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.

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe

Is this the most authentic pizza dough ever? No. But it is very easy, flavorful, and versatile enough to go from the oven to the grill and take on an assortment of toppings.  
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Rosemary And Lemon Cornflake-Crusted Oven Fried Chicken Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Rosemary And Lemon Cornflake-Crusted Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

Easier and a bit healthier than proper fried chicken, this oven fried chicken is made with rosemary, lemon, chile powder, cornflakes, and buttermilk for a tender, juicy chicken with a crispy, flavo...
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Prosciutto Sage Chicken With A Red Wine Fig Sauce Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Prosciutto Sage Chicken With A Red Wine Fig Sauce Recipe

Everyone should master the art of a pan roasted chicken be it for a date night dinner or a weeknight meal. This one made with sage, prosciutto, figs, and a red wine sauce is a must-make in Fall!
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Chile And Cocoa Spiced Snack Mix Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Chile And Cocoa Spiced Snack Mix Recipe

A simple and easy recipe for a Mexican-inspired twist on classic snack mix with plantain chips, nuts, pretzels and a spiced-cocoa coating!
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Channel Mexico With These Baja-Inspired Chipotle Grilled Shrimp Tostadas | https://saltandwind.com

Channel Mexico With These Baja-Inspired Chipotle Grilled Shrimp Tostadas

With a crispy tostada, smahsed avocado, marinated cabbage, pickled onions, and chipotle grilled shrimp, this recipe brings the flavor with not all that much work!
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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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The Essential Tips To Know Before Your Next Road Trip In California | https://saltandwind.com

The Essential Tips To Know Before Your Next Road Trip In California

So you've decided to road trip through the Golden State? Well, here are our essential tips before hitting the road so you can be sure to make the most of it!
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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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{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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Watermelon, Tomato, and Feta Farro Salad Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Watermelon, Tomato, and Feta Farro Salad Recipe

A healthy recipe for a traditional twist on watermelon feta salad made with tomato, farro, and tons of arugula. 
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