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.

Smashed Green Olive And Pistachio Burrata Bruschetta Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Smashed Green Olive And Pistachio Burrata Bruschetta Recipe

Say hello to your new favorite California-inspired appetizer! The combination of green olives, roasted pistachios, citrus, mint, and olive oil is total perfection and brings freshness and vibrance ...
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{Ragù alla Bolognese} Classic Bolognese Sauce Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Ragù alla Bolognese} Classic Bolognese Sauce Recipe

This is a recipe for classic ragù alla bolognese made with pancetta, ground meat, and a touch of cream. Toss it with fresh tagliatelle or use it in lasagne alle Bolognese!
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One-Pot Lemon-Garlic Basil Artichoke Chicken Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

One-Pot Lemon-Garlic Basil Artichoke Chicken Recipe

A one-pot recipe inspired by Italy and delicious any time of year, the secret to this dish is to cook lemons and garlic in olive oil before adding in the chicken, artichokes, and loads of basi...
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Here's What Sustainable Wine Means And Why Should You Care | https://saltandwind.com

Here's What Sustainable Wine Means And Why Should You Care

There comes a moment in every wine lover's life when they start to ask questions. And one of the most common is “What is sustainable wine?” We'll dive deep into that and also get into t...
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California Has Its Own BBQ Style, And It's Legit | https://saltandwind.com

California Has Its Own BBQ Style, And It's Legit

My favorite factoid of Califorinia culinary culture? That we have a native BBQ style and it's so worth exploring! Here is everything you need to know to appreciate Santa Maria barbecue when you vis...
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Homemade Fresh Spinach Pasta Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Homemade Fresh Spinach Pasta Recipe

There's nothing quite like the vibrant green color of fresh spinach pasta. This recipe is a bit more advanced than basic homemade pasta but is so worth the effort.
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{Lasagne Verde alla Bolognese} Classic Bolognese-Style Lasagna Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Lasagne Verde alla Bolognese} Classic Bolognese-Style Lasagna Recipe

A delicious recipe for 100% homemade Bolognese-style lasagna with layers of fresh spinach pasta, bechamel sauce, ragu alla bolognese, and lots and lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
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Smoky Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Smoky Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito Recipe

It's getting pretty ridiculous: I'm way too frequent a flyer at the coffee shop near my house. And, no, it's not for the coffee. I mean, the coffee is totally fine but it's all about the Breakfast ...
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{Fusilli Alla Salsiccia} Pasta With Tomato Sugo, Sausage, and Smoked Cheese Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Fusilli Alla Salsiccia} Pasta With Tomato Sugo, Sausage, and Smoked Cheese Recipe

Santa Ynez has a downtown that looks like it's a freeze frame from an old Western movie, but then has gems like SY Kitchen. We couldn't stop raving about this Fusilli alla Salsiccia so I recre...
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Salted Chocolate Oatmeal Shortbread Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Salted Chocolate Oatmeal Shortbread Recipe

I'm an equal opportunity shortbread eater. But sometimes I like to switch up the classic and for this St Patrick's Day I wanted to make an Oatmeal Shortbread. Made with coconut oil, coconut sugar, ...
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