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.

{Ajvar} Roasted Pepper And Eggplant Spread Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Ajvar} Roasted Pepper And Eggplant Spread Recipe

A healthy recipe for a traditional Ajvar, the dip with tons of roasted peppers, eggplant, and herbs, inspired by Croatia. 
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Corn And Potato Chowder-ed Clams Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Corn And Potato Chowder-ed Clams Recipe

A delicious twist on steamed clams topped with a sauce inspired by corn chowder made by mixing crisp bacon, sweet corn kernels, a cream corn reduction, and tons of fresh parsley.
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This Is The Best Tomato Gazpacho Recipe Of Ever | https://saltandwind.com

This Is The Best Tomato Gazpacho Recipe Of Ever

When it's too hot to cook, it's time to make gazpacho. Marinating the tomatoes before you blend them together the cucumbers, peppers, bread, and vinegar, makes for a healthy summery soup that has t...
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Maltagliati Pasta With Ricotta Salata Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Maltagliati Pasta With Ricotta Salata Recipe

One of our all-time favorite summer dishes? This summery vegetarian pasta that's by no means traditional but by all means delicious and loaded with all the best seasonal produce from corn to zucchi...
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Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe

How can a Gin and Tonic be Spanish you ask? Well, there are a few tweaks to this classic cocktail that the Spaniards do that make it our favorite version of this drink.
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{Schiacciata All’Uva} Tuscan Grape Focaccia Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Schiacciata All’Uva} Tuscan Grape Focaccia Recipe

A doable, easy recipe for a traditional Tuscan focaccia bread made with olive oil, grapes, rosemary and flaky sea salt. 
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Grilled Piadina with Charred Eggplant and Spicy Greens Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Grilled Piadina with Charred Eggplant and Spicy Greens Recipe

Let's discuss this Grilled Piadina with Balsamic Eggplant and Spicy Greens. Because all things flat and bread are my jam yet I plain forgot about its existence until my last trip to Italy. A p...
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From Avignon to Lyon: A Rhône River Itinerary | https://saltandwind.com

From Avignon to Lyon: A Rhône River Itinerary

My first experience on a river cruise was from Arles to Lyon along the Rhône River and I couldn't have loved it more.
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{Citron Pressé} Lavender French Lemonade Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Citron Pressé} Lavender French Lemonade Recipe

This classic French cafe drink is just lemon juice, sugar, and water, but the way I like it best is infused with tons of lavender.
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Essential Basque Country Souvenirs | https://saltandwind.com

Essential Basque Country Souvenirs

One of our favorite places to visit? Basque Country in Spain and here are the souvenirs we love to bring back when we travel there.
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