About

Welcome to my Kitchen!

I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Olga. I’m a wife, mother, cook, blogger, photographer and well known for my desserts. My goal is to give you the confidence in cooking and baking from scratch with well-tested recipes and easy step-by-step photo tutorials.

I come from a family who absolutely love to cook, bake and eat! From a very young age, I had been spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I watched my mom and older sisters cook and bake delicious and the fun part – we always did it as a team! Since childhood, I held on to those moments and as I was reaching into my teens, I became more involved in the kitchen. I always thought of myself as more of a baker than a cook, but when I got married it started balancing out between baking and cooking.

My Little Family

My husband Tony and I got married in 2012. Late 2013 we were blessed with our daughter Eveleen and in spring 2017 another blessing – our son Anton. These two angels are our blessing and they are huge help around the house and especially in the kitchen. Without them, our lives would be boring. They keep us young, refreshed and energized. Life is good! No, life is great!

Why I Started Food Blog

I started blogging in early 2016 and switched my domain 3 times until it officially became Olga in the Kitchen early 2017. It started as a personal blog and easy way to share my recipes with friends and family. Because I love to host, I get a chance to share my talents with my guests. Having guests over means going crazy with cooking and especially baking! Whenever someone came to visit, they all knew Olga had something baking in the oven. I was constantly asked for recipes and decided it was time to put all of them into one place.

Even with my high school computer classes, starting a blog was a huge challenge. I was not ready to spend money on website design. With so much research, I was able to set-up my blog and started posting recipes. In addition to blogging, I also help my husband with flooring business, dealing with the paperwork and tax filing. I’m a very busy mama!

On my blog, you’ll find all from-scratch recipes, especially desserts. I don’t bake from boxes, but if I do it’s only a spur-of-the-moment thing that I keep to myself. Most of these recipes were passed down to me from my mom, my sisters or our old recipe books brought from Ukraine. Many are my own creations. As for right now, all of my recipes include step-by-step photo tutorials and I started making quick video tutorials as well, where you can find them on the Video page or sign up for my YouTube channel.

Short Family History

My whole family reside in Washington State since 1999. We immigrated from Kostopil, Ukraine. Washington has lots of pine trees, yellow leaves, little sun in summer and almost-never snow in winter. My whole family is actively involved in Ukrainian Slavic Pentecostal Church. We love, follow and live by the Word of God. Since childhood, we all love to sing. We used to visit little villages and perform at churches. Nowadays, I sing in a group with my sister and 3 brothers. I also learned to play piano and write music from scratch when I was younger. Of course, after I got married, had 2 kids, started blogging – I kind of stopped playing piano. No time for everything, but I’m planning to fix that in very near future. It’s part of me just like cooking and baking are.

10 Fun Facts About Me:

  1. I graduated from high school semester early and completed 4 year college with Accounting and Business Management Associates Degrees.
  2. I love coffee, no sugar. Milk or half and half only. I cannot start my day without it.
  3. I completely dislike Math, but I always loved English subject and writing.
  4. I’m the youngest girl in the family and #6 child from the top.
  5. For almost 2 years, I worked as a bookkeeper (7 months after marriage and a stay-home-mom since).
  6. I LOVE to joke – part of my personality my husband loves about me!
  7. I’m always serious on the outside, but I’m a very happy person inside. Back in high school, teachers mistook me for senior when I was just a freshman.
  8. I love fresh flowers. It will be a shock if there are no fresh flowers on my kitchen table!
  9. I don’t eat seafood! Besides salmon, white fish, tilapia or anything in that category, I had never eaten any.
  10. I don’t eat mushrooms, celery or anything extremely spicy.

