Hi, I’m Stephanie!
The Cozy Cook is a recipe website started by Stephanie Melchione, and is designed to give busy families access to easy, family-friendly recipes with simple ingredients.
Hey, it’s Stephanie! Welcome to The Cozy Cook! Here, it’s all about being laid-back in the kitchen. My goal is for you to have fun with cooking by creating simple recipes that you’ll always feel confident feeding to friends and family.
The ingredients that I use are always basic, the steps are short and easy to follow, and the leftovers taste even better than the night before.
A Little Back Story
I graduated from The University of New Hampshire in 2007. During this time, I had just started dating my (now) husband, and was a firm believer that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! Unfortunately, I didn’t have many skills to offer in the kitchen. In fact, I had grown used to having chef-prepared meals at my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. 😬
Like most of us, I turned to online recipes for dinner ideas. I often struggled to find ones that tasted as good as the flawless images appeared, or were really as “quick and easy” as they claimed to be.
I found myself researching cooking methods and trying to put them into practice while still keeping my recipes simple. I couldn’t believe what a difference a proper technique or a simple ingredient could make. And I really couldn’t believe the lack of information or guidance that existed on some of the popular websites that I found.
I began posting images of my recipes on Facebook (that I, of course thought were brilliant photos taken with my cell phone). Let me assure you, they were not.
At the suggestion of a friend, I started a food blog in the Fall of 2013. The domain name was almost as terrible as the photos, and I quickly realized that although I had mastered some skills in the kitchen, my business mindset and photography skills were still a lot to be desired.
From there, I turned to photography and blogging resources. After working at my regular 9-5 job, I would come home and continue test recipes, practice photography, and seek out blogging resources.
In June 2018, I decided it was time to dive into my passion full-time and bid goodbye to the Corporate world that I had known for 10 years. Did I almost pass out at the thought of leaving this sense of security that I had known for so long? –Yes. Was it the best decision I ever made? –Yes.
In 2020, my husband was able to join me in working for the business full time. We are so thankful, and feel privileged to be able to provide you with tried-and-true, fully tested recipes that you can feel confident about making and feeding to your family.
To learn more about my blogging journey, check out this podcast!
To see my daughter and I featured on a cooking segment for our local New Hampshire news station, check this out!
Our Goal at The Cozy Cook
Every time I prepare a recipe to feature on The Cozy Cook, I picture you. I picture busy working families, budget-conscience singles, and those of you who can barely make toast. I picture you standing in your kitchen, reading my instructions and following each step of my recipe.
I know you’re a real person. You’ve spent money on the ingredients you’re using. You’re spending time preparing my recipes. (And let’s not forget, you’re hungry.)
-My goal is to make sure your time and money aren’t wasted when you prepare a recipe that I’ve given you.
-I want to make your life easier by allowing you to prepare food that you’re proud of and will want to eat again.
-My hope is that you may be as thankful for me as I am for you.
I am proud to have been featured on websites such as Reader’s Digest, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Thrillist, Delish, Buzzfeed, Yahoo!, She Knows, and more.
I’ve also been featured by some fellow food bloggers including Gimme Some Oven, Brown Eyed Baker, and Recipe Tin Eats.
“I just made this for dinner and it was amazing!! Will definitely be a regular in my dinner rotation! Even my four year old loved it!” – Amber on Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing
“Your recipe was fabulous!! Even my 2 year old ate seconds! Thanks for sharing your recipes! I will definitely be using your site more often!” –Josephina on Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Stew
“Wow!! This soup is to die for! Even my kids gobbled it down! Thank you for such a great recipe! This is going into our family recipe book!” – Angee on Split Pea Soup
“My husband requested meatballs, and I can’t even remember the last time I attempted to make them. So I tried your recipe out and we loved it!!! It got the thumbs up from him and he asked me to save the recipe so we can make it again 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing – it was delicious!” –Lacy on Bobby Flay’s Meatball Recipe
“Deleting all of my steak pins except for this one. I have done the try this rub/try that marinade game as well. No longer. This is my go to seasoning. My extra picky wife agrees. Well done! Juicy and flavorful. This is how a steak is supposed to taste.” –Michael on Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak Rub
“Hands-down the best queso I have ever eaten! So delicious! I will be making this again real soon.” –Sarah on Cowboy Queso
“Just so you know, Steph, my whole family loved these rolls! My younger siblings loved watching them rise and get bigger and it was very hard for us to wait until dinner time to eat them. (Especially after the butter went on top!)” –Khloe on Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls
“My family loved this. It is on my rotation for sure. Thank you!!” – Jamie on Tortellini Al Forno
“I made this last night for my extended family. It was a big hit! They all asked for the recipe!” –Jane on Chicken Bacon Spinach Pasta
“Absolutely delightful!! I’ve made this pot roast several times and a friend said it was the best she’s ever had in her 54 years. Just delicious. I am 50, not a cook and up until I found your recipe, I’ve never made a pot roast. This recipe is super easy, delicious and it reminds me of family dinners when I was a kid. We love it~ Thank you!!” –Anne on Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast
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