About Me


Well, hello and welcome!

Main St. Cuisine blog

Thank you so much for stopping by.  My name is Allison and write the Main St. Cuisine blog.

I was born in New York, lived in Southern California for nearly 23 years and a few years ago we moved to a town just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.  I like to travel [even road trips]  and would love to get to cooking school in Italy one day….a girl can dream, can’t she?

I draw inspiration from the the books I read, lovely movie sets, favorite magazines (Cooking Light, Elle Decor, Bon Appetit, & Country Living) and the blogs I follow.

I adore reading, a nice glass of wine, having friends over for dinner, playing in the backyard with my boys (and board games), dinner out with my husband, movies {from old black and whites to indies}, the occasional all-day shopping trip and gardening.

Other things I love: pearls, monograms, sterling flatware, gingham, linen towels, blue ticking fabric and buffalo check, pretty stationery, vintage transferware, homemade marshmallows and oxford shirts.

After five years on Main St., I’m still posting recipes and little bits of my life with my wonderful husband, sweet boys and Abby, our dog.

And, like most bloggers…I would love to hear from you {I’m pretty fantastic about emailing you back}.



47 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Alison, you have a very impressive blog. I have added you to my favorites. I am still new to mine and have been working on it for the past 4 months between taking care of my boys and working full-time. You have wonderful recipes and pictures! Keep up the inspiring work and feel free to visit my blog, I would love any input! Happy Cookin!

    • mainstcuisine said:

      Thanks, Sheri for your kind words. I’m hoping to be a little more consistent on my blogging this fall. And, I’m going to link to your blog in an upcoming post.

  2. Bubba Goldstein said:

    Allison – Just wanted to drop you a line and give you a big thank you. I have been following your recipes for some time now and I find them simply delightful. Being a single male, I haven’t had the proper in home training that a chef deserves. While I don’t visualize myself cooking for people commercially, it surely comes in handy on “date night” I have become very impressive to some of the ladies. I have found your recipes east to follow, great tasting and the pictures look fabulous. I am getting hungry as I am typing. I am hoping for another post soon so that I can get to the store and start on another “Allison” masterpiece. Your husband is a lucky guy, I assume that you cook for him 24/7!!!

  3. Allison, you sound like a girl after my own heart. I’ve spent a little time here this morning (not enough), and I think I’ve fallen in love with your blog! Your pictures are perfect, and your writing makes me feel happy. And ready to cook! I’m so grateful you left a note for me on my blog yesterday, or I may not have found you. That would have been a tragedy. Even Hubby is here telling me to get back to the Garden Veggie Feta post so we can make it this morning. We’re having a “snow event” and we’re pretty sure that recipe will cheer us up.

    Have a wonderful day!

  4. I just wonder where you are! ^^ I hope you have a wonderful day somewhere! bye! from your neighbor!

    • {Main St. Cuisine} said:

      Thank you so much, my friend. Needed a little r and r this spring/summer and time with my family. It’s great to get started again. I’m hopping over to your site right now.

      Hope you’re well!

      • Wow! Eventually here you are!! I was thinking about you. You seem to have a wonderful time with your family. I was too busy the last 3 weeks, so I just checked your reply now… Happy for ya!

  5. Hi Allison,
    I hope you are well. I miss your posts! I am not trying to pressure you, as I know sometimes you’ve just got to take a break. Whatever you are doing, I hope you are having a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you back here when it’s the right time for you.
    Miss you

  6. Thanks for finding me! I’m always in need of a few good recipes. So, I am now a follower!

    • {Main St. Cuisine} said:

      Your blog title is so unique…I had to stop by. Thanks so much for the follow. I hope you’ll find a recipe or two that you may want to try.

      Enjoy your evening!

  7. Hi Allison,

    I nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.

    All the best,

  8. Thank you for the like. I am mostly grateful because now I found your blog! YUM! Following….

  9. Thank you for stopping by my blog and the “Like”of my post.

    • You’re very welcome! I’m glad to have found you…I love seeing what others are up to in the kitchen and gathering little bits of inspiration around blog land.

      Enjoy your Sunday!

  10. ciao! luvFAB blog.

  11. louslabyrinth said:

    Hey, Just to let you know I nominated you for a versatile blogger award! See details here: http://louslabyrinth.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/2-versatile-blogger-awards/

  12. What an excellent blog! Your photos are very well done and the content of your writing is clear and concise. I’ll have to try a few of these recipes!

  13. Hi Allison! I found your blog through a fellow blogger and LOVE it! Your pictures are so beautiful, and the recipes all sound so delicious!! You have a very impressive recipe index as well!! Definitely following you 🙂


    • Hi Julie! Thank you very much for stopping by and for your kind comment today. It’s nice to wake up to such kind words. Looking forward to having you follow along and to seeing what you’re up to as well (love the name of your blog, btw).

