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.

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Toast Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Toast Recipe

This Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Toasts recipe is like a hand-me-down, family blanket – old school but the ultimate in comfort.  I pulled this Tomato Soup recipe out of Keys To The Kitchen to sh...
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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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Noni's Italian Walnut Shortbread Cookie Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Noni's Italian Walnut Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Some of us are a bit, shall we say, more sentimental than others. And there's nothing like the one-two combo of the end of the year and the holiday season to bring it out. That ornament that you ha...
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Aged Eggnog Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Aged Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

An easy cocktail recipe for aged eggnog. We take traditional eggnog and let it hang out a few weeks before serving it and the result is a game changer of an eggnog recipe! 
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Oysters With Pomegranate Mignonette Granita Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Oysters With Pomegranate Mignonette Granita Recipe

A creative twist on oysters with mignonette sauce made with pomegranate juice, shallots, black pepper, and vinegar. Here it's frozen and scraped for a granita like texture that's a major winner!
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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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Scallop Crudo With Jalapeno Citrus Sauce Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

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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Radicchio Salad Cups With Maple Lemon Dressing Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Radicchio Salad Cups With Maple Lemon Dressing 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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