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.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond Butter Tart Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond Butter Tart Recipe

Chocolate Salted Caramel Almond Butter Tart Recipe: don't let the long name scare you! This chocolate tart is simple to make and tastes delicious. The crust is made of salted crused graham crackers...
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 {Tamales de Elote} Easy Mexican Sweet Corn Tamales Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Tamales de Elote} Easy Mexican Sweet Corn Tamales Recipe

These vegetarian Mexican tamales with sweet corn are a tasty dessert or side dish. Learn how to make them step-by-step and ways to make them vegan too!
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Spiced Sweet Potato Tamales With Chocolate Sauce Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Spiced Sweet Potato Tamales With Chocolate Sauce Recipe

A simple (and non-traditional) recipe for a dessert tamale made with sweet potatoes, pecans, coconut, spices and a chile chocolate sauce!
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Rosemary Grape Agrodolce With Prosciutto Crostini Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Rosemary Grape Agrodolce With Prosciutto Crostini Recipe

You could use this sweet-sour herbed grape sauce on anything from pork chops to salmon. But our favorite is to top a crusty piece of bread with some burrata or curls of cured meat and serve it as a...
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A Laid Back (And Very California) Guide To Holiday Food And Wine Pairing | https://saltandwind.com

A Laid Back (And Very California) Guide To Holiday Food And Wine Pairing

There are a lot of stressors during the holidays -- rowdy relatives, long shopping lines, new recipes -- and we can’t help with all of it. But we can help relieve any angst on the food a...
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Discovering Wine Deep In California’s Sierra Foothills | https://saltandwind.com

Discovering Wine Deep In California’s Sierra Foothills

California’s Sierra Foothills are known as the epicenter of the Gold Rush. But the area has also been home to wine grapes since the early 1800’s, but that’s just the beginning. Di...
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Roasted Sweet Potato Chips with Whipped Goat Cheese Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Roasted Sweet Potato Chips with Whipped Goat Cheese Recipe

This sweet potato appetizer is essentially crisp sweet potato chips scattered across whipped goat cheese. It may just sound like a healthy plant-based appetizer, but that is discounting it. The smo...
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Getting A Taste Of Paso Robles Wine Country Right Now | https://saltandwind.com

Getting A Taste Of Paso Robles Wine Country Right Now

California’s Central Coast is a bit of a mystery to many travelers. We say that because, in the years we’ve provided our travel advising services in California, we’ve had ple...
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Why Sonoma Is A Local Food Lover's Paradise | https://saltandwind.com

Why Sonoma Is A Local Food Lover's Paradise

Through the years we've learned that "what is ideal California" varies based on who you ask. Because various corners of the Golden State check different items off different people's bucket list. Bu...
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{Haupia Pie} Hawaii-Inspired Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Haupia Pie} Hawaii-Inspired Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

One of the most famous desserts on Oahu? The pies from Ted's Bakery on Oahu's North Shore. We're partial to the Haupia Cream Pie and when we can't have it IRL we make this Chocolate Cocon...
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