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.

Fresh Pear Fritters With Ginger Sugar Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Fresh Pear Fritters With Ginger Sugar Recipe

There are certain fried foods we’re always game to make because they’re so delicious they’re well worth the effort. Case in point? The classic Roman street snack known a...
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Spiced Persimmon Pudding Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Spiced Persimmon Pudding Recipe

Persimmons in dessert are one of the most underappreciated food preparations out there in our opinion. Here we right that wrong by combining ripe Hachiya persimmons with spices and baking it up for...
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Hosting A Small Group This Holiday? Start With This Scallop Crudo With Jalapeno Citrus Sauce Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Hosting A Small Group This Holiday? Start With This Scallop Crudo With Jalapeno Citrus Sauce Recipe

ISO of an easy showstopping appetizer? This Sea Scallop crudo made with citrus juice, ginger, jalapenos, and smashed avocado is it!
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Spanish Potato Chip Tortilla Bites With Bravas Sauce Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Spanish Potato Chip Tortilla Bites With Bravas Sauce Recipe

Swapping fried potatoes for potato chips makes quick work of the classic Spanish dish tortilla española. We then cut it into bite-sized pieces and garnish with sour cream, bravas s...
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Pomegranate Pistachio Apple and Radicchio Salad Cups With Maple Lemon Cream Sauce Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Pomegranate Pistachio Apple and Radicchio Salad Cups With Maple Lemon Cream Sauce Recipe

Looking for a healthy-ish appetizer to serve at your holiday party? These radicchio cups loaded with seasonal flavors are and a sweet, bright Maple Lemon Cream are a total winner!
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Why A Digital Detox Is What You Need Right Now | https://saltandwind.com

Why A Digital Detox Is What You Need Right Now

I burned out on social media recently and it made me realize how important it is to unplug. Here's why you'll want your next vacation to be a digital detox (and how to do it).
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Herb-Orange Turkey Breast With Roasted Pear Gravy Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Herb-Orange Turkey Breast With Roasted Pear Gravy Recipe

Doing a smaller Thanskgiving? Or just looking for something a bit healthier than the standard bird? This Herb-Orange Turkey Breast is it!
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French-Style Mashed Potato Puree Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

French-Style Mashed Potato Puree Recipe

Inspired by the late great chef Joël Robuchon's famous pureed potatoes, this is an easy recipe for uber decadent pureed potatoes. These are the potatoes you make when you want to pull out all ...
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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic-Sage Brown Butter Sauce Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic-Sage Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

One of our most popular recipes on the whole site is this twist on traditional gnocchi. Made with sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes and topped with a balsamic reduction and brown butter sauc...
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The Easiest App Of Ever! Olive, Tomato, Prosciutto, and Parmesan Savory Palmiers Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

The Easiest App Of Ever! Olive, Tomato, Prosciutto, and Parmesan Savory Palmiers Recipe

Inspired by the Avignon Les Halles, this savory take on classic French Palmiers made with sundried tomatoes, tapenade, prosciutto, and Parmigiano Reggiano are a taste of Provence.
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