Leah Maroney

Leah Maroney has been experimenting with recipes in the kitchen since she could walk. She loves sharing her passion for food by cooking breakfast and home-cooked meals for those she loves. When she isn't writing for The Spruce, you can find her on her blog, Mini Pie Kitchen, a website full of breakfast, dinner, dessert, and appetizer recipes!  


  • 7+ years experience writing and creating recipes
  • Over 200 recipes published
  • Trained in Italian cooking in Italy


Leah grew up in the kitchen by her mom's side. Her mother taught her so much (and continues to today!)  She has a deep love of cooking, entertaining, and bringing joy to others through food! She has been writing recipes for the Spruce for the last 3 years. She has developed and experimented with recipes across many cuisines.

Leah's love of cooking and craftiness in the kitchen really took off when she went to Marist College. There, she met the love of her life, Steve, and somehow figured out how to prepare cinnamon rolls (Steve's favorite meal) in a kitchen-less dorm room. 

Steve convinced her to start documenting her recipes online, mostly so she could remember how to make that Beef Stroganoff he loved so much!  And so, minipiekitchen.com was born!  

Leah has been an Elementary school teacher for seven years as well as a children's cooking instructor. She is currently taking time off from teaching to care for (and feed!) her twin toddlers. They are her best taste testers. 


Leah attended Marist College where she received her B.A. in Psychology and Special Education. The close proximity to the Culinary Institute of America fueled her passion for food and for educating herself about new techniques and recipes. She went on to study abroad in Florence, Italy, where she trained in Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine. 

Over the years, she developed her skills in the kitchen by catering private parties and leading cooking classes. This lead to developing a career in writing and creating recipes. 

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

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