal is to incorporate more raw & salads this year. Thanks for all your hard and amazing work. Now I’m off to make your amazing Tiramisu cake 🙂 Happy New Year!! Reply
Yes! More raw please 🙂 Reply
oooh I like it! You mean like raw, whole foods type of things? Reply
Well I’m thinking about meals that don’t require cooking, consuming more raw veggies & as well as saving time on cooking would be awesome 😉 Reply
Oooh great idea! Thanks so much Marina 🙂
I love all of your recipes Natasha!! I would also love to see more Ukrainian/Russian recipes. Homemade sausage (since Easter is right around the corner!!), piroshki, cakes. Thank you for all that you and your husband do for us. I sincerely appreciate it! Happy New year! Reply
happy new year 2014.i really appreciate what u r doing, you made me feel that cooking is something interesting. Reply
Thank your for such a sweet comment, I’m honored :). Reply
Happy new years 🙂 🙂 🙂 thanks for all the wonderful recipes that you shared. I would like to see some main dish foods, also like how you bake a turkey for thanksgiving. Would be nice Reply
The dreaded turkey!!! 😉 I know, I know. Thanks for the reminder 🙂 and thanks so much for your sweet words. Happy New Years to you too!! 🙂 Reply
Ahh…you’re too cute!!! Love your look in the video and your genuine personality! Personally I would like to see more inspiration constantly if thats possible?! Your site is so well-put and easy to navigate, keep it up and many blessings to you guys for the new 2014 year!! Reply
More inspiration constantly. Uhhhh. About that. Ahem… That’s a tall oder. lol. I’ll do my best. Thanks so much for your sweet compliments 🙂 Your comment made me really happy (I know that word seems corny, but it’s true), I’m smiling as I type. Thanks 🙂 Reply
the best filling for oreshnitsa but i don’t like ml or g i like cups lol
200 ml milk
200 g ground walnuts
2 Tbsp rum extract
4 Tbsp apricot jam
100g sugar (or less if the jam is too sweet)
1-2 tsp cocoa powder
50 g Turkish delight (optional)
icing sugar for dusting Reply
Thank you so much for sharing! That sounds like a really good combo! I don’t think you could go wrong with that list! 🙂 Reply
crockpot and russian Reply
Thanks Julia! 🙂 Duly noted. Reply
Happy new year Natasha! I made shuba for the NYE party and it was a hit! Everybody kept thanking me for making it, so, thank you! I would love to see more traditional Slavic recipes that our parents and grandparents made, and maybe healthier versions of those. Also the caloric value would be great 🙂 thanks again! Reply
I might never ever post a calorie count for cakes ;), but I would like to get at least a carb count and see what I can do about a calorie count. Thanks for your feedback 🙂 Reply
Happy New Year, Natasha! I love your website and mention it to all my students of Russian language, levels 1 through 3 now, all the time. 🙂 I used quiet a few of the recipes myself already and loved the results, so did members of my family. I too agree that nutritional info would be helpful. My Ukrainian side of the family is from Odessa and Besarabia, so I thought may be a few dishes from that region can be featured too? I know my grandma made a lot of berry and cherry stuffed varenikis for me when I was a kid. Reply
Thank you so much for sharing it with your students. I’ll see what I can do about adding nutritional info. 🙂 Reply
Happy New Year to you and your family Natasha! Thank you very much for your site! I love everything about it! Keep up the great work! Reply
Thanks so much Marta! You’re awesome and have a happy New Year!! Reply
Hello Natasha, I just noticed someone posted our companys webste www.oreshnisa.net for electrical pastry maker oreshnitsa and electrical mushroom maker. I am the owner of Oreshnitsa International Company and I just love your website that I want to reward you by sending a gift electrical oreshnitsa for you. May God Bless your family for such a wonderful work that you doing by helping people to make a delicious food. Let me know where I can ship a present for you. Best wishes in 2014…. Reply
Wow! That’s awesome. I’d love to try one out! Thank you I’ll be emailing you shortly 🙂 Reply
Natasha, I truly just want to say a BIG THANK YOU!!! Your cooking is so amazing. After discovering your blog, I have probably made over 50 of your recipes!! I find your blog one of the best, and easiest. I love how easy it is to follow your directions, and the photos that go along with each step. Thank you for all that you do to make cooking life so fun and easy 😉
I can go on… and on… about how awesome this blog and you are!
