Welcome! My name is Olya and this website is the internet home of amazing recipes that will make you look like a pro, yet without having to spend too much time in the kitchen!
- I am a self-taught cook, food photographer and videographer.
- I started Whatsinthepan.com in 2016 because I wanted to become a proficient cook and be in control of what I put in my body. I had no cooking experience prior to 2016 and was self taught through the internet and Pinterest. I now cook daily, sometimes several times a day and do it very well. I can probably cook blind folded!
- While cooking and publishing the recipes, I became very well versed in the power of good nutrition and proper eating habits. I’m very grateful for that because I used to be a habitual under-eater.
- I was working full-time during the time when I undertook my cooking endeavor and it was not an easy time for me at all. In 2018 I was able to quit my 9 to 5 office job and today I’m very glad I made that decision!
- These days, I devote myself 100 percent full-time to this website, photography and recipe videos.
MY SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES
As of 2021 my Facebook account has 200,000 followers, and my Pinterest account has over 150,000 followers. In 2021 I had over 20 million page visits to my website and many of my recipes have been saved/pinned hundreds of thousands times on Pinterest. Some of them, such as this Creamy Chicken Pasta, were pinned over million times on Pinterest. I’m so thankful that people enjoy cooking so much!
I ALWAYS post recipes with detailed step by step photos and instructions and have plenty of easy main courses as well as quick Instant Pot recipes.
How to connect with What’s in the Pan
You can always connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or YouTube. You can also contact me at contactwhatsinthepan at gmail dot com.
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Why cook at home
It seems that nowadays cooking at home is a luxury both in terms of time and effort, and most of us tend to eat what’s convenient at the moment rather than what we should be giving our bodies to keep them healthy and vibrant.
So how to combat this habit of eating the wrong way or feeling too intimidated to cook at home? Start by making home made meals once a week or on weekends and sooner rather than later this will become a delightful adventure. I believe that cooking is for everybody. It might take time but it is a rewarding experience that will soon turn into a captivating pleasure!
My website is about how to make food taste good without spending too much time in the kitchen: simple and tasty! And chances are good that something quick, easy and delicious is cooking in my kitchen right now!
I love cooking and all the perks that come with it: discovering new recipes, perfecting old ones, sharing them with the family and of course eating.
Need more reassurance?
Home cooked food is always more delicious and more nutrient rich. And you are always in control of what goes into your body in your own kitchen. I just wish I started doing that years ago!
If you think about it, we spend so much time of our lives just searching for what to eat, buying food, cooking and of course eating, we might as well do it right! I hope I can help you with this by providing step by step instructions and visuals with each new recipe.
I hope you enjoy the recipes here and make good use of them in your daily life!
Please stop by often and enjoy!
You are a very clever person!
Hey Olya, we are finally seeing it!
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Hey Olga, I just tried your Creamy and Cajun Shrimp Pasta with sausage and I must say it was delish. I was looking for something quick, tasty, and fun. This hit the spot. I was reading about how this website came about and I am eager to try more of your recipes. The directions were spot on, pictures gorgeous and easy to follow. Thank you so much!!!!
Thank you Tiffany for stopping by and I appreciate your comment on spot-on directions and pictures – this truly made my day!
I made several recipes more than once. My absolute favorite is Pasta Da Vinci! I made that over and over again.
Do you send recipes to emails?
I don’t do emails unfortunately.
Congrats, you dishes look extremely delicious, I would love to try any of them. Bye bye
I am so glad I found whatsinthepan! I love your detailed instructions and clear pictures of what food should look like at each stage. This is so helpful!
Thank you Asia! I try to anticipate and PREVENT cooking anxieties with as many tools as I can:)
Joanna McGuire says
Hi Olya! I’m fairly new to Pinterest (where I discovered you!) and sometimes getting recipes is a bit more cumbersome than I’d hoped — so thank you for this forum. I’m so delighted to find a lamb shank recipe that doesn’t rely on a cinnamon flavor base: thank you! I’m looking forward to making it and although I’m a good cook, I all ways appreciate a well-written recipe — so thank you again for the major effort you obviously make to be thorough and intuitive. And I’m looking forward to your beautiful almond cranberry cookies, too. You’re quite the videographer to boot — and your story is inspiring. Heartfelt thanks, Olya! –Joanna
Thank you, Joanna! I’m so happy you zeroed in 🙂 on the lamb shank recipe as well as almond cranberry cookies – two of my personal favorites!
Terri Winkler says
The One Skillet Chicken with Green Bean and Mushrooms was phenomenal! My husband doesn’t like dark meat and he even loved it! I had to print the recipe after I made it because it’s a keeper!! I did add a little corn starch in water to thicken slightly. Thank you Olya it was delicious!!
Thank you Terri for your phenomenal evaluation of that recipe. You made my day!
Nancy Janiszewski says
All of these receipts look Devine. I will certainly be trying them.
Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole- can you use mild cheddar cheese? I have never cooked with sharp. Is there a big difference or just preference?
You can use mild cheese as well. Sharp has a much more distinct flavor, but mild cheddar will melt better.