Hello and welcome! I’m Carla, and I am obsessed with sharing recipes. I am a recipe developer, a photographer, a food stylist, a food writer, a marketer, a tech guru, a dish washer… Pretty much anything and everything you see on Chocolate Moosey is done by me, myself, and I (unless otherwise noted, of course). I grew up in the Pittsburgh area and visit family quite often, but right now I’m living in south central PA as I work full-time as a videographer.
My mission is to develop recipes that are creative and approachable. Even though my blog’s name has the word chocolate in it, I create both sweet and savory recipes. Dessert will always be dominant because I have a huge sweet tooth. However, I also cook small-scale meals because most of the time it’s just me, so you will see a good bit of small serving sizes overall.
I have no formal culinary training (minus a few cooking classes in school). My experience comes from reading and making. Growing up, I would go through my mom’s magazines and rip out the recipes because the pictures intrigued me. I still remember my first “collection” being a round-up of brownies. Eventually I got binders and kept all of my pages and clippings in them. I still have most of those pages. Now I have an (almost) unhealthy habit of buying cookbooks and saving recipes online.
How Chocolate Moosey Was Born
Truth? Chocolate Moosey as a whole has been around since early 2000s. I started it in high school as a personal journal but later abandoned it when I went off to college. When I studied abroad in 2007 in Ireland, I got super homesick during my last month. I’ve been browsing food blogs like crazy, so I decided to start one myself. I was still in love with the name Chocolate Moosey, so I kept it and started anew.
So how did I come up with the name? Because of this guy (shown above). I sold cookies as a Girl Scout. When you reached certain goals, you got a prize. I rarely got prizes, so this guy was special. The decision was final when I was distracted in chemistry class and started drawing moose on my paper.