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Hi there, I’m Allie!

I’m the friendly face and flavor enthusiast behind Seasoned and Salted.

Growing up in a household where the aroma of freshly caught seafood mingled with the comforting scent of homemade meals, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the art of cooking. My dad, a seasoned fishmonger in Boston for over 35 years, and my mom, who could whip up a fantastic home-cooked meal like nobody else, played a big part in shaping my culinary journey.

And here’s a bit of magic in my culinary journey – Julia Child held me as a baby! Julia was a customer of my father’s, buying all her seafood from him. One day, my mom approached Julia with a new shrimp in one hand and me in the other. Instead of paying attention to the shrimp, Julia asked to hold the baby… That’s right, she held me! I like to think that some of her magic and gutsy attitude rubbed off on me.

My passion for cooking only grew..

Fast forward to my college days, when my roommate, Giana, and I would whip up delicious filet mignons basted in butter. Those were the days of savoring good food and treating ourselves to hibachi dinners or a splash of top-shelf vodka. Giana was the first person I regularly shared my home-cooked meals with. She even gifted me my first-ever cookbook!

In 2017, my boyfriend (now hubby) and I moved in together, reigniting my love for cooking. The challenge? Recreating those impromptu masterpieces from scratch. I’ve always had this quirky inability to follow a recipe to the letter. It led to a lot of thrown-together experiments and creations. That’s when recording my recipes took root, not just for others but as a lifeline for myself to replicate those delicious accidents.

Sharing my passion for travel and cooking:

Now, on the culinary map, I’ve explored many countries, taking cooking classes in France and Italy to name a few. These adventures have added a global taste to my recipes, a touch of authenticity inspired by kitchens worldwide.

I spent a lot of time at home (like everyone else) in 2020. I needed a hobby, and so Seasoned and Salted was born!

Eric, Goose, and I in the Finger Lakes
enjoying the wine!
Two people (a man and a woman) wearing hairnets in a parmigiano reggiano factory.
Visiting a Parmigiano Reggiano factory.
I’ve been twice!

I’m on a mission to bring restaurant-worthy recipes to your home kitchen. Think of it as “Globally inspired comfort food with a modern twist.” Each recipe is a story, a memory of a favorite restaurant, or a special trip abroad.

Speaking of adventures, my passion extends beyond the kitchen to exploring wine regions. Franschhoek, South Africa, stole my heart—it’s where we celebrated our honeymoon, surrounded by picturesque vineyards. It’s my favorite wine region! Always planning the next food and wine-centric adventure because life is too short for bland experiences!

Now, I reside in Hingham with my husband, Eric, our daughter, Charlotte, and our two golden retrievers, Duck and Goose. Join me in this flavorful journey, and let’s make every meal an unforgettable experience!

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More about Seasoned and Salted

The name Seasoned and Salted was born out of my obsession with ensuring that dishes are correctly salted and seasoned! I’ve even been known to keep salt in my bag wherever I go! No bland recipes here!

This is a hard one! My favorite food to cook is Italian. My favorite food to eat might be French, though!

My favorite appetizer, or more accurately, the one I make time and time again, is my Lobster Cakes recipe! They are a huge hit at parties.

My recipe testing involves a fun, but often lengthy process. Read more about it here.