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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Amalfi Coast Inspired Limoncello Creamsicle Popsicle Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Amalfi Coast Inspired 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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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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Spiced Grape Granita Parfait Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Spiced Grape Granita Parfait Recipe

Made with freshly squeezed orange juice, cinnamon, sugar, and in-season red grapes, this very California twist on classic granita is sure to become your go-to summertime dessert.
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Honey and Oregano Broiled Feta Caprese Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Honey and Oregano Broiled Feta Caprese Recipe

An easy, quick recipe that works as well as an appetizer as it does as a lighter main dish. The key is broiling the feta with a drizzle of honey because it makes for a sweet, salty, vibrant dish th...
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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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