Aida Mollenkamp

Aida Mollenkamp

Aida is a food and travel expert, on-camera host, author, and the founder of Salt & Wind and Salt & Wind Travel. She's a California native who has always had a global perspective in her cooking and in life. Over the years, she has visited more than 35 countries and 35 states and has lived in Europe and across the United States. She is on a mission to help food lovers taste the world.

Cheesecake Bars with Pecan Shortbread and Salted Whiskey Caramel | http://saltandwind.com

Cheesecake Bars with Pecan Shortbread and Salted Whiskey Caramel

These cheesecake bars were inspired by Dad. No, not my Dads (yes, I have two), but Dad. You know, the archetypal, everyman version of Dad. He’s that guy in ads manning the grill, fixing the car, an...
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Carrot Harissa Hummus | http://saltandwind.com

Carrot Harissa Hummus

Consider yourself warned: you will need to make a lot of this Carrot Harissa Hummus because it goes fast. Maybe that's because it's a twist on hummus so it's familiar but just a little bit differen...
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Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie | http://saltandwind.com

Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie

It's an unspoken rule among us Californians that, when in Palm Springs, a date shake is a must. Tons of dates are grown in the desert so someone sometime got the genius idea of swirling d...
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Toasted Coconut Kettle Corn Popcorn | http://saltandwind.com

Toasted Coconut Kettle Corn Popcorn

Sometimes we like to mix it up and go high-low around here, like, say a pinkies-out cocktail party with artisanal cocktails with one of our favorite snacks, popcorn. But then we dress up our popcor...
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Little Black Dress of Salads & Wild Rice Pomegranate Persimmon Pistachio Salad | http://saltandwind.com

Little Black Dress of Salads & Wild Rice Pomegranate Persimmon Pistachio Salad

Consider this the Little Black Dress of salads -- it works in any occasion and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
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Root Vegetable Salad with Balsamic-Date Dressing | http://saltandwind.com

Root Vegetable Salad with Balsamic-Date Dressing

After traveling and lots of meals on the road, I want to just hang -- play music, watch B-rated TV, snack too much and be lazy then try to make up for it with an easy, seasonal salad like this roas...
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{Tacos Norteños} Griddled Chipotle Chicken Tacos | http://saltandwind.com

{Tacos Norteños} Griddled Chipotle Chicken Tacos

On a rainy day down in San Antonio and I tucked into the bustling Rosario's restaurant in search of lunch. Though everyone kept talking up the puffy tacos, I couldn't resist the sound of ...
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Sumac and Thyme Roast Chicken | http://saltandwind.com

Sumac and Thyme Roast Chicken

A Sunday dinner of roast chicken is one of my favorite weekend rituals but, just because we do it on the regular, doesn't mean it's boring. One week it's Chile-Lime Chicken, others this Smoked Papr...
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Roasted Cilantro Chile Lime Spatchcock Chicken | http://saltandwind.com

Roasted Cilantro Chile Lime Spatchcock Chicken

This recipe is the opposite of ambitious — it's not lazy or uninspired, it's just resourcefulness at its best. This Cilantro Chile Lime Chicken came about because I wanted a super s...
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Austin-Style Migas | http://saltandwind.com

Austin-Style Migas

Though I'm not a huge fan of TexMex, it's quite possible I could eat these classic Migas everyday. Inspired by Austin, Texas where I eat them as a remedy to a big night out, here is my take on Miga...
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