About

Welcome to my Kitchen!

I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Olga. Nagorna. I’m a wife, mother, cook, blogger, photographer, video creator, social media boss 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 and video tutorials. I started Olga in the Kitchen in 2017 and develop recipes and videos part-time. 

I come from a family who absolutely love to cook, bake, eat and I’m here to share generations of recipes that are family-friendly, fresh, authentic, healthy and homey. Most importantly, our recipes taste delicious and you can trust that they actually work. I take my time to re-test several times before sharing to make sure they are well tested.

My Family:

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 are a family who loves to sing and and many play some kind of instrument. We love, follow and live by the Word of God. 

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 – kitchen especially. Without them, our lives would be boring. They keep us young, refreshed and energized. Life is good! No, life is great and we are thankful to God for that everyday. 

In addition to blogging, I also help my husband with flooring business, dealing with the paperwork and tax filing. That is one of the reasons why I am able to blog only part-time. I’m a very busy mama!

Why I Started Food Blog:

I started this food and family blog in 2017 as an easy way to share my favorite recipes with family and friends. It has grown much larger than I could have imagined that I decided to start making more videos and sharing them on my blog and my YouTube channel. I’m so thankful to be part-time foodie and recipe developer. I’m leaving a dream I love because of you and I cannot thank you enough! God has blessed me in everything since the second I was born.

My goal with Olga in the Kitchen is for you to really discover and fall in love with cooking and baking and find new favorite recipes your family will love just as much. The ingredients I use are simple and can easily be found in stores. If you can read, you can cook and I am always available to answer any questions if you get stuck. 

This is a personal website and all of the recipes are approved by my family and then re-tested at least 3 times before shared. All of the photography, videos, editing, writing (you name it) is done by me.

How I Started Cooking:

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.

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.

Since my teens, I started collecting recipes every chance I had. Many of these recipes were passed down to me from my mom, my sisters or our old recipe books brought from Ukraine. Others are from my personal recipe collection that I had been collecting since my teens. My recipe collection continues to grow and I cannot wait to share more of my favorites with you. I always think about cooking and even more baking and I even go to bed thinking what I’ll be cooking the next day or what recipe I should share next. I feel like I was born for this!

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 (secretly). 

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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I truly hope Olga in the Kitchen will be your first stop to Ukrainian recipes for any occasion, especially the major gatherings and holidays.

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