The inspiration

At a young age I learned that raw cookie dough was amazing.

I am not Claudia.

Claudia is my mother and the true inspiration behind this website. My name is Jaime and I am trying to prove that I am a good daughter and worthy of being passed on the family tradition of being extraordinary in the kitchen.

You see, our family is Ukrainian. Very Ukrainian. By very, I mean a typical family meal does not fall short of 4 courses, with the main ingredients being butter, cream, onions, garlic, and more butter.

Claudia is an amazing cook. So much, that from when I was 3 years old I was told that I would need to learn her recipes and how to make each and every traditional (and not-so-traditional) dish in order for her to some day pass on her legacy and grow old gracefully – while I, on the other hand, slave in a hot kitchen cooking for my own screaming family.

I am now 32 years old and barely know how to recreate one single amazing recipe of my mother’s. Lucky for her, I haven’t started my own family yet – so we still have time. That’s where this website comes in. Over the next while, I will be cooking with Claudia and sharing her recipes as she teaches me her legacy through this blog. I figured there was no better way to learn her recipes than to blog and share them with the rest of the world.

Enjoy!

32 comments

  1. Jenn says:

    What a fabulous idea! All your pictures make me wish I was Ukrainian! Maybe I can pick up some good ideas for our dinner time :)

  2. Michelle Manary says:

    This is so smart Jaime. I wished now that my Grandma has passed that I had taken the time to learn her recipes that were “traditions” at holidays and other special occassions. Maybe I can learn through you instead.

  3. Tavia Corkum says:

    What a fabulous idea!! How many recipe’s go missing with the loss of a loved one?! And that you are taking the time to learn them and SHARE them, is AWESOME!

  4. Chris says:

    Hi Jaime, I was looking for some ideas for my first Ukrainian Christmas party that I’ve invited a few friends to and came across your Nalysnyky recipe. Love it…

    Oddly enough i was reading the comments left by others and clicked on Prairie Story’s link (as i’m from the prairies) only to see that the Alison was someone i know! (Hi Alison!)….

    Wonderful site! I look forward to see what you have to share…

    Дякую
    Chris W

    • Claudia's Cookbook says:

      Hi Chris, I’m so glad the blog helped you with your party! Manitoba is such a small place – that’s so great you know Alison too! I love the food community we have going.
      Thanks for sharing you comments. Hope you had a great Ukrainian Christmas!

  5. Rick Robinson says:

    Claudia..are you the one I met in front of Pete’s Coffee today? We spoke about my wife’s Pilates Studio Pilates Vita. If so please contact me. I gave you my franchise business card 480-577-3378

  6. Shawna says:

    Hi, I love your site. I am not Ukrainian myself, but my husbandis. Normally we have our freezer stocked full of the staples (perogies, nalysnyky, pyrzhyky, and cabbage rolls) Unfortunately, this year, we ran out before Christmas so I have spent the entire weekend making all my dishes for Ukrainian Christmas. This is my first time so I have relied on your site for the pictures! Thanks so much!

    • Claudia's Cookbook says:

      Thank you very much for your comments Shawna! I’m glad you enjoy the site and the pictures are helpful! Merry Ukrainian Christmas and good luck with all the dishes! :) Let us know how they turn out and feel free to post pictures on our Facebook page!

  7. Angela @ The Chicken Scoop says:

    I am really glad I found your blog! My Baba passed away last summer and she was the cook of the family. Luckily, I was able to learn a few of the recipes and have copies of the rest but she never went into all of the traditional recipes. She was Russian and all the foods are pretty much the same but with different names. I look forward to seeing your and Claudia’s creations!
    ~Ang

  8. Kerena says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog, my grandparents were from Ukraine I have some fond memories of things my grandmother would cook for us sadly they are no longer with us I was looking for the recipe for holopchi, I’m looking forward to making my own, thank you xx

    • Claudia's Cookbook says:

      We are thankful you found us Kerena! I’m glad our recipes can bring back fond memories of your family to you. That is our goal of this blog. I hope you enjoy and thank you for the lovely comment!

