Aida Mollenkamp

Aida Mollenkamp

Aida is a food and travel expert, author, chef, Food Network personality, founder of the travel services company, Salt & Wind Travel, and partner at the creative agency and educational platform, Border Free Media. She has made her career in food travel media and hospitality and has crisscrossed the globe to search out the best food destinations.

After graduating from the Cornell Hotel School and Le Cordon Bleu Paris, she joined CHOW Magazine where she ran the test kitchen and worked as Food Editor. Aida then moved to television, hosting the Food Network show, Ask Aida, FoodCrafters on the Cooking Channel, In The Pantry on Yahoo!, and the TasteMade series, Off Menu. Her cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen, is a go-to for home cooks who want to become more adventurous cooks and the Travel Guides For Food Lovers series she has co-authored are beloved among food travelers.

Through Border Free Media, Aida shares the lessons she’s learned as an entrepreneur with other creative businesses. From teaching our Cooking Club classes to cohosting our group trips, in all that she does Aida aims to help discerning travelers taste the world.

How To Do Chowder In The Summertime? This Corn And Potato Chowder-ed Clams Recipe! | https://saltandwind.com

How To Do Chowder In The Summertime? This Corn And Potato Chowder-ed Clams Recipe!

A delicious twist on steamed clams topped with a sauce inspired by corn chowder made by mixing crisp bacon, sweet corn kernels, a cream corn reduction, and tons of fresh parsley.
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{Pasta Alla Checca} No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Burrata Pasta Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Pasta Alla Checca} No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Burrata Pasta Recipe

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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{Ajvar} Roasted Pepper And Eggplant Spread Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Ajvar} Roasted Pepper And Eggplant Spread Recipe

A healthy recipe for a traditional Ajvar, the dip with tons of roasted peppers, eggplant, and herbs, inspired by Croatia. 
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Peach Melba Coconut Cream Soda Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Peach Melba Coconut Cream Soda Recipe

When the weather hits the triple digits, we've got necessities: coconut water, a legit hat, sunnies -- we pretty much can't bear it without them. But then there are the not-so-necess...
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Charred Poblano, Corn, and Pancetta Pizza Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Charred Poblano, Corn, and Pancetta Pizza Recipe

It's Summer, except it's not. Here on Cape Cod where we're visiting this week, the "season" has just started and it's rainy one minute then foggy the next. So, as much as we'd like to be eating fri...
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Limoncello Creamsicle Popsicle Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Limoncello Creamsicle Popsicle Recipe

On my first trip to Italy, I'd religiously finish the day with a cone of straciatella gelato while the adults would sip on ice-cold Limoncello. Though I didn't ever try more than an eyedr...
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This Is The Best Tomato Gazpacho Recipe Of Ever | https://saltandwind.com

This Is The Best Tomato Gazpacho Recipe Of Ever

When it's too hot to cook, it's time to make gazpacho. Marinating the tomatoes before you blend them together the cucumbers, peppers, bread, and vinegar, makes for a healthy summery soup that has t...
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Maltagliati Pasta With Ricotta Salata Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Maltagliati Pasta With Ricotta Salata Recipe

One of our all-time favorite summer dishes? This summery vegetarian pasta that's by no means traditional but by all means delicious and loaded with all the best seasonal produce from corn to zucchi...
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Citrus Rosemary Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Citrus Rosemary Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe

The Spaniards are pretty much killing it when it comes to Gin + Tonics. Yes, it's kind of random but when I went to Spain a few weeks ago to film Off Menu, I totally got it. 
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{Schiacciata All’Uva} Tuscan Grape Focaccia Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Schiacciata All’Uva} Tuscan Grape Focaccia Recipe

A doable, easy recipe for a traditional Tuscan focaccia bread made with olive oil, grapes, rosemary and flaky sea salt. 
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