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About Babaganosh

Hello there!

I'm Kate. I started this blog a few years ago before I knew that food blogging was a *thing.* I just wanted a place to share my recipes and (hopefully) inspire others to cook at home more often.

I am passionate about creating easy, tasty, and (mostly) healthy recipes. I believe in cooking at home instead of ordering takeout even on busy nights.

Growing up in Ukraine and as an immigrant family in the Brooklyn, NY, my mom and grandma cooked every day. Getting takeout was just not a thing we did.

Added in March 2022: Recently people have had questions about why my recipes are called "Russian" when I am from Ukraine and why I speak Russian if I am from Ukraine. Ukraine was part of USSR when I was born (and for decades before that), and my grandmother lived in Russia for a long time - people moved for work or were assigned different cities in the USSR after WWII.

A lot of the food we eat is both Russian and Ukrainian. Up until February 2022, many people couldn't even find Ukraine on the map, so to make our delicious food known to the world I called the recipes "Russian cheese pancakes," "Russian beet salad," and "Russian stuffed cabbage" and so on. I've been going back and forth on whether to update the recipes to say "Ukrainian," but since my family made these recipes while living in Russia as well as while living in Ukraine, I feel like saying "Russian" is still accurate and will help more people discover our wonderful cuisine.

If you have questions, I encourage you to reach out and have a conversation with me, or with any other Ukrainian or Russian food blogger living in the US or in Canada (there are many of us!), or anywhere in the world. We are glad to talk about our background. And for the record, I am very much against the war in Ukraine and I have been donating to World Central Kitchen, International Rescue Committee, and Doctors without Borders to help with humanitarian efforts. I hope you can donate as well.

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I learned to cook when I started living on my own after college, and it was a slow process - I remember calling my mom and asking "OK so to make pasta, do I boil the water first? But for rice I add the water and rice at the same time??"  I also ate chicken breast marinated in Italian dressing for an entire week straight because it was the only thing I mastered at age 20.

Luckily I am a little more confident in the kitchen nowadays. The only thing limiting my cooking is the lack of time. I am a stay at home mom to a wonderful energetic little boy and two cats (much less energetic, but still quite needy!)

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I hope you'll follow along and make some of the recipes from my blog:

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If you would like to send me an email, please e-mail me at Let me know where you're from, what kind of food you like to cook, and what kind of recipes you'd like to see on this blog. I love hearing from my readers and creating recipes just for you!

Happy cooking!

- Kate

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Monday 6th of June 2022

I made this recipe and it was hands down amazing. Thank you for sharing with us.


Tuesday 7th of June 2022

I think this was meant to go on my Baked Swai recipe, based on our chat on Pinterest. :) Thank you so much, Tabitha! Have a good one!


Thursday 10th of February 2022

Thank you so very much for your recipes!!! I'm also a busy SAHM who has to sometimes eat vegan for religious reasons, and your recipes are a lifesaver. I really like that you strike a balance between types of foods.


Sunday 13th of February 2022

So glad to hear that, Thanks Rebekah!

Ahmed Ibrahim

Saturday 18th of December 2021

I just wanted to say that your recipes are the best written recipes I’ve ever read. It is very well wrote and organized to be very easy & interested for those who love to cook their food.

Thank you & wish you and your family a merry Christmas & happy new year


Tuesday 21st of December 2021

Thank you so much! This means a lot to me, as I am always trying to go through old recipes and make them more clear. Happy holidays!


Friday 21st of May 2021

Wow I'm so glad I found this website! I'm getting ready to head over to the store now to buy ingredients for your sweet potato gnocchi recipe... yum


Monday 24th of May 2021


Abbey Gleichenhaus

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

Just joined love you recipes a lot of flavor. Thank you for refreshing food

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