Steak Salad with Tomato-Sherry Vinaigrette

Steak Salad with Tomato Sherry Vinaigrette Recipe | aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

It’s a summer of salads around here – Instagram will tell you that most of the time we keep our salads healthy, but, let’s be clear, that doesn’t mean every salad is 100% so. Sometimes we need the steak and potatoes version of a salad, which, well is when I do exactly that and make a salad of steak and potatoes like this Steak Salad with Tomato-Sherry Vinaigrette.
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Mixtape: July 4th Playlist

July 4th Music Playlist | aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

I’ll forever pledge allegiance to the red, white, and blue but that doesn’t mean that I want to host a sing-along to “God Bless America” today.

So, this holiday weekend, I’ve come up with my own style of july 4th playlist. They’re the 13 songs that I want to listen today — not because their patriotic or anything else special. They’re just the sort of easy-going, upbeat songs I could listen to all day, whether it’s spent at the beach,  a block party, or a traditional picnic and fireworks show. You know the drill – click through to play them right  here or join in the fun and follow along on Spotify along with all our other mixtapes.
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Our Five Favorite Pins of the Week // Your Perfect Fourth of July

Favorite Pins - Fourth of July - USA Sparklers // aidamollenkamp.com #pairswellwith food

Do you feel as if the air is a little more electric lately? It might have something to do with the upcoming holiday, the most American of all days, the Fourth of July!

Now, normally in this column we share pins that inspire us, but this week we want to inspire you: we have in mind the ultimate July 4th celebration, and in preparation, we’ve put together a short list of must-haves that will take your party high and above the rest. Have a look and get the details below:
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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.


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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!
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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.


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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.
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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.


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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.


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