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.

{Pasta Alla Checca} No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce with Burrata | http://saltandwind.com

{Pasta Alla Checca} No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce with Burrata

There is nothing that transports me to Italy faster than a really well done pasta alla checca. At its most simple, it's just marinated tomatoes tossed with fresh pasta but I've learned ho...
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Kale-Strawberry Smoothie | http://saltandwind.com

Kale-Strawberry Smoothie

Sometimes I need a vacation from my vacation. I was only in Mexico for 72 hours but I felt like I had been gone eons when I returned. It was like Baja abducted us and ten years passed during the we...
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Blood Orange Thyme Paloma Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

Blood Orange Thyme Paloma Cocktail

I'm heading south to Los Cabos for a girls weekend that I'm hoping involves nothing more than some surf, sand, and lots of guac and tequila. My older sister, Ivy, has a love for all things tequila,...
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Burrata with Charred Asparagus and Pistachio-Mint Gremolata | http://saltandwind.com

Burrata with Charred Asparagus and Pistachio-Mint Gremolata

One of my favorite creations of late is this charred asparagus recipe. One of the great culinary truths (according to me) is that like bacon, burrata makes anything better -- so it's kind of hard t...
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Carrot-Cumin Farro Risotto | http://saltandwind.com

Carrot-Cumin Farro Risotto

To some this is farro, to some a risotto, to others still a farrotto, but I'm not one for semantics -- it's farro, carrots, cumin, and Parmesan simmered together and it screams Spring, even if the ...
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Cardamom-Vanilla Coffee Crème Brûlée | http://saltandwind.com

Cardamom-Vanilla Coffee Crème Brûlée

Unfortunately for it, crème brûlée is so ubiquitous that it's easy to write it off as nothing special. But make it in a very shareable dish for two and infuse the cream wit...
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Sparkling Pear and Tamarind Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

Sparkling Pear and Tamarind Cocktail

This cocktai is a total wild card, which is all the more reason you should try it out. Tamarind is one of those flavors I use for Thai food or vinaigrettes but almost never in cocktails. I combined...
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Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad | http://saltandwind.com

Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad

Wheatberry is super incognito -- those in-the-know have been cooking with it forever, putting it in soups, salads, and using it instead of rice in risotto. But, for the rest of us? It just seems li...
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{Kabab Chenjeh} Grilled Saffron Beef Kebab with Blistered Tomatoes | http://saltandwind.com

{Kabab Chenjeh} Grilled Saffron Beef Kebab with Blistered Tomatoes

Here in Los Angeles there are a few super hot button topics: water shortages, the Lakers, and I'd add in kebabs. Okay, maybe it's only amongst food people who love Persian food but where to get the...
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Butternut Squash, Apple, and Currant Panzanella Salad | http://saltandwind.com

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Currant Panzanella Salad

When I continously traveling, my refrigerator has been less regularly maintained, you know? That means I find an assortment of this and that produce greeting me when I return home begging to be coo...
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