When Natasha Kravchuk was just four, she and her family came from Ukraine to the United States as refugees. As they tried to make it in a new country, Natasha’s family hung onto their culture by cooking all sorts of delicious family recipes.
“My favorite dish had to be my mother’s pierogies,” says Natasha. “She learned to cook from my grandmother, who loved to spoil her children by cooking their favorite recipes.”
As she was starting her career as a nurse, Natasha felt herself being drawn back to cooking. “After I got married, my husband and I felt an urge to dive back into the recipes that we grew up with,” says Natasha. But when they searched for Ukrainian recipes, they had little luck.
“Lots of the recipes were in old books, which featured outdated instructions and tools,” says Natasha. “So that’s when it dawned on us that we should start the blog and document our old family recipes online.”
So in 2009, Natasha and her husband, Vadim, launched Natasha’s Kitchen ‒ and they soon realized they weren’t the only ones with a hunger for traditional Ukrainian recipes.