The Seasoned Traveler

Recipes and remedies using herbs, spices, and other natural ingredients from the world's pantry


IMG_0225One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”  ~ Henry Miller

At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.”  ~ Michael Pollan

On these pages, I hope to inspire you with recipes, stories, and snapshots of my life and travels. You will find here flavors and traditions influenced by the places I’ve lived and traveled, as well as just yummy dishes I’ve either created or tried and loved. I enjoy simple, rustic, and mostly nutritious cooking, especially when it involves slow simmering, roasting, or braising to bring out the most in flavor. I am particularly interested in learning from both old world wisdom and new scientific studies about the healing potential and nutritional benefits of spices, herbs, and other natural ingredients. At the same time, I do indulge in comforting sweets every so often, and, much like the French, I don’t fret about cream and butter. Whether you are just stopping by or joining me on my culinary journeys, thank you for visiting, and I hope you find a morsel or two of inspiration at The Seasoned Traveler.

A little about me066 (2):

I have worked as a journalist, a researcher, a translator, a teacher, a diplomat, and a stay-at-home mom. From a young age I was intrigued by other cultures and have been blessed with amazing experiences living abroad. Harvesting green tea on a remote Japanese island, cooking crepes in a Normandy farmhouse, savoring grilled fish on the Dalmatian coast, touring medieval wine villages in Italy, sleeping under the stars in the Omani desert and waking to cardamom coffee, enjoying a salt scrub at the Dead Sea, tasting freshly pressed olive oil in Tunisia, and meandering through spice markets in Morocco  — these are some of the many moments I cherish. My travels wouldn’t be as precious to me without the connections I’ve made along the way with friends and family, traditions, and wonderful food.

Bon voyage, bon appétit, and happy seasonings!   ~Laura



Please do not use any images without my express permission; all photos on this blog are original and property of The Seasoned Traveler, unless otherwise noted. If you would like to use any content here, please credit me with a link and/or contact me at in advance. I am happy to share and collaborate in most instances. Thank you!



64 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for following me! Travelling, eating, cooking… What a wonderful life. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. What an interesting ‘About’. I am enjoying your style, recipes, photos and stories. 😀

  3. Lovely photos. I just found your blog and looking forward to exploring your site and following your posts! Thank you.

    • Thank you, Martine! I just took a look at yours and can’t wait to learn more about you and read your posts – you have a beautiful blog, and I love the international and health angles. Looking forward to reading more.

  4. Very lovely blog. Thank you for visiting today! Looking forward to reading your posts.

  5. Congratulations Laura! Three stars ☆ ☆ ☆ for Blog of The Year 2013 Award!
    No pressure, it is all up to you to pay it forward. You have been awarded at:
    … Or, after a month, look for it
    here >>
    Enjoy your Award! 😀 Fae.

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  7. I just love your blog and that’s why I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you choose to accept it. For more information, see my post on Awards:

  8. Oh Laura! So glad you stopped by for a visit… it has led me to you and your lovely blog. LOVE it! Everything… your photos, your recipes, your writing. 🙂

    • That makes my day because I love your blog too and am happy I discovered it recently! Thanks so much for your kind words – I’m looking forward to taking time to explore your recipes and posts. Cheers, -Laura

  9. I see many friends have commented here and it was Fae who led me here. I look forward to following your blogging journey

    • Thanks for finding me – Fae always connects me with great people 🙂 I look forward to exploring your blog too; I see we share a love for spices & herbs and cooking with your daughter too. Glad to meet you here.

  10. Hi Laura, thank you so much for visiting and liking my blog ☺️ You story sounds so interesting and I look forward to reading more of your blog. Elaine 🌸

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  12. Hi Laura, just wanted to let you know I passed on the Award! 😉 Congrats again!

    And again, I simply LOVE your blog. Always a delight to come onto it (like now) to see all the beautiful pictures!! Keep up the great work! hugs, Sylvia

    • Thanks, Sylvia! I just left a message for you on your post, but let me say here too a big thank you to YOU for passing the award forward. You have a stunningly beautiful blog that always inspires me. Hugs to you, -Laura

      • Dear Laura, thanks sooo much for the kind words here and over at superfoodista 😉 I feel the same way about your blog, it’s really full of beautiful pictures and I love the personal and classy touch you give to it. looking forward to read more from you! big hug, Sylvia

  13. Hi Laura! I nominated you for The Imagine Award:
    Participation is optional, of course, but I hope you pass it along 🙂

  14. Hi Laura… so great to follow some of your wonderful adventures here. It’s been decades… but I’m grateful that we’ve had the chance to stay connected — even if it’s quite loosely. Cheers!

  15. Your blog is SCRUMPTIOUS!

  16. Wow! I am so amazed and impressed with your travels and your culinary skills! So pleased to meet you! 🙂

  17. I don’t know why I wasn’t following you already, but I should be, so I’m about to put that right! Love the recipes I’m seeing from you (and really like your blog’s name, too…) Look forward to seeing your recipes popping up on my reader!

  18. I really love your quote at the top by Michael Pollan! I am enjoying looking around your blog, and love that you use lots of fresh herbs and spices that enhance the richness of meals!

  19. Congrats! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award! If you would like to participate and accept this award, here is the link to follow:

  20. Hi Laura! I hope you are having an awesome week! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You do have a very lovely blog and I really think that you deserve this award. For more info, go to:

  21. Hi Laura! I see I am the second today, but I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award! I have truly enjoyed reading your posts and so this is my way of saying thank you! To see more please follow this link:

  22. Hi Laura, we have ‘met’ through Fiesta Fridays, and I don’t know why I did not follow you earlier! You have a very interesting ‘about’ page, with beautiful pictures. I share your passion for herbs and spices, and will certainly join you in your culinary adventure. Look forward to your posts…

  23. Hi Laura 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. I really love your first quote (so true) and it seems we visited the same countries! I look forward to many more posts. A bientot 🙂

  24. Hi Laura,

    Congratulations, I have just nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. For more information, just go to . Please remember that it is always voluntary, but do think you have a really versatile blog and are very deserving of the award.



  25. Hi Laura. I’ve nominated you for the Quintet of Radiance Award!!! If you’re interested in participating in the award process, you can get all of the information here: Congratulations!

  26. So many colours to catch the eyes – so many smells and flavours are stirred up in the mind with your writing and photos!
    Such a pleasant blog for us to follow 🙂
    How much better can it get with food and travelling!!! Look forward to seeing more!!

  27. Beautiful blog! I am looking forward to explore it more:) Olga

  28. You have such a beautiful blog! Eyecandy! I will follow you 🙂

  29. Hi Laura! I’ve just nominated you for the Quintet of Radiance Award and the Liebster Award. You can accept none, one or both! If you want more information, you can find details here:
    Hope you are having a great day!

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  31. Hi Laura, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Versatile blogger award – Have a lovely day!

  32. What a lovely blog you have here! Love it! Looking forward to exploring your blog. 🙂

  33. Dear Laura,
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  34. Great storytelling!!!

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