Olga's Flavor Factory

 I'm Olga. A nurse by night, a wife, mother and homemaker by day, I love to cook and entertain. I grew up with Russian food and when we came to America, fell in love with so many other cuisines. I share great recipes with detailed instructions and step by step pictures.

Panettone Bread Pudding With a Creamy Rum Syrup

It’s the day before Christmas! Can you believe it? Most of you are probably consumed in a flurry of activities right about now with last minute things on your to-do list ....more

Mandarin Orange Cake

Mandarin oranges always remind me of Christmas. When we still lived in Belarus, my parents always gave us mandarins for Christmas and New Years’ (which is a BIG DEAL holiday in all the former Soviet countries). It turns out that my husband’s family always had mandarins for those holidays too ....more

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Meatloaf With A Cheesy, Mushroom Stuffing

Meatloaf is usually a boring, uninspiring entree, reserved for weeknight dinners when you can’t be bothered to get your creative juices flowing. Would you consider serving a meatloaf for a special occasion? With this showstopper, you certainly should! ...more

Split Seconds

During the weeks before Christmas, the smell of baking cookies wafts through most houses, there are cookie exchange parties and lots of treats in offices. ...more

Pryaniki – Russian Honey Spice Cookies

Pryaniki go back for centuries in the traditional Russian kitchen. These humble looking treats are honey spice cookies that are glazed and usually served with tea. You will find them on the shelves of all Russian stores ....more

Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb With a Red Wine Sauce

My brother and his wife recently came into the possession of a 6 pound piece of lamb. How, you may ask? Marina’s (my sister-in-law) dad knows that his little girl LOVES lamb, so he just gave it to them as a gift ....more

Chocolate Volcano Cake – Торт “Пинчер”

Did you ever stop to think that we are such creatures of habit? ...more

Lebedushka – Creamy Ricotta and Kiwi-Strawberry Gelatin Dessert

Preparing for holidays or parties always brings an exciting note of anticipation into the home. During my childhood, I remember all the bustling and planning as I watched my Mama in a flurry of activity. She seemed to understand my longing to be part of the action, even as a little 5 year old, and would give me little jobs here and there so I could feel involved....more

Almond Toffee

Dating is very fun and exciting. Not only does it include the romantic, “falling in love” part, which is obviously the best part, but it comes hand in hand with all the little things that you do to win your sweetheart’s affection. Since we had a long distance relationship, dating had some challenges for my husband and myself, but we made it work, and the miles apart weren’t a hindrance ....more

Campanelle Pasta With Roasted Garlic Sauce

As a food blogger, I’m often tempted to give each recipe a really creative flair. This was definitely the case with this dish as well. I thought about adding some mushrooms, green beans, asparagus or peas to give it a more unique twist, more color, flavor and texture ....more