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.

Hi Kai Mai Tai Cocktail |

Hi Kai Mai Tai Cocktail

This isn't anything close to a traditional Mai Tai because I don't dare face the wrath of Mai Tai aficionados. Think of this as a Mai Tai light as it's tamed with passion fruit juice (look for the ...
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Coconut Brownie Cheesecake Bars |

Coconut Brownie Cheesecake Bars

Normally I keep things under control around here and normally we have elegant but not necessarily decadent desserts. But, this last birthday, I wanted something over the top that wasn't a pie or ca...
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Vanilla Cherry Chocolate Cookies |

Vanilla Cherry Chocolate Cookies

Vanilla and cherry are like the peanut butter and jelly of sweets if you ask me -- they met way back at the soda fountain and I'll forever and always be a fan. But if I had to choose my absolute fa...
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Blistered Balsamic Concord Grapes |

Blistered Balsamic Concord Grapes

Oh, Balsamic Blistered Concord Grapes, where have you been all my life? I always thought grapes were just fine as is until you came along. Blistered in a hot oven with sweet-tart vinegar and herbs,...
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Hazelnut-Chocolate Linzer Cookies |

Hazelnut-Chocolate Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies just might be my favorites -- what's not to like about two buttery cookies sandwiched around a sweet filling? Some form or another of the recipe has been around for over 300 years so...
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Fudgy Coconut Brigadiero Brownies |

Fudgy Coconut Brigadiero Brownies

These brownies are inspired by trip to Brazil and, if I learned anything while there, it's that they're not big on restraint. Especially when it comes to dessert. Especially when the dessert are br...
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Pomegranate, Persimmon, and Pistachio Wild Rice Salad |

Pomegranate, Persimmon, and Pistachio Wild Rice Salad

Consider this like the Little Black Dress of salads -- it works in any occasion from a formal dinner party to a light lunch. This wild rice salad came from very humble beginnings (aka me cleaning o...
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Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake with Salted Coffee-Caramel Sauce |

Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake with Salted Coffee-Caramel Sauce

You know I don’t like my sweets, well, too sweet. But during the holidays I throw caution to the wind and make this decadent, buttery, and over-the-top Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake with Salted Coffee-...
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Toasted Coconut-Orange Icebox Cookies |

Toasted Coconut-Orange Icebox Cookies

I'm of the belief that a well stocked freezer should have some surplus soup, at least one casserole, tomato sauce, and frozen cookie dough so you can make like Donna Reed and play homemaker on the ...
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Fennel Puff Pastry Bites with Mascarpone |

Fennel Puff Pastry Bites with Mascarpone

These little puff pastry bites are pinch hitters when it comes to entertaining because they're as fitting at a holiday cocktail party as they are at an Easter brunch. I make the fennel filling and ...
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