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.

{Caffe Shakerato} Classic Italian Iced Espresso Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Caffe Shakerato} Classic Italian Iced Espresso Recipe

There are a few things you should know about the Italian drink, Caffe Shakerato: first, it’s pronounced “shake” with a “-rate” then an "o" at the end. (You know, ...
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Kale-Strawberry Smoothie | https://saltandwind.com

Kale-Strawberry Smoothie

Sometimes I need a vacation from my vacation. I was only in Mexico for 72 hours but I felt like I had been gone eons when I returned. It was like Baja abducted us and ten years passed during the we...
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Blood Orange Thyme Paloma Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Blood Orange Thyme Paloma Cocktail Recipe

I'm heading south to Los Cabos for a girls weekend that I'm hoping involves nothing more than some surf, sand, and lots of guac and tequila. My older sister, Ivy, has a love for all things tequila,...
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Burrata with Charred Asparagus and Pistachio-Mint Gremolata | https://saltandwind.com

Burrata with Charred Asparagus and Pistachio-Mint Gremolata

One of my favorite creations of late is this charred asparagus recipe. One of the great culinary truths (according to me) is that like bacon, burrata makes anything better -- so it's kind of hard t...
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Carrot-Cumin Farro Risotto | https://saltandwind.com

Carrot-Cumin Farro Risotto

To some this is farro, to some a risotto, to others still a farrotto, but I'm not one for semantics -- it's farro, carrots, cumin, and Parmesan simmered together and it screams Spring, even if the ...
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Cardamom-Vanilla Coffee Crème Brûlée | https://saltandwind.com

Cardamom-Vanilla Coffee Crème Brûlée

Unfortunately for it, crème brûlée is so ubiquitous that it's easy to write it off as nothing special. But make it in a very shareable dish for two and infuse the cream wit...
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Sparkling Pear and Tamarind Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Sparkling Pear and Tamarind Cocktail Recipe

This cocktai is a total wild card, which is all the more reason you should try it out. Tamarind is one of those flavors I use for Thai food or vinaigrettes but almost never in cocktails. I combined...
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{Kabab Chenjeh} Grilled Saffron Beef Kebab Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Kabab Chenjeh} Grilled Saffron Beef Kebab Recipe

A simple recipe for classic Persian style beef kebab with a garlic, onion, and saffron marinade.
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Butternut Squash, Apple, and Currant Panzanella Salad | https://saltandwind.com

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Currant Panzanella Salad

When I continously traveling, my refrigerator has been less regularly maintained, you know? That means I find an assortment of this and that produce greeting me when I return home begging to be coo...
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Los Cabos Mexican Summer Salad | https://saltandwind.com

Los Cabos Mexican Summer Salad

We could all use a little more Mexico in our lives. Its bold colors, warm hospitality, and lilting breezes, and the food — let’s not forget about the comforting complexity that is Mexic...
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