Iconic Recipes

These are the dishes that represent a place on a plate, they're those classics you just gotta try from Lebanese Lemonade to Portuguese Pineapple Cake, and, of course, our easy, healthy version of those recipes.
Breakfast Churros With Cinnamon Sugar Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Breakfast Churros With Cinnamon Sugar Recipe

The first time I tasted a churro, I was in Los Angeles with a friend and we stopped at a street cart selling Mexican food. The churros were amazing: sweet and sticky, crunchy outside and chewy inside. I had two orders and I made my friend take me to the same cart every day for the rest of my time...

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Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie | https://saltandwind.com

Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie

It's an unspoken rule among us Californians that, when in Palm Springs, a date shake is a must. Tons of dates are grown in the desert so someone sometime got the genius idea of swirling dates and spices into a vanilla milkshake and the rest is history. But, let's be real, drinking a date shake on the regular is not a good habit and doesn't mix well with trying to hang out poolside so I came up with this Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie.

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{Tacos Norteños} Griddled Chipotle Chicken Tacos Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Tacos Norteños} Griddled Chipotle Chicken Tacos Recipe

On a rainy day down in San Antonio and I tucked into the bustling Rosario's restaurant in search of lunch. Though everyone kept talking up the puffy tacos, I couldn't resist the sound of the toasted, melty Tacos Norteños. There are much more authentic versions of Tacos Norteños out there and these don't bear any resemblance to them, but, whatever you call them, these are delicious.

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Austin-Style Migas | https://saltandwind.com

Austin-Style Migas

Though I'm not a huge fan of TexMex, it's quite possible I could eat these classic Migas everyday. Inspired by Austin, Texas where I eat them as a remedy to a big night out, here is my take on Migas. Migas can be made in all sorts of ways but the key is crisp tortilla bits (which could even be le...

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Roasted Red Pepper Romesco Dip Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Roasted Red Pepper Romesco Dip Recipe

Inspired by the classic romesco sauce—roasted peppers, Marcona almonds, paprika, and garlic—this dip’s only problem is how addictive it is. Like any respectable spread, you quickly find yourself (and, let's be honest, I'm speaking from first hand experience here) using it any and everywhere, from...

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Coconut Brownie Cheesecake Bars | https://saltandwind.com

Coconut Brownie Cheesecake Bars

Normally I keep things under control around here and normally we have elegant but not necessarily decadent desserts. But, this last birthday, I wanted something over the top that wasn't a pie or cake and a layered treat like these Coconut Brownie Cheesecake Bars is what I came up with and now the...

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{Fattoush} Lebanese Tomato Pita Sumac Salad Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

{Fattoush} Lebanese Tomato Pita Sumac Salad Recipe

A healthy recipe for a traditional Lebanese Fattoush Salad with tons of greens, tomatoes, toasted pita, and a lemony sumac dressing.

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Blended Mint Lemonade | https://saltandwind.com

Blended Mint Lemonade

Souvenirs are one of those things I never get right when I'm traveling -- either I tell myself they're not practical and end up with zero or I buy a bunch of tchochkes that are fated to collect dust. But I think I finally figured it out on my latest trip -- I'm collecting a new kind of travel souvenir in the form of recipes, like this Blended Mint Lemonade from my trip to recent trip to Jordan.

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Pea and Asparagus Pasta Carbonara | https://saltandwind.com

Pea and Asparagus Pasta Carbonara

Pasta purists, consider this your invitation to gang up on me. Well, first, let me apologize. If not to you, then to my great-grandmother because she is surely pissed at me right now. I’ve done the cardinal sin number one when it comes to Pasta Carbonara and I’ve added peas. Oh, and, while I was ...

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Cucumber and Ginger Mojito Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Cucumber and Ginger Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Cuba is the home of the Mojito so I thought I would make a new version of the classic refresher with this Cucumber and Ginger Mojito.

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Classic Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Classic Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe

A simple recipe for the most popular Italian cocktail of them all: The Aperol Spritz. This wine-based cocktail from Northern Italy has a slightly bitter and sweet flavor with hints of orange, herbs, and rhubarb. Here is our recipe and tips for making a great Aperol Spritz every time!

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{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, it's one of those bastardizations of an English word that makes for an awesome word in a foreign language.) Also, it’s a drink that sort of shows up out of nowhere once the weather gets warm. Oh, and, if you see it, definitely order it because it's amazing. 

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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 with coffee beans, cardamom, and vanilla and you add a dash of intrigue to an otherwise very familiar dessert. 

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