Last Fridays: Peel and Eat Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Peel and Eat Salt and Pepper Shrimp| aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

Dear Aida:

Summer is officially here! I don’t know about you, but long, hot days make me crave fresh seafood classics like salt and pepper shrimp. I wish we could meet up at a beachside town to drink delicious cocktails and lazily nosh on seaside treats. Unfortunately, summer is my busy season, so leisurely afternoons are not in the cards.


Continue Reading: Last Fridays: Peel and Eat Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Last Fridays: Hibiscus Berry Aperol Moscow Mule

Hibiscus Berry Aperol Moscow Mule Cocktail | aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

Dear Lillian:

I recently realized that summer just might be my favorite season for cocktails. Maybe it’s all the days in the sun, that it’s wedding season, or that there’s always something to toast with this month’s World Cup, but I’ve been mixing drinks up a lot lately.

I know you’re crazy busy this time of year  – what with all the food that needs styling for the upcoming holiday season — but I’ve got a ton of tasty tonics next time we see each other. My latest creation is this Hibiscus Berry Aperol Moscow Mule, inspired by this Hibiscus Rum Buck from my friends over at Honestly Yum!
Continue Reading: Last Fridays: Hibiscus Berry Aperol Moscow Mule

Wild On World Cup: Mint Coconut Batida Cocktail

Coconut Mint Batida Cocktail Recipe | aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

Remember that time (two seconds ago) when I talked up how awesome Caipirinhas are? Are you now cursing me for having talked you into buying a whole bottle of cachaça with no way to use beyond those Sparkling Raspberry Caipirinhas? That kinda sucked of me, didn’t it? So that we’re square, I’ve mixed up another cachaça drink in the form of this Mint Coconut Batida Cocktail.


Continue Reading: Wild On World Cup: Mint Coconut Batida Cocktail

Workout Refuel: Blueberry Banana Almond Butter Smoothie

Blueberry Banana Almond Butter Smoothie | aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

In the few years I’ve had this site, we’ve never really had a convo about exercise. I guess I kinda figured it was a given that you guys realized I’m a California girl and here in Southern California working out is a religion for most.

I’ll admit that, having grown up here, I’ve gone off the rails at times and dieted dangerously or ran endlessly in vain attempts to look like the latest Hollywood “it” girl. It’s not something I’m proud of but it can be hard to avoid when you’re SoulCycle-ing or hiking next to some A-lister. These days I focus more on healthy eating like awesome salads and substantial sips like this Blueberry Banana Almond Butter Smoothie.
Continue Reading: Workout Refuel: Blueberry Banana Almond Butter Smoothie

Our Five Favorite Pins of the Week // See You at the Beach

Favorite Pins - beach - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk // aidamollenkamp.com #pairswellwithfood

What do you do on the longest day of the year? Spend every minute of it at the beach, of course!

This year’s summer solstice—June 21st—came on the sweetest of days this year: Saturday. We took it as a sign, a gift, a little nudge from the gods to make sure our ducks were in a row by Friday night. Because come the following morning, there was going to be nothing to stop us from slipping into a bathing suit, leaving our phones at home and celebrating the extra rays of sunshine with our feet in the sand.


Continue Reading: Our Five Favorite Pins of the Week // See You at the Beach

Burrata with Chipotle Strawberries and Arugula

Burrata with Chipotle Strawberries and Arugula | aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

Seasonal eating is my jam and, like changing out my closet from winter to spring, I get excited to swap salads for risottos from summer to fall or stews for smoothies from winter to spring. But there are a few recipes that I can’t give up, no matter the season. True to my food form, they usually include toasty bread, cheese, and veggies or fruit — as such I’ve started making certain recipes like panzanella each and every season.

And since I believe that burrata makes everything better, I’ve started using it in an appetizer (almost) every time of year. I don’t like to play favorites but this Burrata with Chipotle Strawberries and Arugula just might be my best yet.


Continue Reading: Burrata with Chipotle Strawberries and Arugula

Our Five Favorite Pins of the Week // Brazil World Cup

Favorite Pins - Brazil World Cup - Bouffants and Broken Hearts Print // aidamollenkamp.com #pairswellwithfood

It’s hard to top the Brazilians when it comes to two things: football, and style. With the tropical climate, bright aesthetic and energetic zest for life—not to mention, the ability to produce impossibly stunning creatures/models by the minute—Brazilians wrote the book on how to party. And this weekend, they’re kicking off the finale of the sport they dominate: Brazil, leave some fun for us!


Continue Reading: Our Five Favorite Pins of the Week // Brazil World Cup

Pretty. Easy. Charred Poblano, Corn, and Pancetta Pizza

Pretty. Easy. Charred Poblano, Corn, and Pancetta Pizza | aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

This month’s Pretty Easy is a ploy to teach an old dog new tricks. It’s a Charred Poblano, Corn, and Pancetta Pizza dedicated to Dad since this weekend will be all about him.

Okay, wait, I just reread that and realized I made my Dad out to be an old dog and that’s probably un-kosher seeing as I’m supposed to celebrate him for the next few days. But here’s the deal – my Dad is a bit of an old dog in regards to his eating habits — if not for his health, he’d have a cheese plate, some short ribs, and Pecan bars every meal. So when I told him I wanted to make this Charred Poblano, Corn, and Pancetta Pizza and top it with arugula, he was not sold — at first, at least. 
Continue Reading: Pretty. Easy. Charred Poblano, Corn, and Pancetta Pizza

The Great Equalizer: Spinach Salad With Spiced-Walnut Salmon And Cilantro-Mint Dressing

Spinach Salad with Walnut Salmon and Cilantro-Mint Dressing | aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

I tell myself salad rights all wrongs. That it’s the great dietary equalizer.

That no matter how many baby bites I ate, plane food I consumed hopping back-and-forth across the country in 48 hours, how much BBQ I ate in Alabama, or how many workouts I missed, salad will fix it. But it needs to be a serious salad like this Spinach Salad With Spiced-Walnut Salmon And Cilantro-Mint Dressing. A big ol’ entree salad with some combo of dark greens, whole grains, healthy fats, and something that’ll keep me full for hours (no dainty side salads need apply).


Continue Reading: The Great Equalizer: Spinach Salad With Spiced-Walnut Salmon And Cilantro-Mint Dressing

To Do Lists And Ginger Mint Green Iced Tea

Ginger Mint Green Iced Tea Recipe | aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

Tell me I’m not the only one obsessed with “To Do Lists.” I write them over and over again — by hand, electronically – and revel in the moment I can cross an item off the list. So, when I can’t do that, it’s a sort of a “To Do List” torture, with item after item piling up and mocking me (if it’s even possible for an item on a list to mock you).

Anyway, last week was a wash — I blame it on that summer cold that gave me the blahs every which way to, well, today. After vats and vats of brothy garlic soup and episode after episode of Boardwalk Empire, I was more than over being sick. But the one thing I enjoyed through it all was this ginger mint green iced tea. I mean, if you’ve gotta be sick, it might as well be tasty, right?


Continue Reading: To Do Lists And Ginger Mint Green Iced Tea