Date Night: Sake Miso Mussels with Wilted Greens For Two

Miso Mussels Recipe // www.aidamollenkamp.com

As you guys know, I love to get away. If there’s a trip to be had, I can be packed and ready with suitcase in hand within minutes. Like that one time my coworker casually invited on a last minute trip to Europe and showed up at the airport a day later with luggage and ticket in hand. True, it was slightly awkward at first but we ended up having an amazing time and have been close friends ever since. But no matter where my travels takes me, the one thing I miss is a homecooked meal so I cook and cook and cook when I return even if it’s something simple like these Miso Mussels with Wilted Greens. 
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Get To Know: Miso

Get To Know: Miso

Quick: name one dish you know that uses miso. Did you say miso soup? Because that’s the first thing that popped into my mind when Aida suggested miso for this month’s Get To Know ingredient. It was then that I realized how little I knew about it — trust me, you’ll be so glad we did this. Since here on Pairs Well With Food, Aida’s come up with tons of clever ways to use it, let’s discover this life-changing ingredient together. 


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Missing The Memo and Chocolate Recipes

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Is it just me or did I miss some sort of chocolate memo? True, I’ve been away in Cuba for a week but you know I love chocolate – which is why I was delighted to see so many friends sharing chocolate-filled recipes this morning.

The internet is chocolate and more chocolate today from the espresso-almond chocolate pudding cups via joy the baker, to these flourless browned butter brownies from Top With Cinnamon, these brownie cookies from Baker’s Royale and even more cookies from Bojon Gourmet. That said instead of posting photos from my Cuba trip I’ve just been staring at food porn all morning. Tell me, how’s a girl supposed to get work done when there are doughnuts?
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Our Five Favorite Pins Of The Week // 04.06.14

My Five Favorite Pins - Cotton Candy Hair // aidamollenkamp.com #pairswellwithfood

How gorgeous is this cotton candy photo? Kristin is up to some pretty delectable collaborations over at Dine X Design, and her new series “Fashion Feast” takes the cake. The whole shoot is worth checking out – and perfect for pins – but this one photo in particular caught our eye – rose and lavender-flavored cotton candy, matched with a cloud of pastel hair and swirled up into one big beautiful mess.
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Domestic Partners: Bad Hair Day

My trip to Cuba this week has been amazing on so many levels but one thing I could have dealt without was the humidity. Not to be a total girl but it made for some seriously bad hair days so don’t be surprised when I don’t share too many photos of me from the trip. I mean, no one needs to see that finger-in-electric socket look my hair does in such situations — it’s just not cute. Well, as you know, on Domestic Partners, we sweat the small stuff and this week is something that’s hardly small to me – big, bad hair days. Here’s how to survive a bad hair day and what to do and eat to make it through!


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Mixtape: Cuban Music

Mixtape Cuba

I’d say we know each other pretty well, wouldn’t you? Despite that I’ve never really ‘fessed up as to how big a dork I was back in the day (errr, and still am). Like, how at 16 I was so into Latin music (thanks partly to the Putumayo Cuban Music compilation I bought at The Nature Company – anyone? anyone?) that I saved money from my first kitchen job to buy ticket to a Celia Cruz concert at the Hollywood Bowl. It was one of the most amazing things I’d ever seen with Celia Cruz in a headdress almost as big as she was tall and people spontaneously jumping up and dancing on the benches.

Seeing as I’m spending the week exploring all that Cuba is, it seemed fitting to share an updated take on that music compilation with this month’s Mixtape. With a few classic Cuban songs, some staples I’ve heard around the island all week, and some tracks I’ve just come across, it’s a musical postcard from me to you!


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Design Inspiration: Cuba Travel

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Mojitos. Classic cars. Buena Vista Social Club. Up until a few days ago, that was pretty much the extent of my knowledge of Cuba. It’s a place often described as “stuck in time” but few Americans get to find out for themselves, but I can now count myself among those lucky few.

I’m currently traveling around the island, from Havana to Cienfuegos and Trinidad with the World Affairs Council of Los Angeles, getting a historical tour and a taste of the local flavor. I can hardly contain my excitement about it all, but when it came to planning, it was first things first: as in what on earth was I going to pack?


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Domestic Partners: Spirit Cocktails

You know how everyone has a spirit animal? Well, if you don’t you should! But, even more important than that (in my eyes, at least) is having a spirit cocktail. You know: a drink that represents your personality — ideally one you can turn to on a moment’s notice. So, on this week’s Domestic Partners, we discuss the importance of spirit cocktails and I reveal which cocktail best channels my own spirit.


Domestic Partners is my weekly YouTube show with Gaby Dalkin where we talk food, drink, and all things domestic — be sure to subscribe to know when new episodes premiere!