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.

Lillet Lemonade Spritzer Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Lillet Lemonade Spritzer Cocktail Recipe

Easy, light, and subtle, this Lillet Lemonade Spritzer is the ideal warm-weather cocktail. It's bubbly, just a touch sweet and refreshing, made with Lillet Blanc, gin, lemon, honey and soda water.
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Grilled Flank Steak with Balsamic-Mint Fig Salsa Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Grilled Flank Steak with Balsamic-Mint Fig Salsa Recipe

Nothing quite elevates a grilled flank steak like a great sauce. And this balsamic fig salsa is just that. It'ss super simple, and, though it's fabulous as is, feel free to switch it up as you plea...
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Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad Recipe

A super simple twist on classic Italian Panzanella salad made with grilled stone fruit, garlicky crusty crostini bread,  and tons of basil, this is the ultimate no-cook summer dish. 
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Pomegranate Blackberry Bramble Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Pomegranate Blackberry Bramble Cocktail Recipe

The Bramble cocktail is totally underappreciated. It was created in London in the 80s but it never seems to make its mark and I don't know why. The classic version is like the gin-lovers Kir Royale...
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Green Herb Falafel Lettuce Wraps Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Green Herb Falafel Lettuce Wraps Recipe

These falafel wraps area a crowd-favorite meatless dish that we turn to time and again. Made with chickpea flour, spices, parsley, they come together for a quick weeknight meal. 
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Hazelnut Chocolate Baci Ice Cream Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Hazelnut Chocolate Baci Ice Cream Recipe

Raise your hand if you're as into the chocolate-hazelnut combo that is Nutella, Baci, and Gianduja! This ice cream nods to that and goes big on the chocolate-hazelnut flavors with chocolate ic...
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California-Style Crunchy Fried Avocado Taco Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

California-Style Crunchy Fried Avocado Taco Recipe

A decidedly California take on fried avocado tacos, these are loaded with tons of fresh flavors and celebrate the king of California avocados, the Haas!
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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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