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  • An easy Dulce de Leche (Cooked Condensed milk) recipe with only 1 ingredient! Sweetened condensed milk is cooked until it becomes thick, creamy caramel-like pudding that you can use for many dessert recipes. It’s delicious straight out of the can, with ice cream, in coffee or spread onto apple slices. Linked in my bio now @olgainthekitchen #olgainthekitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/homemade-dulce-de-leche-cooked-condensed-milk/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #dulcedeleche #howto #feedfeed #dulcedelechefilling #dessertstagram #delicious #instayum #yummly #lalechera @lalecherausa #recipeshare #foodtips #tohfoodie #imsomartha #wsbakeclub #myallrecipes #wprecipemaker #lifeandthyme #bakinglove #desserttable #mycommontable #homemade #homemadewithlove #dessertpic #caramelsauce #tasteandsee #easyrecipes #baking #forthemaking #goodeats
  • This salad is hearty and loaded with the very best and simple ingredients. It’s the perfect creamy, fresh and crunchy side dish recipe to just about any dinner meal and so great for potlucks and parties. 🌟Linked in my bio now @olgainthekitchen 🌟#olgainthekitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/broccoli-cauliflower-salad/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #broccoli #saladrecipe #healthyliving #saladsofinstagram #tohfoodie #imsomartha #myallrecipes #allrecipes #lifeandthyme #feedfeed #bhgfood #foodandwine #nytcooking #deliciousfood #broccolisalad #newoninstagram #newontheblog #foodgawker #mycommontable #finecooking #eatingfortheinsta #foodblogfeed #saladdressing #saladideas #dinneridea #eatinghealthy #foodshare #sidedish #buzzfeedfood @feedfeed @yummly
  • The No-Knead Bread is a favorite of all these days! So EASY – no kneading required. You just need a bowl and a wooden spoon to stir the ingredients together. Let it rise on the counter overnight and it’s ready for the oven. 🌟Linked in my bio now @olgainthekitchen 🌟#olgainthekitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/no-knead-bread/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #nokneadbread #breadmaking #cooking #feedfeed #artisanbread #thebakefeed #bhgfood #wsbakeclub #dinnerideas #breadrecipe #bobsredmill #mycommontable #lifeandthyme #bakestagram #easyrecipes #imsomartha #yummly #instayum #breadlove #myallrecipes #lovefood #pinterestinspired #bakingday #whatsfordinner #thekitchn #f52gram #onmyplate #finecooking #huffposttaste @thefeedfeed @thefeedfeed.baking
  • Growing up, we used to eat store-bought Pillsbury toaster strudels for breakfast quite often. They used to be one of our favorite breakfast treats. Then we started making homemade which is a million times better and probably healthier. Sure, we bake ours in the oven, but we also have couple shortcuts to make them so easy. 🌟Linked in my bio now @olgainthekitchen 🌟#olgainthekitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/homemade-jam-filled-toaster-strudels/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #toasterstrudel #feedfeed #feedfeedbaking #thebakefeed @thefeedfeed @thefeedfeed.baking @thebakefeed @yummly #yummly #lifeandthyme #puffpastry #desserttime #dessertstagram #pillsbury #wprecipemaker #bakebakebake #homemade #homemadewithlove #allrecipes #foodblogfeed #bakefromscratch #bakingday #bakersofinstagram #bakingathome #bakingcooking #pastrylover #pastries #foodlove #buzzfeast #bhgfood #foodnetwork #instayum #dessertoftheday
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  • These Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies combine soft butter cookies and a sweet jam filling. 👏👏 Use your favorite jelly flavor like blackberry, strawberry, raspberry or other favorites. Add a light dust of powdered sugar for extra flair and these cookies bound to disappear off cookie platters fast. 🌟Linked in my bio now @olgainthekitchen 🌟#olgainthekitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/jam-filled-thumbprint-cookies/#jump-to-recipe⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thumbprintcookies #cookies #bakingday #feedfeed @feedfeed #cookiegram #homemadecookies #lovetobake #cookiemonster #yummly @yummly #homemade #thebakefeed #imsomartha #tohfoodie #wsbakeclub #myallrecipes #wprecipemaker @thebakefeed @betterhomesandgardens #bhgfood #thumbprints #cookiesandcream #cookiesofinstagram #cookiesart #cookiestagram #dessertsofinstagram #dessertpic #cookielove #deliciousfood #foodgawker #goodeats
  • I simply cannot wait until fall to enjoy some pumpkin baking so I'm making our fave Pumpkin Knots today! 🍁 Slightly sweet, moist and light in texture, golden in color with a mild pumpkin flavor. These knots will complete any breakfast or afternoon tea. (Click ➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio) #olgainthekitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/pumpkin-knots-recipe-video/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #instagood #pumpkinknots #easyrecipes #foodblogfeed #bakefromscratch #thebakefeed #cakerecipe #cakesofinstagram #thekitchn #pumpkin #instabake #bakingblog #deliciousfood #dailyfoodfeed #foodgram #instasweet #foodlove #babka #homemadewithlove #feedfeedbaking #imsomartha #whatsonmyplate #lifeandthyme #cakecakecake #bakebakebake #eatprettythings #lovebaking #foodblogeats #foodblogging
  • Every late spring I keep waiting for some sorrel to grow in my garden to make this soup. Shchavel Borscht (sorrel soup) is sour, light, very little ingredients, easy to make and very popular dish among Ukrainian families. (Click ➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio) #olgainthekitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/shchavel-borscht-sorrel-soup/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #sorrelsoup #soup #delicious #recipe #instagood #instayum #feedfeed #foodgawker #food52 #thekitchn #f52grams #huffposttaste #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #foodandwine #tastespotting #comfortfood #deliciousfood #soupseason #lifeandthyme #goodeats #justeatrealfood #healthymeals #forthemaking #yummyfood #foodlove #tastemade #homemade #healthyfood
  • Salad season is here! Yay! Crunchy, crispy texture with a touch of sweetness that makes this Crisp Cucumber Salad extra delicious. 😋The combination of fresh veggies will make you crave this salad all-summer long. (Click ➡️ @olgainthekitchen for the link in bio) #olgainthekitchen⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RECIPE: https://www.olgainthekitchen.com/crisp-cucumber-salad/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #saladrecipe #cucumbersalad #healthyish #sidedish #summer #thefeedfeed #bhgfood #tasteofhome #yummly #tohfoodie #saladsofinstagram #saladmaster #foodgawker #mycommontable #beautifulcuisines #foodnetwork #nytcooking #glutenfree #paleo #healthybreakfast #igfood #feedyoursoul #eatingforthegram #eatingforhealth #lowcarb #tasteandsee #cookingathome #lifeandthyme #yummly