      Have a wonderful day!

  14. Your blog is simply exceptional. I love it and will surely come back again to cook, to learn, to borrow ideas, and to just browse around and admire your beautiful recipes! Thank you for the follow!!!

    • Thank you, Liz- that’s very kind. 🙂 I love that you said “borrow ideas.” That’s one of my favorite parts about reading/following blogs like yours. There are so many wonderful ideas out there, from the very simple to the more elaborate. It’s a lot of fun!

      Very nice to meet you!!

  15. Thank you for visiting my blog! Your blog is fantastic! I am glad that you visited so I could find yours! Where in NY are you originally from?

    • Well, so is yours!! I am happily following. 🙂

      I’m originally from Northport (Long Island), with family in Stonybrook, Kings Park and in the city. I used to have family in Elmira, but they relocated for work to Omaha. The rest of my family are in CT and NJ (my Mom is with us in NC). It makes it very convenient for visiting when we head north! Are you in upstate NY?

  16. Hi there Allison,
    lucky me finding your great blog,’nice recipes within photograph,
    nice to know you then……

    • Oh Dedy, I’m so late in responding. You’re so kind to comment and to follow along. I do enjoy what you share with all of us each week. I’d love to have a place at one of your beautiful dinners someday. 🙂

  17. I just found your blog and love it! Love your photos too. It’s something I really struggle with. I’ll definitely be back to read more. From one former New Yorker to another. 🙂

    • Hi Colleen,
      Thank you very much for taking the time to comment and for your kind words (you are reminding me to plan a visit to NY in 2014!). My photography is definitely in a state of evolution and I’m always looking to improve. And, yes I too struggle with getting the right shots and lighting!

      I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

  18. Allison, I love your recipes and the design of your blog! It’s so sweet, bits of food, life and family. I just followed you on Pinterest, you’ll probably tell by my massive re-pinning!

    • Thank you for very much, Ashley, for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment. I’m so glad to have you visiting here and on Pinterest. I don’t know about you, but I can spend a lot of time on that site just ohhing and ahhing over every recipe, diy, and fashion pin.

      Hope you’re having a great week!

      • Thank you, Allison! I love that I now have a new blog friend! I agree, Pinterest is highly addictive… before you know it, you’ve spent hours pinning and re-organizing all of your boards! I love it. 🙂

        Hope you’re having a great week as well — gear up for Thanksgiving!


  19. Hi, Allison,
    I have nominated your blog for Blog of the Year: 2013. Mazel tov!

    • Happy Saturday, Shanna!

      Thank you so very much. Wow! Thank you for thinking of me and Main St. Cuisine and including us in the nominations. I have a feeling my itty bitty blog is in very good company with others you’ve nominated.

      I’m in the midst of preparing for 15 little boys to storm our home for a birthday bash today. Yikes! No, it’s going to be great fun. 🙂 I will visit and read through your post tomorrow over my morning coffee and scrambled eggs.

      Thank you again for your kindness. It’s very appreciated!

      • HI, Allison,
        Oh, take your time! The award is simply to say that I admire your blog – and want to share it with others. No pressure! Congratulations…. 🙂
        Enjoy your birthday party. It sounds like GREAT fun.

  20. Hi Allison! I just nominated you and your awesome blog that I love for the I am part of the word press family award! You can find more out at http://chaosandcookies.com/2013/12/04/im-honored

    • Wow, thank you so much! You are so sweet to consider my blog for such a wonderful award. I really wish I could celebrate with a piece of your chocolate-peanut butter pie!
      I’ll wander over this evening to take a look and read more!

      Thank you again and enjoy your weekend too!

  21. Hi Allison,
    I just stumbled on your blog and love your writing!

    • That is so kind of you to say! I have to wander over to your site and look around. I am curious about your blog title and how you chose your name. 🙂

      Enjoy your day and thank you again!

  22. I came over to your blog in search of the peach chipotle chicken recipe I saw on your IG feed today. The lime cilantro rice sounded so good. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll be back to spend more time here. For now, I just wanted to say it’s nice to see a picture of you here. I like to see who I’m talking to on IG! Keep the dinner ideas coming. I really appreciate them. – @urban_farm_wife

    • Hi Amy! Thanks so much for taking the time to come over here. The post will show up tomorrow morning, but in case you plan to make it tonight, I’ll share it over on IG and tag you.

      Thank you for the kind words!

  23. I’ve just come across your lovely blog – some really lovely pictures and recipes! I’m looking forward to having more of a browse through the older ones!

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