Welcome to Alena’s Homecooking. My name is Alena Mironets, married to the love of my life Ivan Mironets. We live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with our 2 kids, where we are also surrounded by family and wonderful friends.
I grew up in a large family, which means a ton of food was needed to feed all of us, which also means us kids needed to help out our mom in the kitchen a lot. Growing up beside my mama’s elbow gave me the head start in my cooking journey. I began cooking by myself when I was 9 years old, it was then that I surprised mom with fresh sorrell borsch (sorell soup) when she came home one day and since then mom asked me to cook more and more. At age 18 I lost my mom to colon cancer, it came unexpectedly. Being the oldest girl in the house at the time, a lot laid on my shoulders but God carried me through it. Taking over the kitchen wasn’t new to me since it wasn’t the first time but it felt cold without mom around. No one to run to when you forget how to make something, no one to give you any ideas or advice, I was on my own from then on. My mom was the greatest cook I know, she hardly ever used recipes to cook. She left without leaving most of her amazing recipes on paper, ever since then myself and my sisters have been trying to re-create them.
I have a passion for cooking and baking, Trying new recipes and writing my own is what I love to do most. When they say the kitchen is the heart of the home, I can’t agree more. That’s where you’d find me on the daily.
With years my creativity grew, I created more and more recipes that became family favorites and wanted to put them on paper (not to follow my moms steps to keep everything in my head) and that made me want to print my own cookbook or even better create some kind of digital cookbook that I can add on to. I’ve always had people tell me to open up my own food blog and really, it has been my dream for years, but it seemed unreal. It took a while to make it happen because I didn’t know how and where to start. Even though I wasn’t running a blog then, I was living in the heart of my home regardless. Always making something delicious and capturing a photo of the finished product. Over the years a collection of my food photos grew so large that I even printed my own photo book with the food I’ve made, I’ve also printed a cookbook for my little sister’s birthday one year, and it really came in handy for her.
Whenever I shared photos of my food, I was constantly asked to share recipes so I figured it was time to make dreams come true. Now I have my online cookbook not only for me to use but for every one who wants to cook up a good meal. Now get cooking and enjoy our delicious dishes.
P.S. Please feel free to comment and write any suggestions you may have that will help me improve my site for your convenience. I am a beginner blogger so please pardon me if I make any mistakes. Stay tuned for much more recipes to come. 😊