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24 Hours In West Hollywood, California With Aida Mollenkamp | https://saltandwind.com

24 Hours In West Hollywood, California With Aida Mollenkamp

Professional eater, LA native, and Salt & Wind Editor-In-Chief, Aida invites us along as she sets out for her One Perfect Day in West Hollywood, California. 

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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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Root Vegetable Salad with Balsamic-Date Dressing Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Root Vegetable Salad with Balsamic-Date Dressing Recipe

A simple recipe for roasted root vegetables topped with a sweet-sour dressing made with balsamic vinegar and dates.

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Roasted Cilantro Chile Lime Spatchcock Chicken Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Roasted Cilantro Chile Lime Spatchcock Chicken Recipe

This recipe is the opposite of ambitious — it's not lazy or uninspired, it's just resourcefulness at its best. This Cilantro Chile Lime Chicken came about because I wanted a super simple, quick-ish way to roast a whole chicken with flavors that could go with all my favorite foods.

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Pomegranate And Persimmon Wild Rice Salad With Miso Dressing Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Pomegranate And Persimmon Wild Rice Salad With Miso Dressing Recipe

Consider this like the Little Black Dress of salads -- it works in any occasion from a formal dinner party to a light lunch. This wild rice salad came from very humble beginnings (aka me cleaning out the fridge) and then I started sharing it with everyone around me: first for a casual lunch with ...

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Burrata and Agrodolce Fig Crostini Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Burrata and Agrodolce Fig Crostini Recipe

Toast is having a moment and I'm all about it. As such, I wanted to share one of my favorite toasty bites: this crave-worthy Burrata and Agrodolce Fig Crostini.

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Chilled Cucumber Avocado Raita Soup Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Chilled Cucumber Avocado Raita Soup Recipe

There may be nothing more tragic post-travel than losing photos so you’ll understand my devastation around the fact I can’t find any of my snaps of my visit to Udaipur. Instead I decided to save the moment in edible form with this Chilled Cucumber Avocado Raita Soup recipe.

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Garlic Soup With Roasted Tomatoes And Eggs Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Garlic Soup With Roasted Tomatoes And Eggs Recipe

Garlic is our go-to when we have a cold, and this soup is the best way to eat it. The key is in the broth, which is loaded with garlic and flavor. Then you can add in the slow-roasted tomatoes, eggs, and avocado as we did here or alter it to your personal preference, say with wilted spinach, potatoes, and herbs.

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Five Favorite Pins: California | https://saltandwind.com

Five Favorite Pins: California

Aida’s been away for a while now, and let me be the first to say, she’s certainly been missed around these parts! I know she’s been having a wanderlust-worthy journey (have you seen her Instagram photos lately?!) but, if she's like me, then it’s usually around the 2-week mark of a vacation that you start to feel a little homesick, you know? So I thought I’d plan a little surprise for her – my favorite pins this week are all about Aida’s favorite place in the whole world: her home state of California.

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Strawberry Pink Lemonade Bars Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Strawberry Pink Lemonade Bars Recipe

A strawberry twist on classic lemon bars made with strawberries, lemons, eggs, and honey filling in a just sweet, crunchy graham cracker and pistachio crust. 

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Broiled Polenta Bites with Green Harissa | https://saltandwind.com

Broiled Polenta Bites with Green Harissa

When it comes to entertaining, we have our go-to recipes like this Broiled Polenta. It's a gluten-free twist on crostini, and the green harissa is nothing short of crave-worthy!

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Roasted Tomato Sausage Kale Soup Recipe | https://saltandwind.com

Roasted Tomato Sausage Kale Soup Recipe

This is a loose interpretation of the classic Portuguese soup known as caldo verde. Made with potatoes, sausage, kale, and vegetables, it makes a healthy-ish one pot meal.

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