Hi! My name is Malorie Leigh and cooking has been my hobby for years!! When I was a little girl, I often helped my mom in the kitchen (or at least tried). I was gradually given more and more responsibility as I grew up. She taught piano lessons after school, and I started by just putting things in the oven or on the stove, then slowly cooking a little bit more of the meal on my own until, in middle school, I was able to cook a full dinner with little to no help.
When I was in high school, I would relax and de-stress myself by making dinner for my family. My parents would leave gift cards to the grocery store on the counter at home during finals week because they knew that I would come home and immediately start planning some crazy meal that would require ingredients we didn’t have in the house.
During my college years, I didn’t get to cook very much. First, because I ate in the commons or shared cooking responsibility with my roommates. Second, because I simply couldn’t afford to create my wonderful, crazy, huge, and (in my opinion) delicious meals. So, my mom got a break from the kitchen every holiday since I would come home and beg to cook. And grocery shop. Grocery shopping is another hobby of mine. My mother cannot fathom how I could enjoy such a thing. Maybe that was why she was so willing to let me plan for, shop, and cook meals when I came home. She didn’t have to go to the grocery store… hmm….
Now, I’m living far away from my parents, so I don’t have their grocery gift cards or their fully stocked kitchen at my disposal. My husband is a seminary student and youth pastor, I am a teacher. I am (slowly) learning to cook and eat on a budget. Thankfully, my husband and I have the same idea of what good food is. We plan our meals a few weeks in advance. He comes grocery shopping with me – mostly so that I don’t spend too much money on things we don’t need. We eat at least one vegetarian meal a week. We really enjoy Sunday Soup. And sometimes I even let him help me out in the kitchen… but it is pretty small, so that doesn’t happen very often.