OlgaHello! My name is Olga Galanter, I was a system engineer in Moscow, Russia but now I’m a housewife and mom, living in Garden State, USA with my husband, my son and two cats. I love to cook. I love to eat. And I love to take pictures.

I began to learn to cook in Soviet times, my grandmas cooked great Russian and Ukrainian dishes (my hometown is on the border with Ukraine) such as borscht, kholodets, vareniki, okhroshka, pirozhki and blini. My grandpa was a great explorer and loved to cook stews and soups with his own recipes. My mom is a great baker and now she loves to try my cooking ideas. I was just meant to love to cook, and I did.

The recipes shown here use mostly local, possibly seasonal ingredients and a few things from the can (beans or tomatoes). I love to discover new ingredients and new combinations. We just does not eat olives and seafood (except fish) so, there are no recipes with this ingredients. And we don’t drink alcohol (yeah, no vodka, sorry), but sometimes I’d use something special to add better taste to the dishes. Some recipes has no gluten. And there is some (exUSSR) Russian recipes from my memories and Russian cookbooks.

My native language is Russian, I’m not very good in English and my recipes stories shorter than I’d like, but I’m working on it. Please, be patient.

Starting January, 2012 I began posting more low-calorie recipes.  Counting calories  helped me to lose 60 pounds  and the process continues.

I’m try my best and want to be better.  All pictures are taken by me. Please be respectful of my work and do not copy my photos or text without written permission.

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18 Responses to “About”

  1. Alexis says:

    Even if your English isn’t the best (I actually think it’s very good), my favorite part is the picture you include with each recipe. All the recipes I’ve seen are simple and from scratch, exactly the kind of food I enjoy making!

    I love your site, keep it up!

  2. Olga says:

    You are very kind. Thanks!

  3. Chris says:

    Awesome , thank you so much for these recipes

  4. Olga says:


  5. Anna says:

    Just had “Green Shchi” in Saint Petersburg and have been searching high and low for the recipe! Thank you so much for posting!!! We recently moved to Moscow and I think your blog will be a great resource to experiment from using the local ingredients (while I can get them at the market!). Please keep up the site and thank you!

  6. Marianna says:

    Love your recipes. My family immigrated from Russia when I was a young teen. I still love the flavors and tastes of Russian food. I have enjoyed reading your blog immensely. I like the simplicity of the recipes and enjoy reading your posts. I think your english is quite good and the blog posts are very readable. Keep it up.

  7. Olga says:

    Thank you!

  8. Nina says:

    Hey Olga! I love your site… I’m Russian/Ukranian and a nutritionist, so I was very excited to see interesting variations of my family recipes (and your low-calorie recipes, too). If you ever need any nutrition info, let me know.

  9. Olga says:

    Thank you, Nina! Good advice never hurt.

  10. Hannah says:

    Hi Olga, beautiful pictures. I am working on a museum exhibition on the history of puffing cereals, and I would love to use your photos of the caramel puffed rice/wheat squares up on the website (credited, of course). Please let me know if you would allow for that.


  11. Olga says:

    Hi! Yes, you can use it. And thanks.

  12. Alexandra Ittah says:

    Dear Olga,

    I absolutely love your website. It is beautiful, easy to navigate and gives me nastalgic feelings of my childhood in Riga, Latvia. I am very familiar with the recipes on your wonderful site and I enjoy browsing the pages and reminiscing of family dinners and good times. I must say that I miss my mother’s cooking! It’s a good thing I will see her in August and insist she make borsh. Mine never turns out exactly like hers.

    Thank you for this. You are a gem.


    Alexandra (Sashka)

  13. Olga says:

    Oh my, thank you!

  14. Ellen M Ennis Davis says:

    Hi Olga, love your website and want to subscribe via email but can’t seem to find the link on the page. can you help me?

  15. Olga says:

    @Ellen, thank your for your interest! You can subscribe to the blog in your favorite reader by using our RSS feed http://kitchen.galanter.net/feed/

    We have also added “Subscribe” button on the top right – so you can subscribe via email now as well.

  16. Ziz'ka says:

    Hello to a System Engineer from a Chemical Engineer.
    Nice, finally I found an engineer food blog person.

  17. Michelle in Australia says:

    Thanks Olga. Your English is great and so are your recipes! Thanks so much for sharing. You have a lovely collection of recipes from your old homeland as well as lots of new ones from your new homeland. I really like how unpretentious your website is, as well. All the best with your cooking.

  18. Olga says:

    Thank you. You are very kind.

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