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 | 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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{Authentic Fattoush Salad} Tomato Avocado Fattoush Salad  | http://saltandwind.com

{Authentic Fattoush Salad} Tomato Avocado Fattoush Salad

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

Cucumber and Ginger Mojito Cocktail

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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Crepes with Meyer Lemon Curd and Berries | http://saltandwind.com

Crepes with Meyer Lemon Curd and Berries

This last weekend we had a serious winter storm that left everyone confused — confused on how to drive, how to dress, and what season it is. And the produce seems to have gotten caught up in the confusion. A bit wintry but with spring so close you can taste it, we’ve got everything from Meyer lem...

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Grilled Piadina with Charred Eggplant and Spicy Greens | http://saltandwind.com

Grilled Piadina with Charred Eggplant and Spicy Greens

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 piadina is a flatbread that you see all over the Emilia-Romagna region, where it's from. I've seen them served folded in half and others rolled up, but I prefer them open face because I usually require a fork and knife to get through the loads of ingredients I've thrown on top. Though it’s nowhere near traditional, I load it with spicy greens, creamy mozzarella, and salty prosciutto so that it’s more of a meal.

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Classic Aperol Spritz Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

Classic Aperol Spritz Cocktail

Here it is – one of our favorite summertime refreshers, the Aperol Spritz. This is a cocktail you find served throughout the Northeast part of Italy with all sorts of variations, but, at it's most simple, it's some sort of white wine mixed with an Italian aperitivo such as Campari or Aperol. 

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

{Caffe Shakerato} Classic Italian Iced Espresso

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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{Pasta Alla Checca} No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce with Burrata | http://saltandwind.com

{Pasta Alla Checca} No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce with Burrata

There is nothing that transports me to Italy faster than a really well done pasta alla checca. At its most simple, it's just marinated tomatoes tossed with fresh pasta but I've learned how to make it amazing.

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Cardamom-Vanilla Coffee Crème Brûlée | http://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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Exceptional Tomato Gazpacho | http://saltandwind.com

Exceptional Tomato Gazpacho

Have you ever seen a sloth in action? If not, please block away some time towatch this video. If so, then you have a really good idea of the pace of life in California in summer. It was almost too hot to eat — which, for this girl, is saying a lot. Not even a salad would suffice because the whole...

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{Escabeche} Hot Mexican Pickled Carrots | http://saltandwind.com

{Escabeche} Hot Mexican Pickled Carrots

All you have to do is meet Delilah Snell and you’ll likely be as convinced of her awesomeness as I am. When we met, it was quite clear Delilah and I were equally food obsessed and we quickly became close enough that she was willing to share the recipe for these Mexican-style pickled carrots.

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