I have always liked to cook ever since my mother made me make my own dinner because I did not like what she was cooking. Little did I know, she was keeping an eye on me over her shoulder, presumably to make sure that I did not burn the house down. Well, I survived that part of my life and fast forward to high school. Often I had to fend for myself, alone, away from home, teenager with an empty stomach, etc. so I started to cook more for myself but usually not the healthiest of foods. This continued through out college and then I was out in the real world. Broke, hungry, and sober. My friend and I decided to go for a beer hike (short hike with beer) and when we got back to my house, we realised that we were quite hungry. This began a weekly trend with my friend and I of “cheap food and wine night”. The idea was that we would get a bottle or 2 of wine, pool our money together, and then try to make food with whatever we had. This caused us to scour the depths of the internet to look for ways to stretch food farther and make cheap food more tasty.
After a while, I realised that while I liked cooking, I kept making the same things over and over again and I wanted to branch out. That’s when I found the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the idea is that every week you get a different theme, be it an ingredient, style, etc., and the whole idea is to try to make something that you have never made before and branch out. This was exactly what I was looking for and I have been doing it every week for over 3 years now.
The only thing though was that it was difficult to keep track my recipes. That is when a couple people who tried to create a new blog start up focusing on food blogs asked me to join and I thought what the hell. I ended up really liking it. It was a great place to store recipes I really liked and made it easy to share them. Unfortunately, the site shut down and I moved to wordpress, which is where I see myself staying in the future.
Hope you enjoy!