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.
Papalote-Inspired Roasted Tomato Salsa | http://saltandwind.com

Papalote-Inspired Roasted Tomato Salsa

We did it — we cracked the code. True it was years ago but I still do a little victory dance everytime I think about it. Back when I moved to San Francisco and in the very first days of my life as a recipe tester, my then-boss was obsessed with figuring out how to make the Roasted Tomato Salsa from his favorite taqueria, Papalote.

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Chocolate Cornflake Clusters | http://saltandwind.com

Chocolate Cornflake Clusters

If there had ever been a mimimalist movement in food, I'm pretty sure these Chocolate Cornflake Clusters would've been at the forefront of it. So simple they make you wonder why you didn't come up with it yourself -- until you realize that's because it takes a mastermind pastry chef like Jacque Pepin to make something so simple yet so brilliant. 

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Vanilla Almond Baked French Toast | http://saltandwind.com

Vanilla Almond Baked French Toast

This is how we do breakfast in bed this Valentine's Day without having to slave away at the stove.

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Hawaiian-Style Spiced Boiled Peanuts | http://saltandwind.com

Hawaiian-Style Spiced Boiled Peanuts

It’s pretty much impossible to spend any real time in Hawaii without coming across boiled peanuts. Along with poke, boiled peanuts are a classic happy hour pupu (appetizer) and I can never seem to get enough of them. 

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 Hangover Chipotle Chilaquiles | http://saltandwind.com

Hangover Chipotle Chilaquiles

I'd like to think that with age comes a little bit of wisdom -- I really would like to believe that. But then there's the fact I will go to sleep with my makeup on and then act like I have no idea why my face breaks out. Or abandon my plant unattended for days and wonder why it looks pallid (or w...

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Chestnut Gnocchi with Robiola Bosina Cheese Sauce | http://saltandwind.com

Chestnut Gnocchi with Robiola Bosina Cheese Sauce

I first stepped foot in Torino, Italy shortly after the Winter Olympics and just in time for Fall. If there's anywhere you want to be during autumn in Italy, it's Torino because everywhere you go people are celebrating the seasonal cuisine with loads of truffles, mushrooms, and chestnuts. Of ever...

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Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail

Cuba is still calling to me, almost a week after I left. Perhaps because I'm up to my eyeballs in photos, perhaps because it's one of the more nuanced places I've visited, perhaps because the food and drinks have stuck with me. Like say, the Daiquiri, I thought I had the Daiquiri figured out as a...

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Breakfast Churros With Cinnamon Sugar | http://saltandwind.com

Breakfast Churros With Cinnamon Sugar

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 | http://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 | http://saltandwind.com

{Tacos Norteños} Griddled Chipotle Chicken Tacos

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 | http://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 | http://saltandwind.com

Roasted Red Pepper Romesco Dip

 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, fro...

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