About Me


Welcome to our families food  blog or should I say "My little cookbook"....

My name is Alyona. I am a follower of Jesus, a busy mother of three beautiful children and am happily married to my husband Alex.

I love to cook a wide range of foods from Ukrainian to American and many other cuisines. I am surrounded by really good cooks and love to share a recipe that is tasty and approved.

My motto: "You don't have to be an expert in cooking before you approach the kitchen but rather knowledge comes from cooking".

A real task in the kitchen for me would be to use up the things on hand and yet create a delicious meal from it without going to the grocery store. Been there? I say substitutions come in real handy then...


My Motivation:

My mother is such an amazing woman and cook. Growing up in the Slavic culture she then got a job in a large cafeteria that feed up to 600 people in her teen years. Working in a cafeteria wasn't quite that easy back in the day as technology wasn't as advanced, so making patties to feed about 600 people wasn't that easy. She made a wide range of different Classic Ukrainian foods which I believe have impacted in her cooking life because I think she cooks really good! She's definitely an inspiration to me. I love that she always has something to put on the table no matter how last minute it is. A lot of my Slavic dishes come from her. So it is a great privilege for me to share them with you.


Note: All family isn't pictured but Front row starting from far left; Grandpa, Grandma, Sister, Brother, Mom and Daughter. Back Row from left; Me, Husband and Brother- in-law.

I must say, I found Natasha's Kitchen blog very motivating in how she shared many different Slavic recipes and visuals. I wanted to do just the same and pass down many of my families background cooking as well as family friendly, homey and delicious recipes.

About Alyona's Cooking:

I started this food blog as a way to share favorite recipes and well known favorites. Many of my recipes comes from both my mothers (mom and mother-in- law), friends, family and acquaintances. I basically share a variety of recipes coming from many different resources and many different hand written recipe notebooks (both my mothers have those handwritten notebooks where they write down there recipes, maybe it's a Slavic thing?)

One day I had a conversation with my sister who told me I should start a cooking blog. I do cook a lot, so to share a recipe or even try to help someone recreate a dish is certainly something of my interest! I was a little skeptical at first but was moved by all the support and encouragement from my family!

This binder had impacted a lot on the name I gave my blog. It was gifted to me on my bridal shower (years ago) and who would of known it would of been a name of a blog one day.... It's missing the g at the end of cookin but pretty close.

I love to share new recipes so if you have any suggestions or ideas feel free to contact me at alyonascooking@gmail.com or comment me below.


My aunt in the making of apple and millet varenki. Click here for her recipe. 

potato golubsti

If you havn't tried her amazing potato golubsti you really need to!

Of Coarse and foremost ALL the glory goes to the Living God who gives life and takes away. I am thankful to God He has given me the strength and the ability to prepare and provide meals for our family.

"Every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor-- it is the gift of God". Ecclesiastes 3:13

Should you have an opportunity for me or would like one my recipes to be featured on your page contact me via email provided below. 

Contact: alyonascooking@gmail.com 


Alyona's Cooking

5 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Thank you Valya! Indeed I am blessed with both my mothers (husbands mom is amazing too:) and they both inspire me so much in so many different ways. My mother in law currently has a cooking blog too (svetasrecipes.com) so feel free to check out her page. Blessings to your family!

  1. Alyon, you are really motovational, beautiful and creative. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. It is really much appreciated. I was wondering if i can challenge you to come up with a recipe for polenta. mamaliga. layered in a casserole form. i hope i make sense. Thank you again for all you do!!!

    1. Thank you for all the kind words Lena. I haven’t really dealt much with polenta so I wouldn’t be able to share a polenta recipe at the moment. However should I come across a really good polenta recipe I’ll try to reach out to you:)

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