  9. Angela Dzikowski says:

    I had no idea that Aunt Claudia’s recipes were on your website. What a fabulous idea. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

  10. Paul Edwards says:

    Congratulations on an impressive site. The stories and personal information give context to your recipes. Your great photographs bring your site to life but of course the star is your selection of wonderful recipes. I was fortunate to visit Russia & the Ukraine many years ago and remember the fantastic countryside. We went overland from Helsinki to Turkey. One aspect that I always remember was crossing the border from Russia into Ukraine and seeing the difference in the houses. Russia seemed so drab whilst all the houses in the Ukraine seemed brightly painted. Of course so much has changed. It was in the 70’s and I recall how friendly everyone was, particularly in the various restaurants and bars – language differences were never a barrier. I live in Australia and through your site it reinforces my belief that we are all a part of the same global family. Thanks!

    I am trying to build up a gallery of food related pictures of street food, food markets and food festivals, see my page at http://www.allaboutcuisines.com/photos. Do you have any photos that you could share from where you live or from your many travels? If you can help, you could email me or add them direct to my web site http://www.allaboutcuisines.com/node/add/portfolio I will acknowledge your photos and provide the relevant link.

    I will understand if you are too busy, not interested or feel that you cannot help me.

    The goal of my site is to encourage people to try new cuisines so that they can get a better understanding of the world’s diverse cultures as well as helping people prepare and taste new food. My site has a comprehensive guide on food related topics, covers over 100 cuisines including Russia & Ukraine, a section on special diets, information about where to buy ingredients, cookbooks, recipe sites, places to eat and many other cuisine related topics.

    My site does not sell or generate income.

  11. SueSueper says:

    I found your site yesterday after looking for a perogie recipe.

    Used your recipe to make perogies today. They were awesome!

    Made the Sauerkraut ones as well as the Cheese/Potato/Onion one.

    My fav was the Sauerkraut one, it was so tasty.

    I will certainly be looking around your site to find more recipes to try out.

    Thanks so much for sharing your mom’s recipes!

    • Claudia's Cookbook says:

      Hi Sue! So happy to hear you enjoyed our perogie recipe! The sauerkraut is my fav too :) Thank you very much for sharing and visiting the blog!

  12. Maan says:

    Hi Ms. Jaime,

    I’m glad I’ve stumbled on your blog and would like to compliment you on your creative vision and the success of your blog. It is refreshing and inspiring to see such individuality in these times, and the courage to express it. Your personal connection to your readers is delightful.

    By the way, I saw this competition where they are looking for people that can cook the national dish of their country. I think this might be of interest to you since you also love cooking like me. Aside from that, you can win an Ipad mini! =)

    Read more about it on their facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/IngredientMatcher

    Good luck! Be your country’s chef! =)

    Regards,

    Maan

  13. Natalia Chomcyz says:

    Hi Jaime! I’m adopted and found my biological parents about a month ago, and they told me that I am Ukrainian. So, I decided to go onto the internet and learn more about my culture and I stumbled upon this blog, and I’m glad that I did! All of these recipes look delicious and I can’t wait to make my first dish of Holopchi!

    Really looking forward to reading more. Much love from another Ukrainian-Canadian gal, Natalie

    • Claudia's Cookbook says:

      Hi Natalia! Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story! What an exciting time for you. I am so happy you enjoy the blog and are able to connect a bit more with the Ukrainian culture through the food that I have shared. Please let me know how you like the recipes! Thank you again for sharing….it definitely put a smile on my face :) All the best!

    • Claudia's Cookbook says:

      Hi Amy! That’s so great – I am so happy that you are enjoying the blog!! Thank you so much for commenting and let me know how you like the recipes when you try them :) Take care!

  14. Nicole says:

    Hi Jaime,

    I came across your blog from Pineterest and I’m so grateful. I’m challenged in the kitchen and I love your blogs. Easy recipes, pictures (which are crucial for me) and detailed recipe for the “cooking challenged” like myself LOL!!! You are an inspiration and I truly love that you are learning family recipes. As for Claudia, just think many more people will now carry your family traditions. Your legacy will live on. :)

    • Claudia's Cookbook says:

      Hi Nicole! Wow, thank you SO much for such a lovely comment. It really made my day. I am so happy the blog has been helpful to you! Before I started the blog, I also found that recipes that had photos were so much easier for me. I’m glad they are beneficial to you as well :) Thank you again for the comment – it means a lot!

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