Happy New Year! And I look forward to a year full of cooking and fun. Reply
Nadia you are so sweet. Thanks so much. 50 is definitely impressive! Happy New Year! -Natasha 🙂 Reply
Natasha, really enjoy your recipes. Can you start to post the nutritional information for your recipes? Due to health issues in my home, knowing in particular the carb count is extremely helpful. Wishing you success in 2014! Reply
I have to remember to do that. I tried adding it to the Keks loaf recipe but completely forgot for the cake. I agree, it is important. If I miss it in the future, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂 Reply
Thank you so much for sharing Mariya 🙂 Reply
Hi Natasha! Happy New Year! Wishing you and your family all the best for 2014!
I would like to thank you for creating such a wonderful blog. I literally go on your website 5x a day lol! I love going over your older recipes and new ones. I have made quit a few dishes and they always turn out so delicious!
In the new year, it would be great to see more “healthy” cake/desert recipes (less creams) and more with fruits, etc. I would also like to know what do you make for “svatiy vechir”?
Thank you!!! Reply
I’ll have to ask my hubby and Mom about “svatiy vechir” recipes. The only thing I have that is traditional for Ukrainian/Russian Christmas is Keks: https://natashaskitchen.com/2013/12/20/cranberry-apricot-loaf-a-keks-recipe/. Thank you so much for your awesome feedback. You are so sweet 🙂 You and my hubby think alike! He also loves dessert with fruit. I’ll definitely get on it! 🙂 Reply
Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope you have enjoyed a lot. I did and now have time to write.Don’t forget to send me your email in order to furnish the recipes. Best regards. Reply
natashaskitchen @yahoo.com (no space before the @ :)). Thanks so much and have an amazing year! 🙂 Reply
I think you should totally put up a recipe for Walnut Cookies “Oreshki” i love these cookies but it is always hard to rind a good recipe so the Oreshki don’t crumble 😀 Reply
Sounds like a I need to buy an oreshnitsa first? Do you have any recommendations? Reply
Happy New Year Natasha!!! I have all the info where to buy oreshnitsa 🙂 http://leascooking.blogspot.com/2012/06/walnut-cookie-recipe-oreshki.html
Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Reply
I know where you can buy a good oreshnitsa. They also sell a mushroom maker: http://www.oreshnitsa.net/Pages/default.aspx Reply
A mushroom maker? Cool! Thanks Lina 🙂 Reply
Natasha, would love to see more Russian/Ukrainian recipes. Do you have a family recipe for what we affectionately call “shooba” (herring salad with sour cream on top)? Enjoyed eating that in Moscow, as well as Olivier (Russki salat) which shows up at every gathering. Enjoy your enthusiasm; you are obviously having fun with blogging. Happy New Year – wishing you a successful, healthy year. Reply
I totally do have shuba posted. Although I use smoked salmon in mine instead of herring for reasons I don’t want to talk about again 😉 (more explanation on that is on the post). I hope you love it! https://natashaskitchen.com/2010/01/02/shuba-with-salmon-a-twist-on-herring-salad/
Thank you, Natasha, and Happy New Year to you. This will be a Great Year! Reply
Thanks Liz and same to you!! 🙂 Reply
HAPPY 2014 TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! You are truly amazing. It’s so wonderful that you now are part-time at work and able to focus on your cooking. I’m excited for what is to come….you always post the best and most reliable recipes….I have yet to find one that doesn’t taste awesome. Thank you for your sharing with us. Reply
Zina, thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes 🙂 It is so nice to work part time and feel normal and balanced again. We’re also homeschooling our son in leu of preschool and I’m so thankful to be able to spend more time with him as well. I wish you an amazing 2014!! 🙂 Reply
I always look forward to getting a new post announcement from you. I discovered your blog just this past fall. I so enjoy it. I have always had a passion for baking and cooking, to me it like an art. Thank you for putting together such a beautiful blog. Can’t wait to see what you bring your readers.
Do you have a good recipe for Krendl? I do make a fruit-filled Krendl each Christmas but I would like to know more about the history of the bread and find more variations of the the recipe. My father’s family use to make this type of bread but did not know much about the background. Having Kuchen and Krendl at Christmas time was a sure thing at my house growing up. Reply
Thank you so much for your sweet words 🙂 What you are describing sounds a little bit like the keks recipe we posted recently. https://natashaskitchen.com/2013/12/20/cranberry-apricot-loaf-a-keks-recipe/ Is that similar? Keks is also a traditional fruit filled Christmas loaf. Reply
Natasha, thanks for all the delicious recipes. I use them a lot. I would recommend adding more healthy recipes. Reply
Yes! That’s definitely a goal of mine for 2014. More salads and healthier (and easier) meals 🙂 Reply
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