Hi! I'm Callan, your kitchen ninja.
Let's make a delicious mess together!
It's in my soul.
My intense passion for baking and cooking has been rooted in me since toddlerhood. I can distinctly remember kneeling on a stool in my grandmas kitchen adding ingredients to the stand mixer (making a total mess, of course).
The kitchen has always been my favorite place to be. I'll gladly spend a full day trying my hand at a lengthy recipe, prepping for a holiday or party, or just making things for my loved ones!
It's where my creativity lives, and where I explore flavors, textures, and end concept design.
How we got here.
My boyfriend at the time (now husband) pushed me to pursue my kitchen hobby in a more lucrative manner. During the 2020 pandemic, I decided to start a food blog to host my recipes. Fast forward a few years, and food blogging, recipe development, and food photography and videography is now my full time job!
While I've never had any professional training, everything I have learned and perfected has been from reading, watching, and doing...over, and over again. I have put in all the work, fails, and details so that you can be successful in round one and never have to second guess yourself.
While there's always more to learn, what I have learned is that anyone can bake and cook - especially pretty things - with the right support.
That's where The Cozy Plum comes in.
I realized that a lot of folks wanted to try their hand at new recipes, but it felt scary or overwhelming. The detail and support wasn't there. I knew I wanted The Cozy Plum to be a reliable place that makes people excited to get into the kitchen and create something that both tastes and looks amazing.
The kitchen should be a place for FUN and creativity. We're team #nostress at TCP.
Let's have some fun...
...because we're absolutely licking every last bit of icing out of the bowl in my kitchen.
Joining me on this corner of the internet will lead you through a transformative baking journey. I will always encourage you to try your hand at bakes you never "thought" you could tackle. Because guess what? You can and you will!
But also, if you want to zone out and make that easy muffin recipe...I fully support that for you.
The primary goal of the food I create is to inspire a sense of pleasure and indulgence, and to leave you longing for just one more bite. When you make these recipes in your own kitchen, I hope you feel the same love and care.
What Will You Find at The Cozy Plum?
- Ingredient lists (with pictures) and approved variations or substitutions for the recipe.
- Step by step pictures for each recipe (within the body of the blog post).
- Cup measurements and metric measurements. Use the "metric" toggle on any of the recipe cards to switch to weight. Note that using a digital scale and metric measurements will always produce the best and most accurate results.
- Bi-weekly newsletter that includes new and updated recipes, a few life updates, and highlights of other recipes I've tried or have on my "to bake" list.
- Essential tools, equipment, and ingredients that I use in my own kitchen!
More About Callan and The Cozy Plum
The recipes are a mix of what I dream up in my brain, as well as found through keyword research (seeking out what users are searching for via Google).
The best way is to read the blog post (every ad you see is a few cents to my biz), leave a five star review on the recipe card (and comment if you'd like), and share the recipes on social media or with friends!
Yes! I use a DSLR camera and a 50mm and 105mm macro lens to take all of the photos and videos for the website.
I consistently using the following in my kitchen: Diamond Crystal kosher salt, King Arthur flour products, Rodelle vanilla paste, and Callebaut chocolate. I also always have some flaky sea salt on hand! These are quality ingredients that I really believe are worth it.
This is not my specialty. Some recipes are naturally gluten free (hello mini pavlovas), but I do not intentionally create gluten free recipes. If a recipe is able to be made gluten free, it will be indicated in the substitutions and variations section within the blog post.