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Purple Cauliflower

Opal Basil

Lollo Rosso Lettuce


Hello Gang!

You may have noticed that I quietly put The Seasonal Food Guide on hiatus after last September’s guide. As much as I loved doing it, there just wasn’t enough time left to dedicate to the research, photography, recipe development and writing each month. In spite of the fact that it’s kind of a bummer to let go, it’s actually a good thing: I don’t have the time to do it because I have started to get a lot more freelance work. I would love to see the Seasonal Food Guide revived, in some capacity, someday. I’ve missed it – I love researching produce and I love photographing it. In fact, photographing those fruits and vegetables was probably my favorite part. I’ve lately started to approach produce again with that same eye towards quiet, portrait-esque still life, and nothing makes me happier. This Sunday and Monday, while shooting a bunch of gorgeous produce for my latest Etsy post, it occurred to me that I could formalize this practice and really dive deeply into the colors and textures of fruits and vegetables.

So here we are. A twice-monthly feature dedicated to color, rooted in the fruits and vegetables of the season, but wide open to interpretation based on what’s inspiring me.

And here’s what I made for Etsy, A Red Salad for Valentine’s Day, inspired by Ottolenghi’s Plenty:



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  • Kasey - February 10, 2012 - 11:23 am

    I recently wrote a post all about cooking with color and funny enough, the recipe I featured was also an adaptation from Plenty. I think he seems to have a phenomenal grasp on cooking with color. Beyond it just being fun, I think cooking with more color is generally a better way to eat.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - February 10, 2012 - 11:37 am

    What a gorgeous salad! The purples of winter have never looked better — I haven’t read Plenty, but obviously need to.ReplyCancel

  • Egl? - February 10, 2012 - 11:50 am

    Gorgeous colors! GOR-GE-OUS!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - February 10, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    This salad is just so beautiful! LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • leela - February 10, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    what a wonderful idea! produce makes the best subject, huh?ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - February 10, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    I love this new feature! The purples of winter are so deep and dramatic. Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui - February 10, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    Gahh! Such beautiful colors and photos! I was just going to make that salad too!ReplyCancel

  • Maria @ Sage + Lavender - February 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    I love this idea of grouping foods by color. Mkaes the post very stricking. And this salad is so beautiful, and I’m sure tastes delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Heather @ InHerChucks - February 10, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    As much as I am going to miss the seasonal guide, I am happy for you and your endeavors. And this is idea is just as genius! Love all the purple food…can’t wait to see what color is up next! I enjoy your passion for beautiful, natural, fresh food.ReplyCancel

  • Margarita - February 10, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    This is the most gorgeous salad ever, ever! I have never seen purple cauliflower or opal basil. Where have I been?ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - February 10, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    So nice! I just made a sallad with roasted beets and rainbow chard. it also had some wonderful deep red-purple colour to it :)ReplyCancel

  • erin - February 10, 2012 - 4:57 pm

    Wow- I love the color! I wish I lived closer to places I could get such beautiful colored produce but when you live in rural Illinois, you take what you can get!ReplyCancel

  • Kankana - February 10, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    I am in LOVE with this post.. so much of purple every where !! SIGH .. one of my fav color. Btw .. where can i find those purple basil leaves ??ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane - February 10, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    Just gorgeous, Kimberley!ReplyCancel

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  • Sara - February 11, 2012 - 11:14 am

    Such a great idea, love it. I don’t cook many purple foods, making this whole combination even more exiting to try. I did love the guide but am excited for this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Ms. T - February 11, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    What a gorgeous feast for the eyes! Thanks for brightening my foggy day.ReplyCancel

  • strawberriesandpepper - February 11, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    You take SUCH gorgeous pictures. Also, this salad looks divine and just so healthfully colorful. I wouldn’t have ever thought of putting those ingredients together.ReplyCancel

  • Cookie and Kate - February 12, 2012 - 7:28 am

    Brilliant concept, Kimberley! I’ve put a lot more thought into the colors in my recipes lately—I think I’m trying to counteract the grays of winter with vibrant food. Gorgeous photos, you’ve really captured the essence of those beautiful vegetables. And that salad is the best Valentine-themed creation I’ve come across this year.ReplyCancel

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  • Anna @ the shady pine - February 12, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    I love the vibrancy of these pictures until I remind myself that the produce itself is vibrant and colourful so are great subjects.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie - February 12, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    Love the idea of this new feature, Kimberley! I think purple is one of the most gorgeous of colors on vegetables. And the salad you put together is lovely and brilliant with the many layers of red.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - February 12, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    What a perfectly colour coordinated salad. Love it.ReplyCancel

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  • Heather @opgastronomia - February 13, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    I am so excited about this new feature! Absolutely stunning collection of images. And that salad, well, let’s just say it’s likely going on my V-day menu.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - February 13, 2012 - 9:06 pm

    Oh my goodness. You have a gift! This food looks AMAZING.

    (Click here to enter my anthropologie kitchen tools giveaway.)ReplyCancel

  • SG - February 13, 2012 - 9:12 pm

    this post is so beautiful and lush.ReplyCancel

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  • amelia from z tasty life - February 21, 2012 - 6:11 am

    your photography is stunning: simple but with strong personalityReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth Ann - February 27, 2012 - 7:39 am

    Stunning photos! Just an absolute JOY to behold. Thank you for taking time to make and share them.ReplyCancel

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