Iconic Recipes

These are the dishes that represent a place on a plate, they're those classics you just gotta try from Lebanese Lemonade to Portuguese Pineapple Cake, and, of course, our easy, healthy version of those recipes.
Icelandic Vegetable and Oat Soup | http://saltandwind.com

Icelandic Vegetable and Oat Soup

Ashlae traveled to Iceland and spent weeks there uncovering the beautiful country. Four of the five nights she was there she dined on a hearty Icelandic stew made from an assortment of vegetables and rolled oats. Although it sounds like an unusual combination, she promises it’s as delicious and satisfying as it is nutritious, and chances are you’ve got most (if not all) of the ingredients in your kitchen.

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{Haupia Pie} Hawaiian Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie | http://saltandwind.com

{Haupia Pie} Hawaiian Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie

My mother used to have a not-so-secret stash of Mounds candy bars and I thought they were just the worst. Well, with the rise of the vegans, coconut milk has become ever-more popular and I've done an aboutface. And it's a good thing because otherwise I wouldn't have ever tried Ted's Bakery Chocol...

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{Pollo Al Burro} Sostanza Brown Butter Chicken | http://saltandwind.com

{Pollo Al Burro} Sostanza Brown Butter Chicken

Next time you go to Florence, do us a favor, stop by Trattoria Sostanza and order their butter chicken. Until then, make this recipe!

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Shrimp and Vegetable Saimin | http://saltandwind.com

Shrimp and Vegetable Saimin

The Hawaiian classic dish, Saimin, is seriously amazing but the storebought stuff can also be seriously salty. Here's my homemade version that's healthier than the original but just as Hawaiian as the original dish. 

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Papalote-Inspired Roasted Tomato Salsa | http://saltandwind.com

Papalote-Inspired Roasted Tomato Salsa

We did it — we cracked the code. True it was years ago but I still do a little victory dance everytime I think about it. Back when I moved to San Francisco and in the very first days of my life as a recipe tester, my then-boss was obsessed with figuring out how to make the Roasted Tomato Salsa from his favorite taqueria, Papalote.

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Chocolate Cornflake Clusters | http://saltandwind.com

Chocolate Cornflake Clusters

If there had ever been a mimimalist movement in food, I'm pretty sure these Chocolate Cornflake Clusters would've been at the forefront of it. So simple they make you wonder why you didn't come up with it yourself -- until you realize that's because it takes a mastermind French pastry chef like Jacque Pepin to make something so simple yet so brilliant. 

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Vanilla Almond Baked French Toast | http://saltandwind.com

Vanilla Almond Baked French Toast

This is how we do breakfast in bed this Valentine's Day without having to slave away at the stove.

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Hawaiian-Style Spiced Boiled Peanuts | http://saltandwind.com

Hawaiian-Style Spiced Boiled Peanuts

It’s pretty much impossible to spend any real time in Hawaii without coming across boiled peanuts. Along with poke, boiled peanuts are a classic happy hour pupu (appetizer) and I can never seem to get enough of them. 

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 Hangover Chipotle Chilaquiles | http://saltandwind.com

Hangover Chipotle Chilaquiles

I'd like to think that with age comes a little bit of wisdom -- I really would like to believe that. But then there's the fact I will go to sleep with my makeup on and then act like I have no idea why my face breaks out. Or abandon my plant unattended for days and wonder why it looks pallid (or w...

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Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail

Cuba is still calling to me, almost a week after I left. Perhaps because I'm up to my eyeballs in photos, perhaps because it's one of the more nuanced places I've visited, perhaps because the food and drinks have stuck with me. Like say, the Daiquiri, I thought I had the Daiquiri figured out as a...

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Breakfast Churros With Cinnamon Sugar | http://saltandwind.com

Breakfast Churros With Cinnamon Sugar

The first time I tasted a churro, I was in Los Angeles with a friend and we stopped at a street cart selling Mexican food. The churros were amazing: sweet and sticky, crunchy outside and chewy inside. I had two orders and I made my friend take me to the same cart every day for the rest of my time...

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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 dates and spices into a vanilla milkshake and the rest is history. But, let's be real, drinking a date shake on the regular is not a good habit and doesn't mix well with trying to hang out poolside so I came up with this Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie.

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