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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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!


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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. 
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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).


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To Do Lists And Ginger Mint Green Iced Tea

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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?


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Summer Colds and Brothy Garlic Soup with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Poached Eggs

Brothy Garlic Soup with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Poached Egg Recipe | aidamollenkamp.com | #pairswellwithfood

Summer colds are kind of the worst. I mean, it’s not like I ever really want to voluntarily sign up for a cold but there’s something about being feverish and sniffly when it’s hot outside that just doesn’t work for me. Especially since I can never seem to find a soup that works for both the season and my sniffles, you know what I mean?

So, I took the problem into my own hands and came up with this recipe for Brothy Garlic Soup with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Poached Eggs because it’s light enough to eat when it’s hot out and still has the essence of summer in the bowl. 
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Our Five Favorite Pins of the Week // Summer Camp

Favorite Pins - summer camp - sparklers // aidamollenkamp.com #pairswellwithfood

Raise your hand if you miss going to summer camp.

If your hand shot in the air faster than you can san “Moonrise Kingdom,” you’re in some pretty good company; ever since the unofficial kickoff to summer, we’ve been dreaming about grabbing a bunch of friends and getting outdoors to have some lazy-day adventures. But instead of wanderlusting our way to an exotic beach, we’re putting on our Wes Anderson-tinted glasses and imagining something a little more nostalgic.

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